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 other "stuff" that comes with the MDS Nurses' job. Nurses who have never touched a MDS think it is a fluff job and as all you MDS Coordinators know, this is very far from the truth. In addition, I am tired of looking at four walls five days a week, the office politics, the cliques etc...and am ready to get back out on the floor. I will be working the Rehab floor so will be busy and I like that.
I enjoy interacting with residents and staff and am at peace with knowing that I will no longer be responsible for everything the MDS position entails. I have given up the Mon-Fri., weekends and holidays off thing, but honestly I will be thrilled to have weekdays off to do things that are impossible to do working five days a week, then running around on Saturdays trying to cram everything in, being exhausted on Sunday and going back to do it all again on Monday.
With that said, I do enjoy the actual MDS process but all that comes along with it? Not so much anymore. Am I crazy for giving it up? Or just really, truly burned out? I may very well end up going back to doing MDS 3.0 in the future but for now, I need a break.
Just needed to vent and appreciate all of you "listening."
Sep 15, '12
by LTCNS, LPN
Thanks for your response
My kids are grown and out of the house so it's just my husband and me, so I won't be missing out on events with the kids and can be more flexible. I will be working 3p-11p as well so won't be as busy as days, although I realize things happen and can get very busy more times than not.
Like I said, I do enjoy the MDS process but have always enjoyed hands on. Honestly, the only thing I am NOT
looking forward to is passing meds. but that comes with the territory whether you're a LPN or RN, and I am rusty since it's been awhile. I actually used to ask to work the floor when a LPN called in at my last job because I missed it. I switched from Medicare MDS Coordinator to weekend Baylor shift on the Rehab unit because I liked being busy, always having something to do. I went back to MDS Nurse at another facility thinking I was ready, but in reality I just wasn't. It just doesn't hold the same appeal to me as it did before.
I suppose after so many years I just need a break you know? I would consider myself to have excellent clinical and assessment skills and have been blessed to have gained many different types of skills that many LPNs never get to experience. I just really miss being in the midst of the action, using what skills I can working in LTC as a LPN.
Edited to add: MDS Nurses get a boat load of interruptions too. Try closing the door to have some quiet time to get work done and that's when they come knocking lol! Lots of meetings, lots of staff in and out and you do have to deal with family members in care plan conferences. Some of them can be quite rude
Last edit by LTCNS on Sep 15, '12