Indian Health Service Nurse Specialist (QA/PI) in Crow Agency, Montana

Indian Health Service
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Crow Agency, MT
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Tuesday 10/18/2016 (7 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/31/2016 (6 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-R1-BI-1774043-ESEP/MP++; for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered This position is located within the Indian Health Service, Crow Service Unit, Crow Agency, MT.

This position is being re-advertised to solicit additional applications. Applicants who applied previously need not reapply unless submitting updated and/or missing information.


Manage the Performance Improvement activities assuring compliance with requirements which meets the hospital mission of excellence to improve quality of care, coordination of care, staff and family care. This includes advising and interpreting new procedures, practices and requirements to meet agency standards. Assure staff are adequately trained or orientated, prepared and competent to perform in disaster planning and management; organizes and coordinates with multidisciplinary team as it relates to quality of care. Maintain records and reports on patients and organization of all pertinent clinical data needed to provide comprehensive medical care. Investigates and resolves patient care issues, EMTALA violations, sentinel events to determine degree, sources and control of problems and contributing elements. Establish an on-going program of chart reviews, process review and assures effectiveness of each.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
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

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. BASIC REQUIREMENT(S): 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. 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. A copy of your licensure must be provided. Additional Requirements: The following shows the amounts of education and/or experience required to qualify for this position: GS-9: Two full years of progressively higher level graduate education OR a master's or equivalent degree OR one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 grade level. To qualify based on specialized experience for the GS-09 level, you must have one year of experience (equivalent to the GS-07) that included duties such as: Work with other professional staff members in coordinating and executing an acceptable Performance Improvement Plan. Assure processes are established to assess effective facility measurement of performance in relation to patient outcomes, collect data and information used to identify opportunities for organizational improvement; assist facility performance improvement committee to implement improvement; demonstrate performance improvement (PI) functions through review and revision of PI plans, risk management reports, and utilization review reports; provide continuing education for staff and volunteers in order to keep current accreditation standards, agency and organizational policies and regulations; provide direct patient care utilizing outpatient and emergency room visit planning including triage and nursing processes, responds to emergencies, disasters and other crises through established emergency plans of actions. GS-11: Completion of all requirements for a doctoral degree (PhD or equivalent) or three full years of progressively higher level graduate education OR one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 grade level. To qualify based on specialized experience for the GS-11 level, you must have one year of experience (equivalent to the GS-09) that included duties such as: Establish criteria, assessing quality assurance/performance improvement program effectiveness, investigating or analyzing a variety of conditions, which affect a wide range of activities and provide an action plan to provide quality patient care and services. Serve as Patient Advocate. Consult on standards and guides the development of mechanisms to review and evaluate the technical quality of medical care. Assists with the development and coordination of Performance Improvement Teams, Government Performance Results Act (GPRA) and the Improving Patient Care (IPC) development. Conduct inquiries to evaluate appropriateness of care, review documentation of the care provided, implement corrective action plans to ensure resolution, and to improve patient care outcomes. Serve as the Data Abstractor/Analyst with the responsibility for independent review of complex medical and professional information. Assist department heads to investigate problems, determine action, and prepare problem analysis and performance improvement plans. Serve as resource person on regulations of all agencies involving Performance Improvement and reimbursement such as Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services/Joint Commission and Indian Health Service Manual. Coordinate and monitor compliance activities. Assist with the development and evaluation of the Strategic Plan and is responsible for periodically reviewing the third party billing. Maintain current regulatory resources, ensures regulatory and policy updates regarding hospital-wide compliance. Oversee the education and training process regarding compliance-related activities. Initiate investigations related to noncompliance and determine/initiate the implementation of appropriate corrective action plans. Coordinate the Medical Staff Bylaws Rules and Regulations. Coordinate Medical Staff Peer Review, medical records review, diabetic chart audits, etc.

You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Monday, October 31, 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.

Indian Health Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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Other Information

This position meets the criteria specified in pillar number one of the five pillars of the PHS Commissioned Corps. PHS Commissioned Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps MUST apply online under the merit promotion announcement indicated above in order to receive consideration. For more information on PHS Commissioned Corps, visit the website at: 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. 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. IHS may repay certain outstanding Federally-insured student loans to facilitate the recruitment and retention of highly qualified health care professionals. Please refer to for further information. The National Health Service Corps may repay certain outstanding Federally-insured student loans to facilitate the recruitment and retention of highly qualified health care professionals. Please refer to for further information. The Indian Health Service (IHS) and the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) 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 - This position is covered by a Bargaining Unit. CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: Security Clearance: If you are selected for this vacancy, you must undergo a pre-employment fingerprint check and background investigation. Fingerprint results and background investigation documentation must be cleared prior to hire. You will receive instructions on how to obtain and submit fingerprints and background investigation documentation. 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. 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 medical staff clinical privileges, including any licensure requirements. If privileges 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: $57,093.00 to $84,624.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0610-09/11

Promotion Potential: 11

Supervisory Status: No

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

Control Number: 453637100

Job Announcement Number: IHS-R1-BI-1774146-DH