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and I need advice! I am a new DNS...year and a half.... tell me when does it feel like you have this "under control"

CapeCodMermaid, RN

Specializes in Gerontology, Med surg, Home Health. Has 30 years experience.

I've been a DNS for way longer than that and some days I still don't think I have everything under control.

FieryGingerRN

Specializes in Hospice. Has 7 years experience.

What is a DNS?

CapeCodMermaid, RN

Specializes in Gerontology, Med surg, Home Health. Has 30 years experience.

DNS= Director of Nursing Services = DON

Aem1215

Has 16 years experience.

When I first started to be a DON, for the first few months, I kept thinking that once I got all the fires put out, I would really be able to get some stuff done. At about three months in, as the DOH was walking into the building again for a complaint survey, It hit me that there was never not going to be a fire. Since then, I have learned to work my day to day duties around the problems.

I am at my 2nd building......when I first went there I walked into clean up of Survey and for the first couple of months the state was there every week...on old stuff....but they got a G tag and I had to clear that....was a lot of work as a new DNS but I did it...now I have learned how to make timelines and hae everything ready....they have come in....not so frequently....2 times on a complaint and the rest I called in....(mandatory reporting) so far.....I have managed to clear them all....but my biggest goal is to have a good survey and I think that stresses me the most. Because I want it perfect.