3.02.2017

New Job

I have a new job! Around November the MDS coordinator at work asked me if I've ever thought about being an MDS nurse.  I was honest and told her I really didn't even know what they do.  But when she told me the hours are very flexible my ears perked up.

So the person who was retiring retired and after a brief period of questioning whether the facility would even fill the position the job was posted, I applied and was interviewed.  I still wasn't totally sure what MDS nursing was but she explained it's filling out computerized assessments on nursing home and rehab patients and submitting them to Medicare/Medicaid for reimbursement and nursing home quality measures purposes and care planning.

I started Monday.  Right now I'm working Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and I leave shortly after the boys' bus leaves the house and I'm home in time for their return.  It's wonderful.  I can work the sixteen hours in two days if I want so I can structure a vacation in there by working Mon/Tues one week and Thurs/Fri the next.  Hallelujah!  The only caveat is that I will have to take weekend call every 8 weeks and if a nurse calls in sick I'd have to come in and supervise so the supervisor can take the floor.  Not a big deal unless it's nights and even so eight weeks is a long time.

It's a lot to learn and I've only just begun.  My mentor has been doing it for over 20 years and I'm so grateful that she's taken me under her wing and is willing to teach me everything vs. hiring someone who already knows the job and is MDS certified.

So there's something new for the old blog!

3 comments:

LBJ11 said...

So happy you found something that fits your likes and schedule! I always liked learning something new - hope you do too!!!

scissorbill said...

Oh thank you! I always appreciate your perspective. Yes I do like learning new things and I think it's good for the brain. :)

Jim & Arlene said...

Congratulations. We're glad you found something that fits so well. I'm sure you'll learn a lot and enjoy the challenge.
Gramps and Gramma