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Job Title:  Nurse Consultant (Patient Safety)
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  Indian Health Service
Job Announcement Number:  IHS-HQ-13-825470-ESEP/MP

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year
Thursday, January 24, 2013 to Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Rockville, MD United StatesView Map
All groups of qualified individuals



Who may be considered:

U.S. Citizens, who are:

Current or former Civil Service employees; OR

PHS Commissioned Officers; OR

American Indians with no prior federal experience; OR

Veterans applying under VEOA


The 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.   For information on the IHS visit IHS.GOV.

The Indian Health Service is required by law to give 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 Indian Health Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

This position is located in the Indian Health Service (IHS), Office of Clinical and Preventive Services (OCPS), Division of Nursing Services (DNS). This Division provides leadership, professional and technical expertise, evaluation, workforce development, nursing recruitment, scholarship support services, and budget oversight for Nursing Services, Women's Health, Public Health Nursing, Community Health Representative Programs, and other national nursing initiatives. The Division of Nursing services: (1) Plans, develops, coordinates, evaluates, manages, and advocates for clinical and public health nursing services, including acute care, ambulatory care, and public health nursing services, Women's Health, and Community Health Representative (CHR) Programs; (2) identifies and establishes standards for these programs; (3) provides leadership, professional guidance, and staff development; (4) plans, develops, coordinates, manages, and evaluates nursing CHR education to better meet the needs of nursing and CHRs in Indian Health Programs; (5) coordinates professional staff, including nursing recruitment, scholarship recipients, assignment and development to meet Area Office, Service Unit, and Tribal needs in accordance with IHS policies and procedures; (6) provides guidance in planning, developing, and maintaining management information systems that will benefit documentation and data collection by and for nurses and community health workers; and (7) prepares budgetary data, analysis, program evaluations, and information for program and budget presentations, as well as Congressional hearings.


The incumbent of this position serves in the capacity of a senior nurse consultant and advisor with responsibility for the development, implementation, and evaluation of the national patient safety initiatives for the IHS. The main purpose of this position is to provide consultation, technical assistance and training for the IHS pertaining to patient safety policies and procedures, patient safety research and trends, national patient safety initiatives, including leading, implementing, monitoring, evaluating, and recommending national patient safety initiatives. The incumbent of this position reports to the Director, DNS within the OCPS.



  • The selected applicant will be subject to a pre-employment background
  • investigation, which will include a fingerprint check.


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  •  Serves as a senior nurse consultant and advisor with responsibility for the leadership, development, implementation, evaluation, and advocacy of national patient safety initiatives.  Oversees IHS efforts in a variety of quality and performance improvement activities with a focus on patient safety, including the direct administration of the Webcident, disclosure of unanticipated outcomes of care, treatment, and services to patients, culture, and other Indian, Tribal, and Urban (I/T/U) Safety Programs.


  • Provides collaboration and support for the Partnership for Patients (PFP), Safe Patient Handling, and other safety programs across the I/T/U System through the establishment and maintenance of communication networks with critical partners and stakeholders in patient safety, including the Hospital consortium, Improving Patient Care, PFP/Hospital Engagement Networks, Tribes, and others. 


  • Develops policies and procedures; reviews patient safety regulations; researches trends, and develops and recommends innovative approaches to improve patient safety.  Collects and analyzes patient safety data; develops patient safety measures; and prepares and presents patient safety evaluations and reports.


  • Conducts, coordinates, and provides training, professional consultation, and technical assistance on the safety aspects of Indian, Tribal, and Urban Health Care Systems for management and the staff.


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To be considered qualified for this position; applicants must be able to clearly demonstrate in their application, resume and self-assessment questions, specialized experience (below) and competency in the following areas: 

  • Leadership
  • Performance Management
  • Decision Making
  • Technical Credibility

The basic qualifications for this position are in the Operating Manual for Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions click on the link below:


BASIC REQUIREMENT – Education : In order to qualify for this position, you must meet the education and registration requirements for a nursing position.

A degree or diploma from a professional nursing program approved by the legally designated state accrediting agency at the time the program was completed.


Licensure/Certification - An 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.


Specialized Experience Required for this Position :   You must demonstrate in your resume at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks: analyzing and evaluating patient safety data; developing patient safety performance measures; preparing and presenting patient safety evaluations and reports; conducting or providing training on the aspects of safety for patients; developing and implementing policies, and procedures; and providing advice, guidance and expertise in a team environment.



You must meet the requirements of the job by this date: Wednesday, February 13, 2013


Applications will be evaluated to determine whether they document the specialized experience requirements above, by answering questions to document the applicant’s competencies.  In order to receive credit for qualifying, specialized experience, the applicant’s resume MUST support their responses to the assessment questions with clear examples. 


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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.   Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at  


Relocation Expenses:


       - Relocation expenses are not authorized and will not be paid


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To apply for this position, you must provide the following:


1.       Completed Assessment Questionnaire –      View Occupational Questionnaire                      

2.       Resume – include sufficient details to support answers to assessment questions

3.       Required Documentation for eligibility and preference categories

Option A:  Online application process:

Option B: If it is not possible for you to use Application Manager (you have a disability or do not have access to the internet), you can write your answers on paper.  Follow these steps:

1.                View Occupational Questionnaire      

2. or by calling USAJOBS by Phone at (703) 724-1850; after the introduction, press 1, and listen for instructions.

3.  Fax number is 1-478-757-3144.   

If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office at the contact number at the end of these instructions.   The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.


Required documentation for eligibility and preference:


·      Indian Preference - See link below to obtain a copy of the BIA Form 4432 -

·      Veterans Preference – If claiming VEOA, you must include a copy of your DD-214 Form.


·      CTAP/ICTAP – If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP, follow the instructions found at the following links – 


·      Current or former Federal employee: Include your most recent SF50


·       Male applicants born after 12/31/1959 must demonstrate proof of Selective Service registration.


All documents must be received by the closing date of the announcement in order to ensure that you receive proper credit for eligibility and/or preference categories.  


Joan McIver
Phone: (301)443-6520
TDD: 301-443-6394
Agency Information:
Indian Health Service HR Center


You may check your status online at USAJOBS.   We will notify you when the recruitment process is completed, or sooner if you are selected for an interview.   Please make sure your contact information on your application is current.

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