I have been offered a position as an MDS Coordinator for 50 bed LTC facility. Perfect size for me since I have no experience. Will receive at least 2 weeks training + opportunity to shadow MDS nurse in another facility. I am a new but older nurse and wonder if this change would be a good idea for me.
As for my current job, a combo SNF rehab and LTC facility, I do love caring for the elderly. My patient load is ridiculously small in comparison to other places. It is a beautiful place, while the other is very old.
I know the final decision is mine, but veteran MDSers, what do you think? Am I getting enough time for training? I've been assured that DON and other staff will be available for help. And I will also have ability to phone others for help.
Yikes! Didn't mean for this to be so long.
50 residents for 1 RCM (resident care manager) / RNAC (Registered Nurse Assessment Coordinator) which are the names for an MDS nurse; is too many. But they'll tell you that it's not. Facilities go many ways to load as many residents as they can on one coordinator. Having the staff RNs do the MDS, having other nurses do the multidisciniplary meetings with the families, etc.. In the end it's your name at the end of the MDS and you are accountable for everything and anything on there.
With all the cheaper staff coming I think it would be wise to learn to do the MDS stuff. There are many LTC/ SNF facilities and the only way they can get paid is by submitting the MDS for medicare and medicaid patients. So experienced MDS nurses will be a must.
Anyone who says this position is easy doesn't hold the respect or knowledge that this position requires.
PPS is how the medicare skilled MDS gets paid.
Last edit by tyvin on Dec 1, '12