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Job Title:Nurse Practitioner

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:Indian Health Service

Job Announcement Number:IHS-13-AQ-946275-DH

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$78,355.00 to $96,436.00 / Per Year


Friday, September 06, 2013 to Thursday, September 26, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




4 vacancies in the following location:
Acomita, NM United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


The Indian Health Service (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 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.


This position is being announced concurrently under Excepted Service and Merit Promotion procedures. Please review vacancy announcement number IHS-13-AQ-945965-ESEP/MP number for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.


Four permanent full-time positions.  Selection will be made from Vacancy Announcment No. IHS-AQ-945965-ESEP/MP, IHS-13-AQ-946275-DH OR IHS-13-AQ-945337-ESEP/MP, IHS-13-AQ-946230-DE (four selection only). 


This position located at the Acoma-Canoncito-Laguna (ACL) Service Unit reports to the Clinical Director.  The primary purpose of the position is to provide direct primary care providers services at the service unit and at surrounding satellite clinics within the ACL Service Unit.   


Area of Consideration: All Sources 



  • The selected applicant will be subject to a pre-employment background
  • investigation, which will include a fingerprint check.
  • If applicable-Selective Service registration (Males born after 12/31/59)
  • U.S. Citizenship is required


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  • Assess, evaluate, diagnose and initially treat adult and pediatric patients who present with any symptom, illness, injury or condition and provide services necessary to ameliorate minor illness to secure illnesses, injuries, and emergency case.
  • Cares for and discharge patients from the emergency department.
  • Deliver a full range of health care services on the wellness-illness health care continuum to patients of all ages in a variety of setting to include differential diagnosis and disease management, diagnostic and therapeutic interventions, and health promotion and disease prevention.


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    To qualify for this position, your resume must reflect sufficient experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the position for which you are applying. Your resume is key in evaluating your experience, as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your work experience.



    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.


    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.

    In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements:

    Your resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector performing the following types of tasks: Advanced experience in primary health care, provides direct comperhensive preventive and therapeutic health services to individuals, families or groups.  This includes assessing the health status of individuals, managing the care of selected patients and providing treatment, health teachng, counseling, guidance, and instructions to individuals and families so that they particpate in a plan of care.

    Selective Placement factor: In addition to the qualification requirements, to be rated basically qualified for the position, applicants must demonstrate possession of the following knowledge, skills and abilities.

    1. Verification of a current, valid, active, unrestricted license in any State, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States is required when filling all positions for registered nurses at all levels.
    2. Applicants must have certification issued by the appropriate certifying body (such as the American Nursing Association) as a Nurse Practitioner. 


    PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE (PHS) LICENSURE POLICY: Each PHS Nurse must possess and maintain a valid, active, current licensure/registration as professional nurse.


    You must meet the requirements of the job by this date: Thursday, September 26, 2013


    You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume (your resume must state specific duties that relate to this position) and your responses to the assessment questions will be evaluated against the duties you provided in your resume, along with your submitted documentation to determine your ability to demonstrate the following:

      • Technical Competence
      • Planning and Evaluation
      • Interpersonal Skills

    The following links below provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities. If you are a Veteran, qualified CTAP and ICTAP eligible, or an individual with a disability, please refer to the following links below for additional guidance:

    Click here to view vacancy questions: View Assessment Questions. All documents above MUST be received by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date of, Thursday, September 26, 2013, to be considered.


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


    PHS Commissioned Officers who are interested in this position within the Commissioned Corps MUST apply online in order to receive consideration. (DE/MP Vacancies- for applicable positions). For more information on PHS Commissioned Corps, visit the website at:


    Additional selections may be made on this vacancy announcement.


    A one-year probationary period is required upon selection/placement.



    • Measles and Rubella immunization required for slectees born after 1957.
    • Government housing may be approved depending of availability.
    • Relocation expenses are not authorized and will not be approved.


    IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free


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    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package. See required documents below.

    1. Click ‘Apply Online' to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.
    2. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire and upload required documents.
    3. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application.
    4. Applications must be received by the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.
    5. Check application status by logging into your USAJOBS account, clicking Application Status, then More Information for this position. Return to an incomplete application by clicking Apply Online in the vacancy announcement and re-selecting your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account.

    To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following 946275. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

    You are highly encouraged to submit your application package and complete your assessment questionnaire on-line. If you cannot apply online:

    1. Click to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
    2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire
    3. You are limited to selecting 10 locations.
    4. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

    PLEASE NOTE: When completing the 1203-FX, be sure to select only one response for each question. Selecting more than one response for a question may result in your application package being rated ineligible. 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.

    The IHS provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office (Doris Edwards, (505)248-4508, and/or DORIS.EDWARDS@IHS.GOV). The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

    For additional questions please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) found here:


    Required Documentation for Eligibility and Preference:

    • 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 Form BIA-4432 (expiration date 11/30/2014), “Verification of Indian Preference for Employment in the BIA and IHS Only.” 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. For detail instructions, see form BIA-4432. You must also complete the family history chart if necessary. 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. Refer to BIA-4432 link:
    • Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) or other Veterans preference (VRA and 30%or more disabled) – include a copy of your DD-214, if you're claiming Vet preference. For more information please see link at:
    • Career Transitional Assistance Program (CTAP)/Interagency Career Assistance Program (ICTAP) – If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP, follow the instructions below:
    • Childcare Addendum form must be included for this position and is available for downloading at:
    • Transcripts - Transcripts must be provided when education is required for this position.  Unofficial transcripts are acceptable but official transcripts will be required before entrance on duty.
    • Licensure - copy of a valid, and unrestricted nursing license with expiration date.
    • Other - copy of certification as a Nurse Practitioner by the appropriate certifying body (such as the American Nursing Association).


    Your application package MUST be complete by 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Thursday, September 26, 2013, the closing of this announcement.


    Doris Edwards
    Phone: (505)248-4508
    TDD: (301)443-6394
    Agency Information:
    Indian Health Service HR Center
    5300 Homestead Road
    Albuquerque, NM


    Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Applicant MUST verify the completeness and successful submission of their applications by logging into the USAJobs Application Manager to check the “Status”. Your qualifications for the job will be reviewed against other applicants to determine, if you will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. We will notify you of the outcome after each of these steps have been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

    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 (IHS) is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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