Indian Health Service Clinical Nurse/Nurse Specialist - Direct Hire in Polacca, Arizona

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

Opened Monday 10/3/2016 (21 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 11/10/2016 (17 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.

Announcement Amended to update General Schedule Increases effective January 10, 2016 and Relocation Expenses.

This is a Direct Hire Open Continuous Announcement (OCA) for a permanent Full-Time Clinical Nurse/Nurse Specialist for the Nursing Division, Outpatient and Inpatient Departments, located at the Hopi Health Care Center in Polacca, Arizona. Qualified candidates with a complete application will be considered for current or future vacancies as they occur. Positions may be filled at ANY grade level indicated in the announcement, with or without promotion potential. Veterans' preference and traditional rating and ranking of applications do not apply to this vacancy announcement.


Who May Be Considered: Citizens of the United States, Competitive Service federal employees, Commissioned Corps Officers of the U.S. Public Health Service, and eligible Indian Preference candidates.

Incentive:Recruitment or Relocation Incentive may or may not be authorized and is subject to availability and service unit approval. If offered, you will be required to sign a one year service agreement. Failure to fulfill the service agreement will result in repayment of the incentive.

Government Housing: Is subject to availability and approval.

Period of Eligibility: Applicants will remain eligible for three (3) months from the time the application is received.

Salary Range:

GS-09: $57,093 - $69,936

GS-10: $59,734 - $73,882

  • Provide specialized direct and indirect care to inpatients and outpatients within a designated specialty.
  • Observe, interview, and assess patients to identify care needs.
  • Monitor or evaluate medical conditions of patients in collaboration with other health care professionals.
  • Develop, implement, or evaluate standards of nursing practice in specialty areas.
  • 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.
  • Participates in the development, updating and evaluation of standards of care and quality improvement monitoring.
  • Collaborate with other health care professionals and service providers to ensure optimal patient care.
Travel Required
  • Not Required
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 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.

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:


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.

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 grade level.

GS-10 Grade Level:

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

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

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 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Thursday, November 10, 2016

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

A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection/placement.

This position is covered by a Bargaining 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.
  • Selectees are required to have a viable bank account at a financial institution for electronic direct deposit of salary payments.
  • May drive a U.S. Government vehicle and must have a valid, unrestricted driver's license.
  • Required to obtain and maintain an active, current registration as a professional nurse. 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: $57,093.00 to $73,882.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0610-09/10

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452386700

Job Announcement Number: IHS-R1-PX-1533059-DHA