Indian Health Service Nurse/Clinical Nurse (Med/Surg) in Lawrence, Kansas

Indian Health Service
Many vacancies in the following locations:
  • Lawrence, KS
  • White Cloud, KS
  • Anadarko, OK
  • Claremore, OK
  • Clinton, OK More Locations (5)
Work Schedule is Multiple Schedules - Multiple Appointment Types

Opened Friday 10/7/2016 (141 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 2/28/2017 (3 day(s) away)

Job Overview
Summary

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.

This position performs professional Medical/ Surgical Nursing duties in one of the Indian Health Service Health Centers or Hospitals throughout Oklahoma and Kansas. This position reports to the Chief Nurse Executive at the facility.

Facilities: The two Oklahoma City Area Hospitals located in Claremore, OK and Lawton, OK range from 25-50 beds. Full services are available at all the hospitals including general medicine and surgery, pediatrics, and outpatient service. Health Centers located throughout the Area provide ambulatory care service.

This Open Continuous Announcement (OCA) allows acceptance of applications throughout the year with eligible applicants being placed on the OCA register and referred for consideration when vacancies occur. The first Cut-off date for receipt/referral of applications to be considered for available vacant positions will be 10/30/15. Other Cut-off dates will be established based on the date requests for List of Eligibles are received to fill other vacancies. 10 pt. Veterans Preference applicants (with Indian Preference) who submit a complete application after a Cut-off date but before the List of Eligibles is issued, will be considered and referred on the list, if qualified. Your application will expire in 3 months. You must reapply at*least every 3 months to keep your application active for this vacancy.*

This position is being announced concurrently under Excepted Service Examining Plan/Merit Promotion Plan (ESEP/MPP) procedures. Please review vacancy announcement number* IHS-17-OK-1820939-ESEP/MP* for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered under both announcements.

Appointment Type: May be Permanent, Temporary, or Term with tour of duty of Full-Time, Part-Time or Intermittent.

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.

Duties
  • Provides comprehensive professional nursing care to patients.
  • Inputs patient care information in manual and automated record systems.
  • Performs procedures, treatments and medication administration.
  • Administers medication orally, intramuscularly, subcutaneously, topically, etc.
  • Provides instructions to patient and/or family members.
Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses may be authorized and will be paid if approved. 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
  • Selectee may be subject to a one year probationary period.
  • Must possess and maintain a current, valid, active, unrestricted RN license
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.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS: 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. (One year of nursing experience as a military corpsman that has been accepted by a State licensing body may be accepted in lieu of education at the GS-4 level.) Must submit copy of transcript. Applications will be considered incomplete without proof. AND 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. Must submit copy of Nursing license that includes expiration date. Applications will be considered incomplete without proof. In addition, to the Basic Requirements, you must also meet the Minimum Qualifications stated below-

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: GS-4: Completion of a program of less than 30 months' duration or associate degree; OR 1 year of nursing experience as a military corpsman. New graduate of an Associate's Degree RN program.

GS-5: Completion of a program of at least 30 months' duration or 4 academic years above high school or bachelor's degree; OR Completion of a program of less than 30 months' duration or associate degree, and 1 year of professional nursing, or practical nurse or nursing assistant experience (of at least GS-4 level work in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector) under the supervision of a professional nurse. Professional nursing experience at this level is performed under the direct supervision of an RN performing the following types of tasks: 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 evaluates effectiveness; set up and operate specialized equipment; document nursing activities regarding direct patient care.

GS-7: 1 full year of graduate education or bachelor's degree with Superior Academic Achievement; OR Completion of a professional nursing program and 1 year of nursing experience (equivalent to at least the GS-5 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector). Experience at this level is performed under general supervision and work is reviewed periodically by another RN. Performs duties such as: develops and implements a plan of care for assigned patients based on the nursing process; provides nursing interventions based on established plan of care and evaluates effectiveness; sets up and operates specialized equipment; provides nursing leadership in maintaining the function of the unit; documents nursing activities regarding direct patient care.

GS-9: 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education or a master's or equivalent degree; OR 1 year of nursing experience (equivalent to at least the GS-7 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector). Experience at this level performs the following types of tasks independently: develops and implements a plan of care for assigned patients based on the nursing process; provides nursing interventions based on established plan of care and evaluates effectiveness; sets up and operates specialized equipment; provides nursing leadership in maintaining the function of the unit; documents nursing activities regarding direct patient care.

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

SELECTIVE FACTOR: In addition to the qualification requirements for the OPM and IHS Excepted Service Qualifications described above, to be rated basically qualified for this position, candidates must possess current, valid, active, unrestricted professional nursing license as a professional nurse from any State, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States. New graduates must also possess this licensure as indicated with no grace period allowed.

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.

Graduate-level education (at the GS-7/9 levels) 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.

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program. For further information, click on foreign education.

You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 pm (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Tuesday, February 28, 2017

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

BENEFITS

You can review our benefits at https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/PayandBenefits

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 the next higher grade level is not guaranteed and no promise of promotion is implied. Temporary positions are not eligible for promotions without competition, unless the selectee was within reach at the higher grade on the initial certificate of eligibles.

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.

Loan Repayment Program (LRP): The Indian Health Service (IHS), 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 hiring priorities and availability of funds. For additional information please visit:

For IHS – http://www.ihs.gov/loanrepayment/ For NHSC – http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/loanrepayment/ For HRSA Nurse Corps – http://www.hrsa.gov/loanscholarships/repayment/nursing/index.html

Recruitment or relocation incentive may be authorized. At least a one year service agreement will be required.

This position is covered by a Bargaining Unit.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

  • 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. Seasonal Influenza immunization is required for civilian health care facility staff working in Indian Health Service health care facilities.
  • May work an alternative work schedule, call back, standby, rotating shifts, nights/weekends/holidays.

IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free

Salary Range: $44,214.00 to $70,649.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0610-04/09

Promotion Potential: 09

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens; PHS Commissioned Officers interested in perfomring the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps MUST apply to the merit promotion announcement in order to receive consideration.

Control Number: 452955400

Job Announcement Number: IHS-17-OK-1820940-DH