The state hires only Masters level RNs for the survey position, and all QANs must be qualified surveyors. In addition, the state only hires as QANs those with considerable nursing experience, although this experience need not be in long term care--a point of contention with some providers with whom we spoke. Virtually all of the QANs with whom we spoke said, "This is the best possible job." Program managers report that there are waiting lists for the position. Salaries are said to be competitive with the private sector; in addition, the QANs have considerable independence and reportedly value the "opportunity to make a difference."