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Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Job Announcement Number:LAG-PHS-1027820-LKS-065

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$39,768.00 to $74,880.00 / Per Year


Friday, January 24, 2014 to Friday, October 31, 2014




Full Time - Permanent




Many vacancies in the following location(s):
Eloy, AZ View Map
Florence, AZ View Map
El Centro, CA View Map
San Diego, CA View Map
Santa Ana, CA View Map
More Locations  (14)


These positions are open to US Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps Officers Only






NOTE: These positions are 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. These USPHS positions are being filled at the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade (O-2), or Lieutenant (O-3).


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 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) under the supervision of the Department of Homeland Security. The United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Officers, civil service staff and contract employees comprise the health care professional working together to provide quality health care services.  

This announcement will be used to fill vacancies at IHSC facilities. Although the announcement is advertised for multiple locations, it is not intended to convey any implication that these positions are vacant and will be filled at all locations.  In some cases, advertised duty locations will not have a vacancy during the open period of this announcement. Cut-off dates will be established on an as-needed basis as vacancies occur, however, the final deadline for application and submission of all documentation will be 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, October 31, 2014. 

***This Position is open for Commissioned Corps officers only***


  • Occasional Travel
  • Optional


  • Yes
  • Must meet travel regulations


  • Maintain current license and meet continuing State edu requirements
  • Maintain BLS certifications
  • Competencies
  • Complete Application Package (see How to Apply Tab)
  • Relevant Experience (see Qualifications and Evaluations Tab)
  • Ability to pass background investigation


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1. Professional nursing principals, procedures, and techniques to patient care and nursing supervision.

2. Medication, administration guidelines, and pharmaceutical agents and their desired and adverse effects in order to recognize untoward effects and take appropriate corrective measures.

3. Training methods and sufficient interpersonal skills to develop a rapport with patients and co­workers during which instructional and educational information is presented.

4. Requirements for safety, infection control, quality assurance, maintenance of records of patients seen, statistical information gathering, etc.

5. Care and responsible to emergency situations.

6. Patient health education skills.


PHS Requirements

Contract Requirements

O2 billet- Requires a BSN, Nursing License and BLS. 0 -2 years experience

Level 1- Requires a BSN, Nursing License and BLS. 0 -2 years experience

O3 billet-Requires a BSN, Nursing License, and BLS. 2 years overall nursing experience.   Preferred:  1 year correctional nursing, 1 year Spanish, 1 year team leader, non supervisory, and CCP-CCN

Level 2 -Nursing License, and BLS. 3 years overall nursing experience.


  1. Must be licensed by a State, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or territory of the United States.
  2. Maintain current CPR/BLS certification.
  3. Maintain clinical professional skills via continuing education opportunities.
  4. Cultural Competency.
  5. Interpersonal Skills.
  6. Good Oral/Written Communication Skills.
  7. Integrity/Honesty.


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It is the responsibility of the Registered Nurse to adhere to policies and procedures as stated in the ICE Health Service Corps (IHSC) Policies and Procedures Manual.


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. Initiates and maintains compliance with IHSC policies for accreditation.

4. Provides direct nursing care to detainees.

5. Obtains medical histories on detainees; referring medical problems to the physician, or mid-level provider.

6. Evaluates health care needs of detainees and develops nursing care plans to meet those needs.

7. Provides triage and screening of detainees during sick call and performs functions as outlined in the approved IHSC RN Guidelines. 8. Identifies and manages minor illnesses per established nursing protocols and refers other medical problems to the appropriate medical provider.

9. Provides group and individual health education to detainees.

10. Assists the medical provider with medical appointments by taking the detainees vital signs, documenting in the chart and assisting as necessary.

11. Ensures the medical providers orders are implemented in a timely manner.

12. Ensures that medications prescribed are administered as ordered. When medication orders are signed off, initials are placed next to the order and circled.

13. Applies knowledge of drugs and therapeutics in administering medication.

14. Maintains security when administering medications continually cognizant of the potential hazard of drug hoarding and trafficking among detainees.

15. Destroys and properly disposes of all needles/syringes.

16. Maintains accuracy of Sharps Log.

17. Maintains non-involvement in the security aspects of care.

18. Documents all detainee encounters using S.O.A.P. format, followed by the nurses signature and name stamp.

19. Maintains patient and medical record confidentiality.

20. Performs or assists with of emergency treatment of injury or illness to detainees as required.

21. Performs orders authorized by the physician, nurse Practitioner, or NP/PA.

22. Provides nebulizer treatments; inserts indwelling urinary catheters; irrigates indwelling urinary catheters.

23. May prepare statistical information, regularly scheduled reports, or special reports as necessary.

24. Draws labs as requested and collects laboratory specimens.

25. Administers immunizations and reads and documents accordingly.

26. Attends general/medical staff meetings.

27. Coordinates health care needs of detainees with healthcare team and coordinates referrals to off-site providers as required.

