NATIONAL RESIDENT ASSESSMENT INSTITUTE
THE MDS CAREER
Many nurses are not familiar with the activities of those who follow this career in Skilled Nursing Facilities. There are many opportunities open to those who are interested for both RN’s and LPN’s in this administrative position.
To fully understand the responsibilities of an MDS nurse, it is Important to realize that the source of almost all income for SNF facilities is Federal Government funds. These funds are dispensed as payments for Medicare and Medicaid services.
Since 1999 the Federal Government established a system of control to disburse these funds based on evaluation of needs/services for each resident. The responsibility to complete the assessment for the resident is assigned to be done by a qualified nurse.