State Nurse Surveyor

(Health Facilities Evaluator Nurse)

About State Nurse Surveyors

Do you want to make a difference in the quality of health care?


The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is seeking experienced nurses who are eager to apply their breadth of healthcare knowledge, analytical, assessment, and problem-solving skills to promoting the highest quality of care to patients in health care facilities throughout the state.


As a Nurse Surveyor, you will be part of a unique team of committed and compassionate nursing professionals. Nurse Surveyors work from one of various regional district offices, travel (up to 80%) to and conduct in-depth surveys, inspections, and investigations of healthcare facilities, individually or as part of a team of subject matter experts. Nurse Surveyors determine conformity with state licensing and federal certification requirements and enforce compliance with laws, rules, and regulations affecting total patient care. 


You can read more about the position on the State website here

This position is offered at over 10 locations throughout California, including the following:

Who can apply?

Possession of a valid California Registered Nurse license.

One year of professional nursing experience, including a minimum of six months of administrative responsibility.​

Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

What is Administrative Responsibility?


We have included some examples of administrative  experience below for your reference, but there could be other relevant experience that may qualify on a case-by-case basis:


  • Director of Nursing

  • Supervisor of a wing or floor of a hospital

  • Charge Nurse

  • Head Nurse

  • Shift Supervisor

  • Nursing home administrator

  • Director of staff development in a Skilled Nursing Facility or Intermediate Care Facility

  • Teaching experience in nursing education

Additional Notes 
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing may be substituted for the required administrative experience.

  • Possession of a master’s degree in a recognized health field, i.e., microbiology, laboratory technology, nursing, physical therapy, psychology, medical social work, or other health related field from a recognized school may be substituted for one year of the required general experience.

  • Experience in the California state service applied toward this requirement must be performing the duties of a class at level of responsibility equivalent to that of Registered Nurse III.

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