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Job Title:Nurse/Clinical Nurse, GS-610-4/5/7/9

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:Indian Health Service

Job Announcement Number:IHS-13-OK-851884-ESEP/MP

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$42,492.00 to $67,878.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, March 04, 2013 to Friday, September 20, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0610-04/09

POSITION INFORMATION:

Multiple Schedules - Multiple Appointment Types

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Many vacancies in the following location(s):
El Reno, OK United StatesView Map
Pawhuska, OK United StatesView Map
Lawton, OK United StatesView Map
Watonga, OK United StatesView Map
Claremore, OK 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.

This position is also being announced under Announcement # IHS-13-OK-852381-DH for those who want to be considered under Direct Hire Authority. 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) announcement allows acceptance of applications throughout the year with eligible applicants 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 03/22/13. 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 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.

 

Appointment: May be Permanent, Temporary, Excepted Time-Limited, or Term with tour of duty of 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. The Agency has option of extending Temporary position appointments for up to a maximum of two years.

 

ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION:

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Indian Health Service (IHS),

 

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

 

Possible other locations throughout Oklahoma and Kansas.

 

FACILITIES: The two Oklahoma City Area Hospitals located in Claremore and Lawton, 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. Public Health Nursing programs are located within each of the hospitals and health center

 

POSITION DETAILS:

Salary range: $42,492.00- $67,878.00 ( Annually)

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

Promotion potential: GS-9

Merit Promotion Position: Yes

Travel Required:  No

Supervisory/Managerial Position: No

Relocation Expenses Paid:Relocation expenses are authorized and will be paid only if you are a current Federal Employee.  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. Paid expenses will be paid in the interest of the government and not in the interest of the selected employee.  

Is position covered by PL 101-630? Yes (See item # 2 in the How to Apply Tab)

Is drug testing required? No

Is government housing available? No

Is this a bargaining unit position? Depends on location

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

 

Who may apply section

Excepted Service Examining Plan Candidates (ESEP)  

Merit Promotion Plan Candidates (MPP)

Veteran's Preference including Veterans Employment Opportunity Act Candidates (VEOA)  

Commissioned Corps Candidates

 - visit http://www.ihs.gov/jobs/permanentDocs/WhichhplanshouldIselect.pdf  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
  • Must possess and maintain a current, valid, active, unrestricted 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.

  • 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.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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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.
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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 valid, unrestricted license.  Applications will be considered incomplete without proof.


Additional Experience: In addition to the basic requirements, the following amount of nursing experience is required:

 

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 less than 30 months' duration or associate degree and 1 year of professional nursing, or of at least GS-4 level practical nurse or nursing assistant experience under the supervision of a professional nurse; OR Completion of a program of at least 30 months' duration or 4 academic years above high school or bachelor's degree.

Specialized Experience GS-5: is defined as functions under the direct supervision of an RN and participates in nursing 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.  Documents nursing activities regarding direct patient care.


GS-7 Completion of a professional nursing program and 1 year of nursing experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 level; OR 1 full year of graduate education or bachelor's degree with superior academic achievement.

Specialized Experience GS-7: Is defined as functions 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 Two 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.

Specialized Experience GS-9: Is defined 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.

 

EVALUATION OF EXPERIENCE:  Experience must have equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position.

 

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.

 

Time-In-Grade Requirements: Merit Promotion (status) candidates must have completed at least one year of service at the GS-5 for GS-7, one year of service at GS-7 for GS-9, and one year of service at GS-9 for GS-10. Time-In-Grade provisions do not apply under the Excepted Service Examining Plan (ESEP).

 


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:  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 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.

 

SUPERIOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT (SAA):   SAA is based on (1) class standing - applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses; (2) grade point average - applicants must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on 4 years of education, or on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; OR (3) honor society membership - election to membership in a national scholastic honor society.

 

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 http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

 

You must meet the requirements of the job by this date: Friday, September 20, 2013

As per the IHS Excepted Service Hiring Plan: Current employees and eligible applicants are considered under merit promotion only, unless they provide an appropriate Standard Form (SF)-50, "Notification of Personnel Action," and indicate under which plan they are applying.  Please indicate on your resume and during the online assessment process which hiring plan you want to be considered under: Merit Promotion and/or the IHS Excepted Service Hiring Plan.  See jobs@ihs.gov for more details.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

The HHS Careers system simplifies the Federal application process by replacing the former KSA job-element statements with on-line self-assessment questions. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications requirements will be invited to complete an on-line questionnaire assessing the following: 

 

  • Ability to perform patient assessment and planning and evaluation of care.
  • Skill in administering prescription medication.
  • Ability to implement patient care interventions and therapeutic measures.
  • Provide performance improvement activities related to patient care.


If found qualified, your score will range from 70-100 points (not including points that may be assigned for Veterans' Preference).  We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire.  If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job.  You will be deemed well qualified if you score 85 and above.

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/jobs/permanentDocs/ctap.doc

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

Additional selections of candidates may be possible within 90 days from the date the certificate of eligibles was issued for this announcement, for filling additional or similar positions. However if there are no qualified Indian Preference candidates on the Certificate the vacancy must be reannounced.

Candidates must meet time-after-competitive appointment, time-in-grade (if applicable), qualification requirements, licensure requirements (possess and maintain a current, valid, active State license/registration as a professional nurse in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States)performance requirements, citizenship and suitability requirements, and any other eligibility requirements by the cut off date (s) of the vacancy announcement.

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.

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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Your application Package status must be complete by (Friday, September 20, 2013), by MIDNIGHT EASTERN STANDARD TIME (EST) on the closing date of this announcement.

 

For questions concerning Commissioned Corps please contact Laura Goddard at 405/951-3742.

 

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/

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 851884
  • 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, PATRICK TSOTIGH, (405)951-3750, PATRICK.TSOTIGH@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 for downloading at: http://www.ihs.gov/NonMedicalPrograms/DHR/Documents/ChildcareAddendumOMBApprovedForm.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: 11/30/2014, "Verification of Indian Preference for Employment in the BIA and IHS Only."  The current form expiration date, 11/30/2014, 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 form 4432 located at:  http://www.bia.gov/cs/groups/xbie/documents/text/idc015515.pdf or please contact your tribal enrollment officer or your local BIA Office for your most current form.)

      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 - You must provide documentation of your unrestricted current registration as a professional nurse (RN) in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States.  License 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 Miscellaneous: 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:

PATRICK TSOTIGH
Phone: (405)951-3750
TDD: (301)443-6394
Email: PATRICK.TSOTIGH@IHS.GOV
Agency Information:
Indian Health Service HR Center
701 Market Drive
Oklahoma City, OK
73114

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

Many vacancies in the following locations:
El Reno, OK United StatesView Map
Pawhuska, OK United StatesView Map
Lawton, OK United StatesView Map
Watonga, OK United StatesView Map
Claremore, OK United StatesView Map
Wewoka, OK United StatesView Map
Clinton, OK United StatesView Map
Anadarko, OK United StatesView Map
Lawrence, KS United StatesView Map
Pawnee, OK United StatesView Map
White Cloud, KS United StatesView Map

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Job Announcement Number:

IHS-13-OK-851884-ESEP/MP

Control Number:

339006800