State of Washington Classified Job Specification
LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSE 4
Class Series Concept
See LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSE 1.
Supervises staff on a shift or is the shift charge and participates in providing nursing care to one or more units under the supervision of a registered nurse; or has ward or treatment area charge responsibility when no registered nurse is assigned.
In the Department of Corrections, incumbents must serve as the assigned clinical nurse on a shift, or have full clinical nursing responsibility for an inmate housing unit or units having a combined total population of not less than 75 adult felons or serve as substitute for the registered nurse (ward charge) no less than 40% of the time.
As shift supervisor, assists in and directs the attendant staff of a ward or treatment unit; plans, oversees, and evaluates work; trains and assists staff;
Attends to the general care of patients, provides for their emotional and physical comfort and safety and maintains an attractive and comfortable environment; gives assistance and guidance in cleanliness, grooming, rest, activities, and nourishment;
Prepares and cares for patients receiving specialized treatments administered by the physician or the professional nurse; performs selected nursing procedures;
Encourages and supervises patients in group or individual recreational, social, or related activities; Observes, records, and reports the general condition of patient;
Promotes better understanding of hospital policies in contacts with patients' relatives;
Assists with the rehabilitation of patients according to the treatment plan;
Participates in in-service education programs and staff and treatment team conferences;
Prepares and cares for patients receiving specialized treatments directed by the physician or the professional nurse; performs selected nursing procedures;
Cares for patients with communicable diseases including necessary sterilization and observation of aseptic techniques; preparation and aftercare of treatment and administration of medications, except I.V. medications;
Inspects housing and treatment areas, supplies, equipment, and patients for health, sanitation, safety, security, and other conditions that may be detrimental to the care and treatment of the patients;
May supervise lower level staff.
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.
Possession of a valid license to practice within the state of Washington
two years of experience as a Licensed Practical Nurse.
Class Specification History
New class effective June 1, 2005; Licensed Practical Nurse 4 (replaces 56520 Licensed Practical Nurse 3, 56730 Mental Health Licensed Practical Nurse 4).
Revised definition; adopted May 14, 2009, effective May 15, 2009.
Base range salary adjustment adopted 6/30/2017, effective 7/1/2017.
Base range salary adjustment adopted 6/13/2019, effective 7/1/2019; from range 52 to 56.