I am a 4 year RN, 14 year LPN mainly working long term care with some hospital, and home care experience who is tired of floor nursing, with an interest in learning about the MDS. Mainly tired of the lazy floor staff that our state facility tolerates.
I just went for an MDS coordinator interview yesterday at a small 60 bed facility in the next town, and it went very well. They would like me to shadow the ADON who is currently doing the MDS to see how her day goes. This nursing home has been deficiency free for 2 years. I would be on call every 3rd weekend and said I could set my own schedule as long as it was 40 hours a week and they are willing to train me. There is a probationary period of 3 months. She told me the ADON would be training me and the support would be there if I need it. I am a dependable, detail oriented person. I like things done the "right" way. I don't know if I would feel comfortable being completely responsible for MDS's and 5day, 7 day, 14 day, 30 day, 60 day assessments being submitted on time. The facility is mostly medicaid with some medicare. It is a non for profit facility. I have only completed pain assessments, bowel and bladder assessments and sleep assessments on the MDS and don't have a problem with these. I really would like to give this position a chance if it it offered but am scared I might screw it up somehow like forgetting to assess someone if they needed or not getting information in on time and the facility lost some funding. Any thoughts or input from others would really be appreciated. Thank You.