Quote from Nascar nurse
Graduated as an LPN in 1986...unit manager by 1992...staff development by 1994....to MDS in 1998...(RN/ASN in 2005)...ADON in 2008...DON in 2011.
I took my time getting here because my kids were young, I loved the MDS role and it allowed me a great deal of flexibility to come and go as I needed to with my kids. Was always so fortunate to have bosses that gave me no crap when I left late afternoon to go to a ballgame and come back later to finish my MDS's. I knew if I kept going up the food chain any sooner that I would lose some of that flexibility.
Once the kids are completely grown and gone I would love to try my hand as an MDS or DON consultant. That will probably involve some overnight travel and that has got to wait a couple more years, which only gives me more time and experience as a DON.
Your career sounds a lot like mine, although I graduated 2002 LPN, nurse manager from 2002 to 2010, all nurse manager roles including ADON, and took a break and went to Assisted Living, got RN 2010, DON 2011 BUT I think I prefer the nurse consultant role either in AL or SNF, because this daily dramafest is really wearing.
I had no idea, seriously, that as the DON, people come to work with a 15 minute verbal barrage of crap that they lay right on top of my desk, everyday, and actually think I will fix that dramafest garbage crap. Some of my RN nurse managers fight like little kids and my ED INVITED staff splitting, i guess to entertain her/him. Luckily THAT ED is gone, . Some even CALLED the owner,seriously, before they will tell me what the issues are, call the police, but NEVER would they call the state hotline, the corporate compliance officer violates more employee rights that he can make a policy NOT to violate and he sends out scathing emails. It's like going to the stoning wall every morning, then afternoon, and then by cell phone
Needless to say, I no longer work for that particular company, have moved on...still feel a bit stinged by all of that..learning not to feed in or generate or even listen to the dramafest garbage. What I cannot understand is, in this struggling economy, and staff know there are 4 people looking for one job in healthcare, wouldn't you act better rather than worse? Are you NOT interested in keeping your job? Boggles my brain. (and during that dramafest, we had QIS 3 week survey, can you imagine what other behaviors we had to deal with? It was mentally and emotionally exhausting..it's no wonder families and resident call the state so much in that building.. seriously...).