Health Care Facilities Field Surveyor (LICENSED DIETITIAN / LD) - Entry
 OH (Ohio)

NEW YEAR, NEW CAREER? New & EXPANDED opportunity awaits LDs on our Field Surveyor team: apply now to join our next class on April 12, 2021!

WHAT’S NEW: As challenges evolve, so must solutions! That’s why we just rolled out a new plan for our mission-critical Health Care Facilities (HCF) Field Surveyor team:

  • NEW QUALIFICATIONS open survey work to a broader, more inclusive talent pool
  • NEW CAREER PROGRESSION gets you trained & ready to step up in whichever direction your goals lead.

Survey work isn’t for everyone – but it’s a vital part of safe, accountable care. If you’re the person we want – if you’re inspired by the mission to protect and improve the health of all Ohioans, and fired up by the chance to ACT – then this is your call to action.


  • TRAVEL: Surveyors travel constantly, whether down the road or across the state. Expect overnight stays and evening/weekend work when a situation calls for it.
  • EMERGENCIES: Routine annual surveys can be planned; complaint response can’t. We go where we’re needed, when we’re needed, period.
  • DOCUMENTATION: Effective technical writing is ESSENTIAL and this job will make you better at it, IF you bring the core toolkit – grammar, usage, basic composition – with you.
  • EMOTIONAL CONTROL: Staying calm and professional in difficult moments isn’t easy – but it is The Job.
  • YEAR ONE (STARTED FROM THE BOTTOM, NOW YOU’RE TIRED): The first year throws a lot and asks a lot, but doesn’t offer a lot, in terms of work-life balance. Seniority will come; be patient.
  • WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PAY: New Field Surveyors start at $26.47/hr (OT-eligible). EXCEPTION: current state employees may start at a higher point in the pay range, depending on union contract terms for transfers.


  • YOU’RE PASSIONATE: This is PRICE OF ADMISSION. If you’re just looking for a job, trust us: you won’t be happy in this one.
  • YOU’RE A ROAD WARRIOR: You don’t want “a job with travel” – you want travel that counts as work.
  • YOU’RE ABOUT DETAILS: You’re precise – where others cut corners, you make hospital corners. You double-check until it’s all done and done right.
  • YOU’RE ABOUT RESPECT: You know how to assert yourself and handle confrontation without losing your cool. You find room for professionalism, empathy, and respect in the toughest moments.
  • YOU’RE FLUENT IN “RULES & REGULATIONS”: You comprehend and apply complex regulations and communicate them effectively to others, in speech and writing.
  • YOU’RE A SELF-PROPELLED TEAM PLAYER: You’re productive on your own but believe teamwork is strength. You see resident well-being as a shared mission in which your role is quality assurance.


CLICK HERE for a closer look at “life on the job“ presented by real ODH survey team members.


Receive instruction and on-the-job training on survey tasks and protocols applicable to long-term care (LTC) and non-long-term care (NLTC), ODH procedures, and rules/regulations pertinent to the LD surveyor role, through extensive reading, program briefings and supervised participation in field activities:

  • Attend mandated state and federal surveyor training
  • Travel to health care facilities to participate in (and/or conduct under supervision) onsite inspections of providers to determine compliance
  • Participate, under supervision, in discussion with facility officials regarding survey findings
  • Attend (as part of survey team) exit interview meetings with facility staff
  • Learn to review plans of correction for deficiencies
  • Complete survey reports and deficiency statements in accordance with the Principles of Documentation
  • Provide consultation, as an LD, to newer surveyors

Operate laptop computer using state-provided software in order to learn documentation and reporting of survey findings, as well as review of survey reports:

  • Carry laptop, portable scanner, reference materials and forms (weighing up to 25 lbs.) to/from worksite
  • Learn to use computer-assisted process in conducting and documenting surveys
  • Learn to use applicable data sets (e.g., MOS, OASIS) and quality indicator reports to monitor and evaluate quality indicators
  • Learn to develop other reports/materials required by Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
  • Maintain administrative records and/or library of current reference literature, as needed
  • Complete and submit all travel documents (e.g., travel logs, travel authorizations), records, expense reports and all computerized survey forms.
  • Notify supervisor of problems that jeopardize meeting timeframes

Learn to research special problems and evaluate data:

  • Receive training in gathering evidence, for cases which may require legal action.
  • Participate (as member of survey team) in hearing preparations and hearings
  • Testify before judicial bodies as assigned
  • Analyze data collected during survey process and prepare specialized reports as assigned
  • Assist in drafting responses to problems/questions regarding survey process.
  • Assist supervisor in preparing speeches to community groups, providers, or other agencies; draft and deliver speeches as assigned.


  • Requires travel twelve (12) months per year, including some overnight travel, regardless of weather conditions
  • Possible exposure to infectious waste during observation of care
  • Must climb, bend and reach in order to inspect facilities’ service areas, attics, basements and other locations

As a surveyor, your impact reaches beyond each resident into connected lives of caregivers, friends, and families. Your work will count. The lives you touch may be countless.


All applicants must submit a completed Ohio Civil Service Application using the online Ohio Hiring Management System. Paper applications will not be considered. Applicants must clearly indicate how they meet the minimum qualifications and/or position specific minimum qualifications. Applicants are also encouraged to document any experience, education and/or training related to the job duties above. An assessment of these criteria may be conducted to determine the applicants who are interviewed.


  • Current licensure in Ohio as LICENSED DIETITIAN (LD); AND
  • 24 mos. commensurate with assigned discipline (i.e., long term care, acute care, non-long-term care facility, ICF/IID, hospice care, home health setting, dialysis center, ambulatory surgical center, or in community health protection; AND
  • 12 mos. trg. or exp. in utilizing a personal computer and software to access and record data; AND
  • Valid driver’s license.