Indian Health Service Practical Nurse (Psychiatric) in Hemet, California

Indian Health Service
6 vacancies in the following location:
  • Hemet, CA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Thursday 10/6/2016 (14 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (71 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.

This is an Open Continuous Announcement. The first Cut-off date for referral of qualified candidate(s) to be considered for available vacant positions will be 10/20/16. Thereafter, Cut-off dates will be established based on the date requests for List of Eligibles.

This amends the job announcement to included: All employees, who work in an IHS health care facility, must receive a seasonal influenza vaccination or have on file a valid medical exemption for vaccination signed by a licensed independent practitioner.

Our lifestyle is adventurous, community oriented and focused on service and problem solving as part of a professional interdisciplinary team. Join us in improving the health outcomes of 2.2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Position is located in a Youth Regional Treatment Center (YRTC) in Hemet, CA. The YRTC has a capacity of 32 beds, 3 transitional rooms and 5 family suites. It delivers residential treatment services in an integrated, multi-disciplinary manner, including 12-step and American Indian spirituality based practices, to adolescents who are affected by substance abuse, and in most cases, co-occurring mental conditions. The purpose of the position is to supervise and deliver quality nursing care to youth ages 12 to 17 years of age with substance use/chemical dependency/co-occurring problems. Serves actively and constructively as a member of the multi-disciplinary treatment team, supports the organization and program philosophy of care; ensures the safety and well-being of each resident. Incumbent works in coordination with other professional staff in the treatment and management of facility residents to ensure a safe, structured, and therapeutic residential treatment environment. Incumbent reports to the Supervisory Psychiatric Nurse.

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.

  • Responsible for patients from admission to discharge and has considerable knowledge, experience and skill for concentrated effort and self-motivation to carry out patient care assignments.
  • Observe patients' changing conditions and participates in updating patient care plans throughout the shift consistent with recognized nursing standards and in accordance with appropriate nursing care and prescribed medical treatment.
  • Assess and treats minor health problems such as colds, impetigo, cuts and bruises.
  • Prepare and administers prescribed medications orally and intramuscularly; glucose monitoring and diabetes medication management per physician's orders.
  • Take vital signs, takes specimens, and supports the doctor in diagnostic procedures applicable to the residential treatment center milieu.
  • Participate with the multi-disciplinary team in the development, implementation and evaluation of the patient's treatment plan in the residential treatment program.
  • Participate in the admission of patients by collecting patient information, orienting patients to the facility, and checking them for contraband.
Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • approximately 1 - 3 days per month if necessary
Relocation Authorized
  • No
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

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.

BASIC REQUIREMENT(S): Licensure: Candidates must be currently licensed to practice as practical or vocational nurses in a State or territory of the United States or the District of Columbia or must have applied for a license to practice.

In addition, to the Basic Requirements, you must also meet the Minimum Qualifications stated below-

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Your resume must demonstrate at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 grade level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector performing the following type of work and/or qualifying experience includes nursing care work in a hospital, outpatient clinic, nursing home, or other supervised medical, nursing, or patient care facility that provided a practical knowledge of human body structure and sterile techniques and procedures, performing such duties as:

  • Experience in understanding of/and systematic review and analysis of the patient's medical/nursing history and patient care plan so that nursing care is tailored to the patient's needs;
  • recognizing and responding to deviations from normal conditions so that care may be given immediately;
  • knowledgeable in wide variety of interrelated or non-standard assignments requiring licensure as a practical or vocational nurse and broad work experience that demonstrated skill sufficient to resolve a range of problems with responsibility for carrying assignments to completion; and
  • knowledgeable in, and skill sufficient to understand, nursing principles, practices and procedures; patient disease entities; patient care plans; medical equipment; medical materials and supplies for the purpose of carrying out the nursing care for a selected patient load of patients.
  • Providing pre- and post-operative patient care.
  • Observing, recording, and reporting changes in behavior of mentally ill patients.
  • Providing reassurance and encouragement to mentally ill patients.
  • Assisting surgeons and registered nurses in operating room activities, including passing instruments, maintaining sterile conditions, and draping and positioning patients.
  • Setting up and operating special medical equipment and apparatus.

You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Friday, December 30, 2016

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

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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Other Information

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 employee 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.

One-year probationary period may be required.

At management's discretion, Incentive and/or IHS Loan Repayment may be offered.

This position may require a Drug Test.

Driver's License is required.


The position requires specific work hours.

Position maybe subjected to be On-call for afterhours or weekends.

This is a designated position covered by Public Law 101-630, requiring contact or control over Indian children. Upon tentative selection, selectee will be requested to complete, sign, and submit the Addendum to OF-306, Child Care & Indian Child Care Worker Position form. Due to this requirement, the agency must ensure that persons hired for these positions have not been found guilty of or pleaded nolo contendere or guilty to certain crimes.

Measles and Rubella immunization required for selectees born after 1957.

All employees, who work in an IHS health care facility, must receive a seasonal influenza vaccination or have on file a valid medical exemption for vaccination signed by a licensed independent practitioner.

If you are selected for this vacancy, you must undergo a pre-employment fingerprint check and background investigation. Fingerprint results and background investigation documentation must be cleared prior to hire. You will receive instructions on how to obtain and submit fingerprints and background investigation documentation. 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: $40,215.00 to $52,278.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0620-06/06

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: If you also wish to be considered under Indian Preference procedures; All Federal employees serving on a career or career-conditional appointment; Reinstatement eligible; Applicants eligible under Veterans Preference; Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) eligible; and/or Schedule A, apply to the concurrent Job Announcement IHS-R1-CA-1805665-ESEP/MP.

Control Number: 452821300

Job Announcement Number: IHS-17-CA-1820772-DH