Indian Health Service Nurse Practitioner (Psychiatric), DHA in Crownpoint, New Mexico

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

Opened Friday 1/22/2016 (272 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (72 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-CR-1606276-ESEP/MP VA number; for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered

The primary purpose/role of the position is to provide full range comprehensive and continuing health and medical care services to child, adolescent and adult psychiatric evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of patients and families at the Crownpoint Health care Facility, satellite health centers. The purpose of the position is to function as the primary psychiatric nurse practitioner to provide specialized psychiatric service including clinical assessment and diagnosis to individuals with mental illness and prescribing psychiatric medications and treatment. This position is located at the Crownpoint Health care Facility, Crownpoint, New Mexico. This position will report to the Clinical Director. If you would like more information regarding this clinical position, you may contact the Medical Staff Recruiter, Ms. Diane Hoy, RN at OR Ms. Theresa Nez, Supervisory Mental Health Specialist at


Responsible for child, adolescent and adult psychiatric evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of a quality expected from an expert, experienced, nationally certified Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and keeping in good standing with New Mexico medical community standards of care.

  • Performs and documents a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation that includes evaluation of mental status, current and past history of violence, suicidal or self-harm behavior, substance use, and level of functioning, health behaviors, trauma, and sexual behaviors, social and developmental history.
  • Manages psychiatric emergencies by determining level of risk and initialing and coordination of treatment, intervention and follow up.
  • Provides consultative psychiatric evaluations and recommendations to requesting healthcare personnel. Such consultations may occur in outpatient clinic, inpatient ward and satellite clinics.
  • Collaborates as a leader of the interdisciplinary mental health and other health care teams and provide psychiatric/mental health consultations to other team members, including primary care team.
  • Maintains professional knowledge and proficiency in mental health and psychiatry through continuing education, staffing meetings, workshops and contributes to the mission of facility through written or oral presentations.
Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • To surrounding satellite clinics, area service units for meetings, trainings, etc.
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses are authorized and will 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

To qualify for this position, your resume must state sufficient experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are applying. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer and part time experience. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

For positions requiring positive education requirements, or if you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements, you MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or an itemized list of college courses which includes equivalent information from the transcript (course title, semester/quarter hours, and grade/degree earned) in your resume.


The following shows the amounts of education and/or experience required to qualify for

positions covered by the standard.

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


Evaluation of Experience: Experience must have equipped the applicant with the particular

knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. At GS-9 and above, many positions require experience in a specialty area of nursing.

GS-12 Minimum Qualifications: One year of specialized experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully in the duties of the position, that is typically related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-11 level or equivalent.

GS 12 Specialized Experience:

  • Provides direct clinical support to patients across the life-span by assessing plans and providing direct clinical support, comprehensive and therapeutic medical health care to individual geriatric, adult, adolescent and pediatric patients and their families with as-needed consultation with the medical staff;

  • conducts in-depth evaluation and diagnosis of psychiatric medication needs;

  • makes diagnosis and decisions concerning medical, psychiatric and nursing, care of patients, orders and/or performs screening and diagnostic tests and procedures;

  • gives direct psychiatric care in emergency cases

  • provide evaluation, crisis intervention and suicide assessments.

  • provides outpatient psychotherapy treatment to individuals, groups and families in a clinic, school forensic or other appropriate community settings;

  • Develop case management services for child abuse, suicide, family violence, chemical dependency and chronically mentally ill clients;

  • Collaborates with outside and internal entities to develop comprehensive services and provide continuity of care, provides assessments and consultations to medical staff on patients with co-morbid psychiatric conditions, assesses plans and is involved in meeting mental health needs of community and ground health needs with emphasis on socio-economic, epidemiological and cultural influence;

  • Documents data, patient assessment and care plan in acceptance form in electronic and/or manual medical records and in accordance with established guidelines and fulfills reporting requirements.

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.

Time-In-Grade Requirements: Merit Promotion (status) candidates must have completed one year of service at the next lower grade level. Time-In-Grade provisions do not apply under the Excepted Service Examining Plan (ESEP).

Your application will expire in 3 months and you will need to reapply to keep your application active.

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

Security Clearance

Q - Sensitive

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.

Government Housing - upon availability.

This position is covered by a Bargaining Unit.

Recruitment or Relocation may be authorized. One year service agreement will be required.

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. CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

Work is on a regularly assigned schedule and rotational call back status to provide continuity of services to include evenings, nights, weekends and holidays.

Routine duties shall include providing health care services to individuals eligible for services provided by the IHS in homes, schools, clinics, job sites and other community locations within the assigned service unit.

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. Seasonal influenza immunization is required for civilian health care facility staff working in Indian Health Service health care facilities.

IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free

Salary Range: $80,731.00 to $99,361.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0610-12/12

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 427371500

Job Announcement Number: IHS-16-CR-1590786-DHA