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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 312E
Category: Health Care

Class Series Concept

Provides nutritional services directly to patients and nursing units.


Delivers and picks up meals, nourishments and tube feedings to patients; records patient food intake; acts as a liaison between the patient and the department.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Under general supervision, provides basic nutritional services to patients such as distribution and pick-up of meals.

Typical Work

Delivers meals, nourishments and tube feeding in accordance with patient diet orders; picks up food trays from patients; 

Serves in a guest relations role to patients and visitors; relays patient food requests/comments to Dietetic Technicians; 

Delivers or relays messages from nursing and other health care staff to the department; 

Records food intake of selected patients; 

Delivers and picks up patient food preference sheets; 

May direct the work of student trainees and staff; 

Performs related duties as required.

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

One year of food service experience in a health care setting


Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New Class: 3-21-88
Revise MQ: 7-2-90
General revision. Revises class code (formerly 6017), typical work, minimum qualifications; effective July 1, 2007.
Base range salary adjustment adopted 6/13/2019, effective 7/1/2019.