DATE POSTED: August 28, 2020

JOB STATUS: Permanent / Full Time

SALARY: $4,413.00/Month (BU13/SR22)

JOB LOCATION: Kaua’i Veterans Memorial Hospital (KVMH) & Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital (SMMH)

FUNCTION:  Position is responsible to plan, organize, oversee as well as coordinate the respiratory therapy services operations, supervises the Respiratory Therapists and/or Technicians and Aides within the department, holds responsibilities in budget preparation, equipment ordering and maintenance, supplies requisitioning, etc.  As a working supervisor, this position must also exercises considerable independent clinical judgment in applying scientific knowledge and theory to practical respiratory care problems in accordance with physicians’ orders. The position is responsible for independently administering respiratory tests and treatment to patients with respiratory diseases and disorders including cases involving critically ill, pediatric, and neonatal patients. The individual must demonstrate knowledge of principles of growth and development over the life span and possess the ability to assess data reflective of the patient’s status and interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patient’s requirements relative to his or her age specific needs, and to provide the care needed by children (birth -17 years), adult (18-65 years), and geriatric (65 years plus) patient groups.



The Minimum Qualification Requirements: To qualify, applicants must meet all of the following requirements. Please note that unless specifically indicated, the required education and experience may not be gained concurrently. In addition, qualifying work experience is credited based on a 40-hour workweek.

Knowledge and Abilities used in Performing Key Duties: Knowledge of Respiratory Therapy principles and practices, departmental rules and regulations, hospital policies and procedures, Medicare/Medicaid/the Joint Commission and other regulated guidelines for the provision of Respiratory Therapy services. The provision of respiratory services, general union contract agreement practices and general principles of management, supervision and public relations. Ability to supervise the work of staff; prepare budget and other reports; evaluate operations to recommend, improve, and implement changes to procedures and service provision; implement administrative directives; participate in quality assurance and performance improvement projects; open ended thinker; good listener and communicator; non-judgmental and positive attitude; motivates; team player.



Education: Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree in respiratory therapy from a school of respiratory therapy approved at the time of graduation by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) or the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

  • Substitutions allowed: An associate degree in respiratory therapy from a program approved at the time of graduation by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) or the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and two (2) years of professional experience as a Respiratory Therapist under medical supervision may substitute for a baccalaureate degree in respiratory therapy.

Respiratory Therapy Experience: Two (2) years of professional experience as a Respiratory Therapist under medical supervision. The experience must have equipped the applicant with a full professional understanding of the evaluation, test, and treatment of respiratory therapy problems and the ability to develop and modify individual patient care plans.

Licensure: A valid license with the State of Hawaii as a Respiratory Therapist at the time of appointment.

Certification: None.

Required Forms And Documentation: Applicants must submit evidence of the appropriate training (e.g. official transcript or diploma and certifications) to be given credit for education. A legible photocopy will be accepted.



Applicants must be physically able to perform, efficiently and effectively, the essential duties of the position which typically require the ability to read without strain printed material the size of typewritten characters, glasses permitted, and the ability to hear the conversational voice, with or without a hearing aid, or the ability to compensate satisfactorily. Must be able to bend, kneel, carry, lift, push/pull, reach, sit, stand adequately throughout the day and ambulate from unit to unit freely. Ability to work different shifts and may work longer than eight (8) hours a day. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

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