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Hi Everyone,

This is my first time posting on this board. I actually stumbled upon this board about a month ago, but have not actually posted anything before. So hopefully I am posting this message in the right place:) The reason for my post is that I wanted to get the opinion of other fellow nurses on what job would provide me the best career path. I have the opportunity to become a diabetes educator or to be trained as a resident assessment RN (MDS coordinator) for 39 bed SNF. Both jobs interest me. I would really appreciate any suggestions, the pros/cons, etc. I want a job that I truly enjoy and feel that I am making a difference in someone's life. When I interviewed for the MDS position the DON said that it was a job that I would either love or hate.




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No advice here, just wanted to welcome you. :) Good luck with your career decision. :)

renerian, BSN, RN

5,693 Posts

Specializes in MS Home Health.

Which sounds best to you? Myself I would like the diabetes educator but that is me........

Let us know what you decide.



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Welcome to the board! I don't have any suggestions either, but the both sound like really great opportunities!


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I'd go for the diabetes educator patients all the time. More interesting work. Transferable skills.

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VivaLasViejas, ASN, RN

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Welcome to the board!

Having been an MDS coordinator myself, I think you're better off with the diabetes educator position. Long-term care will chew you up and spit you out. Believe me, you cannot possibly attend to every detail on 39 residents....if I had it to do over again, I wouldn't have even tried. Go for the good stuff!!!

ERNurse752, RN

1,323 Posts

My own personal preference would be diabetes educator...I think it would provide an opportunity to feel like you are directly affecting someone's life.

All I ever hear about is the huge number of regulations in the long-term care world, and that would be a pain for me, and I think I would feel like I couldn't really make a difference from being bound in by rules, regulations, and the bottom line.

JMHO... :)


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Thanks to everyone who responded to my post. I myself think I would most likely be happy with the diabetes educator position, but I am kind of nervous about teaching classes since I never liked public speaking in school. But I figured once I teach a couple of classes and become more knowlegable about diabetes I won't have any problems. I guess I will just have to deal with the awful butterflies in my stomach feeling for a while. Also I would only being teaching classes about twice a month, the rest of the time would be more of one on one teaching/counseling - so it shouldn't be too bad. I went for my second interview for the diabetes educator position last week and I am suppose to hear back from them this week. They have even called up my references so I hope they will offer me a job there. Wish me luck.

Take Care,


renerian, BSN, RN

5,693 Posts

Specializes in MS Home Health.

Good luck Purple_RN. Let us know the outcome!


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