Indian Health Service Nurse/Clinical Nurse in Shiprock, New Mexico

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

Opened Wednesday 2/17/2016 (246 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (72 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 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-NN-1605702-ESEP-MP; for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

This position is located in the Medical/Surgical Inpatient Unit, Nursing Division of the Northern Navajo Medical Center, Shiprock, New Mexico. Serves as Nurse/Clinical Nurse, performing professional nursing duties for the care of inpatients. Performs a variety of responsible nursing care procedures requiring professional knowledge and consideration of specific patient conditions and treatments and ability to work independently. Position reports to the Supervisory Clinical Nurse of the Medical/Surgical Unit.

  • Develops individualized patient care plans involving assessment and evaluation of patients.
  • Interviews patients and family members and consults with attending physicians.
  • Reviews and interprets findings to distinguish between normal and abnormal.
  • Carries out treatments and emergency or other procedures required; administers medication.
  • Maintains health records by documenting observations, nursing interventions, and therapeutic measures administered.
Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • At the discretion of the Selecting Official, payment of relocation expense allowances may be authorized to Nurse Appointees who are reporting for official duty.
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 period.
  • More than one selection may be made from this announcement.
  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • ### Qualifications

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.

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.


You must meet all of the BASIC REQUIREMENTS listed below:

  1. 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. Must provide official Nursing transcripts.

  2. An 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.

LICENSURE: Applicants will be required to verify they possess a current, valid, unrestricted license in any State, the 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-


In addition to the above, you must also meet the following minimum requirements for the grade level you wish to be considered for:

GS-4: Completion of a program of less than 30 months' duration OR Associate Degree OR 1 year nursing experience as a military corpsman.

GS-5: Completion of a program less than 30 months' duration OR Associate Degree AND 1 year experience of professional nursing, or of at least GS-4 level practical nurse or nursing assistant experience under the supervision of professional nurse OR Completion of a program at least 30 months' duration or 4 academic years above high school or Bachelor's Degree.

GS-7: Completion or a professional nursing program AND 1 year of experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 level OR 1 full year of graduate education or bachelor's degree with superior academic achievement.

GS-9: 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education OR a master's degree OR 1 year of experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 level.

Evaluation of Education: At the GS-5 level, successfully completed undergraduate course work in nursing, the behavioral, physical, or biological sciences related to nursing; nutrition, public health; and maternal and child health in excess of that required for completion of an associate degree may be substituted for professional nursing experience at the rate of 1 academic year for 9 months of experience.

EXPERIENCE: Experience must have equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, experience in professional knowledge in nursing principles, practices, and procedures in order to assess patient needs, ability to develop an individualized nursing care plan, ability to accurately document clinical data, knowledge of disease entities, ability to recognize adverse signed and symptoms and to react, skill in operating specialized medical equipment, ability to provide individual and family guidance and health instructions, etc.

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: Saturday, December 31, 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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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 availability of funds. For additional information please visit:

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Other Information

Promotion Potential: This position has promotion potential to the GS-09 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 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.

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 up to 10% is authorized. At least a 6 month service agreement will be required.

Travel and/or Transportation Relocation Expenses for appointees who are reporting for official duty in the Continental United States (CONUS). Appointees will be required to sign a 1-year service agreement. Failure to fulfill the 1-year service agreement may result in repayment of relocation expenses.

Appointment Above the minimum may or may not be authorized.


  • 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.
  • Immunization: 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.
  • Work is performed on a regularly assigned or rotational basis to provide continuity of patient care during evenings, nights, holidays or weekends.
  • 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.
  • The selected individual is required to obtain and maintain nursing licensure requirements. If nursing licensure is 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: $43,785.00 to $69,936.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0610-04/09

Promotion Potential: 09

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 429881700

Job Announcement Number: IHS-16-NN-1605703-DH