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We Are Hiring Registered Nurses!

The Center for Health Care Quality's Licensing and Certification Program (L&C) is hiring registered nurses for our 14 district offices around the state. Annual salaries range from $64,080 to $83,412 plus benefits. Supervisor and management positions are also available. Please contact the district office in your area for details.

What Does a Health Facilities Evaluator Nurse Do?

In the L&C program, Health Facilities Evaluator Nurses perform a rewarding and valuable public service to promote and protect the quality of health care provided to Californians of all ages. HFENs conduct complaint investigations and in-depth surveys of health care facilities to determine compliance with state licensing and federal certification requirements of the Medicare and Medi-Cal programs. Primary responsibility is on the enforcement of state and federal laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to areas affecting total patient care such as nursing, physician, restorative, pharmacy, social, and dental. HFENs may also act as team leaders and assist in training new staff.

How to Apply

  • Set up a CalCareer account on the California State Jobs website (required of all state job applicants).
  • View the official Exam Bulletin and link to the online exam (Exam ID: 6PB64) from the bottom of the page.
  • Sign into your CalCareer account to take the exam; results will be available immediately upon completion of the exam.
  • Applicants with passing exam results may begin to search and apply for vacant Heath Facilities Evaluator Nurse jobs within the state using the Standard State Application (678), which is submitted electronically via your CalCareer account. Use the job title, "Health Facilities Evaluator Nurse" when searching for vacancies.

Questions? Please e-mail our Personnel Liaison Unit at or call (916) 322-9905.

Minimum Qualifications - Experience and Education

HFEN candidates must have the following:

  • A current and valid license to practice as a registered nurse in the State of California and
  • One year of professional nursing experience (e.g. general experience) and
  • Six months of administrative responsibility requiring definition and implementation of operational program policy for maintenance of nursing care standards (professional supervisory experience over other nurses)
  • A Master's degree in a health-related field (i.e. microbiology, laboratory technology, nursing, physical therapy, psychology, medical social work) may substitute for the one year of required nursing experience.
  • A Bachelor's of Science in Nursing may substitute for the six months of administrative experience

Benefits of the Job

  • Flexible work hours
  • Monthly sick and vacation/annual leave time
  • 11 paid holidays and two professional development days a year
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance for you and your dependents
  • Flexible reimbursement accounts for dependents' care and medical expenses
  • Retirement (CalPERS)
  • 457/401-K deferred compensation plans
  • 32 hours' paid educational leave
  • Education and training opportunities
  • Reimbursement for Professional License Renewal

The CalHR web site includes additional salary and benefits information.


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