MDS Coordinator/ Registered Nurse Assessment Coordinator

  • Job Tracking ID: 85434-300734
  • Job Location: Newark, NJ
  • Job Level: Any
  • Level of Education: BA/BS
  • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
  • Date Updated: February 03, 2020
  • Years of Experience: 2 - 5 Years
  • Starting Date: ASAP

Job Description:



New Community in Newark, New Jersey is one of the largest and most comprehensive community development organizations in the country; New Community’s success rests on its comprehensive approach to community development. It is active in housing, health care, education, job training, childcare and economic development. It has provided training to community development professionals from around the country and the world, having hosted representatives from more than 20 countries throughout the years. The mission of New Community is to help residents of inner cities improve the quality of their lives to reflect individual God-given dignity and personal achievement.


Position Summary:

MDS Coordinator/Registered Nurse Assessment Coordinator (RNAC) is a Registered Nurse designated by the facility to determine the resident’s acuity level and document in the resident’s medical record


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assesses and determines the level of care on all new admissions;
  • Assumes responsibility for all level of care changes within the facility:
  • Generates appropriate forms to complete level of acuity change and sends forms to the appropriate agency for processing, as required by state law;
  • Participates in communicating changes of acuity level of residents to the Medical Director, Administrator, Admission Director and D.O.N.;
  • Attends daily admission meeting, as needed;
  • Coordinates interdisciplinary participation in completing the MDS and ensures completion of MDS within days of admission;
  • Completes the Resident Assessment Protocol (RAP) form within guidelines;
  • Participates in facility's and/or nursing committees as requested;
  • Maintains accurate records of resident assessments which are due and communicates with other departments;
  • Coordinates the completion of the interdisciplinary plan of care. Facilitator of the care planning team. Notifies all disciplines of the care planning schedule;
  • Assumes responsibility for monitoring and reviewing, and transmitting resident data as part of the electronic transmission of MDS;
  • Teaches staff to enhance their skill level in providing accurate, timely, and appropriate information into the resident assessment system;
  • Concerns his/herself with the safety of all facility residents in order to minimize the potential for fire and accidents. Also ensures that the facility adheres to all legal, safety, health, fire and sanitation codes by being familiar with his/her role in carrying out the facility's fire, safety and disaster plans and by being familiar with current MSDS;
  • Ensures that residents and families receive the highest quality of service in a caring and compassionate atmosphere which recognizes the individuals' needs and rights; Performs other related duties as requested.

Experience and Skills:

Education Requirements

  • Graduate of an accredited school of nursing with current registered nurse license by the New Jersey State Board of Nursing.
  • Graduate of an accredited School of Nursing with current RN license in the state in which employment occurs is required.
  • Bachelor's Science Degree in Nursing is preferred.


Experience required

  • A minimum of three years full-time or equivalent clinical experience is required and a minimum of two years of clinical experience in long-term care nursing with one year in a management/administrative or supervisory capacity is preferred.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of Medicare reimbursement, Medicaid and third-party payor regulations is required.


Required skills and abilities

  • Must be knowledgeable with all state-specific and Medicare reimbursement regulations.
  • Must possess the ability to work independently, problem solve and make decisions as necessary.
  • Must possess the ability to positively interact with personnel, residents, family members, visitors, government agencies/personnel, and the general public.
  • Must be able to develop and implement programs, policies and procedures, etc., which are necessary for maximizing the reimbursement potential of the facility.
  • Must provide annual verification of a negative TB skin test.
  • Must be knowledgeable of nursing and medical practices and procedures, as well as law regulations and guidelines that pertain to long-term care.
  • Must be able to recognize and identify symptoms and to make decisions quickly in emergencies.
  • Must be able to effectively make assessments related to residents' acuity level and subsequent changes in acuity.
  • Must have thorough knowledge of nursing theory, techniques and practices
  • Must possess strong organizational abilities and be detail and deadline oriented.