Job Description and Duties
Incumbents appointed to this classification shall receive the maximum of the pay range, as well as a recruitment and retention pay differential of $200/month.

Please note: All qualified applicants must possess a valid Registered Nursing (RN) license as required by the Minimum Qualifications of the HFEN classification.  Lower-level licensure, such as that of a Vocational Nurse (LVN) is non-qualifying for this classification.


The Health Facilities Evaluator Nurse (HFEN) conducts inspections, investigations, surveys, and evaluations of health facilities for conformity with licensing and certification requirements of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and for compliance with State and Federal laws, rules, and regulations relating to medical care. Advises healthcare facility administrators and community agencies regarding State health facilities inspections, licensing, and certification programs.  Primary responsibility is for uniform application and enforcement of state and federal laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to areas affecting total patient care such as nursing, physician, restorative, pharmacy, social, dental, and related services. Extensive travel will be required.

The attached duty statement indicates whether this position is eligible for telework. All employees who telework are required to be California residents in accordance with Government Code 14200 and may be required to report to a CDPH office, when needed. Candidates who reside outside of the state of California may be interviewed; however, the selected candidate must have a primary residency in the state of California prior to appointment (and continue to maintain California residency) as a condition of employment. Failure to meet this requirement may result in the job offer being rescinded.



Travels to and conducts in-depth surveys of healthcare facilities, individually or as part of a team, to determine compliance with state licensing and federal certification requirements. Conducts and documents interviews of relevant patient information, documenting necessary information for legal action while ensuring patient confidentiality. Independently, or as part of a team, makes a determination of healthcare facilities’ compliance with state and federal laws and regulations based on survey findings and observations. Prepares written comprehensive deficiencies when deemed appropriate.

Develops and presents both written and verbal testimony to provide support for civil monetary penalties at informal conference, citation review conferences, evidentiary hearings, informal dispute resolutions, municipal or superior court proceedings, and arbitration procedures. Responds to these legal actions as an expert witness on matters relating to state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to patient care and the healthcare delivery system.

Attends meetings and participates in local programs to improve uniform compliance in licensed health care facilities. Attends training sessions in order to keep abreast of trends in the healthcare delivery system and industries.

Advises and assists healthcare facility administrators in matters relating to the State requirements for inspections, licensing, construction, and operation of healthcare facilities.

Other duties as required, including, but not limited to, collecting data required for special studies and preparing licensing and complaint packets for staff.

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About California Department of Public Health

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) works to protect the public's health in the Golden State and helps shape positive health outcomes for individuals, families and communities. The Department's programs and services, implemented in collaboration with local health departments and state, federal and private partners, touch the lives of every Californian and visitor to the state 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Our Shared Vision
CDPH public health professionals, researchers, scientists, doctors, nurses, and other staff­ members have a shared vision to protect and improve the health of all Californians. We are dedicated to public service and passionate about our work and the people and communities we serve and protect.