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Kwea
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I was just hired today at Life Care of Ocala, which specialized in subacute care and rehab. It was my first choice other than the VA, and I am really excited.

It's a little scary too, as I am going to see a lot of things I have no experience with, as 80% of their people are rehabbing from major surgeries. I have a ton to learn, and am pretty excited over all. They pay is competitive, about what I was making as a manager for JCPenney (or a little less), and they allow overtime.

I have to wait 2 weeks for them to do a background check on me and check all my references, but other than that I am good to go.

I can't wait to start.

[ April 01, 2010, 04:09 AM: Message edited by: Kwea ]

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Yay! Congrats!
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Kwea
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Thanks. [Big Grin]

Onward with life, then. [Wink]

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See? I knew you wouldn't have a problem finding a job. [Big Grin] Congrats again.
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Congrats!!
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Congrats!! [Smile]
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Very cool, Rob. Congrats! [Big Grin]
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[Hail] [Hat] [Hat] [Hail]
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Congratulations! What great work that is, helping people to recover from injuries or surgery! That's really awesome. Good luck. I'm sure you'll do a very good job.
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Congrats!
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That's fantastic!!!
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Hoo-rah, rob!
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Yay, Kwea!!
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Congratulations, Kwea!
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Good job old bean!
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Kwea
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Thanks everyone!

The temp place keeps calling me talking about working for Hospice, but to be honest doing that as a new nurse scares me a little. I mean, I know what I want to do, and that stuff is what I KNOW is great. And I am grateful for the opportunity, which most new nurses would never get......but there is a reason for that.


If you actually pay attention in school, guess what the biggest thing you learn as an LPN student is........that even experienced nurses don't know everything there is to know about nursing, and school just trains you to ask the right type of questions, and gives you a VERY general base of knowledge.

I am sure I'll do fine, but it is a little intimidating at first.

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LOL


I just checked my email, and 2 other recruiters contacted me. [Big Grin] One of them from one of the largest staffing agencies around, and they don't take new LPN's according to all of their postings. I wonder if they actually LOOKED at the resume I sent them. [Big Grin]


I wonder if I could start a bidding war.......

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Great idea to start a bidding war. I would send messages to your top few favorites saying "Well, I'm leaning strongly towards you guys because you're so wonderful but the problem is this OTHER place offered me more money and I have to think about my family..." etc. I'd be surprised if you didn't get back something saying "Oh, we'll meet their offer, no problem!", then rinse and repeat. Lol! Good luck.
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Kwea
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I am having an issue with the staffing place.

Has anyone ever worked for one of these healthcare staffing agencies? I have a few questions on how they handled a few things, and I need someone who has been though this if possible.


I may be over reacting, but something just doesn't seem right.......but it could be that I am not used to how these places work.

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I worked the first shift with this temp agency, and I liked it. We will see if my other issues were baseless now though.

I don't work another shift until I get paid for this one. [Big Grin]

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I've worked for a healthcare staffing agency and I loved it. What sort of problems are you having?
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I got my packet and inside it it mentioned that I was paying for my own drug test and background test. It seems that the agency should be paying for those, doesn't it?

Also, I went up to an orientation for hospice, which was a little bit over an hour away, and then it was canceled. I went back a week later, and it took over 2 hours. I had not received my packet from the agency yet, so I looked around and saw all of the other agencies having time sheets signed.

I asked how I was getting paid when I left, and THEN was told that we are a newer agency and as such hospice doesn't compensate us. So I spent over 4 hours driving to this (in addition to the 2 hr 15 min orientation itself), wasted 2 days, and then was the only person at the orientation not getting paid?

Not cool.

[ February 25, 2010, 11:36 AM: Message edited by: Kwea ]

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And quite possibly illegal.
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Yeah. I figured that too. I am not sure about the rules governing agency work, but it just didn't seem right to me, and quite frankly it pissed me off.

That being said, it is beyond rare around here for a staffing agency to hire a new LPN, or any new nurse, to work for them. It's quite an opportunity for me, and it allows me to experience many different types of nursing I wouldn't get to experience for years otherwise. And it pays well....between $21-22 an hour, at least. I just worked for 7 hours and took home $108, after she took out taxes and $10 for my testing.

