Title:  Nurse Surveyor

Application Deadline Date:  04/18/2024
Req ID:  48455
Department:  Disabilities Aging & Independent Living

Waterbury, VT, US

Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $35.73


The State of Vermont is looking for experienced Registered Nurses to take their careers to the next level and hope that the Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living (DAIL) - Division of Licensing and Protection (DLP) is that place.  We are hiring nurses who will work as surveyors to ensure that our healthcare facilities are following the rules and regulations set forth by the State of Vermont and Federal Government (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid - CMS). Registered nurses from different career areas have the potential to bring different perspectives to our teams. Members of our team have various backgrounds, and have come from hospitals, home health, long term care, public health, health care administration and backgrounds including multiple provider types.

Although this is a home-based job, it requires a significant amount of travel throughout the state of Vermont so you must be able to spend nights in a hotel several times a week/month.  The work week is typically three days out in the field with the fourth day spent working in your home office.  There will be occasional off-hours work expected, on evenings and weekends, and you must also have your own reliable means of transportation.  

By using your knowledge, objectivity, professionalism and commitment, the Nurse Surveyor is expected to:

  • Assess the quality of care and services of health care facilities/providers via onsite observations, interviews and record reviews. Identify any deficient practices and relate those findings to federal and state statutory and regulatory requirements.  The facilities/providers we cover include: Nursing Homes, Acute Care Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, Psychiatric Hospitals, End Stage Renal Dialysis Centers, Ambulatory Surgical Centers, Rural Health Clinics, Home Health Agencies and Hospice Agencies.
  • Collaborate with other surveyors to evaluate compliance in providing quality care, quality of life, and other regulatory requirements. Each team member participates in evaluating a heath care facility/provider's compliance in providing quality care, quality of life and other structural requirements.
  • Write deficiency statements according to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare (CMS) "Principles of Documentation". 
  • Complete reports and summaries according to guidelines and timelines set forth by CMS and the state.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in utilizing computer programs and applications.


Within six to twelve months of hire, the successful candidate will be required to pass a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) Federal Qualification Test (SMQT).

Who May Apply

This position, Nurse Surveyor (Job Requisition #48455), is open to all State employees and external applicants.

If you would like more information about this position, please contact Suzanne.Leavitt@vermont.gov.

Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.

Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.


AHS BACKGROUND CHECKS:  Candidates must pass any level of background investigation applicable to the position.  In accordance with AHS Policy 4.02, Hiring Standards, Vermont and/or national criminal record checks, as well as DMV and adult and child abuse registry checks, as appropriate to the position under recruitment, will be conducted on candidates, with the exception of those who are current classified state employees seeking transfer, promotion or demotion into an AHS classified position or are persons exercising re-employment (RIF) rights.

Environmental Factors

Duties are performed in both field and office settings. Considerable travel to facility locations is required. Evening and weekend work is required. Overnight stays in a hotel are an expected requirement on a monthly basis. Resistance or objection to standards or to survey findings may be anticipated and requires considerable tact and diplomacy to achieve appropriate resolution. Survey deadlines, exit conferences, and interviewing may occasion considerable stress.

Minimum Qualifications

Possession of, or eligibility for, licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN) in Vermont OR eligible to practice in the state of Vermont via a multi-state license AND four (4) years or more of professional nursing experience


NOTE: Surveyor Minimum Qualifications Test (SMQT) certification is required within one year of hire.

NOTE: Must maintain Vermont licensure or multi-state license as a Registered Nurse as a condition of employment.

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

Special Requirements

Candidates must pass any level of background investigation applicable to the position. In accordance with applicable hiring standards, fingerprint supported criminal record checks, adult and child abuse registry checks, the Office of Inspector General exclusion database, and motor vehicle driving record checks, as appropriate to the positon under recruitment, will be conducted on candidates, with the exception of those who are current classified state employees seeking transfer, promotion, or demotion into a classified position or are persons exercising re-employment (RIF) rights.

Total Compensation

As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:

  • 80% State paid medical premium and a dental plan at no cost for employees and their families
  • Work/Life balance: 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan
  • State Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FMLI)
  • Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Flexible spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Want the specifics? Explore the Benefits of State Employment on our website.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of Vermont celebrates diversity, and is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect and meaningful inclusion that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The State does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, membership in an employee organization, family medical history or genetic information, or family or parental status. The State’s employment decisions are merit-based. Retaliatory adverse employment actions by the State are forbidden.

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