Job Overview


NOTE: This position is in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps and you will be referred as a Commissioned Corps personnel and not as a candidate to a permanent GS career or career-conditional appointment. This USPHS position is being filled at the rank of Commander (O-5).


Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

This is a key position within the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ICE utilizes the government's second largest cadre of law enforcement officers to ensure our nation's economic, transportation and infrastructure security. ICE enforces immigration and customs laws. Our talented and courageous workforce identifies criminal activities and eliminates vulnerabilities that pose a threat to our nation's borders.

ICE is the primary investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security. With more than 19,000 employees in 400 offices around the world, ICE is a key component of the DHS layered defense approach to protecting our nation. For additional information about ICE and career opportunities go to The ICE Health Service Corps (IHSC) exists within the organizational structure of the Bureau of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Detention and Removal Operations (ERO) under the supervision of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps Officers, civil service staff and contractors comprise the healthcare professionals working together to provide quality healthcare services. The incumbent serves as the Nurse Manager for one of the healthcare facilities located across the nation for the ICE Health Service Corps (IHSC). These sites provide medical care to detainees in Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) custody. IHSC serves as the medical expert for ICE.

MISSION: The ICE Health Service Corps protects America by providing health care and public health services in support of immigration and customs law enforcement. This is accomplished through maintaining a committed, effective and efficient workforce who provides evidenced based appropriate health care in a cost effective manner.

  1. If the incumbent holds a clinical license, it is the responsibility of the incumbent to fulfill the obligation(s) of their licensing or certifying body to maintain currency. This position may be required to perform clinical activities with the scope of clinical license in times of critical needs within the agency.
  2. Maintains current CPR/BLS certification.
  3. Maintains current ACLS certification (optional).
  4. Minimum 6 years professional nursing experience.
  5. Minimum 3 years supervisory experience – preferred.
  6. Master’s Degree in nursing or related field – preferred.
  7. Cultural Competency.
  8. Interpersonal Skills.
  9. Oral/Written Communication Skills.
  10. Integrity/Honesty.
  11. Maintains clinical professional skills via continuing education opportunities.
  12. Adult learner teaching skills.
  13. Maintains basic readiness status



  1. Interpretation and translation activities within the scope of the employees’ duties.
  2. Assess these employees’ language abilities to ensure their competency to perform language services for particular duties; and describe plans for enhancing employees’ language abilities.
  3. Provides front line supervision of patient/client care provided by nurse officers or civilian professional nurses; licensed practical nurses; nursing assistants or technicians/medical assistants.
  4. Plans, schedules, assigns, and directs nursing care.
  5. Develops comprehensive individualized patient treatment plans.
  6. Plans and/or collaborates patient care interventions with other health care professionals using in-depth knowledge of the specific patient’s status, anticipating physiological and/or psychological appropriate or adverse responses.
  7. Performs complex tasks without benefit of close guidance.
  8. Establishes patient care assignments and evaluates efforts independently.
  9. Differentiates between normal and abnormal findings, making appropriate notifications to providers, and implementing appropriate interventions.
  10. Evaluates and revises patient treatment plans at appropriate intervals in collaboration with other members of the healthcare team.
  11. Reviews identified patient records to assess treatment progress, adequacy of record keeping, and implementation of appropriate clinical guidelines.
  12. Reports all major changes of patient status to appropriate providers in a timely manner.
  13. Meets regularly with multidisciplinary treatment team members to discuss proposed revisions of medical treatment.
  14. Serves as a liaison while maintaining collaborative relationships with members of other healthcare disciplines.
  15. Provides nursing services of a scope, quality and quantity consistent with PHS policies.
  16. Provides comprehensive care planning for patients to facilitate expected clinical outcomes.
  17. Participates as the primary nurse in the development of teaching plans that reflect assessment data and are based on written objectives.
  18. Evaluates the effectiveness of teaching methods based on learner response and modifies them accordingly.
  19. Documents and communicates the outcome of patient teaching to appropriate individuals.
  20. Conducts staff in-services on general and complex subjects with improvement of nursing and medical care as expected outcomes.
  21. Facilitates ease of data reporting, data collection, and the generation of reports by implementing streamlined and approved reporting processes.
  22. Interviews newly admitted clients with empathy to accurately identify needs and minimize alleviate fears and anxieties.
  23. Interprets and explains the institution’s treatment programs to new arrival detainees.
  24. Obtains a complete physical/mental health history as a basis for formulating assessment and treatment goals.
  25. Gathers information regarding the client’s physical health through observations, personal histories, and other assessment measurements.
  26. Consults with experienced nurses regarding patient care plans and/or interventions.
  27. Collects all appropriate clinical and laboratory data, reporting any abnormalities to appropriate provider[s].
  28. Develops a comprehensive treatment plan based on nursing assessment and standards of care.
  29. Implements appropriate and most effective therapies for identified condition(s).
  30. Monitors patient’s progress and regularly reassesses patient’s condition, recommending appropriate adjustments to treatment plan.
  31. Provides professional input when change of status is recommended/noted.
  32. Applies knowledge of treatments and drug actions when making observations and reporting patient response to treatments.
  33. Coordinates nursing care with other on site staff.
  34. Performs standard patient care services to include healthcare maintenance.
  35. Applies patient-specific care to monitor and manage health status, stress levels, and provide emotional support.
  36. Assists physician and mid-level providers with outpatient, inpatient, and emergency care procedures for patients.
  37. Coordinates the treatment and transport, if necessary, of acutely ill or injured patients.
  38. Administers intra-dermal, subcutaneous, and intra-muscular injections of medications, immunizations, and desensitizations.
  39. Demonstrates ability to sets up, operate, and monitor specialized equipment such as cardiac monitors, defibrillators, IV machines, etc.
  40. Observes and assesses patient’s clinical condition; recognizes, identifies and interprets serious situations and immediately decides proper action, i.e., call physician(s) or takes preplanned emergency measures.
  41. Assists in the orientation of new medical and nursing personnel to protocols, requirements, and the specifics of the patient population.
  42. Provides appropriate health teaching and counseling to provide reinforcement and guidance to minimize protocol deviations.
  43. Serves as a team member for analyzing established protocol practices and identifying areas for improvement.
  44. Participates with developing recommendations for improved efficiency of patient care.
  45. Assists with overall review of quality assurance and data entry procedures for report-generating activities.
  46. Makes recommendations for improvement or upgrade of data entry procedures and reports.
  47. Assists in identifying and recommending needed modifications or improvements to multiple or complex clinical programs.
  48. Assists with developing new operating procedures or program plans.
  49. Interviews patients and completes a comprehensive physical/mental history and assessment according to the IHSC guidelines.
  50. Assists in the design of methods for collection, management, and analysis of data.
  51. Recommends actions to facilitate implementation of data reporting and input procedures.
  52. Uses computer-compatible input forms, remote on-line input and retrieval processing equipment per IHSC policy.
  53. Provides support and assists with nursing and medical-care projects.
  54. Assists with program/project design activities, strategy development, problem resolution, and project implementation.
  55. Supports Agency-wide activities within the nursing and medical care area by:developing strategies, analytical models, and methodologies; analyzing policy and guidance, to assure they are interpreted and applied consistently; identifying nursing and medical care strategies and projects with proven success for implementation; reviewing strategies to appraise and report progress toward the achievement of goals and appropriateness of institutional arrangements.
  56. Some travel may be required.
  57. Follows supervisory chain of command.
  58. Other duties as assigned.