Job Overview


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 Direct Hire procedures. Please review vacancy announcement number IHS-14-NN-1026416-DH for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered or Direct Hire

The Clinical Nurse (PACU) positions are located in the Operating Room Department at Northern Navajo Medical Center, Shiprock, New Mexico. The Perioperative nurse is responsible for the delivery of comprehensive patient care within the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative periods of patient's experience during operative and other invasive procedure, using the framework of the nursing process.  This position reports to the Supervisory Clinical Nurse. 


•Observes and assesses patient's health status and critically ill emergency patients by physical assessment and examination, interviewing patient and family members and patient's health history. Independently assesses and interprets the data, patient's condition and recognizes normal/abnormal parameters for appropriate nursing action to be taken.
•Develop, implements and evaluates an individualized plan of care and will coordinate to deliver care to patients for  specific care needed for after surgical procedures.
•Adheres to the American Society of Peri Anesthesia Nurses (ASPAN) Standards of Care to develop, implement, evaluate and revise an appropriate problem-oriented care plan, problem solving nursing plan for the care of patients in the perianethesia setting.
•Functions independently in the complex environment with a critical care expertise and must be able to accept and adapt to the constant changing patient care environment. Patient care activities can range from simple recovery after local anesthesia to complicated assessment and planning for the patient in critical condition.

•Collaborates with members of the surgical team and other multi-disciplinary team in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating patient care for the scheduled, unscheduled or emergency surgical procedure.

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No

Who May Apply

This job is open to…

All groups of qualified individuals

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.