State of Maryland

DIR NURSING (#006195)

- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $102,170.00-$171,409.00 Yearly






A Director of Nursing is the managerial level of work responsible for developing, planning and implementing an integrated program of nursing service in a Maryland Department of Health facility. Employees in this classification function as the sole Director of Nursing and are responsible for nursing services in a psychiatric setting or a medical setting. Employees in this classification directly supervise Assistant Directors of Nursing or Registered Nurse Managers, and through them, indirectly supervise subordinate supervisors and licensed and non-licensed nursing staff.

Employees in this classification receive managerial supervision from the facility chief executive officer or clinical director. Employees may be subject to call-in and overtime based on staffing needs. Employees are required to observe infection control precautions in order to prevent contamination and spread of disease.

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 a class specification or class description.


Designs, develops, implements, and evaluates the philosophy, objectives, standards and policies of nursing practice and interprets them to administrative personnel;

Ensures the quality of nursing care and treatment of institutional patients;

Develops and implements plans for the organization, direction, and supervision of nursing services and nursing education programs, and for the improvement and reorganization of existing methods and procedures in the care and treatment of physically or mentally ill patients and developmentally disabled clients;

Coordinates nursing services with other services of the institution;

Submits budgetary requests for the nursing service;

Initiates and oversees studies to determine the validity of existing methods and procedures of nursing care and education;

Confers with the chief executive officer in the preparation of plans for building, equipment, staffing and the outlining of policies;

Prepares, reviews and analyzes reports concerning nursing service and nursing education;

Prepares memoranda concerning new policies or change in policies;

Makes recommendations concerning new, proposed or existing legislation that affects nursing services at the facility;

Supervises and approves the selection, placement, evaluation and promotion of personnel within the nursing program;

Makes periodic rounds of nursing areas with nursing and medical personnel;

Conducts, attends and participates in nursing and institutional staff conferences and meetings of professional organizations in the field;

Supervises and participates in the development of orientation programs and inservice training for nursing and other personnel;

Performs other related duties.


1. Specific educational and experience requirements are set by the agency based on the essential job functions assigned to the position.

2. Employees in this classification must possess a current license as a Registered Nurse from the Maryland State Board of Nursing, 4140 Patterson Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21215.


Specific educational and experience requirements are set by the agency based on the essential job functions assigned to the position.


Class Descriptions 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.   

Class Descriptions provide information about the Nature of Work, Examples of Work, General Requirements and Acknowledgements.  The Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities; Minimum Education and Experience Requirements; Special Requirements; and recruitment and testing procedures are set by the using agency.  

This is a Management Service classification in the State Personnel Management System. All positions in this classification are Management Service positions.  

This classification is not assigned to a bargaining unit, as indicated by the designation of S (Supervisor), M (Manager), T (Agency Head), U (Board or Commission Member), W (Student), X (Used by Agency or Excluded by Executive Order), or Z (Confidential).  As provided by State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 3-102, special appointment, temporary, contractual, supervisory, managerial and confidential employees are excluded collective bargaining.  Additionally, certain executive branch agencies are exempt from collective bargaining and all positions in those agencies are excluded from collective bargaining.

Date Revised

October 20, 2017 

Approved By

Director, Division of Classification and Salary

CLASS: 006195; REV: 7/1/2023;

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