Indian Health Service Clinical Nurse/Nurse Specialist (Emergency) OCA Direct Hire in Phoenix, Arizona

Indian Health Service
Few vacancies in the following location:
  • Phoenix, AZ
Work Schedule is Multiple Schedules - Multiple Appointment Types

Opened Friday 1/1/2016 (295 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 is an "Open Continuous Vacancy Announcement" and applications will be referred when vacancies occur. Applications will remain eligible for three (3) months from the time the application is received and allows acceptance of applications with eligible applicants referred for consideration. Candidates with a complete application will be considered for vacancies that match the geographic locations, specialties, and/or job preferences.


Position Details: May be Permanent, Temporary, or Term with a tour of duty of Full-Time, Part-Time or Intermittent. The Agency has the option of extending Term Appointments for up to a maximum of four years.

Organizational Location: Phoenix Indian Medical Center, Emergency Department, Indian Health Service, Phoenix, Arizona

AMENDED TO UPDATE SALARY Salary range (Special Rate):

GS-09; $57,093 - $69,936 (annually) GS-10, $59,734 - $73,882 (annually) Is position covered by PL 101-630? Yes, (see item #2 in the Required Documents Tab)

This position requires that you obtain and maintain clinical privileges. If they are not obtained or maintained during employment, the employee may be subject to adverse actions, up to and including removal from the Federal service.



Assess patients for emergency care and triages based on history, physical assessment. Provides comprehensive nursing care for acutely ill and/or critically ill patients. Monitor or evaluate medical conditions of patients in collaboration with other health care professionals. Plan, evaluate, or modify treatment programs based on information gathered by observing and interviewing patients, or by analyzing patient records. Documents nursing interventions, therapeutic measure administered, patient's reactions, patient teaching and understanding. Administers therapeutic measures as prescribed by the physician to include, but not limited to, medication administration, intravenous fluids, blood transfusions, treatments and maintains those measures taken which are ongoing in nature. Operates and monitors specialized equipments. Initiates and maintains IV therapy including blood products.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses may be authorized. This requires 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 provide a copy of current, valid, active Unrestricted State 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.

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. LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants will be required to verify they possess a current, valid, unrestricted license in any State, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth or Puerto Rico, or a Territory of the United States In addition, to the Basic Requirements, you must also meet the Minimum Qualifications stated below-


GS-09 Grade Level:

  • 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education or a master's degree OR 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level.

GS-10 Grade Level:

  • 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 level.

At the GS-09 grade level and above, positions require 1 year of specialized experience in the specific specialty area of nursing that is being filled.

Example of specialized work experience to perform professional nursing duties in the care of trauma and emergency patients managing critical patient care in varying medical situations reflecting the knowledge of hospital policy and procedures relating to patient care.

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

You must meet the requirements of the job by the date you have applied by submitting all supporting documents with your application.

Security Clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

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 or may not) be authorized.


Alternative Work Schedule: May be required to work rotating shifts, nights, weekends, and holidays to provide continuity of patient care.

Selectees born after 1957 are required to be immunized against Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) and provide documentation prior to their start date.

Selectees are required to have a viable bank account at a financial institution for electronic direct deposit of salary payment.

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.

IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free

Salary Range: $57,093.00 to $73,882.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0610-09/10

Promotion Potential: 10

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: This is an "Open Continuous Vacancy Announcement" and applications will be referred when vacancies occur.

Control Number: 425483200

Job Announcement Number: IHS-16-PI-1588932-DHA