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PRIMARY RELATIONSHIPS: Residents, family members and other staff members.
OBJECTIVE: The MDS Coordinator is responsible for the Minimum Data Set (MDS) Comprehensive Resident Assessment Instrument of the facility residents. The nurse will utilize the nursing process in performance of the job and will keep abreast of current trends in nursing care and service. The nurse will practice in accordance with the state nursing practice act, nursing ethics and state rules and regulations.
QUALIFICATIONS: The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
1. Current Registered Nurse licensed to practice in the state of employment, required 2. Previous experience in long-term care, required 3. Possesses knowledge and understanding of rehabilitative nursing concepts. 4. Clinically competent to utilize the nursing process to perform physical and cognitive assessments of residents. 5. Caring person with a desire to work with the frail and elderly. 6. Ability to utilize computers and other electronic devices for tasks such as timekeeping, in-servicing and documentation. 7. Resident Assessment Coordinator Certified Program, RAC-CT needs to be certified six (6) months after hire.
1. Perform assessments necessary to accurately complete the minimum data set and the Care Area Assessment (CAAS). 2. Complete assessments within required time frames for newly admitted residents, quarterly reviews. Annual reviews and significant change reviews. 3. Follow facility policy/procedures titled, Resident Care Planning. 4. Initiate a new MDS whenever a significant change occurs in a resident's health status. Schedule care conference within fourteen (14) days of when the change in the resident's condition is determined to be permanent. 5. Coordinate an annual re-assessment on or near, but not later than the date of the prior assessment. 6. Initiate a new MDS upon a resident's return from a hospital when there is a significant change from resident's prior condition or resident had a CVA, invasive surgical procedure and/or long bone fracture. 7. Notify Social Services, Therapeutic Recreation and Dietary Departments when a new MDS is initiated for whatever reason. Clearly define the dates and sections to be completed. 8. Make care plan and referral recommendations. 9. Utilize direct interview/observation skills, chart audits, resident/family interviews and communicate with direct care staff when completing the assessments. 10. Follow all facility policies related to the maintenance of an accurate medical record. 11. Maintain a clean, safe and efficient work environment. 12. Use time, equipment and supplies in a responsible manner. 13. Attend nurses' meetings as scheduled. 14. Attends required in-services and completes assigned on-line modules. 15. Meet state and federal continuing education requirements. 16. Take on the responsibility of Building Supervisor or RN on-call for the facility as assigned.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee may encounter while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions:
1. The work environment is warm, well-lighted, open and subject to interruptions. 2. Exposure to blood, body tissue of fluids. 3. Exposure to hazardous waste materials, dust and loud or unpleasant noises. 4. At times, the nurse interacts with co-workers and residents from varying socioeconomic, ethnic, cultural and educational backgrounds.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individual with disabilities to meet these demands.
1. Ability to endure prolonged walking, sitting, standing, use of pulling, bending, and stooping movements. 2. Ability to adapt to changes in daily work hours and schedule. 3. Ability to lift/carry a minimum of fifty (50) pounds. 4. Ability to push/pull more than fifty (50) pounds. 5. Ability to perform tasks which require arm-hand steadiness. 6. Ability to walk and stand for prolonged periods of time through duration of shift(s). 7. Ability to squat, climb stairs, reach above shoulders, twist, bend and kneel repeatedly through duration of shift(s). 8. Ability to see and interpret colors as in reading warning lights. 9. Ability to hear normal sounds within background noise. 10. Ability to speak clearly and make self understood. 11. Ability to keep attention on task if routinely interrupted. 12. Ability to understand a variety of concepts/approaches. 13. Ability to remember tasks/assignments for a full shift. 14. Ability to work beyond regularly scheduled shift (overtime) when necessary.
Safe Work Performance Expectations
The safety of employees, residents and visitors is of paramount importance to Volunteers of America. Our work place safety program will be incorporated as the standard of practice for this organization. Compliance with these safe work expectations will be required of all employees as a condition of employment. Our organization focus will hold all employees accountable for safety performance equal with quality and production expectations.
Employees will be expected to:
1. Follow correct policy and procedures for department and facility Fire/Disaster/Missing Person Plan. Know the location of fire alarms and extinguishers. 2. Follow correct policy and procedure for hand washing. 3. Follow guidelines for proper method of lifting. 4. All doorways, hallways and areas are to be kept clear. 5. Know the location and purpose of Safety Data Sheets (SDS). 6. Follow guidelines for department environment and safety measures. 7. Follow guidelines for safe handling, inspection, maintenance and storage of equipment. Report any malfunction of equipment. 8. Follow guidelines for safe handling and storage of chemicals and supplies. 9. Follow correct policy and procedure for reporting of incidents: staff, residents, etc.
Every effort has been made to identify the essential functions of this position. However, this job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties you may be required to perform. The omission of specific descriptions of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or can be considered essential to this position.