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Job Title:Practical Nurse GS-620-3/4/5

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:Indian Health Service

Job Announcement Number:IHS-12-OK-641560-DH

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$24,933.00 to $40,706.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 to Monday, December 31, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0620-03/05

POSITION INFORMATION:

Multiple Schedules - Multiple Appointment Types

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Few vacancies - Pawnee, OK United StatesView Map
Few vacancies - Claremore, OK United StatesView Map
Few vacancies - Lawton, OK United StatesView Map
Few vacancies - Wewoka, OK United StatesView Map
Few vacancies - Lawrence, KS United StatesView Map
More Locations  (6)

WHO MAY APPLY:

All groups of qualified individuals

JOB SUMMARY:

Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American!  At HHS you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere.  Join HHS and help make our world healthier, safer and better for all Americans.

The Indian Health Service is required by law to give absolute preference to qualified Indian applicants and employees who are qualified and suitable for Federal employment. The Indian Health Service (IHS) by law is committed to affording employment preference to American Indian and Alaska Native candidates 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. In other than the above, the Indian Health Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To be eligible for this position under the Direct Hire (DHA) hiring plan, you must be a U.S. Citizen.

This position is also being announced under Announcement # IHS-12-OK-641621-ESEP/MP for those who want to be considered under Merit Promotion Plan and/or Excepted Service Examining Plan. If you wish to be considered under all hiring plans you must submit an application to both job opportunity announcements.

This Continuous Open Announcement (COA) allows acceptance of applications throughout the year with eligible applicant being placed on the COA register and referred for consideration as vacancies occur.  The first cut-off date for receipt/referral of applications to be considered for available vacant positions will be 04/30/2012.  Other cut-off dates will be established based on the date requests for List of Eligibles are received to fill other vacancies.  10pt Veterans Preference ESEP applicants 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).

Positions may be Permanent, Temporary, Excepted Temporary, Excepted Time-Limited or Term with tour of duty as Full-Time, Part-Time, or Intermittent.  The Agency has option of extending Time-Limited and Term appointments for up to a maximum of four years.  Temporary positions NTE 12 months or less are subject to termination at any time.

ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION:

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Indian Health Service (IHS), Positions will be filled at the locations listed as vacancies occur.

Lawrence, KS United States Few vacancies
White Cloud, KS United States Few vacancies
Anadarko, OK United States Few vacancies
Claremore, OK United States Few vacancies
Clinton, OK United States Few vacancies
El Reno, OK United States Few vacancies
Lawton, OK United States Few vacancies
Pawhuska, OK United States Few vacancies
Pawnee, OK United States Few vacancies
Watonga, OK United States Few vacancies
Wewoka, OK United States Few vacancies

Other Locations:  Possible other locations throughout Oklahoma and Kansas

POSITION DETAILS:

Salary range: $24,933.00 - $40,706.00 (Annually)

Recruitment Incentive: Possibility of Recruitment incentive up to 25% of base pay (subject to eligibility and approval).

Promotion potential: None beyond GS-5

Merit Promotion Position: No

Travel Required: No

Supervisory/Managerial Position: No

Relocation Expenses Paid: Not Paid:  travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the employee.

Is position covered by PL 101-630? Yes (See item # 3 in the How to Apply Tab)

Is drug testing required? No

Is government housing available? No

Is this a bargaining unit position? Depending on location

Alternative work schedule, call back, standby, rotating shifts, nights/weekends/holidays? Depending on location

Who may apply section

All US Citizens  

 - visit jobs@ihs.gov for more information on Who May Apply 

 

FOR PROGRAM INFORMATION:  contact Manon Tillman, Nurse Recruiter at 405-951-3819, Email manon.tillman@ihs.gov

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Position subject to background investigation.
  • As part of the pre-employment process, fingerprint checks are required.
  • If applicable-Selective Service registration (Males born after 12/31/59)
  • Must be a US Citizen to apply.
  • Must possess and maintain a current, unrestricted Practical Nursing License

DUTIES:

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Please ensure you answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may impact your rating or result in you losing consideration for the job.

  • Provide non-professional nursing care to patients in a general hospital or ambulatory setting
  • Participates in the assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating of nursing care.
  • Assists with screening, admitting and discharging patients
  • Prepares and administers medications and therapeutic treatments
  • Perform simple treatments and simple laboratory tests


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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All applicants must meet the qualification requirements of this position by the closing date of the job announcement: Monday, December 31, 2012. 

Licensure:  Candidates must be currently licensed to practice as practical or vocational nurses in a State or territory of the United States or the District of Columbia.  Applications of candidates possessing a license must be accompanied by a certified or photostatic copy of the license, a notarized statement attesting to the fact, or a citation of license number and State issuing it. 

Applicants who meet the licensure requirements are considered fully qualified for GS-3.

