DATE POSTED: January 24, 2023 ***Updated on October 16, 2023***


POSITION NOS,: 58931, 59452

STATUS:  Permanent | Full-Time (1.0 FTE)

SALARY: $4,690 + $1,609 (shortage differential) per month | SR20 | BU13

LOCATION:  These positions are located in the Respiratory Therapy department at Kaua’i Veterans Memorial Hospital (KVMH) of the Hawai’i Health Systems Corporation (HHSC) Kaua’i Region. KVMH, along with Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital (SMMH) 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 Respiratory Therapy department provides pulmonary and lung therapeutic services to residents and patients who have impairments, functional limitations with breathing function, and health status resulting from injury, disease, or other causes, in compliance with Medicaid, Medicare, Omnibus Reconciliation Act (OBRA), Joint Commission (JC), Office of Healthcare Assurance (OHCA) and other regulatory and private agencies.

JOB FUNCTIONS: Our organization is in search for passionate, innovative, compassionate, licensed Respiratory Therapists to add to our growing staff. The Respiratory Therapist IIIs will be responsible to exercise considerable independent clinical judgment in applying scientific knowledge and theory to practice respiratory care problems in accordance with physicians’ orders; independently administer respiratory tests and treatment to patients with respiratory diseases and disorders including cases involving critically ill, pediatric, and neonatal patients.  These positions may be required to work rotating shifts, including evenings, weekends, holidays, and may be required to report to other facilities within Kaua’i Region as deemed necessary by the supervisor. The Respiratory Therapist III reports to the Respiratory Therapist IV (Regional Supervisor) position no. 59205, 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
  • 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: 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).  

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

Certification:  Current certification in Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Workers issued by the American Heart Association (AHA) at the time of appointment. 

General Experience: One (1) year 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.


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.  Be an open-ended thinker; good listener and communicator; non-judgmental and positive attitude; motivates; team player. 


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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