REGISTERED PROFESSIONAL NURSE III – Trauma Performance Improvement Specialist (Temporary/Part Time 50% FTE, KCH 21-185)

DATE POSTED: 07/19/2021

JOB TITLE: REGISTERED PROFESSIONAL NURSE III – Trauma Performance Improvement Specialist
RECRUITMENT NO.:  KCH 21-185 (Temporary, 50% FTE Part-Time, w/ Benefits, )

SALARY AMOUNT:  50% of $8,061.00 PER MONTH (SR-20; BU:09)

JOB DUTIES:The Registered Professional Nurse III (Trauma P.I. Specialist) assists with implementation of KCH’s Trauma Performance Improvement Plan. Duties include assisting the Trauma Program Medical Director (TMD) and the Trauma Program Manager (TPM) to improve the quality of trauma care with an effective continuous performance improvement and patient safety program and perform other duties as assigned.

Performance Improvement Activities                                                          

  1. Works with the Trauma Medical Director (TMD) and the Trauma Program Manager (TPM) to study, plan, implement and evaluate trauma care to assure adherence to the Trauma Performance Improvement Patient Safety Program through clinical review of both concurrent and retrospective chart review specific to trauma patients.
  2. Conducts patient rounds while utilizing clinical expertise to aggregate, assess and interpret information in order to evaluate the quality of clinical care, review of appropriate services and adherence to KCH Standards of care and the Hawaii State Trauma Standards.
  3. Reviews patient occurrences, user defined indicators, and audit filters with Trauma registrar and validate data on a concurrent bases.
  4. Responsible for issue identification, issue validation, issue analyses, and initiates follow-up to assure loop closure to improve clinical outcomes and patient care.
  5. Provides concurrent feedback and issue resolution to the TMD and the TPM.

Trauma PI Data Management             

    1. Collects, tracks and benchmarks trauma PI issues related to patient care and system development.
    2. Correlates outcomes and PI findings with trauma registry data for adherence to trauma registry criteria, accuracy, and inter-relater reliability.
    3. Updates PI issues in trauma registry database on a daily basis using concurrent and retrospective review of patient care.
    4. Assists in the preparation of any PI documents and reports as requested by KCH committees Hawaii State Trauma System, TMD, TPM, or hospital administration.
    5. Ensure that all pertinent issues are entered into the registry as they occur.
    6. Describe all pertinent details of each issue in an agreed upon format
    7. Tracks loop closure/resolution in the trauma registry.

Education and Outreach                                                                               

  1. Assists the TPM in the planning and evaluating both internal and external trauma related educational programs.
  2. Identify areas for improvement and education, using trauma PI data to develop educational programs in conjunction with TPM to address quality issues identified in the trauma program.
  3. Assists with community outreach and injury prevention activities related to trauma.
  4. Attends outside conferences and meetings pertinent to job responsibilities.

 Trauma Committee Activities             

  1. Serves as an active member of trauma specific committees.
  2. Participate in the Trauma Program Operational Process Performance Committee (Trauma Multi-Disciplinary Meetings). Providing input to the agenda and reporting on significant trends, issues and outstanding items.
  3. Assists with the selection and preparation of the cases for review for the Performance Improvement Patient Safety (PIPS) meetings in collaboration with TMD and TPM.


THE MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS ARE: Applicants must meet all of the following requirements. Please note that unless specifically indicated; the required education and experiences may not be gained concurrently. In addition, qualifying work experiences are based on a 40-hour work week.

Education: Graduation from an accredited school of Nursing.  BSN preferred.

Experience: One-half (½) year of professional nursing work experience, where the employee independently provided nursing care to patients in a clinic, hospital, or institution.

Certification: Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) are required at time of employment.  Trauma Nurse Core Course (TNCC) is required within six (6) months of employment.

Licensure: Possession of a current license to practice as a professional nurse in the State of Hawaii.

Required Forms & Documentation: Evidence of the appropriate training (e.g., official transcript or degree) to be given credit for education and/or experience. A legible photocopy will be accepted; however, Kona Community Hospital reserves the right to request an official copy.

All West Hawaii Health Care Facilities are Nicotine Free

An Equal Opportunity Employer


For an application packet, click on the links below. For additional information, call (808) 322-4458 or e-mail Recruiting/Employment.

Applications are also available at:

Kona Community Hospital Human Resources Office 79-1019 Haukapila Street Kealakekua, HI 96750

Phn:  (808) 322-4458
Fax:  (808) 322-5870

Kohala Hospital Human Resources Office P. O. Box 10 Kapaau, HI 96755

Phn:  (808) 322-4458
Fax:  (808) 322-5870

Kona Community Hospital is a 94-bed full-service acute care hospital with 24-hour emergency services, proudly serving the West Hawaii community. For nearly 100 years we have been caring for the people of West Hawaii. Adding more and more services, we have constantly improved our abilities to serve our residents and visitors whenever they are in need. We are your friends and neighbors, here to help through trying times and happy moments, through crisis and celebrations. As your community hospital, you can count on us. We take pride that every patient that comes through our door is treated like “ohana.”