Additional Requirements for Grades GS-4 and Above:

For GS-4: Six (6) months of nursing experience is required OR Successful completion of an educational program in practical nursing of at least 9 months' duration combined with 1 year of nursing assistant experience; or successful completion of a 2-year degree program in an accredited community college, junior college, or college or university in practical nursing. 

For GS-5: One (1) year of nursing experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level is required.  Nursing experience at this level requires: limited knowledge of human body structure, function, illnesses, and/or disease entities; ability to contribute to the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of nursing care; preparing and administering medication with consult to preceptor as needed; and documenting significant observations, interventions, treatments, and patient responses in the medical record.  

Qualifying Experience includes nursing care work in a hospital, outpatient clinic, nursing home, or other supervised medical, nursing, or patient care facility that provided a practical knowledge of human body structure and sterile techniques and procedures, performing such duties as:

  • Providing pre- and post-operative patient care.
  • Observing, recording, and reporting changes in behavior of patients.
  • Providing reassurance and encouragement to mentally ill patients.
  • Assisting surgeons and registered nurses in operating room activities, including passing instruments, maintaining, sterile conditions, and draping and positioning patients.
  • Setting up and operating special medical equipment and apparatus.


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 provide the required information during the online application process; if any of the following are missing when the announcement closes we will deem your application incomplete:

  1. Resume complete in USAJOBS
  2. Responses to Questionnaire
  3. Applicable Supporting Documentation (see Required documents section in this announcement for more details)

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

These vacancies are being filled through the Office of Personnel Management's delegated Direct Hire Authority.  The following is applicable: all applicants who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the Selecting Official for consideration. Veterans' preference and traditional rating and ranking of applications do not apply to this vacancy.

For I/CTAP purposes, you will be deemed well-qualified if you are placed in at least the well-qualified category.


BENEFITS:

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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.   Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at https://my.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits.  



OTHER INFORMATION:

If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit a copy of your most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, you must be well qualified with a score of at least 85 for this position.  For information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit:

http://www.ihs.gov/JobsCareerDevelop/JobsAtIHS/doc/ctap.doc

http://www.hhs.gov/careers/jobs/tips/

Candidates must meet time-after-competitive appointment, qualification requirements, licensure requirements (possess and maintain a current, valid, active State license/registration as a Practical Nurse), performance requirements, citizenship and suitability requirements, and any other eligibility requirements by the cutoff date(s).

MULTIPLE-GRADE ANNOUNCEMENT: Announcement at the multiple-grade interval is intended as a mechanism of providing consideration for the greatest number of potential candidates. This position may be filled at any level, dependent upon the applicant's demonstrated ability, experience, and other qualifying criteria. If the position is filled at less than the upper level, there is NO commitment for future promotions, based solely on selection resulting from this announcement. Conversely, if the employee demonstrates the ability to perform at a higher level, is recommended by the supervisor, and otherwise meets the qualifications, he/she may be promoted without further competition under the Area Merit Promotion Program, however for temporary positions, conversion without competition may not be possible unless the selectee was within reach at the higher grade on the initial certificate of eligibles. Also, no further competition is required if it becomes necessary through the reclassification process to upgrade the position.

Measles and Rubella immunization required for selectees born after 1957.

Selectee may be required to serve a one year probationary period.

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.

IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes the following parts:

  1. Assessment Questionnaire
  2. Résumé
  3. Required Documents (Specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement. An applicant may not be considered if proper documentation is not received.)

Option A: Online application process (USAJOBS to Application Manager) the preferred method to receive automatic updates on your application status.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button on this page to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link: https://applicationmanager.gov/ .

Your Application Package status must be Complete by, Monday, December 31, 2012, the closing date of this announcement.

Option B:  Fax

If it is not possible for you to use the USAJOBS Account to Application Manager Account online application process (you have a disability or do not have access to the internet), you can apply for this announcement by completing the OPM 1203-FX form instead. Please use the following step-by-step instructions as a guide to filling out the required questionnaire. You will need to print the vacancy announcement and refer to it as you answer the questions. You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions. Be sure to double check your application before submission.

Follow these steps:

  1. Print a copy of this job announcement so that you can read the questions offline. View Occupational Questionnaire.  You can obtain the OPM1203fx form at this URL http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf .
  2. You may submit the OPM Form 1203-FX (hard copy questionnaire), résumé, and/or any supporting documents by fax.
  • If you are faxing a Form 1203-FX, do not use a separate cover sheet. Simply make sure the Form 1203-FX is on top of any other documents you are faxing.
  • If you are faxing any documents without the Form 1203-FX on top, always use the official cover sheet which is here -- http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf -- and be sure to fill it out completely and clearly.  The fax number is 1-478-757-3144.  Feed all documents into your fax machine top first so that we receive them right-side up.

Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process. Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed. The following will prevent your documents from being processed:

  • Not using the special cover page mentioned above.
  • Missing, incomplete, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number 641560
  • Missing or incomplete Social Security Number or name

Note: If you have documents in your Application Manager account from a previous vacancy announcement they can be opened, copied and saved then reused as an upload file for this vacancy. Uploading your documents will speed the processing of your application for this announcement.

