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Health Facilities Evaluator Nurse (HFEN)

(State Nurse Surveyor)

Are you ready for a change in your nursing career?

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 (Health Facilities Evaluator Nurse [HFEN]), you will be part of a unique team of committed and compassionate nursing professionals. HFENs work from one of 14 geographical district offices, travel 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. Our mission is to promote the highest quality of care and advocate for patients and residents in health care facilities throughout the state.


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:

Minimum Qualifications  

To qualify for the position, applicants must meet the following qualifications.

Possession of a valid California Registered Nurse (RN) license

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

Additional Notes 
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN) 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.

But what do you mean by 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

What You Will Gain


Salary: $5,560.00 - $7,302.00 ($66,726 - $87,624 annually), not including the Recruitment & Retention Incentive of $200 per month

Vacation/Sick/Annual Leave options

11 paid holidays

2 professional development days annually

Generous Benefits

Telecommute and flexible work hour opportunities

Two professional development days, annually

Monday-Friday schedule, overtime and paid holidays

Retirement Plan - Defined benefit plan and optional 457/401(k) Savings Plus Program

Industry-leading benefits package for Medical/Dental/Vision


Vacation/Sick/Annual Leave options

Industry-leading benefits package

Recruitment & Retention Incentive of $200 per month

Job Training

Specialty state and federal nurse surveyor training


Surveyor academies and workshops provide continuing education units

Promotional opportunities as specialists and managers to help achieve your career goals

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