Fellow DON's....I need some advice please... - page 3

by mtessmer2000 | 9,778 Views | 39 Comments

Hello all, I am new to this forum and found it by searching for hours...It seems to be filled with fellow leaders in nursing like myself and I am in need of some guidance, advice, or whatever you can offer a struggling DON. ... Read More


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    Hi all! My phone interview went very well. It was a bit difficult to relay the reason for leaving as I wasn't ready for that question. I did say that the time demands affected my balance between family and my job. I was truthful in saying the 60+ hr work weeks were becoming very challenging although I loved my job. Hopefully when I said I find the RN Case Manager role to be a crucial one in facilitating safe discharges and I am highly interested in sharing my knowledge and experience within that role. I also said that my recent experience has prepared me for the multi-tasking and diverse dimensions of a job such as the one being interviewed for so hopefully that helped and I hope they call me back! The pay is salary based with 36 or 40 hr work weeks and on call every 5th weekend. I cannot even begin to express how working 40 hours a week pleased me. Not the salary part so much BUT it was near what I was making as a DON!! WT_! Anyway, prayers would be great. I have another interview for the same position in another nearby city on Tuesday so I am also looking forward to that one. Have a great weekend all! Oh yeah, by the way, I am nearly crazy with nothing work-related to do!! lol. Strange feeling but welcomed. Resting is all I have been doing to say the least.
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    It wouldn't have been so bad had she had some regard for my level of experience in nursing and what I could have contributed had I been supported. I have learned however, that in this particular case, the madness goes all the way to the top and I truly feel that the source of it all IS the top people. A business forgetting they are taking care of people, vulnerable people. At any rate, a day out of leaving and still no regrets so that is a positive sign.
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    I was thinking about the interim DON travel role to as a temporary riding out finding the perfect job for a bit. I worked for three different agencies within my years as a nurse and should connect with them. You given me some thinking to do.
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    Well all, my interview went to well that I didn't have to wait till next week to hear anything!! They called me today and I do a second interview with the ER Manager, another RN Case Manager and the RN Case Manager Director on Tuesday!! Smilin' from ear to ear here!
    HARLEYDNS, NutmeggeRN, noc4senuf, and 2 others like this.
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    Mtessmer....what position are you interviewing for? I am impressed that you made this decision this fast. Good for you. Anxious to hear the update!
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    I am interviewing for an RN Case Manager position at a hospital near my area.
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    Quote from mtessmer2000
    I am interviewing for an RN Case Manager position at a hospital near my area.
    Keep us updated!! Glad you decided to leave your last job. Defiantly don't wanna jeopardize your license!
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    Yes, it is never good to be defiant.
    If you can show that you've educated and re-educated the staff; if you can show you've done the necessary investigations on allegations of abuse or misappropriation; if you have a policy and procedure manual which is current with the latest P&P and evidenced based...it's not that easy to lose your license....even in Massachusetts which has the toughest DPH in the country.
    If you are lazy/stupid/uncaring and do not investigate allegations of abuse, you deserve to have your license taken away.
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    I came here today looking for answers and ideas. I am considering a DON position and also have been a nurse for 20 yrs. Minimal experience in LTC. Managed a large unit in a LTC just over a year. I only know they are willing to teach me the DON position. I do know that there are many expectations and I anticipate the list of duties will be near what yours was. I have so many questions. Would rather email you privately but not sure how. I have my 2nd interview Monday and would like to have a few questions to ask them. I have a long list already but would appreciate your input. Also it is a 60 bed facility, with currently aprox. 45 beds full. They have rehab beds and home care. Obviously my first question is what is the expected salary? I live on the west coast and this is a non-profit organization (one of the largest in the country). Any insight you can offer would be great. Everyone's input is welcome!!
    Thank you.
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    Quote from HARLEYDNS
    I came here today looking for answers and ideas. I am considering a DON position and also have been a nurse for 20 yrs. Minimal experience in LTC. Managed a large unit in a LTC just over a year. I only know they are willing to teach me the DON position. I do know that there are many expectations and I anticipate the list of duties will be near what yours was. I have so many questions. Would rather email you privately but not sure how. I have my 2nd interview Monday and would like to have a few questions to ask them. I have a long list already but would appreciate your input. Also it is a 60 bed facility, with currently aprox. 45 beds full. They have rehab beds and home care. Obviously my first question is what is the expected salary? I live on the west coast and this is a non-profit organization (one of the largest in the country). Any insight you can offer would be great. Everyone's input is welcome!!
    Thank you.
    Hi HARLEYDNS! You can email me at michele.mccombie@icloud.com and I would be happy to help.


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