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Recruitment #18-004244-0002




MDH, Office of Health Care Quality, Baltimore, MD

Main Purpose of Job

Do you want to use your nursing expertise to positively impact the lives of Marylanders in the health care system?  The Office of Health Care Quality (OHCQ) offers you the opportunity to make a difference every day.  A nurse surveyor at OHCQ enforces regulatory requirements in health care facilities and community-based programs.  This is done through conducting surveys to determine a provider’s compliance with federal and/or State regulations.  A nurse surveyor must possess excellent communication and writing skills, including the ability to articulate clinical findings in easily understandable terms.  At least moderate computer skills are required.  This position is an integral part of OHCQ’s mission, which is to protect the health and safety of the citizens of Maryland and to ensure there is public confidence in the health care and community service delivery systems.   

Nurse surveyors work mostly in the field.  This position will require the use of your personal vehicle to travel to surveys.  In some units, the nurse surveyors are only in the Catonsville office once a month.  Teleworking is an option for qualified candidates at the discretion of the supervisor.  Overnight stays are required at different frequencies in the various units.  Eligible candidates receive up to $3,000 bonus a year for each of the next three years.  

Nurses who live in Western Maryland, Eastern Shore, and Southern Maryland are strongly encouraged to apply.  Work assignments will be primarily based in the region of your home.  

Below are descriptions of the nurse surveyor’s role in each unit:  

Ambulatory Care Unit:  A surveyor in this unit must have excellent time management skills and must be able to work independently. Experience is desired in one or more of the following:  home health, hospice, dialysis, ambulatory surgery center, outpatient rehabilitation facilities, or outpatient physical therapy.  The majority of travel can be completed in one day, with overnight stays 2 – 3 times a month.  

Assisted Living and Adult Medical Day Care Unit:  A surveyor primarily goes out into the community individually to conduct licensing surveys, renewal surveys, or complaint investigations.  The majority of travel can be completed in one day, with overnight stays 1 – 2 times a month.  

Developmental Disabilities Unit:  A surveyor may individually investigate a complaint or provider-reported incident or may work on a team conducting a licensing or renewal survey.  The majority of travel can be completed in one day, with overnight stays 1 – 2 times a month.  

Hospital and HMO Unit:  A surveyor usually works independently and occasionally with a team to investigate complaints and conducts surveys at hospitals, residential treatment centers, health maintenance organizations, freestanding medical facilities, and health care facilities within correctional facilities.  The majority of travel can be completed in one day, with overnight stays 1 – 2 times a month.  

Long Term Care (Nursing Home) Unit:  A surveyor conducts inspections of nursing homes to determine compliance with State and federal regulations.  Experience in nursing homes or similar clinical settings is highly desirable.  There are overnight stays 8 - 10 times a month.


Education: A Bachelor’s degree in Nursing or a related field from an accredited college or university.

Experience: None


1. Two years of experience as a Registered Nurse may be substituted for the Education requirement.

2. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in Nursing classifications or Nursing specialty codes in the inspection of health care facilities and program field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required education.


Experience is desired in one or more of the program types listed above: Ambulatory Care, Assisted Living and Adult Medical Day Care, Developmental Disabilities, Hospital and HMO, or Long Term Care (Nursing Home).


1. Candidates for positions in this classification must possess and maintain a current license as a Registered Nurse from the Maryland State Board of Nursing.  **Please attach a current copy of your licensure with your application.**

2. Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.


Applicants who meet the minimum (and selective) qualifications will be included in further evaluation. The evaluation may be a rating of your application based on your education, training and experience as they relate to the requirements of the position. Therefore, it is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application.  Please report all related education, experience, dates and hours of work. Clearly indicate your college degree and major on your application, if applicable. For education obtained outside the U.S., any job offer will be contingent on the candidate providing an evaluation for equivalency by a foreign credential evaluation service prior to starting employment (and may be requested prior to interview). Complete applications must be submitted by the closing date. Information submitted after this date will not be added. Candidates may remain on the certified eligible list for a period of at least one year.

Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application may be submitted to MDH, Recruitment and Selection Division, 201 W. Preston St., Room 114-B, Baltimore, MD 21201.  The paper application must be received by 5 pm, close of business, on the closing date for the recruitment, no postmarks will be accepted.

Incorrect application forms will not be accepted.

If additional information is required, the preferred method is to upload.  If unable to upload, please fax requested information only to 410-333-5689.  Only additional materials that are required will be accepted for this recruitment. All additional information must be received by the closing date and time.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the MDH Recruitment and Selection Division at 410-767-1251. 

If you are having difficulty with your user account or have general questions about the online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division at 410-767-4850 or

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request by calling: 410-767-1251 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258.



As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity. People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies.