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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.

Persons legally authorized to work in the U.S. under federal law, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients, are eligible for employment unless prohibited by other state or federal law.

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.


Revised Legal Requirements; effective June 6, 2024, due to adopted legislative action.