The American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination
(AANAC) defines a nurse assessment coordinator (NAC) “…as the nurse who is accountable for coordinating and overseeing the full collaborative, interdisciplinary assessment and care planning process in skilled nursing facilities.” …. and goes on to state: …“The ultimate goal of the assessment and care planning process is to promote the resident’s quality of care and life in a skilled nursing facility, including individuality, safety, wellness, satisfaction, and dignity.” (source)
Did you know that?!
Promoting the “…quality of care & quality of life…” – Wow! That is a huge responsibility. I must admit, I thought generally they were responsible for MDS – but I have clearly been only scratching the surfuce of their duties.
I was led to investigate this further by a recent editorial in McKnights . It intrigued me to explore more of the mysterious NAC/ MDS world.
In many lines of work – jobs are more detailed than they appear with a deeper look.
Quite honestly, that’s true of many things, and areas in life.
It reminds me of a post we published last month: “More Than Meets the Eye”, which was about a woman at a care community (some would say elderly) who was fulfulling a dream.
I guess there’s another example of what our momma always told us:
“You can’t judge a book by it’s cover”!