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Abolished Date: 2011-12-16


Provides consultation to secure and maintain adequate nursing care for welfare recipients under the State's medical care program; assesses and classifies patients' health care needs; evaluates the quality and quantity of nursing care provided.

Typical Work

Identifies the existence of patient needs emphasizing the patient as an individual; assists the patient to move toward independence within the limitations of his disabilities; 

Prepares periodic reports and appropriate correspondence on all nursing care aspects of the State's medical care program; reviews and evaluates the quality and quantity of nursing care needed by and provided to each individual patient; reports instances of nursing home contract non‑compliance to Nursing Care Consultant Supervisor; 

Provides consultative services to members of other professional disciplines relevant to improving and maintaining standards of patient care; acts as consultant to departmental caseworkers and other departmental personnel in pre‑placement planning and special health care services; consults with family of patient in planning on nursing home pre‑placement; 

Assists in formulating policies and functions relating to the nursing home program; participates in nursing care programs of professional organizations in areas of geriatrics, long‑term illness, or nursing home care; acts as a departmental liaison representative to community, county, and professional groups.

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

A Bachelor's degree involving major study in nursing.


Three (3) years of clinical or functional nursing experience. 

A Master's degree in nursing may be substituted for one (l) year of clinical or functional nursing experience. 

NOTE: A valid Washington State license to practice as a registered nurse is required.

Class Specification History

Revised minimum qualifications July 1, 1965
General revisions and title change (formerly Classification Nurse) Effective July 1, 1968
New class code:  (formerly 55100) effective July 1, 2007

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