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Occ. Code 5501100

                                                                                                                             HOSPITAL ATTENDANT 1, GRADE 5                                                      

New York State Department of Civil Service

Classification Standard




Hospital Attendants 1 attend to the daily living and personal hygiene needs of patients to make them feel more comfortable. Incumbents may also devote considerable time to housekeeping and cleaning tasks related to patient care and to the transportation of patients, equipment, information, and supplies. 


These positions are located at the medical centers of the State University of New York and the Helen Hayes Hospital of the Department of Health.




HOSPITAL ATTENDANT 1: attends to the daily living and personal hygiene needs of patients; performs housekeeping and cleaning tasks related to patient care; and transports patients and supplies.




Positions working in hospital or clinical settings, which are restricted to general cleaning tasks and perform no patient care tasks or attending to patient need tasks, are properly classified as Cleaner.


Positions that are primarily involved in performing simple patient observation and treatment tasks and perform some patient daily living and personal hygiene tasks are classified as Licensed Practical Nurse or Nursing Assistant 2.




Attends to patients' personal hygiene and daily needs to maintain a comfortable atmosphere that is conducive to treatment.

·       Collects and carries patients' laundry and dry cleaning, and delivers them to the appropriate location in the health care facility.

·       Receives patients' valuables and other belongings; transports them to safe storage; and keeps appropriate records.   

·       Escorts patients to and from facilities where special treatments are administered.

·       Helps to feed patients requiring assistance to ensure that they receive appropriate nourishment.


·       Bathes and dresses, brushes teeth, and trims fingernails and toenails of patients.

·       As directed by professional staff, moves, positions, lifts, and transports patients using a variety of lifts and other aids to prepare patients for treatment and to deliver them to the appropriate treatment facilities.

·       Brings bedpans and urinals to disabled patients.

·       Attends to incontinent patients by assisting or participating in bowel and bladder training programs.                                                         

·       Talks to patients, listens to their complaints, and responds by encouraging them to cooperate and participate in treatment activities to help them achieve attitudes conducive to treatment and rehabilitation.

·       May perform pre-surgical shaves.

Performs a variety of housekeeping and cleaning duties to ensure that the clinical facility is clean, sanitary, orderly, and properly supplied.

·       Keeps an inventory of current supplies to determine the need for ordering new supplies.

·       Fills out requisition forms and forwards them to appropriate personnel in the organization to maintain supplies at appropriate levels.

·       Changes bed linens and other hospital linens to ensure that clean linens are always provided.

·       May mop floors and wash windows, walls, bedside stands, beds, tables, chairs, toilets, and various pieces of equipment to keep the clinical facility clean and sanitary.

·       May operate an autoclave in order to sterilize various pieces of clinical equipment.

·       May assist in collecting specimens for analysis.

·       Keeps simple records of patients' intake and output.

·       Cleans thermometers and other instruments as directed.



Non-Competitive: possession or ability to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities during the probationary period. 

Revised:  8/17

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 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.