State of Maryland

Geriatric Nursing Assistant I (#005543)

- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $39,421.00-$64,814.00 Yearly




A Geriatric Nursing Assistant I is the intermediate level of work providing assistance in the care, treatment, habilitation or rehabilitation of aged, physically ill patients in State facilities. Employees in this classification do not supervise.

Employees receive moderate supervision from nursing staff or other designated healthcare administrator. Employees may be assigned to day, evening, night, or rotating shifts which may include holidays and weekends. Employees are subject to call-in and overtime based on staffing needs. Employees are required to observe infection control precautions in order to prevent contamination and the spread of disease. The work may require lifting patients, wheelchairs and heavy equipment.

Positions in this classification are evaluated using the classification job evaluation methodology. The use of this method involves comparing the assigned duties and responsibilities of a position to the job criteria found in the Nature of Work and Examples of Work sections of the class specification.

The Geriatric Nursing Assistant I and II are differentiated on the basis of degree of supervisory control exercised by the supervisor over these employees. The Geriatric Nursing Assistant I performs duties under close supervision at times and under general supervision at other times depending on the complexity of the specific duty being performed. The Geriatric Nursing Assistant II performs the full range of duties under general supervision.


Observes, reports, and records information in individual treatment plans related to patients' progress;
Provides activities of daily living, including nourishment, personal hygiene, and grooming;
Lifts and positions patients;
Carries out procedures for protection of oneself and for the safety of patients who may pose a danger to themselves and others;
Interacts with and encourages patients to participate in prescribed activities;
Participates in team meetings where individual care plans are set or modified;
Participates in in-service and other training courses;
Reports and corrects safety hazards in buildings or ward areas;
Attends to infections and disposes of infectious waste;
Escorts patients to daily activities;
Collects patient specimens, charts, x-rays, and other data and delivers them to appropriate locations;
Takes and records vital signs;
Assists licensed staff in carrying out prescribed treatment programs;
Performs other related duties.


Knowledge of medical terminology, principles, procedures and notation;
Knowledge of techniques used in teaching self-help skills;
Knowledge of the provisions and applications of patient Bill of Rights;
Ability to follow instructions and carry out safety procedures;
Ability to monitor and prepare reports of patient progress;
Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with patients and their family members, supervisors, and staff;
Ability to communicate effectively with patients, supervisors, co-workers and the general public.


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

Experience: Six months of experience in direct care of patients in a medical setting .

Note: Applicants may substitute experience in the direct care of patients for the required education on a year-for-year basis for up to four years of the required education.


1. Candidates for positions in this classification must possess and maintain a
current certificate as a Nursing Assistant with a Geriatric Nursing Assistant
certification designation from the Maryland State Board of Nursing.

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


1. Employees in this classification must successfully complete an in-service
training program approved by the hiring facility within the first three months
prior to permanent appointment to a position in this classification.

2. Employees must maintain a current listing in the Geriatric Nursing Assistant
registry of the Maryland State Board of Nursing. Employment will be
terminated for employees who do not maintain current listing in the registry.

3. Employees in this classification may be subject to call 24 hours a day and,
therefore, may be required to provide the facility with a telephone number at
which they can be reached.

4. 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.


Class specifications are broad descriptions covering groups of positions used by various State departments and agencies. Position descriptions maintained by the using department or agency specifically address the essential job functions of each position.

Approved By

Director, Division of Classification and Salary

CLASS: 005543; EST: 8/1/2016; REV: 7/1/2020;

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