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Any chance that you were just supposed to work directly with the agency to get paid instead of getting some of the paperwork done through the people at the hospice?
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quote:
Originally posted by Kwea:
I got my packet and inside it it mentioned that I was paying for my own drug test and background test. It seems that the agency should be paying for those, doesn't it?

I can't speak to nursing specifically, but requiring the employee to pay for drug tests, background checks, and other such pre-hire requirements is very common (albeit not universal).
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Kwea
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I did work though the agency, and what every other person there did regardless of what other agency they worked for was to take a time sheet and ahve the hospice people sign off. Then they turned it in to their agency and got paid, thtough the agency as always.

MY agency said "We don't pay for those things.".


Rivka, I have never heard of anyone being charged for their screening by any reputable company. I am not saying it doesn't happen, but that in all of my years in food service, retail, and warehouses, the employer was responsible for testing costs and background costs.

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I've never experienced it personally, but a lot of what I've read about companies that do require drug tests, etc., backs up rivka's assertion. Though, most of what I've read applies to lower income, near minimum wage jobs, and labor disputes between unions and employers, which also tended to be somewhat lower/middle income jobs.

I too have never read it in relation to nursing, however.

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Congrats!!!!
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"MY agency said 'We don't pay for those things.'"

That sucks. [Frown] I too suspect they are doing something wrong here. But when it amounts to less than a day's pay, and may cause some antagonism you probably want to avoid right now, you have no great options.

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Well, I do. I got hired by another company, full time, less than 2 blocks from my house. [Big Grin]

Once the background check goes though (next week more than likely) I'll be working 40 hours a week there, at $18 an hour with full benefits.

I will still keep in touch with this agency, so if I want to work on one day off once and a while I can. Daily pay rocks....you get paid within 24 hours of submitting your time card. Well, of when they process the time card, anyways.

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Congrats on the full time gig.
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Yo kwea I'm really happy for you and imma let you finish but ...

um, yeah, no, just happy for you. Congrats!

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lol


Thanks. I didn't know if any of this was NORMAL for temp stuff, as I have only worked for one once, and only a few times. It struck me as odd, but not so far out of the norm that I wasn't willing to try it.

But when the only shift they ever offer you is overnights it gets a bit old.

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quote:
Originally posted by Kwea:
Well, I do. I got hired by another company, full time, less than 2 blocks from my house. [Big Grin]

Awesome.
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I think you definitely made the right choice, Kwea. One of my best friends is a nurse of some kind or another (one of the lowest on the totem pole... nursing assistant? I don't remember the correct title) and he worked for an agency for years. He loved some of the flexibility but it did seem like they jerked him around a lot. He's been trying to switch over to full-time somewhere for a while now.
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Certified Nursing Assistant? They do a ton of work, and the pay is decent....a lot of the nursing students in my class started as CNA's.
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Yeah, I can't wait to get my first paycheck and dig myself out of this hole. I mean, we are ok, but not having any savings at all scares me.

I plan to buy a house this year, before prices start to rise again. I qualify for a VA loan, and am in the process of getting my Certificate of Eligibility for the VA loan process. I need at least 6 months worth of pay stubs, so the sooner this background check comes back and I can start working the happier I am.


Besides, I can always work here and there for the agency on my days off, or on vacation.

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quote:
Originally posted by Kwea:
Certified Nursing Assistant? They do a ton of work, and the pay is decent....a lot of the nursing students in my class started as CNA's.

Right! CNA! That's what he is. Or, was. Like I said, he got sick of his agency jerking him around. He's going back to school now.
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Good for him!


I just got the call today from the full time place saying I passed my background test, and my orientation will be next Tuesday. Yeah me!

The bad part is that the staffing agent just offered me a 3 day job, and said it was "to keep me from straying" to somewhere else, because she felt I was a good nurse and she wanted to make sure I made some money.

