Salaries of MDS Coordinator or Asst DON?

  1. HI all, I have just entered this website, as I am going to apply for one of these 2 jobs (nursing home in Ark) next wk. There was no one there to answer my questions. So I was wondering if you all know please? I have 8 yrs exp as an RN but not in a nursing home. Thank you, Tammy
    Last edit by TammyArkansas on Mar 17, '04 : Reason: adding clarifications
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  3. by   longtermcarern
    I am sure it is different in every state, but here in MI, I was making around 52,000/year when I was doing that.
  4. by   TammyArkansas
    Quote from longtermcarern
    I am sure it is different in every state, but here in MI, I was making around 52,000/year when I was doing that.
    Do you mean as an MDS or ADON? or are they that close in salary? if not, which makes more?
  5. by   Hellllllo Nurse
  6. by   longtermcarern
    Quote from TammyArkansas
    Do you mean as an MDS or ADON? or are they that close in salary? if not, which makes more?
    I was the ADON/MDS both. There were 2 of us in a 108 bed facility. I was also responsible for infection control and staff development. Taught the cna class and did the scheduling of staff
    Now that I have moved on, I am simply a charge nurse :hatparty:
  7. by   TammyArkansas
    Wow, that sounds like it was difficult. I went to the salary.com, but they didn't have anything specifically for ADON nor MDS Coord. They only had DON. Other sites I visited said avgs of: Nsg Superv $52,700 or Nurse Mgr $60,300. I can't get a lock on each of these positions salaries. I guess I will wait until I submit my application to find out the answers. Thanks.
    If you are wondering why I want to go into this field, here's my story--maybe others can relate here. I have been a peds bedside nurse for 8 yrs. I am recognizing my symptoms of burn out. I would like something not at the bedside all the time, but something that lets me be with the patients, families, staff, mgmt, and at a desk. I do not know what the learning curve is for the MDS tools/Medicare and all that, but I am willing to learn. Any examples of your experiences are welcome. Thank you.
    Last edit by TammyArkansas on Mar 17, '04 : Reason: clarification
  8. by   TooBusyRN
    Tammy,

    Here in Arkansas you will find that there is a great disparity in salaries across the state for the any position in the nursing home field. The pay in rural areas is a lot less than that in the metro areas like Little Rock. An ADON can make as much as 65k a year in LR, but in a rural area might not even make 40k a year. MDS coordinators are the same way. It all kind of depends on the ownership of the facility and how attentive they are to keeping their salaries/wages competitive in their market. Good Luck! Hope your interview went well.
  9. by   VivaLasViejas
    I was an ADON/RCM at a for-profit SNF, where I made $48K a year. All I can say is, there are more important things in life than money......like family, sleep, and sanity.
  10. by   donmomofnine
    In my area, in nonprofit, ADON $55,000 and RNAC (MDS Coordinator) 50,000. In for profit, you make more, but the facilities are much more difficult to work in.
  11. by   renerian
  12. by   LPN4Life
    Quote from TammyArkansas
    Wow, that sounds like it was difficult. I went to the salary.com, but they didn't have anything specifically for ADON nor MDS Coord. They only had DON. Other sites I visited said avgs of: Nsg Superv $52,700 or Nurse Mgr $60,300. I can't get a lock on each of these positions salaries. I guess I will wait until I submit my application to find out the answers. Thanks.
    If you are wondering why I want to go into this field, here's my story--maybe others can relate here. I have been a peds bedside nurse for 8 yrs. I am recognizing my symptoms of burn out. I would like something not at the bedside all the time, but something that lets me be with the patients, families, staff, mgmt, and at a desk. I do not know what the learning curve is for the MDS tools/Medicare and all that, but I am willing to learn. Any examples of your experiences are welcome. Thank you.
    I think you're making a good choice. I peronally love MDS's, I also could charge when they needed extra help, and interact w/ pt's while doing my assessments on them. I'm an LPN and I made $15/hr, but when it was advertised the offered RN's 20/hr, this is in Missouri, rural areas..
    I taught myself most of it, but went to a 2 day RAI course, which was very helpful, all of the questions can be clearly answered in the RAI manual. The rules are always changing and being challenged, so you have to keep up with the updates. Medicare laws are not too difficult to learn, and ordering a manual about medicare laws will help you answer most of your questions.
    Good luck...........

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