Indian Health Service Nurse Midwife, GS-610-9/11/12 (ESEP/MP) in Shiprock, New Mexico

Indian Health Service
Few vacancies in the following location:
  • Shiprock, NM
Work Schedule is Full Time - Multiple Appointment Types

Opened Wednesday 2/3/2016 (264 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (68 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.

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 incumbent provides full spectrum midwifery services to outpatient and inpatients. Manages the care of women during the prenatal, intra-partum, and post-partum period. Provides family planning, gynecological care, counseling, health education and preventive services. Reports to the Supervisory Nurse Midwife.

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 Direct Hire procedures. Please review vacancy announcement number IHS-16-NN-1611966-DH; for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.



The Nurse Midwife shall perform midwifery services to outpatients and inpatients under supervision of other staff Nurse Midwives or the Supervisory Nurse Midwife. Manages the care of women during prenatal, intrapartum and post-partum period, provides family planning, gynecological care, counseling, health education and preventive services.


Performs complete history and physical examination; prescribes medicines appropriately, when indicated utilizes internal and external fetal monitoring, intrauterine pressure catheters, performs ultrasonography, assists during cesarean sections, interprets and documents lab and testing results. Independently manages normal spontaneous labor and vaginal delivery, supporting laboring woman, provides intravenous analgesia as indicated or consults with anesthesia. Performs episiotomy as needed and repair as needed. Collaborates in the care of newborns as needed including resuscitation of infants according to guidelines for neonatal advanced life-support. Recognizes and promptly responds to obstetric complications and emergency, provides initial urgent management. Appropriately consults, collaborates or refers to a physician during emergencies, regarding care of high risk patients and in any situation beyond midwifery scope of practice. Teaches and informs patients and family members to promote knowledgeable participating in their own care. Participles in quality assurance activities.

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
  • Selectee will be subject to a pre-employment fingerprint check.
  • Selectee will be subject to a background investigation.
  • Selectee will be subject to a probationary/trial period.
  • ESEP appointees typically serve two year trial period.
  • More than one selection may be made from this announcement.
  • 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.


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. An applicant who has graduated from an approved nursing educational program within the past 12 months may be appointed pending State registration as a professional nurse within 6 months of appointment. No person appointed pending registration may be retained beyond 6 months, or promoted, if registration has not been attained.

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.

GS-9: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level; OR Two (2) full years of progressively higher level graduate education or a master's or equivalent degree.

GS-11: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 grade level; OR, Completion of all requirements for a doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent); OR, Three (3) full years of progressively higher level graduate education.

GS-12: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level.

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

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE DEFINED: Experience and skills as a nurse-midwife, knowledge of nurse-midwifery and medical management practices to care for well-women, mothers, and babies. Knowledge of pharmacology in the areas of contraceptives, controlled drugs, anesthetics, intravenous solutions, antibiotics, and other agent used to treat common medical problems. Ability to anticipate and recognize deviations from normal in order to institute measures to safeguard the well-being of women and babies. Knowledge of normal and abnormal anatomy and physiology of women and pregnancy. Knowledge of emergency measures and ability to institute treatment. Possession of manual skills sufficient to perform a traumatic delivery techniques, anesthesia, minor surgical and resuscitation techniques and to utilize specialized equipment and contraceptive devices. Knowledge of obstetric and neonatal complications and appropriate therapeutic interventions along with the ability to perform complex case based on the specific needs of the patient.

EVALUATION OF EDUCATION: 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. Applicants for nurse midwife positions must have completed an organized program of study and clinical experience recognized by the American College of Nurse Midwives.

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.

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 Time) of the closing date: Saturday, December 31, 2016

Security Clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

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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Promotion Potential: This position has promotion potential to the GS-12 grade level. Promotion to the next grade level is at management's discretion and is based on your demonstrated ability to perform the higher level duties, the continuing need for the higher level duties, and "Regulatory/Administrative" approval. Promotion to the next higher grade level is not guaranteed and no promise of promotion is implied.

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.

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 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:

This position is covered by a Bargaining Unit.

Recruitment Incentive may be authorized.

Relocation Incentive may be authorized.

Appointment Above the Minimum may be authorized.

Loan Repayment Program (LRP): The Indian Health Service, National Health Service Corps (NHSC), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) 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 high priorities and available of funds. For additional information please visit:

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  • 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 staffing working in the Indian Health Service health care facilities.
  • This position is covered under the Indian Child Protection Act and is hereby designated an authorized position subject to P.L. 101-630 and P.L. 101-647.
  • Works on a regularly assigned rotation or call back basis to provide continuity of and prompt access to medical services during evenings, nights, holidays and weekends.
  • This position will require that you obtain and maintain clinical privileges, including licensure requirements. If they are not obtained and maintained during employment, the incumbent may be subject to adverse actions, up to and including removal from the Federal service.

IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free

Salary Range: $57,093.00 to $99,361.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0610-09/12

Promotion Potential: 12

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Candidates eligible under Indian Preference authority; Federal employee serving on career/career-conditional appointments; reinstatement eligibles; applicants eligible for non-competitive appointment; VEOA/VRA/30% disabled veterans; CTAP/ICTAP; Schedule A eligibles; PHS Commissioned Corps Personnel.

Control Number: 428556400

Job Announcement Number: IHS-16-NN-1611945-ESEP/MP