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MDS - Where to Begin?

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by janlem janlem (New Member) New Member Nurse

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Hi, Very interested in the MDS field. Have been a nurse for almost 3 years in LTC and home care. I see MDS positions posted but all require at least a year of experience. I have interviewed for a couple and neither wanted to hire me without any experience but have offered alternate positions. I do not want to go into a LTC facility and "work my way" to MDS. I am currently a unit manager at one and it's not working out.

Will taking classes or trainings be helpful? I see some locally and online but do not know what is best or even if it's worth my money at this point. Any helpful advice?

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Talk to your current MDS coordinator(s).  There are big changes coming on October 1st, which may make some facilities not want to hire a new person until after the dust settles.  Also check out:  American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordinators.  (Google AANAC).  What we do is a 500 question assessment, which sets the payment rate, quality measures and lays out the bare bones for a federally (CMS) compliant comprehensive plan of care.  There are specific guidelines for when admission, annual and quarterly assessments are compiled and transmitted, with sometimes only a 3 day window of Assessment Reference Dates.  It takes a long time to understand all the niceties of the job, which includes analyzing a whole lot of data, and making sense out of charting that makes no sense. Currently skilled SNF patients can require assessments every 7 days during the skilled stay.   Hope this helps.

 

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Where I am, they are offering bonuses for new hire MDS Coordinators.  Is it an awful job?

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