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MDS Coordinator





REPORTS TO: Director of Nursing


Provide an ongoing objective evaluation of the important aspects of patients’ care through daily review of patient charts, and identification of variations in care to provide data for use in the correction of potential problems and to meet the requirements of all regulatory agencies. Relate effectively with interdepartmental and intradepartmental personnel, medical staff, patients, patient’s families, and outside agencies. Conduct and coordinate the development and completion of the resident assessment in accordance with the requirements of the state and the policies and goals of this facility. Assist with the resolution of grievances, complaints and staff related issues and concerns.

The person holding this position is delegated the responsibility for carrying out the assigned duties and responsibilities in accordance with current existing federal and state regulations and established company policies and procedures. An MDS Coordinator may be either an LPN or RN.

Assist the DON and relevant department supervisor in ensuring that all personnel involved in providing care to the resident are aware of the resident’s care plan and that nursing personnel refer to the resident’s care plan prior to administering daily care to the resident.


  1. Conduct and coordinate the development and completion of the resident assessment (including the delegation of specific tasks) (MDS) in accordance with current rules, regulations, and guidelines that govern the resident assessment, including the implementation of RAPs and Triggers.
  2. Conduct or coordinate the interviewing of each resident’s assessment.
  3. Evaluate each resident’s condition and pertinent medical data to determine any need for special assessment activities or a need to amend the admission assessment.
  4. Develop preliminary and comprehensive assessments of the nursing needs of each resident, utilizing the forms required by current rules or regulations and facility policies.
  5. Ensure that appropriate health professionals are involved in the assessment.
  6. Coordinate the development of a written plan of care (preliminary and comprehensive) for each resident that identifies the problems/needs of the resident, indicates the care to be given, goals to be accomplished, and which professional services is responsible for each element of care.
  7. Ensure that the care plan includes measurable objectives and timetables to meet the resident’s medical, nursing, and mental and psychological needs as identified in the resident’s assessment.
  8. Ensure that the initial resident assessment and comprehensive care plan is completed within the required time frame of the resident’s admission.
  9. Develop the schedule of steps required for the resident admission, assessment and plan of care. Insure all assessment for all requirements are complete, i.e. self administration – restraints, infection control. i.e. PPD.
  10. Ensure that quarterly and annual resident assessments and care plan review are made on a timely basis.
  11. Ensure that a complete resident assessment is conducted within the required time frame if a significant change in the resident’s condition.
  12. Coordinate the review and revision of the resident’s care plan by the interdisciplinary team after each quarterly reviews or other assessment, assuring that the care plan is evaluated and revised each time an assessment is done or when there is a change in the resident’s status.
  13. Ensure that each portion of the assessment is signed and dated by the person completing the portion of the MDS.
  14. Maintain and periodically update written policies and procedures that govern the development, use, and implementation of the resident assessment (MDS) and care plan.
  15. Perform administrative duties such as completing medical forms, reports, evaluations, studies, etc., as necessary.
  16. Develop, implement, and maintain an ongoing quality assurance program for the resident assessment/care plans.
  17. Assist the resident and staff in completing the care plan portion of the resident’s discharge plan.
  18. Participate in surveys (inspections) made by authorized government agencies.
  19. Be sensitive to resident families and respond in an appropriate professional manner.
  20. Perform related duties as assigned or as the situation dictates.
  21. Ensure that the annual medication post audit and medication room audits are completed.


___ 1=Tasks may involve exposure to blood/body fluids.

X     2=Tasks do not involve contact with blood/body fluids, but could result in performing a Category 1 task.

___ 3=Tasks do not involve any risk of exposure to blood/body fluids.


  1. Adhere to and carry out all policies and procedures, including, but not limited to:
    • Reporting on-the-job injuries to the supervisor immediately (within 10 minutes) of the accident occurring on the shift.
    • Reporting instances of harassment following the procedures outlined in your employees handbook.
    • Following the drug and alcohol policy set forth in your employee handbook.
    • Arriving for work dressed according to the dress code. Good personal hygiene is also expected.
    • Arriving to work on time and as scheduled as set forth in your employee handbook.
    • Report any resident abuse to the Administrator or Supervisor in accordance with company policy.
    • Establish and maintain constructive working relationships with coworkers, residents, families and visitors.
    • Maintain confidentiality of verbal and written information pertaining to residents, facility operations, and personnel.
    • Promote the facility in a positive way.
    • Promote teamwork in providing services to residents.


These are physical and mental requirements of the position as it is typically performed. Inability to meet one or more of these physical or mental requirements will not automatically disqualify a candidate or employee from the position. Upon request for a reasonable accommodation, the Company may be able to adjust or excuse one or more of these requirements, depending on the requirement, the essential functions to which it relates, and the proposed accommodation.

Office, nurses station, drug room, resident rooms, and throughout the facility.


License/Registration: Board of Nursing, RN or LPN

Continuing Education: As required.

Education: Minimum of at least a high school diploma, ability to read, write, and follow written and oral instructions, and successfully complete the prescribed licensed-training program.

Experience: Clinical nursing experience with background in medical and nursing care practices and procedures preferred.

Job knowledge: Nursing policies and procedures; administration of medication, federal, and state laws and regulations relative to resident care, facility policies.

Standards: Professional standards and code of ethics must be adhered to at all times.

Professional Memberships: Not required.

Other: Excellent human relations and communication skills are needed to maintain good rapport and effective working relationships with nursing staff.


  1. Residents always come first, and their needs will be met unless there is a conflict with the needs of others or the organization as a whole.
  2. Residents, resident families, co-workers and visitors will be treated with respect, dignity and kindness.
  3. Every employee is responsible for ensuring the complete satisfaction of each resident in terms of quality of care, courtesy and professionalism of service, and the accuracy and efficiency of the reporting systems.
  4. Employee behavior will consistently be in a manner that demonstrates both employee’s and the company’s commitment to an ethical, honest and above-board approach in all dealings with employees, customers, suppliers and the community. How you conduct yourself at work influences the perception of the business and reputation as a health care provider.