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Job Title:  Supervisory Clinical Nurse, GS-610-12 (DH)
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  Indian Health Service
Job Announcement Number:  IHS-13-NN-1006164-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
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 to Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
2 vacancies in the following location:
Shiprock, NM View Map
United States Citizens
Q - Nonsensitive


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.

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 Examining Plan/Merit Promotion Plan (ESEP/MPP) procedures.  Please review vacancy announcement number IHS-13-NN-1006097-ESEP/MP for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.




Incumbents are responsible for supervising, managing, directing, coordinating, providing leadership, and evaluating the provision of nurse care provided on the inpatient units.  The positions are under the direct supervision of the Chief Nurse Executive.





  • Not Required


  • No


  • 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
  • Must meet Registered Nurse (RN) licensure requirement.
  • Positive Education Requirement.


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•Functions as the Supervisory Clinical Nurse with 24 hour responsibility for nursing services and nursing care in the inpatient unit.
•Response for providing direction, leadership, guidance, professionalism, supervision, and evaluation to the inpatient nursing staff.
•Responsible for the provision of nursing care on the unit, including compliance with standards of care, patient safety, and compliance with other applicable standards.
•Responsible for planning work of the unit providing adequate nursing coverage for safe and effective patient care.
•Evaluates daily operations and services provided to assure efficient use of resources including patient flow, work flow, productivity, and takes appropriate corrective and evaluative action as needed.
•Provides supervision to subordinate employees, including counseling, disciplinary action, corrective actions, evaluation and overall management of each unit employee.
•Works collaboratively with other Nursing leaders to meet Division of Nursing initiatives and goals.
•Manages the unit and ensures that all hospital Joint Commission and Federal guidelines, Nurse Practice Actions, and all other applicable standards are met.


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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.



GS-12:  Candidates must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level to qualify for the GS-12 grade level.

LICENSURE:  All applicant must have active, current registration as a professional nurse in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of United States.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level. Examples of the type of experience that will be credited are carrying out the duties of providing management in Nursing Services in planning, organizing, reviewing, evaluating and implementing all duties; supervises and provides direction; and evaluating the nursing needs of patient care.


Supervisory or Managerial abilities:  Candidates must have demonstrated in their work experience or training that they possess, or have the potential to develop, the qualities of successful supervision:
• Assign to and review work of subordinates, train and work effectively with subordinates from a variety of backgrounds and with different levels/areas of training.
• Accomplish the quality and quantity of work expected within set limits of cost and time,
• Plan own work and carry out assignments effectively.
• Communicate with others effectively both orally and in writing working out solutions to problems or questions relating to the work.
• Understand and further management goals as these affect day-to-day work operations.
• Develop improvements in or design new work methods and procedures.


Personal Attributes:  The attributes listed below are important to success in supervisor or managerial positions at all supervisory levels.  Accordingly, candidates for all supervisory positions must demonstrate all of the following personal qualities:
• Objectivity and fairness in judging people on their ability, and situations on the facts and circumstances;
• Capacity to adjust to change, work pressures, or difficult situations without undue stress;
• Willingness to consider new ideas or divergent points of view; and
• Capacity to "see the job through."

The selected individual is required to obtain and maintain Registered Nurse (RN) licensure. If licensure is not maintained during employment, the employee will be subject to adverse actions, up to and including removal from Federal service.


You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Tuesday, December 24, 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:



    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, Tuesday, December 24, 2013, to be considered.


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    Additional selection(s) of candidates may be possible within 90 days from the date the certificate of eligibles was issued for this announcement.

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

    A one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period may be required upon selection/placement. (Supervisory positions only)

    Recruitment incentive may be authorized.



    • Security Clearance: If you are selected for this vacancy, you must undergo a fingerprint check. Fingerprint results must be cleared prior to hire. You will receive instructions on how to obtain and submit fingerprints. 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.
    • Measles and Rubella immunization required for selectees born after 1957.  Must submit copy of updated immunization records on date of hire.
    • This position is covered under the Indian Child Protection Act and is hereby designated an authorized position subject to P.L. 101-630 and P.L. 101-647.
    • 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 1006164. 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 complete your application package 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 (Margaret Begay, (505)368-6090, and/or MARGARET.BEGAY@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:

    • Resume:  You are highly encouraged to use USAJOBS Resume Builder.  If you use your own resume, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose then you must described 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.
    • 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 detailed 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 Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) – If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP, follow the instructions below:
    • Licensure: Provide copy of current, valid, active unrestricted Registered Nursing (RN) licensure. 
    • Childcare Addendum form must be included for this position and is available for downloading at:
    • Transcripts: Must be provided for this position.  Unofficial transcripts are acceptable, however, official transcripts will be required before entrance on duty.
    • Your application package MUST be complete by 11:59  pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Tuesday, December 24, 2013, the closing of this announcement.


    Margaret Begay
    Phone: (505)368-6090
    TDD: 301-443-6394
    Agency Information:
    Indian Health Service HR Center


    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 is an Equal Opportunity Employer ~ ~ ~

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