MDS 3.0 completion times are up, job satisfaction is down, survey shows

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MDS 3.0 completion times are up, job satisfaction is down, survey shows
MDS 3.0 completion times are up, job satisfaction is down, survey shows

Overall job satisfaction has dropped among long-term care workers, and MDS 3.0 assessments are taking longer to complete than MDS 2.0, results of a new survey reveal.

Job satisfaction rates for long-term care workers dropped an average of 10 points between 2009 and 2011 according to a survey conducted in August by the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination. Compensation and work/life balance were among the leading indicators cited.

Nearly 60% of survey respondents were nurse assessment coordinators or MDS coordinators, while the rest included directors or assistant directors of nursing, administrators, corporate directors/consultants and reimbursement specialists.

MDS 3.0 completion time was one of the top areas for concern among LTC workers. The most time-consuming parts of the assessment were: OBRA Comprehensive MDS only, CAAs only, Care Plan only and PPS only, according to the survey.

There was some good news in the survey. Roughly two-thirds of survey respondents agree or strongly agree that the MDS 3.0 tool has improved their awareness of each resident's choices and preferences in how care is provided

For more about the survey, click here.