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MDS Nurse

at Volunteers of America

Posted: 11/9/2018
Job Reference #: 1506/2238
Keywords: nursing

Job Description

PRIMARY RELATIONSHIPS: Residents, family members, other staff members.


OBJECTIVE: The primary purpose of the MDS Nurse is to plan and organize the MDS/RAI process in coordination with the RAI/PPS Coordinator. This position assures compliance with all State and Federal MDS transmission requirements. The MDS Nurse is responsible for collaborating with Clinical and Administrative staff regarding issues relative to the Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) process.


QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. 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. EDUCATION: Current licensure in the state of employment as a Registered Nurse.

2. EXPERIENCE: Registered Nurse with previous long- term care experience with working knowledge of the RAI process preferred.

3. OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
* Good problem solver with abilities to make independent judgments utilizing initiative, discretion and the nursing process as needed.
* Demonstrates good organizational skills.
* Familiar with utilizing computer.
* Displays knowledge of RAI/PPS process.
* Ability to prioritize duties, and work independently.
* Customer service oriented with knowledge of successful customer service techniques.
* Ability to complete assigned duties within a constantly changing environment.
* Team player with ability to function within interdisciplinary team.
* Ability to utilize computers and other electronic devices for tasks such as timekeeping, in-servicing and documentation.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

A. Resident Assessment Instrument Process
* Works within coordination of RAI/PPS Coordinator for scheduling and proper coding of all new admission and PPS assessments.
* Completes the minimum data set assessment (MDS) and Care Area Assessment (CAAS) within the required time frames.
* Completes as assessment that is accurate with proper coding.
* Consults with IDT members for pertinent clinical information as needed.
* Utilize direct interview/observation skills, chart audits, resident/family interviews and communication with direct care staff when completing assessments.
* Works with Interdisciplinary team to determine resident significant change in status and OMRA assessments.
* Completes Nursing Sections of MDS per facility policy and ensures completion of assigned sections by other disciplines.
* Follows and updates facility MDS schedule and tracking forms per policy and procedure.
* Follow facility policy and procedure on Resident Care Planning.
* Ensure that care plans accurately reflect the cares and clinical monitoring provided.
* Audits completion and review of completed MDS sample on each floor monthly.
* Distributes copies of audits for correction to appropriate departments.
* Monitors regulatory compliance for completion of MDS/RAI process.
* Notifies Administrator and department supervisors of significant or persistent problem areas.
* Coordinates the completion of Discharge Tracking Forms and Return Tracking Forms as required.
* Tracks completion of MDS's and transmits in compliance with HCFA timelines as delegated by RAI/PPS Coordinator or per facility policy.
* Reviews Validation reports and makes appropriate corrections.
* Informs IDT members of validation errors as appropriate.
* Follows the HCFA Correction Policy for corrections.

B. Uses Quality Indicator data and other reports to improve MDS accuracy & compliance
* Prints Quality Indicator Reports as delegated per policy.
* Reviews & distributes as directed.
* Assists IDT in determining MDS accuracy issues related to Quality Indicators.
* With appropriate IDT members, develops and implements appropriate Action Plans to correct MDS accuracy issues.

C. Personnel Functions
* Supports Nursing Administration in their absence. Participates in nursing on-call rotation per facility policy.
* Attends ongoing educational offerings of topics pertaining to assigned duties to remain current in areas of responsibilities.
* Attends mandatory in-services and meetings as assigned.
* Provides educational training relating to Medicare, PPS, MDS/RAI process to staff as requested.
* Attends educational training relating to Medicare, PPS, MDS/RAI process.

D. Other duties as assigned.



Work Environment

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. Exposure to blood, body tissue of fluids.
2. Exposure to hazardous waste materials, dust and loud or unpleasant noises.


Physical Demands

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.


Job Functions

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.

EOE M/F/Vets/Disabled

Application Instructions

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