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Job Title:  Clinical Nurse
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  Indian Health Service
Job Announcement Number:  IHS-14-BI-1041235-DH

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$42,913.00 to $68,560.00 / Per Year
Thursday, January 30, 2014 to Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Full Time - Multiple Appointment Types
Few vacancies in the following location(s):
Crow Agency, MT View Map
Harlem, MT View Map
Hays, MT View Map
Lame Deer, MT View Map
Poplar, MT View Map
More Locations  (3)
United States Citizens


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-BI-1040543-ESEP/MP++; for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered


10/08/2014 - Job Opportunity Announcement amended to include: Harlem and Hays, Montana as potential duty locations.

10/29/2014 - Job Opportunity Announcement amended to include: Crow Agency, Montana as potential duty locations.


Your application will expire in 3 months and you will need to reapply to keep your application active.

This is an open continuous vacancy announcement and applications will be referred when vacancies occur. This Announcement is intended as a mechanism of providing consideration for the greatest number of potential candidates. Candidates with a complete application will be considered for all vacancies that occur for a 3-month period or the closing date of this announcement, whichever comes first. You will be considered for those vacancies that match your desired geographic locations, skills and or job preferences. Positions may be filled at ANY of the grade levels indicated in this announcement, with or without promotion potential as vacancies occur. Applicants should specify the lowest grade (GS-level) that they will accept.


  • Occasional Travel
  • May or may not be required


  • No


  • 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


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·         Performs professional nursing duties for the care of ambulatory care outpatients, emergency cases and specialty clinics.

·         Reviews and interprets findings to distinguish between normal and abnormal conditions.

·         When assigned as team leader, provides guidance, direction and training to ancillary nursing and other personnel.

·         Participates in the development, implementation and evaluation of standards of care, Quality Assurance and Infection Control activities.


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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. (One year of nursing experience as a military corpsman that has been accepted by a State licensing body may be accepted in lieu of education at the GS-4 level.)

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. An applicant who has graduated from an approved nursing educational program within the past 12 months may be appointed pending State registration as a professional nurse within 6 months of appointment. No person appointed pending registration may be retained beyond 6 months, or promoted, if registration has not been attained.


The following shows the amounts of education and/or experience required to qualify for positions covered by this standard.

GS-4: Completion of a program of less than 30 months' duration or associate degree OR 1 year of nursing experience as a military corpsman.

GS-5: Completion of a program of less than 30 months' duration or associate degree OR Completion of a program of at least 30 months' duration or 4 academic years above high school or bachelor's degree OR 1 year of professional nursing, or of at least GS-4 level practical nurse or nursing assistant experience under the supervision of a professional nurse.

Specialized Experience: For GS-5 level, you must have one year of experience (equivalent to the GS-4) that included duties such as:

- Receives orientation and guidance on nursing policies, regulations, techniques and procedures and general functions of the unit to which assigned.

- Provides limited nursing care for patients.

- Administers drugs prescribed for patients.

- Obtains blood specimens.

- Measures temperature, pulse, respiration, height, weight and blood pressure and tests vision and hearing.

GS-7: Completion of a professional nursing program OR 1 full year of graduate education or bachelor's degree with superior academic achievement OR 1 year of experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 level.

Specialized Experience: For GS-7 level, you must have one year of experience (equivalent to at least the GS-5) that included duties such as:

- Receives orientation and guidance on nursing policies, and regulations, and general functions of the unit to which assigned.

- Plans and provides nursing care for individual patients.

- Performs venipuncture for the purpose of obtaining blood specimens.

- Records case histories; measures temperature, pulse, respiration, height, weight and blood pressure; tests vision and hearing.

GS-9: 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education or a master's or Equivalent degree OR 1 year of experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 level.

Specialized Experience: For GS-9 level, you must have one year of experience (equivalent to at least the GS-7) that included duties such as:

- Observes patient's conditions, assesses nursing needs, and provides required nursing care.

- Provide nursing care for ante partum, intra partum, postpartum, and newborn care.

- Administers prescribed oral medications, hypodermic injections and intravenous feeding.

- Observes and records temperature, pulse, blood pressure, respiration data and effects of medication.

- Prepares patients for tests, examinations and treatment.

- Prepares and reviews records, laboratory sheets, etc.

- Directs the work of aides, assistants, LPN's and trainee nurses.


Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for all grade levels and positions for which both education and experience are acceptable.


Time-In-Grade Requirements: Merit Promotion (status) candidates must have completed one year of service at the next lower grade level. Time-In-Grade provisions do not apply under the Excepted Service Examining Plan (ESEP).

You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Wednesday, December 31, 2014


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:

·         Healthcare Management

·         Interpersonal Skills

·         Decision Making

·         Stress Tolerance

·         Learning

·         Planning & Evaluation


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:

Click here to view vacancy questions: View Assessment Questions. All documents above MUST be received by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date of, Wednesday, December 31, 2014, to be considered.


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


Position covered under P.L. 101-630


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.


Selectee will be required to be immunized against Measles and Rubella and provide documentation prior to or at the time of their start date. Special consideration may be allowed to individuals who are allergic to a component of the vaccine or are currently pregnant. Selectee must have documented immunity to Rubella and Measles.


Males over the age of 18, and born after December 31, 1959, are required to be registered with the Selective Service System (or have an exemption) in order to be eligible for employment with the Federal Government.


Selectee(s) are required to have a viable bank account at a financial institution for electronic direct deposit of salary payment.


All information provided by the candidate will be verified, reference checks will be conducted from current and past supervisors on the tentative selectee.


The law prohibits public officials from appointing, promoting, or recommending their relatives.

Federal annuitants (military and civilian) may have their salaries reduced. All employees must pay any valid delinquent debt or the agency may garnish their salary.

IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free


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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  using the following 1041235. 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
  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 (Shelly Macdonald, (406)247-7196, and/or SHELLY.MACDONALD@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: 


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:
  • Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) or other Veterans preference (VRA and 30% or more disabled) - include a copy of your DD-214, if you're claiming Vet preference. For more information please see link at:
  • Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) – If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP, follow the instructions below:
  • Current or former Federal employee: Include your most recent SF50.
  • Childcare Addendum form must be included for this position and is available for downloading at:
  • Qualifications: Copy of current professional licensure required during the hiring process. The selected individual is required to obtain and maintain medical staff clinical privileges, including any licensure requirements. If privileges are not obtained or maintained during employment, the employee will be subject to adverse actions, up to and including removal from Federal service.
  • 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.


    Your application package MUST be complete by 11:59  pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Wednesday, December 31, 2014, the closing of this announcement.


Shelly Macdonald
Phone: (406)247-7196
TDD: 3014436394
Agency Information:
Indian Health Service HR Center


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 ~ ~ ~

Additional Duty Location Info

Few vacancies in the following locations:
Crow Agency, MT View Map
Harlem, MT View Map
Hays, MT View Map
Lame Deer, MT View Map
Poplar, MT View Map
Wolf Point, MT View Map
Arapahoe, WY View Map
Fort Washakie, WY View Map

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