MDS Nurse burned out and going back to the floor - page 2

by LTCNS

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I have been a LPN for over 16 years. For 14 of those 16 years I have been a MDS Nurse and have just accepted a job in a LTC facility as a floor nurse with more pay and better benefits. I am so burned out and so tired of the... Read More


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    Thanks artsmom. I do love those little old people
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    LTCNS go where your heart calls you. I am a student who just got her acceptance letter into a nursing program yesterday, but I have been in the workforce for 30 years, mostly in management positions. I have found that every 10 to 13 years I start to get bored with the same ol, same ol. Then I move on and find my batteries charged in a new place and a new position. Keep in mind that first year it is possible to have quite a few "what have I done moments" as you get challenged by new and difficult sitiuations. However, you probably won't be bored, and it is good to strech your mind to keep it young. In no time you will be comfortable and confident once again. One of the main draws for nursing for me is the ability to go in so many different directions within the field, and to reinvent yourself every so often. Best of luck and congrats.
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    You will do fine. Unless you've been locked in your office over the last few years and clueless as to what goes on in the LTC world, it will be okay and reading your posts you say that you have been on the floor filling in.

    Even though it was many moons ago and I wasn't an RNAC for but just a year and in management for a few....I love the transition to being "just a floor nurse"

    My kids are small, I work pt and not is it just 8 (hahah with charting ot) and out the gate. No deadlines, no chasing IDT memembers around. Work stays at work.
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    Thank you both so much. I have been praying and asking if I made the right choice, did I make a mistake, but reading your posts, I feel more confident that getting out of the office is something I need to do for now. I start my first evening shift orientation in less than three hours and feel somewhat nervous, but ready for the challenge.

    Right now, the only thing that is really bothering me is that my youngest son (21) is coming from West Palm Beach Florida for Thanksgiving, and I am so afraid I won't get to spend much time with him since I will still be in my 90 days probation and won't get to ask for the holiday off. I haven't seen him in over four months and miss him like crazy.
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    As a floor nurse in LTC I have to admit that I'm a little surprised anyone would want to leave the MDS office and return to the med cart. That MDS job sure *looks* like a cake job from where I'm sitting. Of course, the med nurse job looked pretty cushy when I was a CNA, too! I guess the grass is always greener..... Since you've worn both hats, you must know what's best for you. Good luck either way.
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    Quote from BrandonLPN
    As a floor nurse in LTC I have to admit that I'm a little surprised anyone would want to leave the MDS office and return to the med cart. That MDS job sure *looks* like a cake job from where I'm sitting. Of course, the med nurse job looked pretty cushy when I was a CNA, too! I guess the grass is always greener..... Since you've worn both hats, you must know what's best for you. Good luck either way.
    You should shadow an MDS Nurse for one week. You would quickly see it's not as much of a "cake" job as you think it is
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    I understand exactly how you feel.
    Only another MDS Coordinator really understands the constant demands...yes, most think it's a fluff job....have heard that one too...there are two of us in the MDS Dept and when I hear the comment, "There's two of them up there" I know they're clueless.
    I was in the same boat, but for me, going back to the floor was not an option; that's when I knew it was time to start looking for another MDS Position.
    You have to keep in mind that some Companies are better than others to work for.
    My goal eventually, is to be a Traveling/Interim MDS Coordinator.
    I wish you luck & always know that you can go back to MDS if you so choose.
    Last edit by Bella'sMyBaby on Sep 18, '12 : Reason: typo
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    I was just let go after 3 whole days of orientation because I have been an office nurse too long so they didn't think I would last Thread explaining is in Geriatric Nursing.
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    Oh, well, good thing they gave you a fair chance to re-learn the floor. Not. Are you kidding?? How do they know after three days that you aren't cut out for the job? I am so sorry for you. You quit your MDS job for this, and now need to scramble for another. Best of luck. Not all places are that impatient. Believe me, my job keeps people on long after they have proven to be inadequate .
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    LOL! Thanks artsmom. I've worked with many a "warm body" myself
    The nurse who was orientating me has been there over a year and while she appears to be an excellent nurse as far as skills, she is not patient at all. If they keep pairing new hires, and God forbid new grads. with her, they will continue to lose nurses who have the potential for greatness.
    As I took my time flipping through the MAR to make sure I had all the right meds. for the right patient, I could see her rolling her eyes as if I was stupid and not worth her time. I feel that had I been paired with someone older and more patient, I would still be there. The patients on the rehab. side have many more meds. and procedures so I wanted to make sure I was not going to make mistakes. I could have done well if given the time I was told I would get and patience.


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