Application hours are: Monday to Friday (except holidays) 8:00 am to 4:00 pm at which time applicants are able to complete an application and have their application reviewed by the facility Human Resources Office.  Only applicants that have been through a Human Resources (HR) applicant screening process will be considered for an interview with a hiring manager.  Applications for announcements with a deadline date must be on file no later than the last day to file applications.  Applications for announcements with “Continuous Recruitment until Needs are Met” will be accepted as long as there are vacancies.  Inactive/filled announcements will be taken off the HHSC website.

QUALITY OF EXPERIENCE: Possession of the required amount of experience will not in itself be accepted as proof of qualification for the position. Overall paid or unpaid experience must have been of such scope and responsibility as to conclusively demonstrate that you have the ability to perform the duties of this position. Provide a detailed description of your duties and responsibilities. If you worked on a part-time basis, indicate the average number of hours worked per week. Please note that experience will be based on a 40-hour workweek.

Note: We will not postpone the recruitment process because of your failure to provide accurate and complete information concerning your qualifications.

MERIT OR CIVIL SERVICE SYSTEM: Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirements, including education, experience, other public employment requirements for State Civil Service employment, and HHSC Standards of Fitness. Only those applicants that are scheduled for an interview with the hiring manager will be contacted. Applications will be kept active for six (6) months.

CITIZENSHIP AND RESIDENCE REQUIREMENT: Applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S. and at the time of appointment intend to reside in the State of Hawaii during the course of employment with the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation.

VETERAN’S PREFERENCE: If you are claiming Veteran’s Preference, you must submit a copy of your DD214 and/or other substantiating documents specifying the periods of your service.

PHYSICAL/MENTAL REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must be able to physically and mentally perform efficiently the duties of the position. Qualified applicants with disabilities who can perform the essential functions of the advertised position are encouraged to apply. The Hawaii Health Systems Corporation is committed to making reasonable accommodations on a case-by-case basis. Applicants seeking reasonable accommodation should be ready to discuss the accommodation sought so that a determination can be made that such accommodation is reasonable and would not cause the employer undue hardship.

PHYSICAL EXAMINATION REQUIREMENT: Offers of employment will be conditioned on the results of a complete physical examination, which includes a drug screening. For certain job categories, applicants may be referred to an HHSC-designated physician, rather than the applicant’s personal physician of choice. The cost for all physical examinations, except the cost for the drug screening, shall be borne by the applicant and not the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation. The Hawaii Health Systems Corporation shall bear the cost of the drug screening.

CRIMINAL/BACKGROUND, CREDENTIALING CHECKS: Applicable checks will be conducted periodically and any associated costs may be borne by the applicant. If a job offer is made or employment is begun prior to completion of all applicable checks, any offer of employment or continued employment is contingent upon satisfactory return of all required checks.

HOW TO APPLY: Applications are available at the Kona Community Hospital, Human Resources Office, 79-1019 Haukapila Street, Kealakekua, HI 96750 or Kohala Hospital, P. O. Box 10, Kapaau, HI 96755. You can call (808) 733-4162, (Voice/TT), e-mail: or visit our website at Application hours are: Monday to Friday (except holidays) 8:00 am to 4:00 pm at which time applicants are able to complete an application and have their application reviewed by the facility Human Resources Office. Only applicants that have been through a Human Resources (HR) applicant screening process will be considered for an interview with a hiring manager. Applications for announcements with a deadline date must be on file no later than the last day to file applications. Applications for announcements with “Continuous Recruitment Until Needs are Met” will be accepted as long as there are vacancies. Inactive/filled announcements will be taken off the HHSC website.

 STEPS TO AN ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW, SUBSEQUENT APPEALS: If you do not agree with a decision made by the Employment Office as to your non-qualification or non-selection for a position, you may complete a Request for Administrative Review form (available on the HHSC website) or you may submit a written request within twenty (20) days from the date of your sent notice to the Regional Chief Executive Officer/Designee. Your letter requesting the Administrative Review must include 1. The job title(s) and recruitment number(s), 2. the specific reason(s) you are requesting the review noting if there is a statute or rule violation, and 3. any additional information you want to submit to substantiate your request. If you do not submit your request within the twenty (20) days deadline, no Administrative Review will be conducted. Since the Administrative Review is a prerequisite to subsequent steps, failure to utilize this process will make you ineligible for subsequent appeals. The administrative review, formal complaint and/or appeals hearing will not necessarily postpone the recruitment process and/or rescind a selection.

If you do not agree with the Administrative Review, you may file a Formal Complaint and then, if you are still not satisfied, you can appeal to the HHSC Merit Appeals Board

updated: 07/19/2021


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