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Nursing Assistant

Recruitment #22-004003-0018


This position will be full-time for 10 months following the school year schedule.




Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD 21045


The main responsibilities of this position are to assist in the provision of school-based health services including direct patient care including performing venipuncture for obtaining blood specimens, as well as performing duties to support the operations at school-based wellness centers throughout Howard County. This position is considered essential for emergencies.

60% Performs clinical responsibilities including:
  • Direct patient care, scheduling appointments, preparing patients for medical visit (obtains vital signs, weight, height, BMI, hemoglobin, laboratory specimens, including performing venipuncture for obtaining blood specimens, pulse ox, and peak flow measurements), performing rapid Strep tests, throat cultures, hearing and vision screens, completing laboratory requisitions, labeling specimens, maintaining records of specimens obtained and their results, and contacting the courier.    Additional clinical responsibilities include: administering medication and treatments as ordered by a provider, assisting provider during exam and procedures, verifying that patients' needed vaccinations by checking Immunet and patients' records on  the day of the appointment, performing controls as per products' requirements and documenting control results on approved form, escorting patients as needed and per school policy and faxing copies of visits to children's primary care providers and Managed Care Organizations.

30% Maintains patients’ electronic medical records including: 
  • Enrolling students, verifying that the consent forms have been signed in required places by parents or guardians and scanning enrollment forms, laboratory results and other medical information into children's electronic medical records (including vaccines obtained elsewhere) and updating demographic, health insurance, and other information, as needed. Enters vaccines administered into the Maryland Immunet database within 2 work days and documents on vaccine logs. Enters social security numbers, primary care providers' names, and health insurance information into patients' demographic page in EMR. Provides program administration, nurse practitioner, and school nurse with current list of program enrollees.

3% Supports billing and reimbursement processes by verifying coverage through the EVS on the day of the appointment and contacting families as needed for information on insurer, identification numbers, including Medical Assistance number, and coverage. Also contact health insurance company, as needed for billing. Patient's health insurance information is added to the EMR and if the child is uninsured, his or her information is sent to the program's administrative assistant for referral to the Access to Care Program.

5% Maintains current inventory of clinical (including vaccines, medications), laboratory and clerical supplies for SBWCs. Completes a thorough inventory of existing supplies prior to ordering any new ones and orders for all SBWC staff semi- annually, and prn for urgent needs and before the current supply is depleted or expires. Does monthly check of vaccines and removes expired vaccines from the refrigerator or freezer, places in a labeled bag and separated from the viable vaccines and returns expired or ruined vaccines as per VFC policies and procedures.

  • Maintains clinical logs and records for: vaccines (including recording refrigerator and freezer temperature logs twice daily) and laboratory specimens and results (including quality assurance record).  Records control results when opening a new rapid strep kit.
  • Assists with preparing statistical reports, program promotion activities, and distributing satisfaction surveys to parents.

1% Other Duties as Assigned, including participating in required trainings, meetings, and emergency preparedness activities and actual events.


Education:   Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate.

Experience: Two years of experience in work assisting in the care, treatment, habilitation or rehabilitation of mentally or physically ill patients, aged or developmentally disabled in treatment facilities or community based programs.


1. Applicants may substitute additional experience in patient or client direct care on a year-for-year basis for the required education.

2. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a non-commissioned officer in Hospital Corpsman classifications or Health Care Specialist and Medical Services specialty codes in the health related field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.  


Desired Qualifications:
- Experience in performing phlebotomy in children ages 4 years to 18 years
- Valid CPR certification 
- Valid Certified Nursing Assistant certification
- Experience maintaining database(s) and data quality control (e.g. Entering data into an electronic medical record)


1. Candidates for positions in this classification must possess a current certificate as a Nursing Assistant from the Maryland State Board of Nursing OR within sixty days from the date of hire and prior to performing delegated nursing tasks, must have successfully completed a Board of Nursing approved Nursing Assistant training program and received certification as a Nursing Assistant from the Board of Nursing.

2. Employees in this classification located in facilities that provide long term care for the aged may be required to possess or obtain a Geriatric Aide certificate.

3. 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.

4. Some employees in this classification may be required to operate vans which require a specific motor vehicle operator's license valid in the State of Maryland.

5. Employees in this classification may be required to successfully complete training in and maintain current cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification.


1. Employees in this classification must have successfully completed a direct care training course or examination approved by the hiring facility prior to permanent appointment to positions.

2. Employees in this classification are subject to call-in and, therefore, will be required to provide the facility with a telephone number at which they can be reached.

3. Employees in this classification are subject to substance abuse testing in accordance with Code of Maryland Regulations 17.04.09, Testing for Illegal Use of Drugs.


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. 

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

Candidates may remain on the certified eligible list for a period of at least one year. The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies.



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

If additional information is required, the preferred method is to upload.  If you are unable to upload, please fax the requested information 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.

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.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruitment, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.

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