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Health Care Facilities Inspector

Overview: Inspectors of health care facilities inspect hospitals and nursing homes to enforce public health laws and investigate complaints. They conduct inspections of facilities for sanitation, fire protection and ethical practices. They advise health care institutions on licensing requirements.
Duties: They conduct site visits to health care facilities to determine if the building design, rooms and equipment used are in compliance with health and safety codes defined by the law.

They observe health care workers perform their routine duties with patients to assure that medically sound methods are being used.

They inspect buildings, electrical equipment and machinery to assure protection against fire hazards and that fire escape exits meet legal safety requirements.

They advise health care management what changes are needed in their facilities, the procedures used to treat patients, and the qualifications of their health care workers.

Degree(s): A.S. Environmental Health 
Job Outlook: Employment of health care facilities inspector is expected to grow faster than average through 2018 due to the aging population and its need for nursing home and care facilities.
Starting Salary: Salaries in private firms are higher.
Salary Range (National Average): $30,000 to $35,000
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: A bachelor's degree in health services administration is the preferred educational background for entry into this field. A master's degree is desirable for those seeking to become an administrator in a hospital or nursing home. Specialized courses in U.S. health care systems, managing health care organizations, health law, quantitative research methods, and health care ethics are essential.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.
  • Being involved in helping other people in a direct way either individually or in a small group.
  • Doing something to contribute to the betterment of the world. Doing something for the greater good.
 

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.