DATE POSTED: August 23, 2022 ***Updated on February 9, 2024***

JOB STATUS:  Permanent | Full-Time (1.0 FTE)

SALARY: $4,022 – 4,349 per month at 1.0 FTE | HE04-06 | BU10

LOCATION: This position is located in the Behavioral Health / Psychiatric Acute department at Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital (SMMH) of the Hawai’i Health Systems Corporation (HHSC) Kaua’i Region. SMMH, along with Kaua’i Veterans Memorial Hospital (KVMH) and The Kaua’i Region Clinics, which consists of The Clinic at Waimea, The Clinic at Port Allen, The Clinic at Kalāheo, The Specialty Clinic at Kalāheo, Urgent Care at Po’ipū, The Clinic at Līhu’e, and The Clinic at Kapa’a, are all part of a public benefit corporation of the State of Hawai’i.

The Acute Behavioral Health Unit at SMMH provides direct nursing treatment, social work, and ancillary health services to involuntary and voluntary patients with acute and/or chronic psychiatric and behavioral conditions.

JOB FUNCTIONS: The Psychiatric Aide serves as part of the treatment team and is involved in planning, organizing, and conducting adjunctive services (recreational and diversional activities) which involve the implementation of moderately complex therapeutic procedures and the application of various techniques in patient care services. This position may be assigned to admit, transfer and/or discharge patients; assist in emergency procedures such as fire escape and drill (e.g., Code Red, Code Yellow, etc.), seclusion and restraints, patient searches, bomb threats, and disaster drills, etc.; transport/escort patients as assigned; provide physical care to patients who are physically and/or emotionally unable to take care of themselves; attend in-service and other continuing education programs; temporarily work on another unit, as necessary; complete all mandatory training programs and maintain current certification in CPR; participate in hospital-wide quality assurance and infection control activities; participate in research surveys, etc.; and perform other related duties as assigned. The Psychiatric Aides are under the general supervision of the Registered Professional Nurse V (Unit Nurse Manager), position no. 20782, or its designee.  

Candidates must be available to work shifts, weekends, and holidays, based on hospital operation needs. Services are provided 24/7. 


  • 13 paid holidays each year (14 during election years)
  • 21 paid vacation days per year
  • 21 paid sick days per year
  • Medical, dental, vision, and prescription plans
  • Retirement and Deferred Compensation plans
  • Loan Repayment & Scholarship Programs


To qualify, you must meet all of the following requirements.  Please note that unless specifically indicated, the required education and experience are credited based on a 40-hour workweek. All applicants are required to provide evidence of all applicable education, licenses, and certifications. 

Certification: Current certification in Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Workers issued by the American Heart Association is required upon the appointment of hire.

Experience: One (1) year of work experience in a hospital or other medically oriented institution or program where the primary or basic objective was to observe and report on a variety of physical and/or mental symptoms and conditions and implement care and/or treatment procedures for a caseload of patients. Such experience must have demonstrated knowledge of basic spoken and written English; basic nursing skills (i.e., taking vital signs, measuring output, recognition of abnormal signs and symptoms, etc.); patients’ rights; infection control; body mechanics; basic medical and nursing terminology; and the ability to read, write, speak and understand English; learn and apply general behavioral and psychiatric principles; establish effective therapeutic relationships with psychiatric patients; follow directions; keep appropriate records, and analyze situations accurately and take effective action.

*For the FULL PERFORMANCE level, we require one (1) year of work experience in a mental health facility/unit which involved learning and performing selected therapeutic activities under the supervision of a qualified professional.

Select Certification: Applicants must have a current State of Hawai’i Nurse Aide Certificate and have completed a State approved training program, at the time of appointment, which demonstrates knowledge of basic nursing skills (i.e., taking vital signs, measuring output, recognition of abnormal signs and symptoms, etc.); the aging process; first aid; patient rights; universal precautions; infection control; body mechanics; purpose and benefits of activities of daily living (i.e., eating/feeding, providing fluids, bathing, dressing, etc.); purpose and benefits of restorative care (i.e., use and application of assistive devices; a range of motion activities; bowel and bladder training; correct use of bed pans, urinals, and/or commodes, etc.); and basic medical and nursing terminology.

Desirable Qualifications: Current certification in CPI, PART, Mandt, or CPMR – management of crisis situations; familiar with 12-step program.


Applicants must meet the health and physical requirements deemed necessary to effectively and safely perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.


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