First, I started as an MDS coordinator in November so my comments are related to being very new. I'm also a new grad nurse, having 5 months charge before moving to mds.
I love doing mds. I love the attention to detail you must have. I like learning how it drives the payment for the facility. I like the research.
I do not like also being unit manager which pulls me from my mds responsibilities, I do not like having minimal training, I don't like having someone question that I'm doing something wrong because they don't underdeveloped mds.... I don't like when I have to constantly refer people to the RAI ands they still don't believe what I say.
My typical day: supposed to be 9 to 5 but that's a laugh. I usually work 9 to 7 Monday thru Friday with ono call. I start by reviewing the paSt 24 hours to see if there are new orders, condition changes, skin conditions, new admissions, potential discharges. Then I pull my pps schedule and review each person to see what I need to do with them that day. I review care plans for update, meet with to see if there are RUG changes or discharges ands review minutes/set PPS up, etc. Then I go to meetings. No lunch, I eat in my office because I'm too busy. Then I complete mds for residents and make sure I have the next one set up.
Because I'm a unit manager my schedule varies based on the needs of that position for the day.
Right now I'm trying to increase my proficiency of my mds ands accuracy by creating a checklist. I carry a PPS binder with me so that no matter what is going on I have that in hand for notes, appts, etc.
Really though, I love what I do. I wish I had more time in the day. I wish people understood what I did ands the charting was better. I'm planning to take the charting back soon though so I know the residents better. I've had so many odd things happen from day 1 that those were delegated out.
If you choose mds...be prepared for the abundance of information you will know/learn, the amount of care planning you will do, accuracy you will need and regs you gotta follow. :)