Does working as a nurse state surveyor hurt your nursing career?
- 0Mar 29, '13 by shea12358I am considering taking a position as a state surveyor in Texas. I would also like to have a part time weekend job at a skilled nursing facility. I am concern that maybe a facility could be reluctant to hire a state surveyor, for obvious reasons. So my basic question is this, could working as a state surveyor hinder my attempts at finding a part time job? And also, does working as a state surveyor at all hinder my career down the road in nursing?
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- 0Mar 29, '13 by SuzieVNI've worked LTC for 'ever', and without fail, the RN surveyors were dismissed as 'wanna be DONs that can't get hired, so they turn traitor'. And in management meetings, most of them were derided as 'if you can DO, if you cannot, SURVEY', ala the same saying about teachers. But maybe you just want to avoid trying to apply at a place you gave a bad survey too, whether or not it was justified? On the flip side- if you helped a place get a five star rating? I'd think they'd welcome you. I always thought that to be a surveyor, was sort of bottom of the barrel total drudgery- more so if you go to the same awful place, and know that your efforts may not be helping clean a place up>?
- 0Apr 3, '13 by HouTx GuideHmm - very interesting. I've never worked in LTC, but I would have thought that having experience as a surveyor would be perceived as a very positive career asset, particularly to those that hire LTC nursing leaders.... wouldn't these be the facility owners/administrators rather than the DON?
But, if the surveyor job is not full time, are there any conflict-of-interest limitations that would prevent you from working in a LTC to supplement your income?