Indian Health Service Nurse/Clinical Nurse (ES/MP/DH)(Open Cont) in Belcourt, North Dakota

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

Opened Thursday 1/28/2016 (271 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 1/27/2017 (94 day(s) away)

Job Overview

About the Agency

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. This position is located in the Nursing Department at the Quentin N. Burdick Memorial Health Care Facility, Belcourt, North Dakota. The primary purpose of this position is responsible for meeting established Unit Standards of Nursing Practice; managing all assigned personnel, supplies and equipment on the unit, and for promoting team work with physicians and personnel of other departments at the Service Unit. This position will report to the Acute Care Nurse Manager. 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.

Exceptional recruiting difficulty may result in payment of a recruitment or relocation incentive/bonus.


Assesses physical, psychosocial, educational and discharge needs.

Evaluates effectiveness of plan of care and modifies as needed.

Coordinates with other health care disciplines and departments to meet identified patient care needs.

Designs, implements, and evaluates a comprehensive teaching plan based upon patient and family needs.

Developing, reviewing and updating policies and procedures.

Participating in unit and hospital continuous quality improvement activities.

In addition, provides direct care to patients of all ages with a variety of medical, surgical, pedatric, geratric, gynecological and health maintenance needs.

Advance level of competence in nursing and involving primarily functions, in addition to direct nursing care, such as peer review in nursing techniques, practices, and approaches.

Develops and implements a plan of care for assigned patients based on the nursing process.

Documents nursing activities regarding direct patient care, quality improvement, infection control, assignments, etc..

Performs other position related duties as assigned.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required for training and/or other work related duties.
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.
  • 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
  • Measles and Rubella immunization required for selectees born after 1957
  • ### Qualifications

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 meet the Minimum Qualifications stated below: MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: 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 performing the following types of tasks: GS-05:Completion of a program of less than 30 months' duration; OR, One (1) year of professional nursing (or at least a GS-04 grade level practical nurse or nursing assistant experience under the supervision of a professional nurse); OR, Bachelor's degree or four (4) academic years above high school (or completion of a program of at least 30 months duration). GS-07:Completion of a professional nursing program; AND, One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 grade level; OR, Bachelor's degree with 'superior acedemic achievement', OR, One (1) full year of graduate education. GS-09:One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 grade level; OR Master's or equivalent degree; OR two(2) full years of progressively higher level graduate education; EXAMPLES OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-09:For GS-9 grade level, you MUST have one (1) year of experience (equivalent to the GS-7 grade level) that included duties such as: given assignments, which concentrate on precedence situations, and assistance will be provided to the incumbent in work planning and selection of priorities; During this time period, the incumbent will have closer supervision than that described in the targeted position; Because the position is below the full-performance level, the incumbent will be expected to gradually assume more complex assignments and to work with greater independence until the level of performance described in the target position is achieved. Works under the general supervision of the Acute Care Nurse Manager. EVALUATION OF EDUCATION:At the GS-05 level, successfully completed undergraduate course work in nursing; the behavior, physical, or biological sciences related in 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 one (1) academic year for nine (9) months of experience. 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. 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 grade level 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).

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You must meet the qualification requirement of this position by the issuance date of the selection roster.

Security Clearance


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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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. CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: 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.

A copy of Current Unrestricted Nursing Licensure is required (Submit a Photo-Copy).

Must possess current, including but not limited to, Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Life Support (ACLS), Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) and current Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS).

Work is performed on regular and assigned basis. Alternate work schedule/tour of duty, callback, rotating shifts, nights/weekends/holidays.

DIRECT HIRE AUTHORITY VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT: These positions are being filled through Office of Personnel Management's delegated Direct Hire Authority [DHA]. The Direct Hire Authority has been authorized by the Homeland Security Act of 2002 and Part 337, Subpart B, Title 5 of the Code of Federal Regulations [5 CFR]. If filled utilizing DHA, the following is applicable: all applicants who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the Selecting Official for consideration. The "rule of three," Veteran's preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants do not apply to the Direct Hire process. Indian Preference does apply.

IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free

Salary Range: $48,044.00 to $69,936.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0610-05/09

Promotion Potential: 09

Supervisory Status: No

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

Control Number: 427930900

Job Announcement Number: IHS-16-GP-1612526-ESEP/MP