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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 347L
Category: Social Services


Within a psychiatric treatment facility, provides personal care services and general therapeutic procedures for mentally ill patients.

Typical Work

Implements and documents treatment strategies as outlined in the patient treatment plan; observes, records and reports patient symptoms and reactions;


Participates in providing a therapeutic environment through recognition of patient behavior and guidance toward more rational behavior;


Provides for patient safety and comfort through attention to general health and assistance and guidance in cleanliness, grooming, rest, activity and nourishment;


Maintains an attractive and comfortable work environment;


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


Assists in the maintenance of, the inventory of, and the security of patient belongings;


Management of ward supplies;


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


Escorts patients to appointments and activities; Participates in in‑service education program; Performs other related work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Ability to:  learn skills necessary in caring for psychiatric patients; apply principles of personal hygiene; recognize patient personal rights and treat individuals with respect, kindness and consideration; follow written and oral instructions; secure and maintain patient confidence.

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.Registration as a nursing assistant is required.

Class Specification History

New class Effective May 28, 1986

Revised November 14, 1986:  Code change (formerly 3881)

Revised minimum qualifications:  4-20-00

New class code:  (formerly  56650)  effective July 1, 2007

Salary adjustment and revisions to the definition: adopted June 30, 2017 effective July 1, 2017.