Planning for time off over the holidays often takes coordination across the entire interdisciplinary team (IDT) to ensure processes and systems continue to operate smoothly while key players are missing. The nurse assessment coordinator (NAC) must ensure MDS assessments are in place, skilled Medicare decisions are being made appropriately, significant changes or the need for an Interim Payment Assessment are identified, determinations of whether a resident meets the criteria of an interrupted stay occur, and the list can go on and on. With some pre-planning, though, the NAC can have a stress-free holiday—at least from work-related stress.
Here are some strategies NACs can use to achieve time off.
1. Share the knowledge.
Often, the NAC will find him- or herself the only nurse in the facility who knows how to open an MDS assessment, request a Medicare physician certification or recertification, or even locate the RAI User’s Manual. This is not a good strategy for success.