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 located in the Indian Health Service (IHS), Office of Clinical and Preventive Services (OCPS), Division of Nursing Services.  The Division of Nursing Services (DNS) provides leadership, professional and technical expertise, evaluation, workforce development, nursing recruitment, scholarship support services, and budget oversight for Nursing Services, Women’s Health, Public Health Nursing, Community Health Representative Programs, and other national nursing initiatives.

The incumbent of this position reports to the Director, DNS within OCPS.

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·        Serves as a senior nurse consultant and advisor with responsibility for the leadership, development, implementation, evaluation, and advocacy of national patient safety initiatives.  Oversees IHS efforts in a variety of quality and performance improvement activities with a focus on patient safety, including the direct administration of the Webcident system, disclosure of unanticipated outcomes of care, treatment, and services to patients, Just Culture,  and other Indian, Tribal, and Urban (I/T/U) Safety Programs. Prepares budget, spending plans, budget justifications, funding opportunity announcements, contracts, scopes of work, and other finance-related documents for safety programs and projects. 

·        Provides collaboration and support for the Partnership for Patients (PFP), Safe Patient Handling, and other safety programs across the I/T/U System through the establishment and maintenance of communication networks with critical partners and stakeholders in patient safety, including the Hospital consortium, Improving Patient Care, PFP/Hospital Engagement Networks, Tribes, and others. Applies knowledge of the I/T/U system to represents the Agency on national work groups and committees. 

·        Develops policies and procedures; reviews patient safety regulations; researches trends and develops innovative approaches to improve patient safety.  Collects and analyzes patient safety data; develops patient safety measures; and prepares and presents patient safety evaluations and reports. Prepares and presents briefing materials, reports and related materials for senior leadership, tribal leaders, members of Congress, and others. 

·        Conducts, coordinates, and provides training, professional consultation, and technical assistance on the safety aspects of Indian, Tribal, and Urban Health Care Systems for management and the staff.  Serves as subject matter expert on safety issues for the Agency including the provision of continuing education for health professionals.  Monitors safety trends, research, and applies improvement principles to all aspects of safety quality improvement efforts.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No