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Occ. Code 5500528











New York State Department of Civil Service


Classification Standard



          Nurse 3s, various parenthetics, are registered professional nurses who plan and provide highly skilled level of direct nursing care to individuals* based on the nurses advanced knowledge and clinical nursing skills.  In addition, they mentor, teach, and provide clinical consultation to treatment teams, and nursing and direct care staff in their specialty area.  

*Individual refers to the person who is being treated or cared for, and is used in place of patient, client, or other nomenclature specific to an agency.



Nurse 3s are generally assigned to care for individuals with specialized needs and/or the most severe or acute medical conditions; and serve as a consultant, teacher, and resource to treatment teams, nurses, and direct care staff.


          Nurse 3 (Correctional Services) develops and presents major segments of training programs to improve the knowledge and abilities of those responsible for the medical care and treatment of inmates, and may provide direct care, instruction for care, and/or supervision and demonstration of treatment for acute medical conditions.  These positions work closely with Central Office staff in planning, organizing, developing, and presenting training using supervisory, nursing procedural, health service policy, and administrative concepts.  Nurse 3 (Correctional Services) is classified in the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS).  One position may be assigned to one or more DOCCS HUBs, which are a group of correctional facilities in a region.


Nurse 3 (Geriatric) provides direct care to individuals; trains staff to ensure quality health care to geriatric patients; and coordinates with other nurses, veterans' homes, and the Department of Health to develop policies and procedures.  These positions are found primarily in the Veterans Homes of the Department of Health and the Long Island State Veterans Home of the State University of New York at Stony Brook.


Nurse 3 (Psychiatric) plans, provides, and supervises nursing interventions for individuals with mental illness, alcoholism, or substance abuse. The role of the Nurse 3 (Psychiatric) includes direct care, psychiatric practice, teaching, consultation/liaison, and research.  One Nurse 3 (Psychiatric) is typically assigned to a ward of standard size, based on the acuity of the individuals served.  These positions are classified in the Office of Mental Health and the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.


Nurse 3 (Rehabilitation) care for individuals in the Cardiac and Respiratory Care Units of the Helen Hayes Hospital of the Department of Health.  These positions serve as consultants and teachers on all aspects of cardiac, respiratory, and rehabilitation nursing; and coordinate, direct, and provide comprehensive nursing care to individuals requiring acute rehabilitation.


          Nurses 1 and 2 (registered professional nurses), conduct health assessments; diagnose and treat an individuals responses to actual, potential, or diagnosed health problems through the provision of care supportive to or restorative of life and well-being; and execute medical regimens prescribed by a licensed health care provider. 

          Training Specialists 1 (Nursing) are registered professional nurses who provide specialized instruction in nursing, treatment, and health care subjects specific to employees responsible for the care and custody of vulnerable populations in institutional and community settings; and may supervise paraprofessional training staff. 

          Nurse Administrators provide second level clinical and administrative oversight to nursing staff.


          NURSE 3 (All Parenthetics)

Functions as an advanced-practice nurse and assesses, develops, implements, monitors, and evaluates nursing care aspects of treatment plans for assigned individuals.  These activities may be performed in collaboration with a treatment team.  Nurse 3 also provides direct nursing care, particularly for individuals with severe conditions or complicated problems whose treatment requires advanced skill and knowledge. 

·        Develops and assists in facility nursing orientation programs and serves as a mentor to new nurses.

Serves as a consultant, teacher, and resource to nurses and other direct care staff in the assessment of individuals status and in planning, implementing, and evaluating individual care.  



          Nurse 3s provide clinical supervision to licensed, paraprofessional, and direct care personnel involved in the care and treatment of individuals.  Incumbents supervise nursing care activities; instruct nurses and direct care staff on treatments and procedures; and ensure that individuals receive necessary care in accordance with the nursing care plan, established protocols, and standards of health care.  Nurse 3s may assist supervisor with administrative activities such as establishing and evaluating staffs performance. 


The role of a Nurse 3 as consultant, teacher, and resource person is characterized by frequent oral and written communication in the assessment of nursing needs, the collaborative planning and development of programs to address these needs, and the evaluation and modification of treatments and programs to improve patient care outcomes. The role of consultant also includes demonstrations and on-the-spot teaching of more effective nursing interventions to staff to improve the quality of nursing care.



Open-Competitive: possession of a license and current registration to practice nursing in New York State; a bachelor's degree in education, health education, nursing, public health, epidemiology, or biological sciences; two years of post-RN licensure clinical nursing experience; and six months of experience training nursing staff.  A bachelor's degree in education or health education waives the requirement for six months of nurse training experience.  


Open-Competitive:  possession of a license and current registration to practice nursing in New York State; a bachelor's degree in nursing or closely related area; and two years of post-RN licensure clinical nursing experience working with a geriatric population.


Open-Competitive: possession of a license and current registration to practice nursing in New York State; a bachelor's degree in nursing; and two years of post-RN licensure clinical nursing experience with individuals, at least 50% of whom have been diagnosed with mental illness, alcoholism, or chemical dependency.


Open-Competitive:  possession of a license and current registration to practice nursing in New York State; a bachelor's degree in nursing; and two years of post RN licensure clinical nursing experience in an acute care or acute rehabilitation setting.

Date:  10/17

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 the work that might be appropriately performed by a class.  The minimum qualifications above are those 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.