Indian Health Service Community Health Nurse in Lodge Grass, Montana

Indian Health Service
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Lodge Grass, MT
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Wednesday 3/9/2016 (227 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (70 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. This position is located within the Department of Health and Human Services, Indian Health Service, Crow Service Unit, Lodge Grass, MT. Your application will expire in 3 months and you will need to reapply to keep your application active. This is an open continuous vacancy announcement and applications will be referred when vacancies occur. This Announcement is intended as a mechanism of providing consideration for the greatest number of potential candidates. Candidates with a complete application will be considered for all vacancies that occur for a 3-month period or the closing date of this announcement, whichever comes first. You will be considered for those vacancies that match your desired geographic locations, skills and or job preferences. Positions may be filled at ANY of the grade levels indicated in this announcement, with or without promotion potential as vacancies occur. Applicants should specify the lowest grade (GS-level) that they will accept. 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. DIRECT HIRE AUTHORITY VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT: This position is 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.


Provide comprehensive nursing services to individuals, families, and communities within a designated geographical area. Services are provided to all age groups with a focus on health promotion and disease prevention. Utilize nursing process in order to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate health needs in providing nursing care to individuals and families including interventions designed to prevent complications and minimize disabilities. Teach and supervise patients and families in techniques of positive health measures. Plan and evaluate the Community Health Nursing program. Develop new programs as needed to meet health needs found in the community.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required
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

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: Baccalaureate or higher degree 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. 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. The following shows the amounts of education and/or experience required to qualify for positions covered by this standard. GS-9: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 grade level OR 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education or a master's or equivalent degree Specialized Experience: For GS-9 level, you must have one year of experience (equivalent to the GS-7) that included duties such as: Perform home visits, hold individual and group conferences and teach through demonstration. Counsel and refer individuals to the full range of health services available. Utilize nursing process in order to assess, plan, implement and evaluate health needs in providing nursing care to individuals and families. Communicate patient information with other medical personnel. GS-11: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 grade level OR Completion of all requirements for a doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education Specialized Experience: For GS-11 level, you must have one year of experience (equivalent to the GS-9) that included duties such as: Provide independent primary health care and generalized public health nursing services in clinics, homes, hospitals, schools, and assist the community in planning and evaluating a local health care delivery system. Conduct community analysis in partnership with community representatives, and in collaboration with other public health or health care professionals. Teach and supervise patients and families in techniques of position health measures, accenting and adjusting to the implications and responsibilities of medical care, diagnosis and treatment. Perform home visits, holds individual and group conferences and teach through demonstration. Counsel and refer individuals to the full range of health services available. Plan and evaluate a community health nursing program. Conduct surveys, investigations and researches studies to appraise health needs. Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for all grade levels and positions for which both education and experience are acceptable. 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 anesthetist positions at GS-9 and above must have graduated from a course of study for nurses in anesthesia of at least 18 month's duration that was accredited by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists for the year of their graduation. 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. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the knowledge of a wide range of professional nursing theories, procedures and techniques used in the care and treatment of patients. Skill to develop and implement a nursing care plan that meets the needs of the patient. Knowledge of regulation and standards of nursing regulatory and credentialing groups. Knowledge of principles and practices related to personnel and organizational management. Independently or as a member of the public health nursing team participates in the performance improvement/risk management program. To effectively communicate, verbally, and/or in writing, with all members of the health care team, patients, families, public, etc. through formal and informal mechanisms. Collaborates with the other nursing staff during periods of staffing shortages or emergencies. Knowledge of and ability incorporate, cultural impact on health care provision. Knowledge of established hospital, and JCAHO requirements for clinical and documentation protocols, safety, infection control, quality assurance etc., to insure compliance with policies and provide consistent training and guidance for unit staff. Knowledge and ability necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of patients served. Knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span. Ability to identify and categorize each patient's age-specified grouping needs, i.e., infant, adolescent, or geriatric patients. 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 Standard 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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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 the 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: Additional selection(s) of candidates may be possible within 90 days from the date the certificate of eligibles was issued for this announcement. 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. This position is covered by a Bargaining Unit. IHS may repay certain outstanding Federally-insured student loans to facilitate the recruitment and retention of highly qualified health care professionals. Please refer to for further information. The National Health Service Corps may repay certain outstanding Federally-insured student loans to facilitate the recruitment and retention of highly qualified health care professionals. Please refer to for further information. The Indian Health Service (IHS) and the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) 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 - For NHSC - 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. 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. The selected individual is required to obtain and maintain medical staff clinical privileges, including any licensure requirements. If privileges are 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: $57,093.00 to $84,624.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0610-09/11

Promotion Potential: 11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Candidates eligible under Indian Preference appointing authority; All Federal employees serving on a career or career-conditional appointment; Reinstatement eligible; Veterans Preference including Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA); Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) eligible; Schedule A, and/or PHS Commissioned Corps Personnel. Direct Hire Authority (Any U.S. Citizen)

Control Number: 432250200

Job Announcement Number: IHS-16-BI-1623454-ES/MP/DH