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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 285H
Category: Health Care


  1. In a hospital, directs all nursing activities and charge nurses of several wards or floors on a 24-hour basis; or
  2. Coordinates the overall monitoring and supervision of nursing care and nursing services functions for all the charge nurses for the evening or night shift at Eastern or Western State Hospital; or,
  3. In a residential facility for developmentally disabled, supervises and directs all nursing activities for a program area of residents on a 24-hour basis.

Typical Work

Supervises or coordinates the nursing activities;

Plans, carries out, and evaluates staff development programs for the unit; provides counseling and guidance, learning experiences and job performance evaluations;

Participates with the other disciplines within the unit as their work influences the nursing service, such as occupational, physical, and recreation therapy and social work;

Serves as a consultant for other institutions such as nursing homes or group homes, as part of assignment;

Supervises the development of institution-wide inservice education programs; develops inservice program for unit;

Instructs unit staff in hospital policies and nursing procedures; orients new employees;

Establishes and maintains nursing care standards, nursing procedures and policies for the unit;

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: principles and techniques of administration and supervision; professional nursing principles and techniques; theory, science, and treatment techniques in a particular specialty area of practice such as mental health nursing, infection control, emergency response, etc.; community resources.

Ability to: use nursing judgment and knowledge; work effectively with others; assume responsibility for professional growth and development; supervise, administer and teach; work as a team member; communicate effectively with others.

Legal Requirement(s)

A valid Washington State license to practice as a registered, professional nurse.

Desirable Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited school of professional nursing


four years of professional nursing experience, including two years in a lead capacity over other nursing personnel.

A Bachelor's degree or higher degree involving major study in nursing may be substituted for two years of nonsupervisory experience.

One year of full-time experience teaching nursing may be substituted for one year of supervisory experience.

Class Specification History

General revision and title change (formerly Psychiatric Nurse IV); effective August 9, 1971.
Revised May 9, 1980; Revises definition, minimum qualifications, deletes distinguishing characteristics.
Revised April 13, 1984; Revises definition.
Revised June 13, 1986; Revises definition and minimum qualifications.
Revised April 14, 1989; Revises definition.
Revise class. Revises class code (formerly 56360), definition, deletes scope of series; adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007; general revision revises knowledge and abilities and minimum qualifications; effective July 1, 2007.
Base range salary adjustment adopted 6/30/2017, effective 7/1/2017.