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Multiple Positions Available

Recruitment #24-005543-0001





MDH - Western  Maryland Hospital Center
1500 Pennsylvania Avenue
Hagerstown, MD 21742

Main Purpose of Job

This recruitment is for multiple positions. Under the direct supervision of nursing staff or other designated healthcare administrator, the Geriatric Nursing Assistant I (GNA I) aids in the care, treatment, habilitation or rehabilitation of aged, physically ill patients in State facilities. The GNA I has additional training above the basic Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training. The focus of the GNA I training is on elder care. Certified Nursing Assistant training provides the basic tenants and scope of practice for care provided by both the CNA and GNA.


  • Learns to assist the registered nurse, licensed nurse, and the geriatric nursing assistant II in carrying out delegated routine nursing care.
  • Provides such care and documents: activities of daily living, mobility, vital signs, intake and output etc.
  • Notifies  the licensed nurse immediately if the patient or residents’ condition or behavior has changed from one day to another or from one part of the shift to another.
  • Learns to provide feedback to the nurse regarding the nurse-directed plan of care.
  • Advocates for the resident/patient by notifying the nurse of any requests for information, concerns about care and any resident/patient needs.
  • Learns to engage in opportunities for career development to enhance personal and professional growth through participation in continuing education opportunities and staff meetings.
  • Completes required training, education courses and competencies within established timeframes in order to comply with regulatory requirements.
  • Participates in continuous quality improvement.


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

Experience: None.

Notes1. Candidates 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 in this classification 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.


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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