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This activity was developed for nurses and staff at facilities requiring the use of Minimum Data Sets (MDS) version 3.0.


Commercial Support AcknowledgmentNo commercial support was provided for the development of this activity.

Statement of Need A Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) specified by the state or the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Resources must be used for resident assessment. The Minimum Data Sets (MDS) for Nursing Home Resident Assessment Instrument is used for this purpose and its use is mandated by the Health Care Financial Administration. The MDS was recently updated with a significant revision to version 3.0.

Nurses and staff of skilled nursing facilities must become competent in the use of the new version of this instrument to maintain regulatory compliance and financial viability for their facilities. It requires a team effort to accumulate the accurate resident-based information to complete this assessment.

Method of Participation To complete this activity and obtain CNE credit, you must do the following:

  • Read this Course Introduction / Disclosures section in its entirety
  • Read the course material
  • Complete the post test with a score of 80% or higher
  • Complete the activity evaluation form

    Accreditation Medcom/Trainex is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.*

    Medcom/Trainex is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing (provider number CEP 9888), and the Florida Board of Nursing (provider number 50-1285).

    *Accreditation refers to recognition of educational activities only and does not imply Commission on Accreditation approval or endorsement of any product.

    Credit DesignationMedcom, Inc. designates this educational activity for 1.5 contact hour of continuing nursing education credit.

    Overview The purpose of this program is to provide nurses with an understanding of how to assess the physical, cognitive and sensory functioning of a resident in a long-term care facility using the MDS version 3.0. The material is organized around the following categories:

  • Introduction
  • Part I: Physical Assessment
  • Part 2: Cognitive Assessment
  • Conclusion

    Learning Objectives After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Identify each section of the Minimum Data Sets (MDS) for Nursing Home Resident Assessment Instrument as mandated by the Health Care Financial Administration.
  • Identify sources of information for completing the resident assessment.
  • Identify the type, frequency and times of required assessments.
  • Differentiate between the Minimum Data Set (MDS) tool and the Care Area Assessments (CAAs)
  • Determine the resident's ADL Self-Performance and Support Provided code under each ADL category.
  • Identify the resident's structural impairments and evaluate a resident's functional rehabilitation potential.
  • Assess a resident's level of daily and communication skills
  • Assess hearing and visual abilities.
  • Determine the resident's capabilities related to memory and orientation

    This educational activity was written by Pat Crawford, RN, who served as subject matter expert in review of the content, and performed a content validation review. Marguerite Voorhees, RN, CNS, CPHQ, CPHRM, served as nurse planner.

    In accordance with ANCC Standards, parallel documents from other accrediting bodies, and Medcom, Inc. policy, the learner is hereby informed that the planners and staff of Medcom, Inc., and the content validation reviewer(s) involved with this activity have reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. Furthermore, there is no discussion in this activity about the use of products for non FDA-approved indications.

    Unnapproved Use Disclosure Medcom, Inc. requires authors and content validation reviewers to disclose to the learner when products or procedures being discussed are off-label, unlabeled, experimental, and/or investigational (not FDA approved); and any limitations on the information that is presented, such as data that are preliminary or that represent ongoing research, interim analyses, and/or unsupported opinion. Authors of this activity may present information about pharmaceutical agents that is outside of U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved labeling. This information is intended solely for continuing medical education and is not intended to promote off-label use of these medications. If you have questions, contact the medical affairs department of the manufacturer for the most recent prescribing information.

    As in all educational activities, we encourage the practitioners to use their own judgment in treating and addressing the needs of each individual patient, taking into account the patient's unique clinical situation. Medcom disclaims any liability and/or loss resulting from the information contained in this activity. The learner specifically agrees to indemnify and hold Medcom, the creators, producers, and distributors of this activity harmless against any and all claims or liabilities arising out of the use of any information provided in this activity by the learner, or by anyone directly or indirectly obtaining such information through the learner.

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    Resident Assessment: Physical, Cognitive and Sensory Functioning Online course
    • Course ID:
      245034
    • Duration:
      n/a
    • Price:
      $50