Can any one tell me how I can get a DON or ADON or MDS cord. Job - page 2

I have worked the floor for 24 years and would like to change to either DON, MDS or ADON. can any one give me some hints on how I can do this. I really would appreciate any help.... Read More

  1. by   TracyB,RN
    I guess it would depend on what area you are in... Chicago area always has ads looking for ADON & DON... The money was good, but definitely NOT worth the headache... I took a 20,000 yr pay cut to be happier, working the floor, with MUCH less stress & only have half the BS that I did in management....
  2. by   donmomofnine
    Quote from stbernardclub
    I have seen other nurses try DON positioins and ADON , and I hope you have better luck at it.
    I don't think it is necessarily about "luck".
  3. by   crayola1
    Quote from Malt123
    I have worked the floor for 24 years and would like to change to either DON, MDS or ADON. can any one give me some hints on how I can do this. I really would appreciate any help.
    I have worked as an MDS coordinator for 4 years. I really "lucked" into the job when the department needed help. My advice would be to take courses for MDS coordinator. This gives you a good basis of the knowledge of the MDS and the credentials are impressive. AANAC offers program and so does NASPAC.
  4. by   ktwlpn
    I see in your profile that you have an associates degree-this may limit your options.......
  5. by   Malt123
    I know that my options are limited with an ADN, but i know nurses with the same degree working in these capacities. I am willing to do what ever I need to but first I need to know where to start. Since I have experience will that subsitute for the BSN. I know that the government does that. Finances are limited so I need a direct way of getting there
  6. by   donmomofnine
    In my experience in this part of the country, an ADN and experience in long term care are as good as an advanced degree!
  7. by   Malt123
    I am originally from Pa. but left to be near my family, now I am not even working
  8. by   CapeCodMermaid
    Do y'all want to be an MDS coordinator in strictly long term? because where I work, if the PPS MDS coordinator just "copied what the nurses wrote" she wouldn't last long. The MDS for the medicare residents is not for sissies!
  9. by   Malt123
    This guy also got away with punching in and leaving. I left there. They were also doing the medicare charting before the shift even started

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