PLEASE NOTE: In Section 25 of the Occupational Questionnaire, you may notice that the numbering restarts with number one. When entering your responses on the 1203-FX form please continue to enter your responses on the next available number within this section. The numbers on the 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire once it restarts with number one.

Submission of a resume' or a 1203FX form alone IS NOT a complete application. This position requires the completion of additional forms and/or supplemental materials as described under Required Documents section. Please carefully review the complete job announcement and the "How to Apply" instructions. Failure to provide the required information and/or materials will result in your application not being considered for employment.

If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office, MESHA JOHNSTON, (580)354-5528, MESHA.JOHNSTON@IHS.GOV.  "The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis."



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide the required documents listed below during the online application process either through the document upload process or fax using instructions outlined in Section B above. If any of the following are missing when the announcement closes we will deem your application incomplete:

  • ___Resume -You are encouraged to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume. If you use your own résumé, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose then you must describe your job-related qualifications that include beginning and ending dates for paid and non-paid work experience, hours worked per week, month and year of employment for each job title listed.
  • ____Childcare Addendum form must be included for this position and is available to download at: http://www.ihs.gov/NonMedicalPrograms/DHR/Documents/ChildcareAddendumOMBApprovedForm-2012.doc 
  • ____Indian Preference applicants If claiming Indian preference for the first time, or if you have no previous documentation of preference, applicants must provide a completed copy of the current Form BIA -4432 (expiration date 11/30/14), "Verification of Indian Preference for Employment in the BIA and IHS Only."  The current form (expiration date 11/30/14) does not need to be used if an older Form BIA-4432 is submitted with a signature that predates the expiration date on the form. Indian preference will not be given unless a properly signed and dated form is submitted with your application, including any verification by an authorized Tribal Representative or BIA official of tribal enrollment records, documentation of lineal descent, state or academic records that document you posses one-half degree Indian blood from a tribe indigenous to the United States, as well as official records that establish your degree of Indian blood, such as census records. You must also complete the family history chart if necessary.  (See the form for detailed instructions for the completion of the BIA-4432).

    Current IHS employees with a BIA form on file in their Official Personnel Folder are required to submit a copy of that form with their application.

  • ___Qualifications - Must submit current, valid, active, unrestricted practical or vocational nursing license in a State, the District of Columbia, or a territory of the United States.  Must show expiration date. 
  • ___Transcripts - Transcripts must be provided if substituting education for experience and/or if education is required for this position.  Unofficial transcripts are acceptable but official transcripts will be required before entrance on duty.
  • ___Veteran's Preference-If claiming Veteran's Preference, include a copy of DD-214 Form, and SF-15 if claiming 10 point Veteran's Preference  http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf.
  • Response to Assessment Questionnaire.

Applicants may submit optional documents and place these under "Other": such as performance reviews, copies of job-related certifications, cover letter, letters of recommendation, SF-50.  Suggest documents submitted are job-related and current.

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

MESHA JOHNSTON
Phone: (580)354-5528
TDD: (301)443-6394
Email: MESHA.JOHNSTON@IHS.GOV
Agency Information:
Indian Health Service HR Center
1515 Lawrie Tatum Rd
Lawton, OK
73507

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

First notification : Once the online questionnaire and resume are received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successfully received. Receipt of this email does not confirm receipt of the other required document(s): copy of your license or completed OF-306 Addendum form.

We will review your résumé and required supporting documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification & eligibility requirements.  This position is covered under Public Law 101-630 Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act.   As part of our review we will adjudicate your completed OF-306 Addendum form (see Required Documents Section).

Second notification : You will be notified of your status when the list of candidates has been referred to the hiring manager for employment consideration.

Additional notifications : for those referred to the hiring manager. We will keep you updated on the status using the online alert system. When a tentative offer is made, the selectee must undergo a fingerprint check.  Fingerprint results must be cleared prior to hire.  The "tentative" new employee will receive instructions on how to obtain and submit fingerprints. 

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 drive status updates notification for applicants.  You can elect to activate the proactive notification from your USAJOBS profile at any point during the application process to sign-up for automatic alerts when there are status changes for jobs to which you have applied. 

Additional Duty Location Info

Few vacancies - Pawnee, OK United StatesView Map
Few vacancies - Claremore, OK United StatesView Map
Few vacancies - Lawton, OK United StatesView Map
Few vacancies - Wewoka, OK United StatesView Map
Few vacancies - Lawrence, KS United StatesView Map
Few vacancies - El Reno, OK United StatesView Map
Few vacancies - White Cloud, KS United StatesView Map
Few vacancies - Clinton, OK United StatesView Map
Few vacancies - Watonga, OK United StatesView Map
Few vacancies - Anadarko, OK United StatesView Map
Few vacancies - Pawhuska, OK United StatesView Map

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Job Announcement Number:

IHS-12-OK-641560-DH

Control Number:

313946300