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at State of Hawaii

Posted: 9/29/2019
Job Reference #: 2445712

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Recruitment Information

Recruitment Number 219272

ENTRY LEVEL - $3,903 per month (HE-06, Step A, Salary includes Shortage Category Differential) - Effective July 1, 2019

FULL PERFORMANCE - $4,215 per month (HE-08, Step A, Salary includes Shortage Category Differential) - Effective July 1, 2019

Note: Hiring rates will be based on availability of funds, the applicant's qualifications, and other relevant factors.

Shift Work: All applicants must be available to work rotating shifts, including evenings, weekends and holidays. 
Nurses will be assigned to work rotating shifts with two days off each week.  The days off may be other than Saturday and Sunday.  Some positions may be assigned a permanent shift.

This continuous recruitment may be closed at any time. The notice of the last day to file applications will be posted on the State of Hawaii's Civil Service Job Opportunities Listing page of our website.

Duties Summary

The primary purpose of these positions is to perform practical nursing care and related technical work in the care, treatment and rehabilitation of mentally ill individuals.

The Hawaii State Hospital is the only acute care hospital in Hawaii dedicated solely to serving adults with serious mental illness. The hospital provides comprehensive psychiatric assessment, treatment and rehabilitation to individuals suffering from brain, medical and behavioral disorders who are primarily court ordered. Many of the patients frequently exhibit extreme hostility (which may include violent behavior to others or themselves), may be confused, combative or are resistant to services, possibly because they have been repeatedly referred to or compelled to accept agency services, have multiple and/or severe psychological, mental, physical and environmental problems or have become the focus of notoriety and/or intense public scrutiny. Work may involve dealing with violent outbursts, physical or verbal threats and assaults, and physically restraining patients.

The Entry Level Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) is provided specific and detailed instructions and close guidance in performing tasks; receives close and frequent review of work performed; and performs other related duties as assigned.

The Full Performance LPN is provided general instructions, and specific instructions or immediate supervision in cases requiring advanced and/or specialized treatment and procedures; performs work independently, with specific guidance only in new, unusual or emergency situations; receives periodic work performance reviews to ensure that acceptable practices are followed; and performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

To qualify, you must meet ALL of the following requirements:

Prerequisite Knowledge and Abilities Required:

A. Knowledge of the nursing process; body structure and function; principles of asepsis; universal precautions; infection control; principles of administering medications; patient preparation for prescribed treatments and procedures; data-gathering techniques; interpersonal communication skills; alternative methods of communication for patients with special needs; environmental and patient safety; patient rights; individualization of care, including religious, cultural and developmental influences; patient age groups and the developmental process characteristic of these age groups; team participation in care planning and evaluations; therapeutic and life-saving procedures; specialized equipment; maintenance of optimal body functioning and prevention of complications; principles of body mechanics and assistive devices; comfort measures; obvious signs of emotional and mental health problems; chemical dependency; adaptive and maladaptive behavior; sensory deprivation and overload; abusive and self destructive behavior; concepts of wellness; reproduction and human sexuality; birthing and parenting; and growth and development, including dying and death.

B. Ability to apply practical nursing principles and practices; read, write, speak, understand and communicate effectively with others in English; maintain records and prepare reports; respond quickly and take appropriate action in emergencies; follow oral and written instructions; establish and maintain effective relationships with other staff, patients and others.

License: A valid State of Hawaii license to practice as a practical nurse (LPN).

Experience: No experience required for Level I and One (1) year for Level II of progressively responsible work experience in a hospital or similar health institution as a licensed practical nurse which involved the performance of a variety of personal care, nursing care and related technical work in the care and treatment of patients; and required the knowledge of and ability to apply practical nursing principles and practices.

The information provided above represents a summary of the complete Minimum Qualification Requirements. To view the Requirements in their entirety, please CLICK HERE.


Other Information

The State of Hawai'i complies with federal and state disability laws and makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities.  If you require reasonable accommodations in completing an application, any pre-employment testing, or otherwise participating in the selection process, please call 808-587-0936 for assistance.

The PSLF Program is a federal program that is intended to encourage individuals to work in public service by forgiving the balance of their federal student loans.  To qualify, the individual must have made 120 qualifying payments while employed by a qualifying employer.  For more information, please click:

The Department of Human Resources Development (HRD) will use electronic mail (email) to notify applicants of important information relating to the status and processing of their applications as part of our ongoing efforts to increase operational efficiency, promote the conservation of green resources, and minimize delays and costs.

Please ensure that the email address and contact information you provide is current, secure, and readily accessible to you. We will not be responsible in any way if you do not receive our emails or fail to check your email-box in a timely manner.  In addition, please be aware that you may no longer receive notification about applications submitted if you choose to disable the Job Application Emails feature in your Account Settings.

The examination for this recruitment will be conducted on an unassembled basis where the examination score is based on an evaluation and rating of your education and experience. It is therefore important that your employment application provide a clear and detailed description of the duties and responsibilities of each position you held.

In-person interviews and/or further testing in Hawaii may be required at the discretion of the hiring agency. If in-person interviews and/or further testing is a requirement, applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements and are referred to the vacancy must be available to participate in person and at their own expense in this required phase of the selection process.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible. In addition to employment availability and score, the referral of qualified applicants may be based upon other factors including date of receipt of application.

CLICK HERE for further information about Equal Employment Opportunity, the Merit Civil Service System, Citizenship and other requirements, Reasonable Accommodation, Veterans Preference, Examination Requirements, and the State Recruiting Office's Levels of Review.