Health Facility Surveyor

Recruitment #201014-UNCX-420



The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is committed to providing quality health services to Oklahoma citizens. The mission of the Department of Health is to promote, protect and improve the health of all Oklahomans through strategies that focus on preventing disease and injuries.

OSDH is seeking a full time Health Facility Surveyors, levels II, III and IV providing support to Protective Health Services/Long Term Care. This is an unclassified position in state government. OSDH offers a comprehensive Benefits Packageincluding a generous benefit allowance to offset the cost of insurance premiums for employees and their eligible dependentsFor more information about the benefit allowance [click here]. The annual salary for this position is up to $58,486.00 based on education and experience.

Position Description:
This position is assigned responsibilities for performing technical licensure, certification surveys, and complaint investigations for a variety of health facilities; evaluating the care provided residents/patients/clients by licensed or registered facility staff; and providing consultative and technical assistance to health facilities and laboratories regarding professional standards of practice; and ensuring compliance with federal and state laws and regulations.
Duties include, but are not limited to:
•Observes, analyzes, and evaluates the provision of nursing, dietary, social, laboratory, and pharmaceutical services as well as respiratory, speech, physical and occupational therapy services for compliance to professional standards of practice.
•Reviews facility compliance history; conducts entrance interview with facility administrator or representative providing explanation for survey and conducts exit interview to discuss problems and deficiencies; tours interior and exterior physical environment of facilities for required equipment, supplies, maintenance, water temperature, and sanitation; evaluates administrative records to include policies and procedures, staffing logs, in-service programs, and medical records in order to ensure compliance with regulations.
•Employs sampling methodology to select residents/patients/clients for in-depth evaluation of the care and service needs of the residents/patients/clients versus the care and services provided.
•Interviews residents/patients/clients, family members, and facility personnel, and others to obtain and document information regarding residents/patients/clients care and/or to respond to complaints.
•Evaluate the administration of health facilities to determine if policies and procedures comply with federal and state statutes and regulations.
•Completes required forms and reports, which detail deficiencies noted during facility survey.
•Investigates allegations and makes determinations of resident/patient/client abuse and neglect; makes determinations of immediate jeopardy in which immediate corrective action is necessary because a facility practice has caused, or is likely to cause, serious injury, harm, impairment, or death to a resident/patient/client; makes determinations of actual harm in which a facility practice has cause a negative outcome that has compromised the resident’s/patient’s/client’s ability to maintain and/or reach his/her highest practicable physical, mental, and psychosocial wellbeing.
•Recommends action as to certification or licensure renewal, non-renewal, or termination/revocation; relocates residents/patients/clients in the event of an administrative order for the emergency relocation of residents/patients/clients; testifies to inspection findings at hearings or in court proceedings.
•Provides technical assistance to facilities in areas of expertise; describes observed deficiencies to appropriate facility staff and provides consultation relative to improvements needed to comply with regulations.
•Other duties as assigned.

Other Duties
•Demonstrates knowledge of and supports mission, vision, value statements, standards, policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality standards, and the code of ethical behavior.
•Works effectively in team environment, participating and assisting their peers.

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Education and Experience
Includes, but are not limited to, physical, speech, and occupational therapists, dieticians, qualified nutritionists, sanitarians, Industrial hygienist, engineers, licensed practical nurses, social workers, Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional, pharmacists, medical technologists, hospital or nursing home administrators, activity professionals, and medical record librarian.

Level I: 
Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of a bachelor’s degree in business, public health, hospital or public administration, behavioral, environmental, or fire safety science and two years of experience in a health care, developmental disability, public health, environmental health, fire safety, or domiciliary facility licensure, certification, accreditation, inspection, or administration; or a bachelor’s degree which includes a minimum of thirty semester hours in any combination of physical, natural or biological sciences and two years of experience in health care, developmental disability, public health, environmental health, fire safety, or domiciliary facility licensure, certification, accreditation, inspection, investigation, or administration; or a combination equivalent of education substituting the completion of a post baccalaureate degree for one year only of the required experience.

Level II:  
Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level I plus two additional years of qualifying experience.

Level III:  
Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level II plus two additional years of qualifying experience.

Level IV:
Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level III plus two additional years of qualifying experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of federal and state laws, regulations, and policies regarding licensure and certification of health care facilities; of what constitutes immediacy of threat to a client; and of the requirements for determining culpability of a facility.  Ability is required to observe, document, analyze, and evaluate the provision of care against the applicable standards of practice, statue, and regulation; to employ the principles and methods of conducting interviews using memory retrieval methods; to interview residents/patients/clients with diminished mental capacity, developmental disabilities, and/or acute and chronic medical conditions; to gather and present findings within a hostile facility environment while maintaining professional tone and demeanor; to analyze non-verbal and verbal communications to determine if an interview subject is omitting information or is being deceptive, and employ techniques for identifying omissions and deception in written statement; and to distinguish between the potential for harm and the potential for serious harm.


If education, certification or licensure is required to meet qualifications, applicants must provide documentation at the time of interview.

All applicants are subject to a background check and must be legally authorized to work in the United States without visa sponsorship.


Please read instructions carefully and include all required documents when you submit your application.

No additional information will be accepted after the application has been submitted.


Veteran's Preference Points Apply only for initial appointment in the Classified Service.

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