DATE POSTED: Updated on May 31, 2023

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

SALARY: $3,696 – 3,984 per month at 1.0 FTE | HE04-06 | BU10

LOCATION:  Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital – Kapa’a, Kaua’i, HI

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, The Clinic/Urgent Care at Po’ipū, 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.

In addition, the Psychiatric Aide is subject to rotating shifts, including evenings, weekends, and holidays and is under the general supervision of the Registered Professional Nurse V (Unit Nurse Manager), position no. 20782, or its designee.  


  • 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


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.

Desirable Qualifications: Current certification in CPI, PART, Mandt, or CPMR – management of crisis situations; familiar with 12-step program; Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) preferred.


All employees must be physically able to perform the essential duties of the position. The general types of physical abilities involved, and examples of the tasks requiring these abilities, follows:

Sensory: Visibly monitor for contraband; observe changes in patient’s physical and/or emotional conditions; read typewritten and/or handwritten reports, and hear through a stethoscope to measure patient’s blood pressure.

Coordination and Dexterity: Take patient’s vital signs; assist patients with personal care (e.g. bathing, dressing, etc.)

Strength and Stamina: Lift, assist reposition, transport, transfer patients and participate in a patient takedown (i.e., subdue and physically restrain an uncontrolled patient).

Mobility: Move freely throughout the work setting, respond to emergency situations quickly; kneel, twist, and bend; reach overhead heights, and move around in cramped quarters.

Mental/Emotional Requirements: All applicants must possess emotional and mental stability appropriate to the job duties and responsibilities and working conditions.


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