It will be about $500 for 3 8 hour days, with instant pay, so I am taking it. But now I have to tell her I am moving on to full time somewhere else. I just hope she will let me stay with her part time on call. I'd be glad to pick up 2-3 shifts a month for extra cash.

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Congrats Kwea. Nice to have the problem of people fighting to hire you!

[Big Grin]

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$500 for three days or $500 a day?

And, congrats! [Smile]

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$500 for 3 days. If it was $500 a DAY I wouldn't even be considering switching jobs. [Wink]


Thanks. [Big Grin]

[ March 06, 2010, 06:31 AM: Message edited by: Kwea ]

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Roger that. [Smile]
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So...it's been almost 7 weeks, and to date I have worked 12 hours, all orientation. I am so fed up with the run around they kept giving me that when I called today, as I was told to, I ended up saying something I shouldn't have said. Had I intended on actually trying to work there after this, I wouldn't have called their training problem and process a cluster-F&%$ over the phone.

[Smile]

I made myself 100% available for them the past 7 weeks. It took them 3 weeks to call me back, and I had to call them 5 times to check. Took another week for the orientation class, and I was told I would be on the floor the following week.

Then they realized that their training person had not ordered more IV books, and I couldn't get to the floor for my 2 week training until I was IV certified, so I had to wait. I was told they would have the book for the course by that Friday. It took a week and a half to get it, though.

Then State showed up for the yearly inspection. That set me back another week. No one ever called me back when I called 5 times, all at times I had been TOLD to call.

I finally take the course, and the lady never faxed my test in to be graded, which takes 3-4 days at best. I showed up early, and the lady giving the course never showed. We had to track her down, and it took over 40 min just to get started. Then, after I take the course, she set me back another week by not sending the stuff in as promised. If it had been sent when I was done, as she said she was going to do, I would have been good to go.

So when I called yesterday and was told they had to RESEND it, and it would be at least another week before I could start, I lost it. I didn't yell, or call anyone names, but I did say their preparation was poor, and that none of this was my fault. The training manager agreed with me, and said it was their fault, and that she had never seen anything like it in 15 years with the company.

I gave up 14 shifts at $21 an hour the past 3 weeks so I could be ready to start. I didn't want to hold up my training. I had trouble getting in touch with these people, and half the time they never called me when they said they would.

I am pissed, worn out and just plain disgusted. Both by myself for letting my frustration get the batter of me, and at the way I was treated at this place.

So I went in and apologized to the training lady. It wasn't all her fault, and she was nice, if incompetent. Just because she messed up was no reason to be unprofessional. She said it had not bothered her, and that she was going to expedite my stuff as best she could. She also said they had really messed up, and THANKED me for being so patient over all. LOL

I told her I had been fired, and that I wasn't back to ask for a job still, as I didn't feel I had had been treated well. Then I asked to see the Director of Nursing. She refused to speak to me, and shut her door in my face after telling me I was "off the schedule".....as if I had ever been ON it in the first place! THAT WAS THE WHOLE FRIGGIN PROBLEM!!!


So rather than getting my IV certification paid for me, and working at a decent pay rate for a company right around the corner from my house, this job has COST me over $1400 in lost wages. Not to mention wasted time, 2 other jobs I turned down to work here, and the over all aggravation.
[Mad] [Mad] [Wall Bash] [Wall Bash] [Mad] [Mad]

[ April 01, 2010, 04:37 AM: Message edited by: Kwea ]

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[Frown]

That sucks.

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You don't know the half of it. I left out some of the calls, 4 trips in while they weren't ready for me, and a few other things.

Plus, my wife's father is now in hospice, and not doing well. We just dropped almost $500 on a ticket for her to go see him.....and since I didn't work those hospice shifts, we are broke.

As in I can't even go to the funeral if it happens tomorrow. [Frown]

At least I still can pick up shifts for hospice now. I don't have any more scheduling conflicts. LOL

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I'm impressed that you've managed to hang onto your sanity amidst that sort of frustration. I'd have gone crazy by now.

Hopefully things can only get better from here on out!

Hang in there.

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