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MDS Nurse

La Canada Care Center

This is a Full-time position in Tucson, AZ posted April 7, 2021.

MDS Nurse

La Canada is looking for an amazing individual who enjoys administrative nursing to join our Management team. The MDS nurse works closely with the IDT team to assure timely completion of the Resident Assessment Process through completion of the Minimum Data Set (MDS) and the Care Area Assessments (CAAs) This position plays a key role in improving financial operations. The MDS nurse identifies guest acuity and needs, helping to determine specific care needs and communicating needs / expectations to families and responsible parties.

MDS nurses are vital to the operations and patient care practices of long-term care facilities, particularly those that receive federal funding or reimbursement. Nursing homes and other facilities tend to hire MDS nurses with at least an associate’s degree, MDS certification, and the following skills:

  • Medical assessment – MDS nurses perform patient assessment throughout the length of a patient’s stay following strict federal guidelines, so they need excellent evaluation and assessment skills
  • Patient care – experience providing care to patients is a necessity, since MDS nurses work with care providers and nursing staff to develop and enact care plans to enhance patient outcomes
  • Attention to detail – MDS nurses need a high level of attention to detail, both while conducting patient assessments and while filling out reports and Medicare and Medicaid-related documentation
  • Critical thinking – in this role, MDS nurses must quickly respond to changing patient circumstances and rapidly assess situations to make critical decisions about patient care
  • Organization skills – this role also requires a high level of organization, as MDS nurses need to adhere to strict reporting and assessment deadlines and follow procedures exactly to ensure that the facility receives federal funding and reimbursement
  • Communication skills – MDS nurses communicate with care staff, patients, federal agencies, and families, so they’re also effective written and verbal communicators

La Canada Care Center

7970 N La Canada Drive

Tucson, AZ 85704

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