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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 312F
Category: Health Care


Maintains the patient nutritional care system which includes writing menus in accordance to diet prescription and processing menus for meals.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Under general supervision, writes or checks patient menus; distributes, picks up, and tallies menus; prepares food production worksheets; maintains record of patient diet prescriptions.

Typical Work

Maintains current patient kardexes by processing diet prescriptions from nursing units; 

Writes and/or checks patient menus according to established food patterns, food tolerances, and preferences; checks patient trays for accuracy to the patient menus; 

Responds to verbal and written communications regarding patient nutritional care; 

Calculates nutrient intake with computer; 

Labels, delivers and picks up patient menus; 

Tallies patient menus and prepares food production worksheets; 

Distributes nutritional care information to patients; 

Determines and reports patient census to food production area; 

Maintains supply inventory; 

Acts as department receptionist; 

Performs the work of Dietary Unit Aides; 

Contacts on-call personnel for relief work; 

Prepares late trays for patients; 

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

High school graduation or GED


One year of experience as a Dietary Unit Aide in a health care facility


Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New Class: 1-03-73
Revise Minimum Qualifications: 12-18-74
Revise Class: 3-21-88
Revise MQ: 7-2-90
General revision. Revises class code (formerly 6004), typical work, minimum qualifications; effective July 1, 2007.
Base range salary adjustment adopted 6/13/2019, effective 7/1/2019.