Nurse III - HCSSA
Are you a highly-motivated, compassionate and dedicated
individual looking for a rewarding career assisting the most
vulnerable citizens of Texas in need of medical care and other
If so, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC)
Long-term Care Regulatory Survey Operations division is looking for
individuals who want to join an exciting, dynamic team working in a
high-performing and innovative environment. Survey Operations is
built upon its' core values of Consistency, Accountability,
Efficiency and Quality with a goal of improving the health, safety,
and well-being of Texans and making a difference in the lives of
the people we serve.
Our staff are well organized, able to multi-task, possess the
ability to learn policy regulations, able to thrive in a
challenging, fast-paced and evolving environment, have good
communication skills, a positive attitude, strong work-ethic and a
desire to help others. If you also possess these skills, then we
are looking for you. We want you to join our team!
Comprehensive Compensation Package:
Annual Starting Salary $52,948.80
Employer Paid Health Benefits $3,735.60
Vacation Leave Accrued Annually $1,476.00
Sick Leave Accrued Annually $1,476.00
Total Annual Starting Salary and Benefit Package $59,636.40
We offer competitive benefits including health coverage for you
and affordable health plans for your family, dental and life
insurance plans, paid holidays, accrued vacation and sick leave,
mobile working, longevity pay, promotional opportunities, and the
gratification of making a positive impact on individuals and
families in need.
This position protects the health and safety of residents in the
state by inspecting long-term care or residential care facilities
(Nursing Facilities, Skilled Nursing Facilities, Assisted Living
Facilities, and Day Habilitation and Health Services) to ensure
they are following state and federal regulations regarding quality
of health care and investigating quality and safety concerns. This
position ensures compliance with standards in the following areas:
admissions, transfers and discharges; resident rights; staffing and
census; quality of care assessment; quality of life assessment;
resident care plans; social, psychological and rehabilitative
services; provision of medical services; and therapeutic activity
programming. In addition, this position provides technical
assistance to the health care facilities surveyed and is
responsible for providing expertise to the survey team in the areas
identified above. This position also investigates complaints and
conducts follow-up visits. Essential Job Functions:
As a Nurse III, you will receive paid, formal, training to
perform the following essential job functions:
- Conducts on-site surveys and complaint/abuse investigations in
the above referenced health care facilities; discusses survey
procedures and practices with administrators, department directors
and facility staff.
- Assesses and evaluates patients/residents for the accuracy of
the facility staff assessments and the appropriateness and efficacy
of nursing and related health care provided, i.e. physical
occupational, speech and respiratory therapies, etc.
- Evaluates the provision of nursing services based on accepted
standards of practice and facility policy and procedure for nursing
techniques including but not limited to: emergency care,
intravenous therapy, enteral therapy, injections, tracheostomy
care, suctioning, infection control procedures including sterile
technique and body substance isolation precautions, assessment and
special skin care, range of motion, positioning, use of assistive
devices and prostheses.
- Makes determinations that poor patient/resident outcomes are
based on facilities' failure to assess or provide for a
- Cites statements of deficient practice for identified
noncompliance relative to nursing and related health care and
defends these deficiencies in administrative official hearings.
Knowledge Skills Abilities:
Knowledge of nursing principles and acceptable professional
standards of patient care in gerontology.
Ability to interpret policies, procedures, and regulations.
Ability to work independently.
Ability to exercise professional judgment and reach sound
Ability to collect and analyze data.
Experience preparing detailed written reports.
Ability to communicate orally and in writing.
Ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships
with team members and others.
Ability to multitask and track multiple activities with
Ability to handle situations of high stress and conflict.
Ability to use the computer for writing reports. Registration or
Licensed to practice as a registered nurse in the State of Texas
(or a state that recognizes reciprocity through the Nurse Licensure
Compact). Successful completion of the federal Surveyor Minimum
Qualifications Test (SMQT) is required within 12 months of
appointment for applicants who are not currently SMQT qualified.
Initial Selection Criteria:
Two (2) years nursing experience.
Experience working in at least one of the following areas:
nursing home care, hospice care, elderly home care, dementia care,
infection control, wound care, mental health, intellectual
disabilities, physical disabilities, advocacy, critical care, risk
management, quality assurance, or public health.
Experience conducting patient/client assessments, care planning,
or investigations to create improvement plans. Additional
This position requires 85% travel. Overnight stays and weekend,
evening, and night hours will be required during some surveys. Must
have reliable transportation. All applicants selected for hire must
pass a fingerprint criminal background check.
For current Health and Human Services state employees the salary
offered will follow HHS starting salary guidelines which are
typically made at or near the minimum of the salary range or at the
established market salary rate.
Candidates must indicate willingness to work outside the normal
business hours of 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday and weekends, as needed,
during times of increased workload.
It is essential that you provide complete and accurate
information on your application. Please report all related
education, experience, and dates. Clearly indicate your college
degree and major on your application. Complete applications must be
submitted by the closing date. Information submitted after this
date will not be added.
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is committed to
hiring veterans and creating a work environment that values and
retains the skills that service members bring to the job. MOS
Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection
criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this
position may include: 68C, 66N/P/W, 290X, 46FX, 46NX, 46SX. For
more information, see the Texas State Auditor's Military Crosswalk
HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation
with you on your first day of work.
I-9 Form - Click here to download the I-9 form.
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA),
HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the
hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a
disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line
application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at
1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need
accommodation to participate in the interview process, please
notify the person scheduling the interview.