Quote from Faby
Hi Guys; I've been searching the web looking for MDS Coordinator positions in my area(NJ) All I could find was directed to experienced nurses (RN and LPN) I was wondering where should I get training. And also if an LPN could do that kind of work. (I'm an RN , though)
'just to let you know first that this is almost a year old thread. You may want to start a new one in order to get more replies.
Anyhow, I can share a few pointers.
MDS is a mandatory tool for SNFs. The accuracy of it's completion is crucial in complying w/ CMS regulations and sustaining the financial state of a facility, that is why an experienced or seasoned MDS coordinator is usually sought by most employers.
There are several MDS training available online and maybe seminars provided in your state or nearby. They are expensive. Be forwarned however, without basic knowledge, the MDS cannot be learned instantly with just a one time online training and seminars. It will require an ongoing learning process, a hands-on on-the-job experience.
My suggestion - work in an SNF that involves nurses in completing or collecting data for the MDS (this is different from assuming a full MDS coordinator responsibilty). Borrow the MDS RAI Manual (or you can download a roughly 600 page manual for free) and read it at home. Ask the coordinator questions. Join an MDS discussion group online (free). Most facilities will be delighted to have someone in their staff as a back-up in the absence of the MDS coordinator. They will even pay for the training. Your knowledge and experience will grow in a few months.
You may preview the MDS process here ....
Registration is required but very short and simple.
Now, regarding an LPN doing the job... With knowledge and expertise, anyone
can do the job. Whether who is mandated by CMS to assume the responsibilty of an MDS Coordinator --- only the RN is. Altho I am aware of some facilities and some states designating an LPN as MDS Coordinators and having them certified or credentialed as one, I have yet to see a CMS statement that such practices are permissible. Nevertheless, a nurse w/ the expertise can just be as good as the other regardless of title.