I will be finishing LPN school in 1 week and always wanted to do psych but have recently stumbled across MDS nursing. I am researching everything and have seen a few job listings in my area so i was wondering if you all that are already MDS nurses have any suggestions for work experience etc to get me to this path. My plan is to apply for MDS positions, day shift, and work PRN night shift to gain some working LPN experience, maybe in a SNF or LTC facility. Although i have some background as a CNA in psych, my ultimate goal is to continue my education to get up to a MSN in informatics as i love nursing and love computers so that is where i ultimately want to be. I have researched MDS certification, and there is a 3/4 day class in my area in October that i was thinking of taking but have read various recommendations that you get hands-on-experience first, so i guess if i'm lucky enough to get hired straight out of school as a MDS coordinator i can take the class later. i guess i'm afraid to just work MDS as a new grad and never actually have any bedside experience. I don't mind bedside, it's just that i have lots of computer experience, love the documentation side of nursing and feel that MDS or any kind of "computer" nursing would be a great fit for me. Please let me know any thoughts, suggestions or recommendations you all have. thanks in advance.