What is this fascinating specialty?

  1. I keep seeing MDS Coordinator Information posts pop up on my home page, and every time I try to lurk on this forum it looks like the posters are speaking in code. I can't make heads or tails of it.

    What is this enigmatic nursing specialty? What do the codes represent? Who are you people? I'm intrigued.
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  3. by   mlolsonny
    MDS (Minimum Data Set--nothing minimum about it) is the federally required Resident Assessment Instrument for nursing homes that drives further assessment, care planning, reimbursement, and nursing home quality measures. It's a Long term care sub-specialty, as most MDS coordinators are first and foremost nurses, but also detectives, teachers, reimbursement specialists, and documentation pros!
  4. by   adventure_rn
    Quote from mlolsonny
    MDS (Minimum Data Set--nothing minimum about it) is the federally required Resident Assessment Instrument for nursing homes that drives further assessment, care planning, reimbursement, and nursing home quality measures. It's a Long term care sub-specialty, as most MDS coordinators are first and foremost nurses, but also detectives, teachers, reimbursement specialists, and documentation pros!

    Thank you for sharing! Inquiring minds want to know.
  5. by   RNrhythm
    Can this be a side job? The posts I see here sound pretty involved but I had a brief conversation with a registry nurse who, if I understood her correctly, does it one day a week. I was intrigued because she only has about 18 months experience as an RN. I am looking for a one-day-a-week, not-a-12-hour-shift, side gig.
  6. by   cmonlaf
    I do MDS 3 days a week. I think it just depends on the facility and their needs. It is good to learn and could open doors in LTC as is it a valued skill to know how to do MDS.
  7. by   Talino
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