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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 286B
Category: Health Care


This is the journey level of the series. Under general supervision, as an experienced licensed practical nurse, provides practical nursing services in a hospital, school, or other treatment facility.




Within a Division of Mental Health psychiatric treatment facility, provides practical nursing services for mentally ill patients or residents.

Typical Work

Attends to the general care of patients or residents, provides for their emotional and physical comfort and safety, and maintains an attractive and comfortable environment; gives assistance and guidance in cleanliness, grooming, rest, activities, and nourishment;


Promotes better understanding of hospital policies in contacts with patients' or residents’ relatives;


Assists with the rehabilitation of patients or residents according to the treatment plan;


Participates in in-service education programs and staff and treatment team conferences;


Cares for patients or residents with communicable diseases including necessary sterilization and observation of aseptic techniques; preparation and aftercare of treatment and administration of medications, except I.V. medications;


Provides care to assigned patients or residents utilizing the current treatment plan;


Encourages, supervises, and participates with patients or residents in group or individual recreational, social, or related activities;


Observes, records, and reports the general condition of patients or residents;



Inspects housing and treatment areas, supplies, equipment, and patients or residents for health, sanitation, safety, security, and other conditions that may be detrimental to the care and treatment of the patients or residents;


Participates in providing therapeutic environment through acceptance of patients or residents behavior and guidance toward more rational behavior;


Prepares and cares for patients or residents receiving specialized treatments administered by the physician or the professional nurse; performs selected nursing procedures;


Prepares and administers oral, subcutaneous, and intramuscular medications under the supervision of the professional nurse;  


Performs other duties as required.

Legal Requirement(s)

Possession of a current Washington State license to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse. 

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position. 

Persons legally authorized to work in the U.S. under federal law, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients, are eligible for employment unless prohibited by other state or federal law.

Desirable Qualifications

Possession of a current Washington State license to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse




One year of experience as a Licensed Practical Nurse.


Class Specification History

New class effective June 1, 2005; Licensed Practical Nurse 2 (replaces 56510 Licensed Practical Nurse 2, 56710 Mental Health Licensed Practical Nurse 3).
Revised definition; adopted May 14, 2009, effective May 15, 2009.
Salary adjustment, revisions to the definition and typical work; adopted June 30, 2017 effective July 1, 2017.

Revised Legal Requirements; effective June 6, 2024, due to adopted legislative action.