Indian Health Service Nurse Practitioner (Open Cont.) (Direct Hire) in Fort Yates, North Dakota

Indian Health Service
Few vacancies in the following locations:
  • Fort Yates, ND
  • Fort Thompson, SD
  • Lower Brule, SD
  • McLaughlin, SD
  • Sisseton, SD More Locations (1)
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Wednesday 7/6/2016 (110 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (68 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 position is being announced concurrently under Excepted Service Examining Plan/Merit Promotion Plan (ESEP/MPP) procedures. Please review vacancy announcement number ++IHS-16-GP-1739026-ESEP/MP++; for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered. Applications will remain active in the system for three (3) months for any availabilities.

ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: The positions are located within the Great Plains Area IHS. There MAY NOT be immediate vacancies at all locations. Interested applicants should check with the local Administrative Office concerning immediate employment needs. Positions may also be filled at other IHS locations including the Great Plains Area Office and Tribe Organizations as vacancies occur. The purpose of this position is to provide comprehensive care to pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric patients within the Great Plains Area.

DIRECT HIRE AUTHORITY JOB OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT: These positions are eligible to be filled through Office of Personnel Management's delegated Direct Hire Authority [DHS]. 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 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.

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


Major Duties:

  • Providing direct and comprehensive primary, preventative and therapeutic medical and nursing care to patients of all ages.
  • Assess the health status of patient and manage the care and medical treatment and develop a treatment plan.
  • Continue and maintain quality improvement and compliance with accrediting bodies.
  • Provide nursing interventions based on established plan of care and evaluate effectiveness.
Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required for training and/or other work related duties.
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Travel and Relocation expenses may be authorized.
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.


LICENSURE: All applicants must have an active current registration as a professional nurse in a State, District of Columbia, the Common Wealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States. Copy of your license must be provided.


CERTIFICATION: Certification by the appropriate certifying body (such as the American Nursing Association) as a Nurse Practitioner. A copy of the certification must be provided with your application is required.


The following shows the amount of education and/or experience required to qualify these positions:

For 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.

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

For GS-13: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level.

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.

EVALUATION OF EXPERIENCE: Experience must have equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. You MUST have duties such as: Develop and implement a plan of care for assigned patients based on the nursing process. Provide nursing interventions based on established plan of care and evaluate effectiveness. Set up and operate specialized equipment. Provide nursing leadership in maintaining the function of the in-patient unit. Provide patient care in other areas as assigned within documented competency levels. Documents nursing activities regarding direct patient care, quality improvement, infection control, assignments, etc.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Experience in a certain field of Nursing may be required on specific position being filled. Experience as a Nurse Practitioner providing direct and comprehensive primary, preventative and therapeutic medical and nursing care for all patient age groups as well as assisting other health professionals develop treatment protocols and standard policies and procedures. Experience working with current nursing principles, practices, procedures, standards of care required to provide advance nursing care skill set. Experience assessing the health status of an individual, managing the care of selected patients, and providing various medical treatments, health teaching, counseling to individual and families throughout all age groups for the particular specialty you are applying for.

You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Saturday, December 31, 2016

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

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


  • 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.
  • Government Housing may or may not be available (depending on availability)
  • Rotating Shifts, Alternate work schedule, Nights/Weekends/Holidays, possible overtime.
  • The incumbent may be required to travel and must possess a valid driver's license.
  • Selectee(s) are required to have a viable bank account at a financial institution for electronic direct deposit of salary payment.
  • Additional selection(s) of candidates may be possible within 90 days from the date the certificate of eligibles was issued for this announcement.
  • 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.

IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free

Salary Range: $69,081.00 to $110,776.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0610-09/13

Promotion Potential: 13

Supervisory Status: No


Control Number: 443697000

Job Announcement Number: IHS-16-GP-1739039-DHA