Job Overview


About the Agency

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.


  • Salary Range:   $67,720.00  -  $97,399.00  (Annually)
  • Promotion Potential: 12
  • Is position covered by PL 101-630:  YES--Print off and return Childcare Addendum for this position see under "How-to-Apply".
  • Housing Available: NO
  • Tour of Duty:  Call Back, Standby, Rotating Shifts, Nights/Weekends/Holidays, 40 Hours Per Week (Possible overtime may be required).
  • Drug Testing Required: NO

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MAJOR DUTIES: This position is located in one of the IHS Service Units in Aberdeen Area. The purpose of this position is to plan and provide women;s health care with emphasis on the reproductive cycle including management of intrapartum period for normal and high risk mothers; provide health care for newborns; educate, counsel, and advise patients on all aspects of the reproductive cycle and related psychosocial issues; educate, counsel, and advise other health care professionals; and participate in research, IHS goal development, and nursing/medical standards and protocol developments.

Provides medical and nursing care for mothers and babies from the highest risk segment of the maternal-child population in the U.S. Works collaboratively with the physician in medically complicated situations.

Provides primary health maintenance functions (such as pap smears, family planning, health teaching, etc.) for essentially well women throughout the reproductive cycle within the framework of established clinical practice agreements.

 Utilizing the nursing process, manages antepartum, labor and delivery and postpartum care and provides teaching, counseling and support to obstetrical clients in accordance with established clinical practice agreements and in close collaboration with senior midwife or physician.

Manages ante-partum, labor, and delivery, newborn, and neonatal care, provides teaching, counseling and support.

Works collaboratively with the physicain in management of selected complex medical problems in pregnancy, using consultation and referral as appropriated.

 Provides leadership in comprehensive nursing, preventative, and therapeutic health care service to patients and family members, in a variety of settings from community based primary care facilities to medically directed health service.

Serves in a teaching capacity in the development of other health care workers.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel may be required for training purposes and/or other work related duties.

Relocation Authorized

  • No