Indian Health Service Nurse Specialist (ICU Clinical Coach) GS-11 DHA in Phoenix, Arizona

Indian Health Service
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Phoenix, AZ
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Thursday 9/29/2016 (21 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 10/20/2016 (0 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 vacancy is being filled through the Office of Personnel Management's delegated Direct Hire Authority. The following is applicable: all applicants who meet the basic qualification requirements will be made available to the Selecting Official for consideration. Hiring preference will be given to qualified Native American and Alaska Native applicants, but Veterans' preference and traditional rating and ranking of applications do not apply to these vacancies.

**This position is being re-advertised to solicit additional applications. Applicants who applied previously need not reapply unless submitting updated and/or missing information.


Position Details: One (1) permanent full-time, Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Department located at the Phoenix Indian Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona. Reports to the Supervisory Clinical Nurse.

Salary range: GS-11, $69,081 - $84,624 (annually) Is position covered by PL 101-630? Yes, (see item #2 in the Required Documents Tab)

Position assumes 50% clinical nursing functions, 40% clinical coach responsibilities and 10% supervisory/management functions in the Intensive Care unit (ICU).



Functions independently to utilize professional nursing principles and procedures and extensive clinical experience serving as a clinical coach preceptor ensures adequate preparation to function independently and to facilitate their transition to Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Responsible for directing, coordinating, providing leadership and evaluating the provision of nursing care within a professional practice model specializing in ICU.

Maintains professional knowledge and competency in nursing and models the agency philosophy of customer service, medical home, and family centered care during performance of nursing functions .

Assesses learning and training needs of multi-level nursing staff for ICU, utilizing variety of survey tools and studies from which recommendations for in-service education, specialized training, individualized training, and new and improved training programs can be implemented.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
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
  • Must provide copy of Unrestricted Nurse License
  • Must meet the Selective Placement Factor

To qualify for this position, your resume must reflect sufficient experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the position for which you are applying. Your resume is key in evaluating your experience, as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your work experience.


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.

Licensure: All 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 United States.

For GS-11: Completion of all requirements for a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) OR 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education OR 1 year of experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 level.

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


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:

Example of specialized experience: serves as a clinical coach preceptor ensurs nursing staff new to the specialty receive adequate prepration to fucntion independently and facilitate their transition to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Management of clinical nursing personnel and the management of resources of nursing services to implement patient care concepts. Analyzing and reviewing patient flow. Evaluates and implements recommendations with the nursing leaders and other hospital leaders. Conducting studies of various medical services to ensure conformity to National Standards of Care.

SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: Must provide copy of certification in and competency in the critical care area and requires the Acute/Critical Care Nursing certification (CCRN).

You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Thursday, October 20, 2016

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

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

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.

This position is covered by a Bargaining Unit.

Recruitment incentive (may or may not) be authorized.


Works on a regularly assigned or rotational basis to provide continuity of services during days, nights, weekends, and holidays. Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) immunization required for selectees born after 1957. Must submit copy of updated immunization records on date of hire.

Selectees are required to have a viable bank account at a financial institution for electronic direct deposit of salary payment This position is covered under the Indian Child Protection Act and is hereby designated an authorized position subject to P.L. 101-630 and P.L. 101-647.

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: $69,081.00 to $84,624.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0610-11/11

Promotion Potential: 11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: All groups of qualified individuals

Control Number: 452119800

Job Announcement Number: IHS-R4-PI-1594823-DHA