The MDS Coordinator RN demonstrates performance and leadership that is broad enough to improve the care for a group of patients. He/she is responsible for the documented outcomes and monitoring and reporting of VHA CLC Compare/SAIL Quality Measures to the CLC interdisciplinary team. Program or service level outcomes must be broad and complex and can be demonstrated at any organizational level within a facility. The purpose of the MDS Coordinator Nurse is to demonstrate leadership in delivering and improving holistic care through collaborative strategies with others. He/she functions as a proficient performer in clinical practice and able to provide direct care to CLC residents with multiple medical co-morbidities and participates in assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation. Responsibilities include active participation in ad hoc, task forces, work groups, nursing, or interdisciplinary committees. The MDS Coordinator Nurse mentors his/her team members and other interdisciplinary team members as it relates to the Resident Assessment Instrument and Minimal Data Set quality measures (RAI-MDS) process and the related care planning processes. The MDS Coordinator Nurse serves as a role model and nursing consultant to his/her team members, sharing clinical/ professional expertise with others through consultation, presentations, participation in professional organizations, etc. He/she serves as a resource and "liaison" for RAI-MDS issues. Encourages team building, demonstrates the ability to discuss issues relating to RAI-MDS systems both within the clinical structure and the computer network environment. The MDS Coordinator Nurse promotes process improvement through the CLC RAI-MDS quality measures. The incumbent maintains database integrity of the RAI-MDS software program collegially with local Information Technology Services and the Austin Information Technical Center (ITC). He/she ensures the accurate and timely completion of the RAI-MDS schedule indicating which assessments are due for review/update, and other duties as assigned. The MDS Coordinator Nurse considers all characteristics of the individual, including gender and role identification, age, life stage, state of health, race, culture, socio-economic status, values and beliefs in order to assist each patient with the improvement of his/her health status to the maximum potential. He/she utilizes core elements of performance including knowledge and active participation in unit/service/program/VISN level quality improvement processes, such as the customer service program. He/she promotes the medical center mission, vision and values; complies with Equal Employment Opportunity programs, partnerships, customer service standards and Veterans Affairs policies and procedures. Promotes good customer service to internal and external customers. Assists in resolving customer problems, treats customers with dignity and respect, acknowledges customers and responds quickly to customer needs. The MDS Coordinator Nurse is a self-directed, quality specialist, professional nurse with a broad-based clinical knowledge appointed to effectively promote health promotion, prevention, and safe skilled care of chronic illness, rehabilitation, and end of life care. The MDS Coordinator Nurse position is an administrative/clinical role assigned to a nurse that demonstrates the skills and abilities to manage and coordinate the MDS Program activities and quality initiatives. The MDS Coordinator Nurse is a vital role in the coordination and facilitation of the MDS processes/program and data. He/she demonstrates a high level of clinical, analytical and leadership skills and is competent in conducting and reporting quality measures and performance improvement activities. The MDS Coordinator Nurse has a specialized body of knowledge of current Long Term Care (LTC), rehabilitation, end of life care, and its application to the MDS process. The MDS Coordinator Nurse works in collaboration with the Resident Assessment Coordinator (RAC) and mentors/coaches direct care nurses and other disciplines to ensure the required documentation for the Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) MDS program and processes are appropriate and in accordance with VHA directives. MDS Coordinator Nurse is directly involved in the implementation of any national changes that effectively support the RAI/MDS program. He/she is responsible for the review and accuracy of interrater reliability (IRR) data, and other quality measures associated with MDS metrics. The MDS Coordinator Nurse may cover the Resident Assessment Coordinator as needed and under the direction of the Chief Nurse of Geriatrics and Extended care. The MDS Coordinator Nurse is also responsible for other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday 8am to 4:30pm - may include occasional weekends Telework: YES up to 50% ; After orientation and successful demonstration of meeting performance expectation/objectives. A flexible schedule will be negotiable after orientation and successful demonstration of of meeting performance expectations. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.