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 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  


  • 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.
  • Travel Required

    • Not Required

    Relocation Authorized

    • No