Colorado State Nurse Compliance Inspector, Acute Care (Health Professional III) in Denver, Colorado

Nurse Compliance Inspector, Acute Care (Health Professional III)



Nurse Compliance Inspector, Acute Care (Health Professional III)


$5,460.00 Monthly


Denver, CO

Job Type

Full Time


Department of Public Health & Environment

Job Number



2/4/2019 11:59 PM Mountain

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Department Information

Health Facilities and Emergency Medical Services Division

Acute Care and Nursing Facilities Branch

Acute Care Section

Recruiting for current vacancies in: The Acute Care Section (Inspecting Hospitals, Ambulatory Surgery Centers, Renal Dialysis Clinics)

This position is only open to Colorado state residents.

Make a real difference . . .

Do you have a passion and drive to apply your talent to create a healthier Colorado? Are you looking for a career that provides you with opportunities to improve the world around you? The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is seeking diverse individuals from all backgrounds to apply for a fantastic position that makes a direct impact on improving the lives of Colorado citizens. Our mission is to protect and improve the health of Colorado's people and the quality of its environment.

If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Our tobacco-free, walkable campus offers free parking and is conveniently located near the Cherry Creek bike path, Whole Foods, Glendale City Set, RTD bus lines, and the Cherry Creek Shopping Center. In addition to a great location and rewarding, meaningful work, we offer:

  • Health Links certified Family Friendly Business

  • Tuition assistance for current enrollment in college coursework

  • Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules and a variety of employee resource groups

  • Employee wellness program including locker rooms, bike storage lockers, on-site yoga, and health insurance premium savings

  • Mentoring program with opportunities for mentors and mentees

  • Internal professional development opportunities on a wide variety of subjects

  • Distinctive career advancement opportunities throughout the State system

  • Strong retirement benefits through the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA)

  • Medical and dental health insurance plans

  • State-paid life insurance and short-term disability insurance

  • 10 paid holidays per year, paid vacation and sick leave, and paid volunteer and parental academic leave

Experienced Registered Nurses can have a tangible impact on public health in Colorado by joining the staff of any of our regulatory compliance programs. The individual will be in a position to make a difference in healthcare safety and quality on a broad scale.

Our staff enjoys high job satisfaction, no weekend on-call, good benefits and stability. Consider joining us for an opportunity like no other to serve the most vulnerable citizens and their families.

We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.

Description of Job


The Work Unit:

The Acute Care Section is responsible for ensuring that hospitals, Ambulatory Surgery Centers, and Acute Renal Dialysis Centers operate in accordance with regulations of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and/or State of Colorado. The section is responsible for ensuring the health and safety of residents/patients treated in theses facilities as well as ensuring that accepted standards of care are being used.

What You'll Be Doing:

  • This is a regulatory compliance position and does not provide direct clinical care.

  • As part of a team of other surveyors, inspects health facilities and agencies to determine compliance with state and/or federal regulations;

  • Travels up to 70% of the time to perform on-site regulatory compliance inspections;

  • Utilizes experience with nursing theory and process to determine if care provided at health facilities and agencies meets evidence based practice, professional standards and regulatory requirements;

  • Observes care provided; Interviews consumers, family members, medical professional and other staff about care and services;

  • Reviews medical records and interdisciplinary care plans to ensure completeness based on the physical, psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual needs of the consumer;

  • Maintains competency in a variety of therapeutic/diagnostic interventions in order to serve as a clinical resource to other survey team members and effectively evaluate clinical practice at facilities or agencies being inspected;

  • Writes reports detailing areas of non-compliance with professional standards and federal and/or state regulations based on investigative results;

  • Explains investigative findings to facility/agency staff and members of the public;

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights



Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in Nursing and two years of professional experience as a Registered Nurse providing health care in a facility regulated by the section or 2 years of experience as a Registered Nurse as a health care compliance surveyor.


A combination of work experience in the healthcare field, which provided the same kind, amount and level of knowledge acquired in the required education, may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the Bachelors degree. A Masters degree in Nursing may substitute for the Bachelor's degree and one year of the required experience.


Applicants must possess a current Colorado Registered Nurse license;

Applicants must possess a current Colorado Driver's License, and be willing to travel with overnight stays as needed up to 70% of the time.


Along with the application submit a cover letter, not to exceed three typewritten pages, doublespaced detailing how your education and previous work experience have prepared you to excel in this job. Specific examples of determining compliance with regulations or evidence based practice should be included as well as how you meet the minimum and preferred competencies for the position.

Part of, or all of, the comparative analysis for this position may involve a review of the information you submit in your application and cover letter.


The preferred experience, competencies and abilities are highly desirable for this position and will be considered in selecting the successful candidate:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;

  • Knowledge of the operations on hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, dialysis centers;

  • Ability to analyze facts, evidence, precedents and arrive at a logical conclusion;

  • Ability to analyze and evaluate treatment plans;

  • Ability to analyze and interpret clinical evidence and findings;

  • Ability to observe, record, and interpret information;

  • Ability to perform the physical demands of this active position;

  • Thoroughness when performing work and conscientiousness in attention to detail;

  • Advanced Interpersonal and conflict management skills e.g. displays understanding, courtesy, tact, empathy and concern; develops and maintains effective relationships; deals skillfully with people who are difficult, hostile or distressed; effectively manages and resolves conflicts, confrontations and disagreements in a positive and constructive way;

  • Competency in the current technology and equipment used in a health care setting;

  • Ability to use information technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate errors and support decision-making.