Health Facilities Evaluator Nurse (HFEN) – California Department of Public Health – Saint Helena, CA

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.

Special Requirements:

This position requires the employee to enter health care facilities to provide services or work as part of the duties. The selected candidate is mandated by CDPH to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus as defined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Proof of vaccination status will be required as a condition of employment unless an exception is granted.

Job Summary

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 inspection, 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.

Duty Statement

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.

A copy of the official duty statement may be located here.

How to Apply

1. Create a CalCareer account. This is a free database that allows you to create an account, load your resume and apply for positions.

2. Take the Health Facilities Evaluator Nurse Exam that can be located with the link below or through the portal.

3. Apply for the Health Facilities Evaluator Nurse position through the CalCareer portal based on desired location

Pay: $6,318 – $8,297 per month
Benefits: Work life balance with flexible telework options, Alternate Work Week available, Paid time off including: holidays, annual/sick leave, professional development days, personal days, disability leave and more, Travel Reimbursement, medical, dental and vision benefits (with cash options), generous defined-benefit pension, retiree Healthcare, Employee Assistance Program Benefits including CalHR Wellness Discounts, 401(k) and 457(b) Plans (Savings Plus), Commute Program, Life Insurance/Death Benefits Options, ScholarShare 529 College Savings Plan Options, Group Legal Services Insurance Plan Options

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $6,318.00 – $8,297.00 per month


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift


  • Nursing: 1 year (Required)


  • Registered Nursing License in the State of California (Required)

Work Location: On the road

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