Kaiser Permanente Clinical Nurse Specialist - Behavioral Health in Wailuku, Hawaii

Provides variety of ambulatory behavioral health services including evaluation, diagnosis, treatment planning, medication management, case management, and psychotherapeutic intervention to individuals, families, groups and/or Intensive Outpatient Programs. Provides services to adults of all ages, adolescents and children.

Essential Functions:

  • Provides psychotherapy and counseling for individuals, families, groups and/or Intensive Outpatient Programs. Utilizes a wide range of intervention modalities, which support positive mental health and enhanced individual or family functioning. Provides services such as crisis intervention, brief therapy, cognitive and behavioral therapies, skills training, supportive therapy, stress management, family therapy. Interviews member and evaluates their psychological and mental status. Evaluates needs and appropriateness for psychopharmacological therapy, and refers patients to physician for medication evaluation per department guidelines. Refers members in need of immediate or urgent care to appropriate level of services, within time frame established by policy. Collaborates with Call Center or referring practitioner/provider when appropriate. Collaborates with physicians, primary care staff, and other interdisciplinary clinical team members involved with assessment and care of patient. Follows program description in area of specialty as applicable.

  • Researches, collects, and records data and information relating to identification and treatment of behavioral and interpersonal problems of patient. Formulates alternatives for interventions and approaches for resolution of these problems. Assists to establish clinical best practices and guidelines for delivery of service to population of clients served.

  • Documents clinical assessments, treatment plans, interventions and other important information in patient medical record according to Regional and departmental guidelines. Maintains confidentiality of all patient information and records in accordance with state and federal regulations and Regional guidelines.

  • May perform patient care to the extent necessary to maintain clinical expertise, competency and licensing necessary to fulfill job responsibilities and to direct the provision of care on the unit.

  • Provides direct patient care on an as needed basis. Provides services that are within scope of license and in compliance with all legal, regulatory, and policy requirements relevant to clinical role performed.

  • Incorporates the KP Nursing Vision, Model and Values through out their Nursing Practice.

Basic Qualifications:


  • Minimum two (2) years of experience in mental health managing patients on psychiatric medications.

  • Minimum two (2) years ofexperience in mental health providing direct clinical services with children and/or adults, including people with serious/chronic mental illness.


  • Master's degree in Nursing with specialty in community mental health, behavioral health, psychiatric nursing, or related field.

License, Certification, Registration

  • Valid Hawaii RN license (must meet education requirement(s) for Hawaii State licensure).

  • Valid Hawaii APRN Recognition (must meet education requirement(s) for Hawaii State recognition).

  • Certified Nurse Practitioner (NP) by the American Nurses Association (ANA) or Clinical Nurse Specialist in adult psychiatric and mental health care by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as accepted by the Hawaii State Board of Nursing.

  • Current BLS for Healthcare Provider CPR or CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer certification.

  • National Provider Identifier (NPI) and Taxonomy code required at time of hire.

Additional Requirements:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of assessment using the latest diagnostic and statistical manual, writing treatment plans, conducting group therapy, intensive outpatient treatment, and/or partial hospitalization programs.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and/or experience of working in an integrated behavioral health model within a primary care setting.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Valid Hawaii APRN Recognition with Prescriptive Authority (must meet education requirement(s) for Hawaii State APRN prescriptive authority).

  • Demonstrated knowledge of documentation according to national accreditation guidelines.


TITLE: Clinical Nurse Specialist - Behavioral Health

LOCATION: Wailuku, Hawaii


External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with Federal, state and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran, or disability status.