By Holly Harmon
Republished with permission from the AHCA blog Long-Term Leader

The American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC) has released the summary report of its 2015 Nurse Assessment Coordinator Study. With this periodic field study to nurses working in long-term care, AANAC strives to understand the issues affecting their job duties, performance, satisfaction, and challenges.

Here are a few key excerpts from the report:
•    Over 40% of Nurse Assessment Coordinators (NACs) are RNs with Associate Degree in Nursing
•    56% of NACs have 10 or more years of experience as NAC
•    Education and facility location appear to be the top drivers of NAC compensation
•    Top NAC challenge is workload, specifically regularly working overtime or extra hours
•    From start to finish, NACs report that an average comprehensive assessment takes four hours and 48 minutes to complete, with an average of 7.6 CAAs triggered per assessment
•    Additionally, NACs report spending an average of 4.5 hours per week doing other MDS‐related activities
•    Although the type of meetings NACs attend varies, they spend an average of 10 hours a week in meetings
•    Sixty‐one percent (61%) of NACs report that they are responsible for ICD coding and spend an average of 91 minutes per week on this activity.