I just interviewed for a MDS coordinator position for a LTC facility and I was confident going in but was a little put off by the interview. The administrator, who seemed like a very nice older gent, said I would be trained by a consultant that they would have to pay extra for so basically I would have to hurry up and learn the job in 1 month. The lady I am replacing is leaving before I can start so she wont be able to show me the ropes. I have done rehab & LTC but I never did MDSs on a regular basis. Since I would be the money maker for the facility I would be scrutinized continuously. It sounded very stressful to me and I was just wondering if 1 month is realistic and doable.
One month is doable.
Realism is a toss up. I will start with the obvious questions ---
- How much do you know about MDS?
- How many hours a day will the consultant train you, days/wk?
- After a day's training, how much time are you alloted to read the RAI Manual, go through a free online training?
- Since you don't have a current MDS coordinator, will you and the consultant also be doing the active MDS assm'ts in the interim?
... and the lists can build up when your Allnurses MDS peers chime in.
In the meantime, take an RAI Manual home. Browse through Chapters 2, 3, and 6. If you'll be involved in care planning, include Chapter 4 and Appendix C. If you'll be responsible in submitting the MDS assm'ts, might as well look through Chapter 5.
There are many helful insights here
Albeit, even after years of experience, a seasoned MDS nurse will continue to learn. Good luck!
Last edit by Talino on Apr 7, '09
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