Indian Health Service Community Health Nurse(Chinle)-DHA-Open Continuous in Chinle, Arizona

Indian Health Service
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Chinle, AZ
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Tuesday 2/2/2016 (263 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (70 day(s) away)

Job Overview

The Indian Health Service (IHS) is the principal federal health care provider and health advocate for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). The IHS goal is to raise Indian health status to the highest possible level. IHS provides leadership and direction to programs and activities designed to improve health outcomes to over 1.9 million AI/AN through a system of IHS, Tribal, and Urban operated facilities and programs.

The IHS is required by law to give absolute preference to qualified applicants who meet the Secretary of the Interior's definition of Indian for appointment to vacancies within the IHS in accordance with established IHS policy as outlined in the Indian Health Manual Part 7, Chapter 3. The IHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

This position is being announced concurrently under Excepted Service Examining Plan/Merit Promotion Plan (ESEP/MPP) procedures. Please review vacancy announcement number ++IHS-16-CH-1599429-ESEP/MP++; for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

Position/s located in the Service Unit Clinics or Hospitals with the Division of Community Health to assess, diagnose and investigates, identify outcomes, plans, implements and evaluates a comprehensive public health nursing program for an assigned area within Chinle PHS Hospital (Chinle Service Unit), Chinle, Arizona, or Pinon and Tsaile Health Clinics (Arizona). Position/s report to the Supervisory Community Health Nurse or Community Health Nursing Director and receives medical supervision from the physicians.

  • Plans, conducts and evaluates a comprehensive community health nursing program and assists the community in planning and evaluating a local health delivery system.
  • Conducts epidemiological and community surveys, field investigations and research studies to appraise health needs.
  • Assesses, diagnoses needs and sets up a plan of action to meet these needs by providing health services to communities, families and individuals
  • Provides primary care for acute and chronic health problems
  • Teaches recognition of early symptoms of communicable disease and the importance of immunizations
  • Establishes and staffs immunization clinics as appropriate
  • Maintains records and reporting systems according to HIS, Area and Service Unit policies for patients
  • Works with the Tribal, State and County Health Agencies, Tribal Health Board and other community organizations in planning health related activities and performs other duties as assigned
Travel Required
  • 75% or Greater
  • Incumbent will be required to travel to make home visits.
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Incumbent will be required to sign a one year service agreement.
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • The selected applicant will be subject to a pre-employment background
  • investigation, which will include a fingerprint check.
  • If applicable-Selective Service registration (Males born after 12/31/59)
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Position requires positive education, transcripts required.
  • Requires active current registration as a professional nurse.

To qualify for this position, your resume must reflect sufficient experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the position for which you are applying. Your resume is key in evaluating your experience, as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your work experience.


To qualify for this position, your resume must reflect sufficient experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the position for which you are applying. Your resume is key in evaluating your experience, as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your work experience.

Education: Degree from a professional nursing program. (In addition, to the Basic Requirements, you must also meet the Minimum Qualifications stated below- MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Your resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector performing the following types of tasks Specialized Professional Community Health Nursing Experience is delivering health and nursing care to individuals, families, schools within communities using initiative, judgment in covering a range of nursing services through counseling, teaching and follow-up within established plans, policies and objectives of the agency and evaluating the effectiveness of the program, appraise the quality of nursing services delivered which impacts the health of individuals, families and communities. In addition to basic requirements, applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized professional community health nursing experience equivalent to the GS-5 to qualify for the GS 7; 52 weeks equivalent to the GS-7 to qualify for the GS-9; and 52 weeks equivalent to the GS-9 to qualify for the GS-11 Basic Requirements: Education: Degree from a professional nursing program approved by the legally designated State accrediting agency at the time the program was completed by the applicant Applicants for Community Health Nurse positions must have graduated from a baccalaureate (or higher) degree program in nursing which included the study of community health nursing concepts. GS 7: Completion of a professional nursing program and 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 level. GS 9: Two full years of progressively higher level graduate education or masters or equivalent degree or 1 years of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 level GS 11: Completion of all requirements for a doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education or 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 level. Your education and work experience may be combined to meet the qualification requirements of this position

Licensure Requirement: Applicants must have active, current registration as a professional nurse in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States.

You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Saturday, December 31, 2016

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Applicant MUST verify the completeness and successful submission of their applications by logging into the USAJobs Application Manager to check the “Status”. Your qualifications for the job will be reviewed against other applicants to determine, if you will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. We will notify you of the outcome after each of these steps have been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

You will no longer need to call the HR Office to determine your application status. USAJOBS has added an alert setting to their system to provide status updates for applicants. You can elect to activate the status updates from your USAJOBS profile at any point during the application process.

If all required documentation is not submitted with your application you will lose consideration. It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify that information and documents entered, uploaded, or faxed is received, legible and accurate. HR will not modify answers submitted by an applicant.

Indian Health Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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Other Information

Additional selection(s) of candidates may be possible within 90 days from the date the certificate of eligibles was issued for this announcement.

A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection/placement.

This position is covered by a Bargaining Unit.

Recruitment incentive may be authorized.


  • This position works on a regularly assigned, rotation, or call back basis to provide continuity of medical services during evenings, nights, holidays, and weekends.
  • Security Clearance: If you are selected for this vacancy, you must undergo a fingerprint check. Fingerprint results must be cleared prior to hire. You will receive instructions on how to obtain and submit fingerprints. After you begin your employment, your continued employment is contingent upon the outcome of a complete background investigation as determined by the sensitivity level of your position. The investigation must find that you are suitable for Federal employment in your position. If you are found not suitable, you will be terminated after you begin work. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or subject to possible criminal charges.
  • Measles and Rubella immunization required for selectees born after 1957.

IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free

Salary Range: $52,514.00 to $84,624.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0610-07/11

Promotion Potential: 11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 428422100

Job Announcement Number: IHS-16-CH-1599431-DHA