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PBDS Test and Study Guide Information
Am I required to take the test to work with Freedom Healthcare Staffing?
No! - The majority of our Hospital clients do NOT require PBDS testing. Freedom Healthcare Staffing has a strong reputation as a travel nurse staffing company for hiring clinically sound travel nurses. However, some of our Hospital clients do require the testing. If you do apply for a temporary nurse travel assignment at a Hospital that does require the testing, your Recruiter will provide you with various PBDS study guide materials to prepare you for the test. To date, 100% of our Travel Nurses that have elected to be submitted for a travel nurse job requiring the test have successfully completed the PBDS test for their temporary nurse travel assignment.
According to the Company that has developed and markets the test, the Performance Based Development System (PBDS) is a customized competency assessment process that evaluates hospital personnel's ability to do the job. This test has gained a foothold in many large hospital systems throughout the Country, and many Travel Nurses at some point in his or her career may encounter this test for consideration for a temporary nurse travel assignment.
The PBDS addresses staff or travel nurses competency in three skill sets: critical thinking (problem recognition, risk management, priority setting), inter-personnel relations (team building, conflict resolution, customer satisfaction) and technical skills (safe, effective, efficient skills). Your responses as a travel registered nurse are evaluated against standards set forth by the Hospital.
Used effectively, the PBDS test is used to supplement orientation efforts in an area a new RN may be weak in; however, for a Travel Nurse, unsatisfactory completion of the test often results in termination of your temporary nurse travel assignment.
The test commences with a baseline assessment that consists of a number of exercises in one of four specialties: Medical Surgical (Tele Travel Nurses would use the Med/Surg portion), Critical Care, NICU, and OB. Some exercises may be administered with pen and paper, some are pictures, but the majority are video vignettes. Based on your observations from the scenarios depicted from the video vignettes, judgments are made on what is the probable diagnosis and what actions you would take in that situation.
In the critical thinking exercises, various scenarios depicting common clinical situations and complications are presented. Assess the situation as if it was your own patient in that situation. What would you do? Nurses are asked to define the problem, offer a solution and its rationale, as well as prioritize its need for action. This means that the nurse is asked 4-5 questions based on the scenario just viewed in the video. These questions usually include probably medical diagnosis, initial nursing interventions and actions to be taken in response to the scenario.
Upon completion of the assessment, it is rated by comparing the employee's answers to model answers that were developed and validated by nurses at the facility.
Scenarios presented on the test may include not only specific patient medical circumstances, but those that might involve interpersonal or complicating issues with physicians, family members, supervisors and coworkers which have the potential to interfere with appropriate patient care. In your answer consider desired outcomes, and what you could do, should do, and must do to competently address the situation presented.
Be familiar with medical diagnoses and associated nursing actions and rationales for common and emergency situations relating to cardiovascular, circulatory, respiratory, and other events and symptoms.
On occasion, test results are negatively impacted because the test taker omits or overlooks aspects of care because they seem too obvious or routine. Examples might be a patient with a high digoxin level, with symptoms of toxicity- this would obviously require holding off digoxin administration; or a patient, receiving IV heparin that starts vomiting blood, where the heparin drip would of course be shut off immediately. Don't forget to include the obvious actions in your response.