Indian Health Service Nurse/Clinical Nurse (ICU) in Claremore, Oklahoma

Indian Health Service
Many vacancies in the following location:
  • Claremore, OK
Work Schedule is Multiple Schedules - Multiple Appointment Types

Opened Tuesday 10/4/2016 (19 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/23/2016 (61 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 serves as a Registered Nurse in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Indian Health Service Hospitals located in Claremore,Oklahoma. This position reports to the Supervisory Clinical Nurse in charge in the ICU at the facility.

Facility: The Oklahoma City Area Hospital located in Claremore, OK, range from 25-50 beds. Full services are available at all the hospital including general medicine and surgery, pediatrics, and outpatient service.

This Open Continuous Announcement (OCA) allows acceptance of applications throughout the year with eligible applicants being placed on the OCA register and referred for consideration when vacancies occur. Your application will expire in 3 months. You must reapply at least every 3 months to keep your application active for this vacancy. The first Cut-off date for receipt/referral of applications to be considered for available vacant positions will be 10/25/2016. Other Cut-off dates will be established based on the date requests for List of Eligibles are received to fill other vacancies. 10 pt. Veterans Preference applicants (with Indian Preference) who submit a complete application after a Cut-off date but before the List of Eligibles is issued, will be considered and referred on the list, if qualified.

Appointment: May be Permanent, Temporary, Excepted Time-Limited, or Term with tour of duty of Full-Time, Part-Time or Intermittent. The Agency has the option of extending Time-Limited and Term appointments for up to a maximum of four years. Temporary positions not to exceed 12 months or less are subject to termination at any time. The Agency has the option of extending Temporary position appointments for up to a maximum of two years. Positions filled by Commissioned Corps will be Full Time Permanent Positions only.

This position is being announced concurrently under Excepted Service Examining Plan/Merit Promotion Plan (ESEP/MPP) procedures. Please review vacancy announcement number IHS-17-OK-1817860-ESEP/MP; for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered under both announcements.

  • Develop, implement, evaluate, and revise patient care plans to meet the needs of assigned patients in the Intensive Care Unit.
  • Provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served by applying growth and development principles to assess and interpret data about the patient's status in order to identify patient needs and provide the care needed.
  • Operate, monitor and interpret results for general medical and critical care equipment such as infusion pumps, ventilators, and other respiratory equipment.
  • Monitor and/or administer therapy to a cardiac, respiratory compromised or hemodynamically unstable patient.
  • Professional knowledge of nursing care principles, procedures, ethics, practices and processes required to assess nursing needs of assigned patients in the Intensive Care Unit.
Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses are authorized and may be paid. You will be required to sign a one year service agreement. Failure to fulfill the one year service agreement may result in repayment of relocation expenses.
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
  • Must possess and maintain a current, valid, active, unrestricted RN license

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 or diploma from a professional nursing program approved by the legally designated State accrediting agency at the time the program was completed by the applicant. Must submit copy of transcript. Applications will be considered incomplete without proof. AND Registration: 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. Must submit copy of Nursing license that includes expiration date. Applications will be considered incomplete without proof.

In addition, to the Basic Requirements, you must also meet the Minimum Qualifications stated below-


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:

GS-5: Completion of a program of at least 30 months' duration or 4 academic years above high school or bachelor's degree; OR Completion of a program of less than 30 months' duration or associate degree, and 1 year of professional nursing, or practical nurse or nursing assistant experience (of at least GS-4 level work in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector) under the supervision of a professional nurse. Professional nursing experience at this level is performed under the direct supervision of an RN and participating in nursing duties such as: the development and implementation of a plan of care for assigned patients; providing nursing interventions based on established plan of care and evaluating effectiveness.

GS-7: 1 full year of graduate education or bachelor's degree with Superior Academic Achievement; OR Completion of a professional nursing program and 1 year of nursing experience (equivalent to at least the GS-5 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector). Experience at this level is defined as serving as a professional registered nurse performing functions under general supervision. Performs duties such as: Demonstrating basic knowledge to recognize and intervene in acute like threatening or potentially life threatening situations. Operate and monitor general and specialized equipment.

