Quote from Malt123
After 24 years of listening and trying to do the job I would like the opportunity to use my knowledge and experience to do nursing. I worked as a supervisor for 3 months and was able to focus more on what I went to school for. The MDS cordinator would do the same if I were able to actually do the pt assessments.
I am having a hard time understanding what you are saying. What does your last statement mean?
The best way to move into a management position is to develop the skills that make someone a good manager. Being a good nurse requires a different set of skills than being a good manager. A few of the skills overlap (think Venn diagram), but most are unique.
For the DNS or ADNS job: What leadership skills do you bring to the table? Can you handle pressure from above and below? How do you manage when your bosses tell you you're getting less, and your employees are demanding more? Can you separate your personal feelings from your professional responsibilities? Can you keep your head when everyone around you is losing theirs? Are you willing to pitch in and help your staff when they're in need, knowing you still have 40 or 50 hours of your own work that still has to get done? Do you know when it is appropriate to delegate, and when you need to micromanage? Can you smile when you really want to scream? Can you get your head out of your computer and your reports and your meetings and get out there on the units? When you get out there, is it obvious that you are in charge?
As far as the MDS job: Have you ever completed an MDS? RAP? Care plan? Do you have a finely honed attention to detail? Ability to track and meet multiple, inflexible deadlines? Mathematical skills to determine the optimum Medicare ARDs? Capacity to get other departments to do their jobs with the same sense of urgency you have? Teaching skills that will improve the accuracy of the MDS/CP documentation? Talent for balancing family demands and patient needs against state regulations and corporate restrictions?
This is why these jobs are hard to fill and good people are hard to retain.
Anyway, good luck.