RN Screener for LTC

  1. Hello,

    I am looking to leave the hospital/direct patient care after 12 years of experience as I feel like I'm in need of learning a new aspect of nursing. I have applied for a screener for a LTC system here and although I've dealt with many in my past working on the floors I'm still curious about what a day to day experience would be like. I researched it and I get what they do but I'm worried it's more of a sales position, please let me know if I'm wrong and if anyone is experienced in this job I would appreciate your input.

    FYI here is my hx
    3 years Step down Telemetry Floor
    1 years Step down ICU
    3 years Open Heart Unit(floated) to Trauma, Burn, CCU and MICU
    3 years of Cath Lab
    4 years of case management( I worked per diem in critical care will doing this)
    1 year in GI unit(current job now)
    3 -4 years (per diem in Ltc supervision)
    These May seem confusing but I've always held 2 jobs at a time except in the last 3 years I've only been doing hospital nursing no pet diem job.

    Again thanks for any input!
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  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   HyzenthlayLPN
    In my experience (2 years as a SNF PPS case manager) our "RN Screeners" were definitely very sales oriented. The company I worked for based at least part of their pay on how many patients they produced each month. It was also my experience that they did very little actual screening: if the patient had a pulse, was breathing, had Medicare and a qualifying 3 midnight stay our screeners felt they could come to SNF. We got into discussions at least weekly about whether specific referral were actually appropriate for SNF.

    On the other had, they had a lot of autonomy. It is a great position for the right person.
  4. by   CoffeeRTC
    I personally haven't worked as an admissions coordinator, but share the office with ours. Ours is called a referral manager. She is not a nurse. Her job is definitely more sales and marketing. As far as a nursing review of potential admits....she asks me or takes it to the morning meeting for the team to review. I would say your experience is helpfull in knowing what type of care the potential admits would need and your other LTC experince is very relevant too.
  5. by   Glycerine82
    Our facility hands any nurse a screen and asks us to approve/deny. I can't see why you wouldn't be considered, but know going into it that the system is broken and you might not like what you see.

    RNs at my facility will deny an admission and the administrator will approve them, it's so aggravating.

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