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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 286D
Category: Health Care

Class Series Concept



Supervises staff on a shift or is the shift charge and participates in providing nursing care to one or more units under the supervision of a registered nurse; or has ward or treatment area charge responsibility when no registered nurse is assigned.

In the Department of Corrections, incumbents must serve as the assigned clinical nurse on a shift, or have full clinical nursing responsibility for an inmate housing unit or units having a combined total population of not less than 75 adult felons or serve as substitute for the registered nurse (ward charge) no less than 40% of the time.

Typical Work

As shift supervisor, assists in and directs the attendant staff of a ward or treatment unit; plans, oversees, and evaluates work; trains and assists staff;

Attends to the general care of patients, 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;

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

Encourages and supervises patients in group or individual recreational, social, or related activities; Observes, records, and reports the general condition of patient;

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

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

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

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

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

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

May supervise lower level staff.

Legal Requirement(s)

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.

Desirable Qualifications

Possession of a valid license to practice within the state of Washington 


two years of experience as a Licensed Practical Nurse.

Class Specification History

New class effective June 1, 2005; Licensed Practical Nurse 4 (replaces 56520 Licensed Practical Nurse 3, 56730 Mental Health Licensed Practical Nurse 4).
Revised definition; adopted May 14, 2009, effective May 15, 2009.
ase range salary adjustment adopted 6/30/2017, effective 7/1/2017.