1. Overview
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  3. Qualifications & Evaluations
  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Nurse Midwife (DHA)

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:Indian Health Service

Job Announcement Number:IHS-14-GA-1027782-DHA

SALARY RANGE:

$55,969.00 to $97,399.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, January 16, 2014 to Wednesday, December 31, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0610-09/12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Gallup, NM View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Q - Nonsensitive

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

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-14-GA-10277780-ESEP/MP for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered

 

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Indian Health Service (IHS), Division of Clinical Service, Obstetrical and Gynecology Branch, Gallup, NM  

 

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • 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 have a current, valid, active and unrestricted Nurse Midwife license.

DUTIES:

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  • Manages the care of normal antepartum women including teaching, counseling and support.
  • Takes health history, and performs and records the obstetrical physical evaluation.
  • Evaluates and reviews findings with the physician and expectant mother.
  • Manages labor, including teaching and support.
  • Performs the following procedures:  starts intravenous infusions; administers analgesia according to standing orders; performs local anesthesia; manages and controls normal spontaneous deliveries but does not perform forcep deliveries; records the labor and delivery.
  • Performs and records physical evaluation of newborns.
  • Manages care of normal newborn including nutrition, elimination and activity.
  • Performs pelvic examinations and pap smears.
  • Advanced Nurse Midwives are responsible for handling high risk/problem cases on a co-management basis with the physician/obstetrician.  High-risk cases involve diabetes, pre-eclampsia, hypertention, anemia, infection, cardiac problems, arrested progress of labor, hemorrhaging and shock, resuscitation of newborn infants, including intubation, administering oxygen, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), etc.

  • QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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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.

     

    Basic Requirements:

    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.

    NOTE: Candidates can apply within six (6) months of meeting the education and/or licensure requirements. However, evidence of meeting the requirements must be provided and verified prior to entrance on duty.

    In Addition to Meeting the Basic Requirements:

    GS-09: Applicants must have had 52 weeks of professional nursing experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 level OR 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education or a master's or equivalent degree.

    GS-11: Applicants must have 52 weeks of professional nursing experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 level OR completion of all requirements for a doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education.

    GS-12: Applicants must have 52 weeks of professional nursing experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level.
    Evaluation of Education:
    Graduate-level education must have been in nursing with a concentration in a field of nursing (e.g., teaching, a clinical specialty, research, administration, etc.) or in a closely related non-nursing field directly applicable to the requirements of the position to be filled.  Applicants for nurse midwife positions must have completed an organized program of study and clinical experience recognized by the American College of Nurse Midwives.
    Evaluation of Experience:
    Experience must have equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. At GS-9 and above, many positions require experience in a specialty area of nursing.
    Professional Nurse Experience:
    Work experience reflecting independently providing comprehensive nursing care related to maternal-child health care. Work experience in providing medical and nursing care of patients in the antepartum period and during labor and delivery. 


    Selective Factor:  In addition to the qualification requirements, to be rated basically qualified for the position, applicants must demonstrate possession of the following.
    Verification of 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.

    Public Health Service (PHS) Licensure Policy: Each PHS Nurse must possess and maintain a valid, active, current licensure/registration as a professional nurse.

    HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

    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 in patient care
    • Education and Training
    • Interpersonal Skills including oral communication
    • Planning and Evaluating

     

    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:

     


    BENEFITS:

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    OTHER INFORMATION:

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

    This position is covered by a Bargaining Unit.

    Recruitment incentive (may or may not) be authorized.

    CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

    • 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.
    • Immunization Record: Measles and Rubella immunization required for selectees born after 1957. 
       
    • IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free



    HOW TO APPLY:

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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 http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf  using the following 1027782. 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 http://www.opm.gov./Forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf
    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 (Helen Laughing, (505)726-8698, and/or HELEN.LAUGHING@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: http://www.ihs.gov/jobs/index.cfm?module=search&option=faq 



    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

    Required Documentation for Eligibility and Preference:

    • Resume:  You are highly encouraged to use USAJOBS Resume Builder.
    • 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: http://www.bia.gov/cs/groups/xbie/documents/text/idc015515.pdf
    • Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) – If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP, follow the instructions below: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ctap_guideline.pdf.
    • Childcare Addendum form must be included for this position and is available for downloading at: http://www.ihs.gov/NonMedicalPrograms/DHR/Documents/ChildcareAddendumOMBApprovedForm.doc
    • Qualifications: Copy of valid license as required by PHS Licensure Policy.
    • Transcripts: Transcripts must be provided if substituting education for experience and/or if education is required for this position.  Unofficial transcripts are acceptable but official transcripts will be required before entrance on duty.
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    AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

    Helen Laughing
    Phone: (505)726-8698
    TDD: 3014436394
    Email: HELEN.LAUGHING@IHS.GOV
    Agency Information:
    Indian Health Service HR Center
    1808 W Aztec Avenue
    Gallup, NM
    87301

    WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

    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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    Job Announcement Number:

    IHS-14-GA-1027782-DHA

    Control Number:

    359472500