Occ. Code 5506175





New York State Department of Civil Service


Classification Standard





            Teaching & Research Center Licensed Practical Nurses perform a wide variety of activities in accordance with the scope of practice for licensed practical nurses as defined in Article 139, Section 6902 of the New York State Education Law.  Incumbents perform tasks and responsibilities within the framework of case finding, health teaching, health counseling, and the provision of supportive and restorative care under the direction of a registered professional nurse or licensed physician, dentist or other licensed health care provider.  They observe patients for symptoms and reactions to treatments; treat patients for physical maladies as directed and under close supervision; attend to patients personal needs; and perform limited housekeeping activities.


As licensed practical nurses, Teaching & Research Center Licensed Practical Nurses are specifically prohibited from conducting a nursing diagnosis.  Accordingly, they may not interpret patient clinical data or act independently on such data; they may not triage; they may not create, initiate, or alter nursing goals; or establish nursing care plans.  Instead, Teaching & Research Center Licensed Practical Nurses function by law in a dependent role at the direction of a registered professional nurse, licensed physician, or other licensed health care provider.


            Teaching & Research Center Licensed Practical Nurses are currently classified to serve in the Teaching and Research Center Hospitals operated by the State University of New York (SUNY) only.


            All Teaching & Research Center Licensed Practical Nurses assist in the total care and/or confinement of patients, and as such perform various duties and functions in conjunction with the overall operation of a facility and/or location to which they are assigned.




Nursing Assistants 1 and 2 provide care to individuals in hospitals and nursing homes operated by the State of New York.  Such care ranges from attending to individuals personal hygienic needs in order to assure the persons comfort to performing a limited number of simple treatments and therapy.  Nursing Assistants provide direct hands-on care by assisting individuals with bathing, dressing, perineal care, mobility, eating, and other activities of daily living.           


Teaching & Research Center Nurses 1, 2, and 3 are registered professional nurses that provide, supervise, manage, and direct the provision of a wide variety of professional nursing services in accordance with the scope of practice for registered professional nurses as defined in Article 139, Section 6902 of the New York State Education Law.  Incumbents diagnose and treat human responses to actual or potential health problems; provide care supportive to or restorative of life and well-being; and execute medical regimens prescribed by a physician, dentist or other licensed health care provider.  Incumbents also train, supervise, coordinate, and direct the activities of lower-level registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and direct care staff engaged in the provision of care and treatment of patients, consumers, and inmates and ensure that appropriate nursing practices and standards are met and maintained.




Monitor the conditions of patients in a designated area of responsibility in order to detect indications of changes in condition or untoward responses to medication or therapy.


·        Observe patients throughout their stay in the treatment facility, identify symptoms of maladies and changes in conditions manifested by patients, and report such symptoms or changes to a physician or registered nurse in order to provide information useful in diagnosis and treatment planning.

·        Take temperatures, pulse rates, blood pressures and respiration rates using thermometers, manometers, stethoscopes and knowledge of standard procedures in order to provide registered nurses and physicians with data for interpretation.

·        Request patients to provide and assist patients in collecting urine, stool and other specimens in order to obtain such samples for analysis.

·        Measure fluid intake and output.

·        Prepare and maintain charts and other records of patients conditions and treatments administered in order to document such conditions and activities.

·        Talk to patients, listen to their replies, and report their responses in order to obtain and provide information useful in diagnosis and treatment.


Under the close and continuing supervision of a physician or registered nurse, treat patients for a variety of physical maladies in order to maintain health, prevent and cure illness and injury, and alleviate suffering using practical knowledge of disease process and hospital procedures.


·        Change dressings on wounds and other injuries as prescribed in order to keep such injuries clean and protected.

·        Give enemas and douches as directed.

·        Administer medications to patients, including intramuscular and subcutaneous injections and oral and topical medications as prescribed.

·        Manipulate intravenous therapy (IV) bottles and tubing in order to change IV bottles for patients being treated with IV medications.

·        Set up and operate equipment and apparatus including Intermittent Positive Pressure Breathing Machines in the administration of inhalation therapy treatments as prescribed by a physician.


Attend to patients daily living, personal hygienic, and simple human needs, in order to maintain in the clinical facility an atmosphere conducive to treatment and comfortable to patients.


·        Feed patients requiring assistance in order to ensure such patients receive appropriate nourishment.

·        Bathe and dress patients, brush teeth, and trim finger and toenails in order to make patients more comfortable.

·        Move, position, lift, and transport patients in order to make them more comfortable and to deliver them to appropriate treatment facilities.

·        Serve disabled patients by bringing bedpans and urinals in order to assist such patients.

·        Talk to patients, listen to their complaints and respond by encouraging them to cooperate with and participate in treatment and therapeutic activities in order to help patients achieve attitudes conducive to treatment and rehabilitation.


May perform a variety of housekeeping duties in order to ensure that the clinical facility is clean, sanitary, orderly and properly supplied.


·        Inventory current supplies to determine the need for ordering new supplies.

·        Fill out requisition forms and forward to appropriate points in the organization in order to maintain supplies at appropriate levels.

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

·        May assist other ward personnel in performing a variety of cleaning tasks in order to maintain the clinical facility in a clean and sanitary state.


May wash and dress corpses using standard procedures in order to prepare corpses for delivery to mortuary facilities.


May supervise Nursing Assistants 1 and 2 in the provision of housekeeping and daily living services to patients.




Open Competitive:  Must possess, or be eligible to obtain a license to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse in New York State.



Date:  11/09



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.