HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente Hawaii has promoted Joelle Phillips, MSN, RN, from regional educator to regional director of professional nursing practice. In her new role, she oversees Kaiser Permanente Hawaii’s clinical and nursing practice development and will focus on elevating nursing practice standards in the region. She works to implement education and quality initiatives for nursing staff in order to deliver high-quality, patient-centered care to members.
Phillips’ career spans 20 years as a nurse and health care administrator. She joined Kaiser Permanente Hawaii as regional educator in 2017, where she reinstated the organization’s continuing education program and played a key role in developing new trainings and orientations for staff. Prior to that, she served as manager of education and training services at Castle Medical Center, clinical and nursing instructor at Kapiolani Community College, and as owner and operator of Critical Nursing Services, a temporary staffing firm for nurses and other allied health professionals. She began her career as a staff nurse at Kahu Malama Nurses, St. Francis Medical Center and Castle Medical Center.
Philips is an active health care community leader serving in several capacities, including as an advisory board member for the Kapiolani Community College School of Nursing and Chaminade University School of Nursing; chair of the Hawaii State Center for Nursing, Nurse Residency Program; and Kaiser Permanente committees related to workforce education and training. She is a guest speaker and mock interviewer for local nursing schools and contributing member of several professional associations, including the American Organization of Nurse Executives and the Association for Nursing Professional Development.
Phillips received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Hawaii Pacific University and her Master of Science in nursing executive leadership from the University of Hawaii, School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene.
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