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-1032143; for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered or Direct Hire.
The incumbent provides full spectrum midwifery services to outpatient and inpatients. Manages the care of women during the prenatal, intra-partum, and post-partum period. Provides family planning, gynecological care, counseling, health education and preventive services. Reports to the Supervisory Nurse Midwife.
- Performs complete history and physical examination; prescribes medicines appropriately, when indicated utilizes internal and external fetal monitoring, intrauterine pressure catheters, performs ultrasonography, assists during cesarean sections, interprets and documents lab and testing results.
- Independently manages normal spontaneous labor and vaginal delivery, supporting laboring woman, provides intravenous analgesia as indicated or consults with anesthesia.
- Performs episiotomy as needed and repair as needed.
- Collaborates in the care of newborns as needed including resuscitation of infants according to guidelines for neonatal advanced life-support.
- Recognizes and promptly responds to obstetric complications and emergency, provides initial urgent management.
- Appropriately consults, collaborates or refers to a physician during emergencies, regarding care of high risk patients and in any situation beyond midwifery scope of practice.
- Teaches and informs patients and family members to promote knowledgeable participating in their own care.
- Participles in quality assurance activities.