I am LPN and did MDS's while working in a 32 bed Alzheimers Unit in Michigan.
I loved doing them. We were trained by the RN Coodinator. The RN's were sent to 2 day seminar. I want to go back to doing them. But yes we have to have a RN sign for us by law. Sometimes the RN/DON will for the LPN in the LTC facilities.
Pay can vary, I did the MDS's just for our unit, while also working the unit on 12hr night shifts. I was paid, $17.01/hr after 3 months employment. Started at $14.40hr.
I make $21hr. in Arizona presently. I have made as much as $30hr working as a Travel LPN. Anyway, I wanted to share with everyone that in my reseach today, I came across a site that a LPN/RN can be trained online or by attending a live seminar to do the MDS's! They also have excellent standardized CarePlans to buy and a MDS book and all kinds of nice things to help with doing everything quicker. Also, I'm going to take the MDS Online course and become certified. The course costs $299, live seminar $429 plus your expenses in getting there. I am a very detailed person and I really enjoy that type of work. So, now I"ve found a place where I can be certified I am just thrilled about the new opportunties that could open up for me. Wage, well I'd like to make $25hr at least, or if my expertise will bring them in more money then I would think I would at least deserve a quarterly bonus! I just like doing that type of work. I'd even like to take their instructors course and teach it if I can as a LPN. And I'd like to be a "troubleshooter" also and make $70/hr.! I wish I'd known about this site years ago. Cuz, like so many of you have said in your comments. All of sudden your offered a job to so the MDS"s and yah get 6 hr training in it and your out there doing it! Of couse our MDS Cood. was there for us to ask questions but I really wanted to be trained thoroughly and wasn't, especially when it comes to the RAPS. The day nurses had her available to ask questions of her but we didn't working nights. As usual.
Of course the RN didn't probably want us to know as much as she did anyway, she didn't want to train us out of a job for herself! I know a lot of places use one to two LPN's and have one RN working that office. Yah have to like detail tho and doing things correctly, and timely. I love that type of work. As it is my boss tells me my charting is so good. Well, I chart for the MDS coordinator is why. And that is really how all nurses should know to chart anyway. As nurses we should be charting to justify the patients care in these LTC facilities,or anywhere, if you want the facility to earn money. State looks at that too. I"m from the old school tho anyway, I love doing things right for the patient and for the facility........its not just a job for me, its a profession I love. And when doing the MDS's you have alot of patient contact too. Yah just don't have a production line med pass to do on top of it.! LOL!
MDS User Guide: http://www.nrai.net/index_files/mds_2_0_changes.htm?