can my DON force me to work the floor? - page 3

I need some advice. I have been an MDS coordinator for the past 21 years. Due to some restructuring in management, it looks like I might be put on the "on call" rotation. For my building, the on call... Read More

  1. by   jelite37RN
    I cannot imagine how you'd have time to fill out SBARs...
    Just like everybody else said, ask for orientation, or...
    Sad to hear about your situation, OP! Looking at the bright side, with your amount of experience in MDS, no facilities will have issues with hiring you!
  2. by   LTCNS
    I know this is an old thread but I wanted to chime in and comment. I was an MDS Nurse for 14 years and many times I asked to be pulled to the floor in the event of an absence in order to keep up my bedside skills in case I ended up on call or there was an urgent need. Sure enough, I worked in a LTC home where I was required to be on call every 6-8 weeks and my times being pulled to the floor saved my butt. IMHO, all MDS nurses should be on call. You just never know when you will be needed, and it promotes more f a teamwork environment and mentality among floor staff.
  3. by   NurseLatteDNP
    I haven't read all the comments, but I just wanted to say that when our hospital needs additional help from nurses who may have not done patient care in years (nurses in infection prevention, education, administration, case management etc.), we have to prove that we provided them with orientation to patient care areas and current hospital/unit processes. If there is no time for that (due to immediate need), we use the non-bedside nurses as 'nurse extenders'. Those extenders are used to help the nurses with vitals, answering phone calls, feeding patients etc. Similar to unit clerk/nurse aide combo. Any help is appreciated.
  4. by   ybanurse
    On your days off ,you should be given orientation and get familiar with the paperwork and the med cart which is going to take some days to learn itself. One time during the holidays there was a call out and it took the DON and the Asst. DON on one cart to pass out the pills it took the whole eight hours on the morning shift! LMAO