GS-9: 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education or a master's or equivalent degree; OR 1 year of nursing experience (equivalent to at least the GS-7 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector). Experience at this level is performed independently as a professional registered nurse. Performing duties such as: Providing patient care for the critically ill patients; assessing and implementing a plan of care, evaluating and modifying care as needed; providing clinical nursing expertise, care and education to diverse patient populations; identifying potential crisis situations and responding in emergency/code situations; and promoting and providing health care teaching to patients and family members.

GS-10: 1 year of nursing experience (equivalent to at least the GS-9 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector). Experience at this level is performed independently as a professional registered nurse. Performing duties such as: Independently planning, scheduling and providing comprehensive nursing care. Work experience reflecting knowledge of current nursing principles, practices, procedures, standards of care required to provide nursing care. Work experience reflecting knowledge of hospital policy and procedures relating to patient care. Work experience managing complex patient care situations involving multiple IV lines, hemodynamic monitoring equipment, respiratory therapy, and ventilator equipment.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for all grade levels and positions for which both education and experience are acceptable.

SELECTIVE FACTOR: In addition to the qualification requirements for the OPM and IHS Excepted Service Qualifications described above, to be rated basically qualified for this position, candidates must possess current, valid, active, unrestricted professional nursing license as a professional nurse from any State, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States. New graduates must also possess this licensure as indicated with no grace period allowed.

EVALUATION OF EDUCATION: At the GS-5 level, successfully completed undergraduate course work in nursing; the behavioral, physical, or biological sciences related to nursing; nutrition; public health; and maternal and child health in excess of that required for completion of an associate degree may be substituted for professional nursing experience at the rate of 1 academic year for 9 months of experience. Graduate-level education (at the GS-7/9 levels) must have been in nursing with a concentration in a field of nursing (e.g., teaching, a clinical specialty, research, administration, etc.) or in a closely related non-nursing field directly applicable to the requirements of the position to be filled. Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program. For further information, click on foreign education.

You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 pm (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Friday, December 23, 2016

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

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.

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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.

Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. IHS may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their directly related previous non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which annual leave is earned.

This position has promotion potential to the GS-10 grade level. Promotion to the next grade level is at management's discretion and is based on your demonstrated ability to perform the higher level duties, the continuing need for the higher level duties, and "Regulatory/Administrative" approval. Promotion to the next higher grade level is not guaranteed and no promise of promotion is implied. Recruitment or relocation incentives may be authorized. At least a one year service agreement will be required. Loan Repayment Program (LRP): The Indian Health Service (IHS), National Health Service Corps (NHSC), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) have student loan repayment programs for qualifying health disciplines. This is a competitive process separate from the hiring process. Opportunities for LRP are based on agency hiring priorities and availability of funds. For additional information please visit: For IHS - For NHSC - For HRSA -


Positions may be subject to an alternative work schedule, call back, standby, rotating shifts, nights/weekends/holidays.

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.

This position is covered under Section 408 of the Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act, Public Law 101-630 and is considered a Child Care Worker position. The Addendum to the OF-306 (Childcare Worker Form) is required for all applicants and can be found under required documents. Measles and Rubella immunization required for selectees born after 1957. Seasonal Influenza immunization is required for civilian health care facility staff working in Indian Health Service health care facilities. The selected individual is required to obtain and maintain licensure requirements. If licensure requirements are not obtained or maintained during employment, the employee will be subject to adverse actions, up to and including removal from Federal service.

IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free

Salary Range: $48,044.00 to $73,882.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0610-05/10

Promotion Potential: 10

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens; PHS Commissioned Officers interested in perfomring the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps MUST apply to the merit promotion announcement in order to receive consideration.

Control Number: 452464700

Job Announcement Number: IHS-17-OK-1817933-DHA