Indian Health Service Clinical Nurse (Psychiatric) in Hemet, California

Indian Health Service
2 vacancies in the following location:
  • Hemet, CA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Tuesday 10/4/2016 (21 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (66 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Become a part of an innovative, dynamic, nationwide organization of dedicated health care providers working to meet the individual health care needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Indian Health Service (IHS) employees are considerate in our care, creative in our approach, enthusiastic about our work and compassionate with our patients.


This amends the Job Announcement to Open Until Filled. The first Cut-off date for referral of qualified candidate(s) to be considered for available vacant positions will be 10/18/16. Thereafter, Cut-off dates will be established based on the date requests for List of Eligibles.

Our lifestyle is adventurous, community oriented and focused on service and problem solving as part of a professional interdisciplinary team. Join us in improving the health outcomes of 2.2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives.

The Youth Regional Treatment Center (YRTC) has a capacity of 32 beds, 3 transitional rooms and 5 family suites. YRTC delivers residential treatment services in an integrated, multi-disciplinary manner, including 12-step and American Indian spirituality based practices, to adolescents who are affected by substance abuse, and in most cases, co-occurring mental conditions.

The purpose of the position is to supervise and deliver quality general care to youth ages 12 to 17 years of age with substance use/chemical dependency/co-occurring problems. Serves actively and constructively as a member of the multi-disciplinary treatment team, supports the organization and program philosophy of care; ensures the safety and well-being of each resident. Position reports to the Supervisory Psychiatric Nurse.

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.


Function as a member of a multidisciplinary treatment team with a patient load of chemically impaired or mentally unstable adolescent patients whose nursing care needs are not predictable. Responsible for patients from admission to discharge and has considerable knowledge, experience and skill for concentrated effort and self-motivation to carry out patient care assignments, including:

  • Take the initial health history on new patients.
  • Assess and treat minor health problems such as colds, impetigo, cuts and bruises.
  • Provide emergency treatment; for example, to accident victims.
  • Perform the full range of nursing care required to motivate and redirect the behavior of psychiatric patients.
  • Manage the stable phase of common chronic illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension and tuberculosis.
  • Provide individual and family counseling, and dispense medication refills.
  • Provide comprehensive nursing care for substance abuse and behavioral health patients.
  • Take vital signs, take specimens, and support the doctor in diagnostic procedures applicable to the residential treatment center milieu.
  • Administer immunizations, inoculations, allergy treatments and all other prescribed medications.
Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Selectee will be subject to a pre-employment fingerprint check.
  • Selectee will be subject to a background investigation.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

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.

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.

In addition, to the Basic Requirements, you must also meet the Minimum Qualifications stated below- MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Your resume must demonstrate at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 grade level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector performing the following type of work and/or tasks:

  • providing guidance and assistance to adolescent inpatient residents including factors regarding the clients' family, community, social services, and balancing all that needs and resources in a complex interaction for an adolescent service;
  • understanding of/and systematic review and analysis of the patient's medical/nursing history and patient care plan to the patient's needs;
  • recognizing and responding to deviations from normal conditions;
  • knowledge of pharmacology and skill sufficient to administer prescribed medications and observe for the desired action, dosage, and adversities of the medications; and
  • knowledge of professional nursing principles and procedures as applied in a residential behavioral health setting. -OR-

Education- two full years of progressively higher level graduate education or a master's or equivalent degree; graduate-level education 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.

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).

You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 pm (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Friday, December 30, 2016

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

You can track the progress of your application package via your USAJOBS account. You will receive an acknowledgement from USAJOBS that your submission was successful once we have received your on-line occupational questionnaire, resume, and any supporting documentation. You will be notified of the status of your application via your USAJOBS Account after we conduct a qualification review of your complete application package. You will be contacted if further evaluation or interviews are required. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempt to conceal information may disqualify you for employment consideration. We may verify all information you provide in your resume and questionnaire responses, through reference and/or background check, and/or verification of your education. If you are selected, you will be contacted personally by the Human Resources (HR) office posting this announcement.

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

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 employee 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.

Additional selections of candidates may be made from a promotion certificate within 90 days from the date the selection certificate was issued. The positions to be filled must have the same title, series, and grade, geographic location and the same qualification requirements as in the original vacancy announcement.

One-year or two-year trial period or a one-year probationary period may be required.

Recruitment/relocation incentive may be authorized.

This position may require a Drug Test.


This is a designated position covered by Public Law 101-630, requiring contact or control over Indian children. Upon tentative selection, selectee will be requested to complete, sign, and submit the Addendum to OF-306, Child Care & Indian Child Care Worker Position form. Due to this requirement, the agency must ensure that persons hired for these positions have not been found guilty of or pleaded nolo contendere or guilty to certain crimes.

Measles and Rubella immunization required for selectees born after 1957.

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.

IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free

Salary Range: $57,093.00 to $71,058.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0610-09/09

Promotion Potential: 09

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Candidates eligible under Indian Preference procedures; All Federal employees serving on a career or career-conditional appointment; Reinstatement eligible; Applicants eligible under Veterans Preference; Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) eligible; and/or Schedule A.

Control Number: 452544400

Job Announcement Number: IHS-R1-CA-1789997-ESEP/MP