Happy NAC Day!

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare

From one Nurse Assessment Coordinator to all others: Happy NAC Day!!  Nurses Week ends today, on Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday.  (The International Year of the Nurse and Midwife continues through December 31st.)  Today is also the day that Nurse Assessment Coordinators in long-term care facilities are honored as nurses and as nurse leaders.

The American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordinators (AANAC) back in February 2014 made this statement in a piece authored by Judi Kulus, NHA, RN, MAT, RAC-MT, C-NE: “nurse assessment coordinators are dedicated to MDS accuracy, quality resident care outcomes, contributing to the interdisciplinary team, and promoting quality assurance. NACs fight through challenges such as gathering information from all shifts, software issues, stress and burnout, and juggling their heavy workload. Many NACs work overtime to get the job done.”   Judi’s words can certainly be echoed again this year – the year we saw COVID-19 enter our country and our beloved LTC facilities.  NACs are true coordinators and nurse leaders.  Dedication is an accurate description of NACs as well as all LTC staff.

If you see the NAC(s) in your facility today, tell him/her how much you appreciate the work that is done each and every day. It would be great to give your NAC a hug, but we can’t do that physically today as we’re practicing distancing as well as all other aspects of infection prevention and control.  It truly takes a team within the walls of every LTC facility.  I extend my virtual hugs to all NACs as well as all staff members of LTC facilities.  Keep the faith and keep up your good work!