Indian Health Service Clinical Nurse (Emergency Room), DHA OC in Crownpoint, New Mexico

Indian Health Service
4 vacancies in the following location:
  • Crownpoint, NM
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Tuesday 1/19/2016 (280 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (67 day(s) away)

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-16-CR-1601377-ESEP/MP VA number; for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

This position is located in the Emergency Room Nursing at the Crownpoint Healthcare Facility, Crownpoint, New Mexico. This position will be reporting to the Supervisory Clinical Nurse with the Emergency Room Nursing Department.


Direct Patient Care, assess all patients presenting for emergency care and triages based on history, physical assessments and chief compliant.

  • Initiates treatments, medications, emergency and resuscitative measures based on appropriate utilization of standing orders.
  • Administers therapeutic measrues as prescribed by the physician such as medication, treatments, intravenous fluids, blood transfusions, nasogatric tubes and other diagnostic interventions.
  • Observes, assesses and stabilizes critically ill pediatric, adult and geriatric patient's health status by physical assessment and examination, interviewing patient and family members and reviewing patient's health history on-going hemodynamic monitoring.
  • Operates and monitors specialized equipment such as cardiac monitors, volume respirators, EKG machines, gastric and thoracic suction, cardiac pace makers, hypothermic devices, peritoneal lavage, defibrillator, etc.
  • Collaborates in developing and evaluating Standards of Care for the emergency room patient.
  • Functions as the principal care provider while patients are in transport mode by air or ambulance to other facilities for admission or special diagnostic test and procedures.
  • Maintains Emergency Nursing skills by education pursuit and exchange of ideas with peers.
Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • To surrounding hospitals for transports, service units, area office for meetings and trainings.
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses are authorized and will be paid. You will be required to sign a one year service agreement. Failure to fulfill the one year service agreement may result in repayment of relocation expenses.
Job Requirements
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
  • Licensure Requirement

To qualify for this position, your resume must state sufficient experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are applying. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer and part time experience. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

For positions requiring positive education requirements, or if you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements, you MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or an itemized list of college courses which includes equivalent information from the transcript (course title, semester/quarter hours, and grade/degree earned) in your resume.


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. Must submit copy of transcript. Applications will be considered incomplete without proof. AND Registration: Applicants must have active, current registration/license as a professional nurse in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States. Must submit copy of valid, unrestricted license. Applications will be considered incomplete without proof. Additional Experience: In addition to the basic requirements, the following amount of nursing experience is required: GS-09: Two full years of progressively higher level graduate education OR a master's degree OR One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 level. Specialized Experience GS-09: is defined as assessing and caring for the nursing needs of Emergency Room patients and other types of patients as assigned. Developing plans of care to meet the needs of assigned patients. Recognizing adverse signs and symptoms and reacting swiftly in emergency situations. Basic knowledge of triaging patients. Planning with minimal assistance in scheduling and providing comprehensive nursing care in the Emergency Room Department. GS-10: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 level. Specialized Experience GS-10: is defined as performing nursing duties in the care of medical, surgical, and obstetrical patients presented in the emergency room providing nursing care, triaging patients, recognizing and intervening in acute life-threatening situations, cardiac and respiratory failure management; and interpreting data about the patient's status in order to identify the patient care needed. Independently plans, schedules and provides comprehensive nursing care in the Emergency Room Department. EVALUATION OF EXPERIENCE: Experience must have equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:Your resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector performing the following types of tasks: For example, specialized experience in providing complete assessments of patients with a variety of trauma and emergency conditions; triages as to the nature of problems and begins care; administers medications, operates specialized equipment and responds appropriately in emergency situations.

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

You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Saturday, December 31, 2016

Security Clearance

Q - Sensitive

Additional Information
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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Additional selection(s) of candidates may be possible within 90 days from the date the certificate of eligibles was issued for this announcement.

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

Promotion Potential to a GS-10, if selected at the GS-09.

Recruitment or Relocation may be authorized. One year service agreement will be required.

Loan Repayment Program (LRP): The Indian Health Service (IHS), National Health Service Corps (NHSC), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) have student loan repayment programs for qualifying health disciplines. This is a competitive process separate from the hiring process. Opportunities for LRP are based on agency hiring priorities and availability of funds. For additional information please visit: For IHS - NHSC - For HRSA Nurse Corps -

Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. IHS may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their directly related previous non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which annual leave is earned.


  • Measles and Rubella immunization required for selectees born after 1957. Seasonal influenza immunization is required for civilian health care facility staff working in Indian Health Service health care facilities.
  • The incumbent works in a regularly assigned rotational or call back basis to provide continuity or patient care during evening, nights, holidays, and weekends.
  • 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.

IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free

Salary Range: $57,093.00 to $73,882.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0610-09/10

Promotion Potential: 10

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 426947200

Job Announcement Number: IHS-16-CR-1590365-DHA OC