hello. i have been doing mds's for 15 years. i love this job. i think i am very good at finding information, i have good attention to the details, am familiar with my residents and their families. the mds is the "money-maker" for our facility. we spend endless hours re-educating the floor staff with our computer system, so they can capture behaviors, bowel and bladder habits, adl's, eating trends, etc. there are many factors that influence the information in any mds. if a resident is getting therapy, if they are skilled, or on part b therapy, do they have restorative programs (minimum of 2 with part b's), did they have enough days and minutes in therapy, dr. visits and orders are another factor. find someone with an mds book, just to look through. familiarize yourself with some aspects of the process. i have around 60 residents i do mds's on every quarter. i stay very busy. i also meet with families during care conferences, write care plans
, make the care conference schedule, it is in 6 week intervals. we make changes to the schedule as they occur, with new admissions, discharges, out to hospital and their return, etc. my schedule is usually a visual nightmare, but as long as i know what is going on with it, i am good. hope some of this helps, and doesn't scare you away from the job. like i read in another post, you either love it, or hate it. i am one of the lucky ones that loves my job!! good luck!