Indian Health Service NURSE PRACTITIONER (LOCUM/PRN) in Portland, Oregon

Indian Health Service
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Portland, OR
Work Schedule is Intermittent - Temporary NTE 1 year

Opened Thursday 3/3/2016 (238 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (64 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.

*We are recruiting for a Nurse Practitioner (Family, Women's Health or Adult specialty) to serve as a Locum (PRN) who will work in the place of the regular Nurse Practitioner who is absent, or when a clinic is short-staffed. This position reports to the Portland Area Director, Division of Clinical Support, in the Portland Area Office. This position will be located in Portland, OR; *however, based on the need of the health centers, incumbent will be assigned to any of the Indian Health Service Units in Idaho, Washington or Oregon.

This open continuous announcement allows acceptance of applications throughout the open period with eligible applicants being placed on a standing register and referred for consideration as vacancies occur. A submitted and completed application package will expire three (3) months after submission and you will need to reapply to keep your application active. This announcement is intended as a mechanism of providing consideration for the greatest number of potential candidates. The first cut-off date for referral of qualified candidate(s) to be considered for available vacant positions will be March 17, 2016. Thereafter, cut-off dates will be established based on the date a request is received from management to fill a position.

If hired, you will be assigned a temporary (not-to-exceed 1 year) appointment with an intermittent work schedule which means employment is without a regularly scheduled tour of duty. You are only paid for actual hours worked. Travel and per diem costs to temporary duty station(s) will be paid according to Federal travel regulations. The agency has the option of extending temporary appointments for a maximum of 2 years. This position is being announced concurrently under Direct Hire procedures to all U.S. Citizens. Please review vacancy announcement number IHS-16-WR-1641285-DH for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered for both ESEP/MP and DH.

  • Analyze and interpret patient histories, symptoms, physical findings, or diagnostic information to develop appropriate diagnoses.
  • Order developmental and laboratory tests as necessary to assure an accurate diagnosis.
  • Interpret test results discriminating between normal and abnormal findings.
  • Prescribe drugs to treat specific illnesses.
  • Instruct patient and families regarding the treatment plan and any follow-up required.
Travel Required
  • 50% or Greater
  • Travel to assigned health centers for indefinite length of period.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Subject to a pre-employment fingerprint check and background investigation.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • Requires a valid state driver's license.
  • APRN license is required.
  • Certification as a Family, Women's Health or Adult Gerontology NP.

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.

INDIVIDUAL OCCUPATIONAL REQUIREMENTS - BASIC REQUIREMENT(S) - Nurse Practitioners must meet the following three basic requirements:

EDUCATION: Degree or diploma from a professional Nurse Practitioner educational program approved by the legally designated State accrediting agency at the time the program was completed by the applicant. A Masters in Nurse Practitioner is preferred.

LICENSURE: Applicants must have an active, current registration as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) or equivalent from a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States.

CERTIFICATION: Current certification in a Nurse Practitioner specialty (Family, Women's Health or Adult) from a U.S. nationally recognized credentialing body such as the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

*MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: *In addition to the Basic Requirements all applicants must meet the specialized experience requirement as listed below:

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Your resume must demonstrate at least 1 year of full-time specialized experience at or equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-11) in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector performing the following types of tasks: serving as an independent practitioner providing comprehensive primary and/or specialty care for patients; securing health history from patients; conducting physical examinations; ordering developmental and laboratory tests as necessary to assure an accurate diagnosis; interpreting test results discriminating between normal and abnormal; prescribes drugs to treat specific illnesses; and instructing patients and family members of treatment plan and follow-up required.

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).

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 specialized 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, please review the following link:

You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 pm (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Friday, December 30, 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


Intermittent employee serving on temporary appointments are not eligible for health or life insurance coverage (subject to specific conditions) and do not accrue sick or annual leave.

Other Information

This is a temporary appointment not-to-exceed 1 year. An additional 1-year extension may be authorized for a total appointment of 2 years. Extension is not guaranteed and no promise of extension is implied.

As a LOCUM/PRN (intermittent) employee, there is no guarantee of hours available to work (could be 1 to 80 hours in any 2-week period) and incumbent will be paid only for the hours worked.

More than one selection may be made from this announcement.

Selectee may be subject to a probationary/trial period. ESEP appointees typically serve a 2-year trail period.

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.

Immunizations: Measles and Rubella immunization is 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.

Clinical Privileges: 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 action, up to and including removal from Federal service.

Certification: Applicants must have a current certification in a Nurse practitioner specialty (Family, Women's Health or Adult) for a U.S. nationally recognized credentialing body such as the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Licensure: Applicants must have an active, current registration as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) or equivalent in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States.

Child Care Covered Position: This position is a designated position covered by Public Law 101-630, requiring contact or control over Indian children. Applicants are required to complete, sign and submit the Addendum to OF-306, Child Care; Indian Child Care Worker Position, form. Due to this requirement, the agency must ensure that persons hired for these position have not been found guilty of or pleaded nolo contendere to guilty to certain crimes.

Driver's License: This incumbent is required to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle in the performance of official duties. A valid state driver's license is required and must be maintained.

IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free.

Salary Range: $38.68 to $47.60 / Per Hour

Series & Grade: GS-0610-12/12

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: OPEN CONTINUOUS Candidates eligible under Indian Preference authority; Federal employees serving on career/career-conditional appointments; reinstatement eligibles; applicants eligible for non-competitive appointment; Veterans Preference eligible; CTAP/ICTAP; Schedule A eligibles

Control Number: 431279400

Job Announcement Number: IHS-16-WR-1640949-ESEP/MP