28. Assures a safe and clean working environment.

29. Provides care for psychiatric patients as indicated.

30. Performs record keeping functions in accordance with program policies.

31. Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

32. Responsible for maintenance of medical equipment and quality control of laboratory reagents.

33. May serve as medical escort of detainees as needed for domestic/overseas travel.

34. Maintains medical supply stock level, restocking as needed. May order supplies (lab and other supplies).

35. Performs or designates other staff to dispose of biologically hazardous wastes on a regular basis.

36. May participate in QI Reviews/QA activities.

37. Provides daily nursing care as needed in Short Stay Unit (SSU) and notifies physician, or PA/NP of any abnormal findings.

38. Provide radiological services; these services will be primarily to conduct tuberculosis surveillance i.e. digital single view chest x-rays.

39. May serve at other IHSC medical facilities on temporary duty (TDY).

40. Protects patients and employees by adhering to infection control polices and protocols.

41. Practice patient teaching/training.

42. Will handle and be knowledgeable of all medical equipment utilized in the care of the patient.

43. Follow policy when disposing of bio hazardous materials, labeling and handling of all materials.

44. May be responsible for running a clinic program such as QI, EHS, IC or Training and Education.

45. Must be able to work rotating shifts including weekends.

46. May be tasked to function as charge nurse or team lead.

47. Punctual and dependent for assigned shifts.


1. The work may require physical exertion such as lifting objects greater than 30 pounds.

2. Required to perform CPR standing or kneeling.

3. Must be able to assist patients in and out of wheelchairs and/or medical beds.

4. The work may necessitate some physical characteristics that will be required when responding to an emergency situation, such as running short distance, prolonged standing and working in an austere environment.

5. Cannot have any physical limitations restrictions.


Applications will be evaluated against the required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities as listed in this announcement.


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Pay and benefits for PHS officers are managed through the Division of Commissioned Corps Personnel and Readiness and are comparable to the pay and allowances authorized for members of the Armed Forces. Specific information can be found in the Department of Defense Financial Management Regulation, 7000.14-R at



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 to the detained population.


  1. DHS
  2. ICE
  3. ERO


  1. HHS
  2. USPHS


Works under the direction of the Health Services Administrator (HSA). If the HSA is not a clinician, the clinical supervision is provided by the Clinical Director.


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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

Your complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, October 31, 2014 to receive consideration.

  • To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  • Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
  • To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
  • To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


  • You must submit your resume which shows relevant experience, education, and training. Work experience should include job title, duties, employer's name, daytime telephone number and address, starting and ending dates, hours worked per week, and indicate if we may contact your current supervisor.
  • You must submit copies of proof of licensures, degrees, certificates and all other required documentation identified in this announcement.
  • You must submit your three (3) most recent Commissioned Officer Effectiveness Report (COER). 

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

  1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 1027820.
  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete your Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. Your complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, October 31, 2014 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items
  3. Fax all six pages of 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.

Applications and supporting documentation will not be accepted by mail or email. If you need further assistance, contact the Human Resources Office representative listed on this announcement at least one day prior to Friday, October 31, 2014 for further instructions. You must submit all required information by Friday, October 31, 2014. If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible. A valid email address is required in order to notify you of the outcome of your application.


IHSC Recruiting
Phone: (202)732-4600
Agency Information:
ICE Laguna Service Center
500 12th St SW
Washington, DC


If you meet all eligibility requirements, your application package will be sent to the hiring manager for further consideration.

Additional Duty Location Info

Many vacancies in the following locations:
Eloy, AZ View Map
Florence, AZ View Map
El Centro, CA View Map
San Diego, CA View Map
Santa Ana, CA View Map
Key West, FL View Map
Miami, FL View Map
Lumpkin, GA View Map
Jena, LA View Map
Elizabeth, NJ View Map
Batavia, NY View Map
Leesport, PA View Map
York, PA View Map
El Paso, TX View Map
Houston, TX View Map
Los Fresnos, TX View Map
Pearsall, TX View Map
Taylor, TX View Map
Tacoma, WA View Map

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