There is no one right or wrong way to be a nurse assessment coordinator. The role often varies by state, by facility, and by the individual filling the role.
But, suffice it to say, there are certain elements of the job that are applicable across the board—like, say, completing the MDS, or scheduling assessments.
Tasks like these usually require the quiet solitude of an office with a closed door, or at least a computer to access software. So it’s understandable why many people might associate the role of a NAC with a desk job.
But the truth is, the RAI process is not something that can be completed from your work chair. And if you’re spending the majority of your workday sitting at a desk, you’re missing out on key elements of your roles and responsibilities. The role of the NAC involves a lot of face-to-face interaction, both with the interdisciplinary team and—especially—with the residents.
NACs, like every other member of the facility staff, are in the business of providing person-centered care. The operative word here is “person.” If you’re not interacting with the people, how can you ensure they’re at the center of the care you’re delivering?
The RAI process, just like every component of care provided at the facility, needs to incorporate the resident’s voice and resident’s choice. Here’s how to make sure you’re doing just that: