DATE POSTED: April 03, 2022 ***Updated on December 27, 2023***


STATUS:  Permanent | Full-time (1.0 FTE)

SALARY: $9,909 per month at 1.0 FTE | SR23 | BU09

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

The Surgery/OR department provides nursing services for all surgical procedures; provides a sterile and sanitary environment for the performance of surgical operations; provides proper control so that preoperative requisites of the hospital and Medical Staff are properly carried out; and ensures that necessary equipment, instruments, and drugs are available to the surgeon.

JOB FUNCTIONS: The Registered Professional Nurse (RPN) V (Unit Nurse Manager) is responsible to assume 24-hour accountability for the management and direction of the Surgery/Operating Room Nursing Services to ensure the provision of optimal care for patients addressing the individualized age-appropriate care needs of patients. This position is responsible for assure the assessing and evaluating the patients’ immediate and long-term needs in an appropriate and professional manner and developing and implementing care plans based on those needs.  The incumbent must be able to carry out nursing procedures, as well as delegate to staff those techniques requiring a high degree of skill and current knowledge. This position reports to the Assistant Director of Nursing, position no. 59040, or its designee.

Candidates must be able to work rotating shifts, including extended hours, evenings, weekends, and holidays. 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. 

Education: Graduation from an accredited school of nursing. Graduation from a nursing program with a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university is highly desirable.

Licensure: Valid, active license to practice as a professional nurse in the State of Hawai’i. Applicants must submit evidence of current Hawai’i RN licensure (a copy of a valid license) at the time of appointment.

Certifications: Applicants are required to provide current certifications issued by the American Heart Association in Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers (adult, child, and infant), Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), AND Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).

General Experience:

  • One and one-half years (1-1/2) of professional nursing experience, of which one year must have been comparable to Registered Professional Nurse III, where the applicant independently provided nursing care to patients in a clinic, hospital, or institution;
  • Five (5) years of combined experience in Operating Room/Recovery Room services, and/or certification in specialty preferred.

Supervisory Experience: Six (6) months of professional supervisory nursing experience which included: (1) planning and directing the work of others; (2) assigning and reviewing their work; (3) advising them on difficult problem areas; (4) timing and scheduling their work; and (5) training and developing employees. 

Supervisory Aptitude: Applicants must be able to demonstrate the aptitude or potential for the performance of supervisory duties through the successful completion of regular or special assignments which involve some supervisor responsibilities or aspects; by serving as a group or team leader; previous work experience in a position that demonstrates or performs supervisory functions or in similar work in which opportunities for demonstrating supervisory or administrative capabilities exist; by completion of training courses in supervision accompanied by application of supervisory skills in work assignments; or by favorable appraisals by a supervisor indicating the possession of supervisory potential.


Knowledge of: Nursing theory and practice, technique, and procedures; biological, physical, social, and medicinal sciences as related to the nursing theory and practice; nursing techniques and procedures; nursing literature and current trends and developments in nursing hospital/institution nursing programs and current trends and procedures necessary for their implementation.

Ability to: Apply nursing theory and practice planning and giving nursing care; recognize, interpret, and evaluate symptoms of patients’ conditions and take appropriate action, to establish and maintain good relationships with hospital personnel, medical staff, and the general public; direct the work of nursing assistants; prepare a comprehensive nursing diagnosis and nursing care plans; plan and schedule the work of others; present nursing education programs; learn the principles and practices of supervision; demonstrate leadership abilities; work under stressful situations, and possess good oral and written communication skills.


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.

Working Conditions

  • May be exposed to infections and contagious diseases.
  • Regularly exposed to the risk of bloodborne diseases.
  • Subject to hazards of flammable, explosive gases.
  • Occasional exposure to unpleasant patients or unit elements.
  • Contact with patients under a wide variety of circumstances.
  • Exposed to unpleasant elements (accidents, illness, injury, and death).
  • Subject to varying and unpredictable situations.
  • Handles emergency or crisis situations.
  • Subject to many interruptions.
  • Occasionally subjected to irregular hours.
  • Requires judgment/action which could result in the death of a patient.
  • Handles absentee replacement on short notice.


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