Occ. Code 5500201






New York State Department of Civil Service

Classification Standard


Senior Licensed Practical Nurses 1 and 2 are licensed practical nurses who perform duties under the supervision of a registered professional nurse (RN). Incumbents in the Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD) supervise Licensed Practical Nurses, Grade 10, and direct care staff in care of consumers receiving services.

In the Office of Mental Health, incumbents are involved in the treatment of patients, providing nursing care as directed by the RN. Under established protocols they treat and care for individuals with a variety of psychiatric and medical disorders and assist with the implementation of the treatment plan. As members of the treatment team, they may coordinate the care and care planning of one or more patients served by the team. This may include the responsibility for completing treatment-planning documents, which may involve a review of the patient’s medical record and discussions with other team members.

In the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, the incumbents will provide direct clinical care to patients as ordered by the physician. Incumbents may be assigned to evening or night shifts where they will be responsible for nursing care of assigned patients and will serve as a member of an interdisciplinary treatment team.


SENIOR LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSE 1: first level supervisor; in the OMRDD’s developmental centers, responsible for a living unit on a day or evening shift; or 2 units on a night shift. In the residences operated by OMRDD in the community, may function as the overall supervisor for those homes serving at least 5 individuals with complex medical/nursing needs. When assigned to an Office of Mental Health facility or Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Addiction Treatment Center, provide services to patients by observing symptoms and reactions to treatments; treat patients for physical and psychiatric conditions as directed under varying degrees of supervision; and may supervise direct care staff.

SENIOR LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSE 2: perform the same basic clinical activities and tasks as a Senior Licensed Practical Nurse 1, however their degree of experience and expertise allows for participation in the development of treatment plans, and for supervision of staff; may supervise direct care staff in homes serving 6 or more individuals with complex medical/nursing needs.


Licensed Practical Nurses, Grade 10 are assigned to perform a variety of general and specialized nursing care procedures and other treatment related functions as their license permits.

Developmental Aides and Mental Health Therapy Aides, Grade 9 are direct care staff responsible for the daily care of individuals who receive services in homes, Developmental Centers, or Psychiatric Centers operated by the OMRDD and Office of Mental Health, respectively.

Developmental Assistants and Mental Health Therapy Assistants provide supervision to the direct care staff in a variety of settings as noted above.


Senior Licensed Practical Nurses are supervised by registered nurses in the performance of nursing tasks. These supervisors provide the Senior Licensed Practical Nurse with specific instructions and guidelines in the implementation of individual treatment plans. Administrative supervision may be provided by Treatment Team Leaders, residential unit supervisors and other health care professionals.

Supervises Licensed Practical Nurses, Developmental Aides or Mental Hygiene Therapy Aides in the care or custody of consumers/patients.

Carries out individual treatment plans by effectively deploying staff, scheduling and integrating activities and observing reactions to such activities.

Participates with the treatment team in the development of individual treatment plans for clients.

Responds by taking quick decisive action in the event of medical emergencies, including accidents.

May perform the activities of a Licensed Practical Nurse in caring for individuals.


Senior Licensed Practical Nurses relate on a daily basis to members of the treatment team, in writing and orally, to convey factual observations concerning an individual’s health status, response to treatment activities and any unusual occurrences. They may function as a member of a primary nursing team under the direction of an RN. More experienced incumbents may offer possible interpretations of some of the activity engaged in by a client and may serve as a member of the treatment team.



A license to practice as a Practical Nurse in New York State and one year of permanent competitive service as a Licensed Practical Nurse


A license to practice as a Practical Nurse in New York State and one year of permanent competitive service as a Senior Licensed Practical Nurse 1.

NOTE: Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe. Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class. The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written. Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.

Date: 4/02