Indian Health Service COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSE (ESEP/MP) in Red Mesa, Arizona

Indian Health Service
Few vacancies in the following locations:
  • Red Mesa, AZ
  • Bloomfield, NM
  • Shiprock, NM
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Wednesday 1/27/2016 (269 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (70 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Become a part of an innovative, dynamic, nationwide organization of dedicated health care providers working to meet the individual health care needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Indian Health Service (IHS) employees are considerate in our care, creative in our approach, enthusiastic about our work and compassionate with our patients.

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.

The Community Health Nurse position is located at Four Corners Regional Health Center, Red Mesa, Arizona; Dzilth-Na-O-Dith-Hle Health Center, Bloomfield, New Mexico and Northern Navajo Medical Center, Shiprock, New Mexico. The Community Health Nurse plans, coordinates and evaluates a comprehensive community health nursing program and assists the community in planning and evaluating a local health care delivery system. This position reports to the Supervisory Community Health 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.

This position is being announced concurrently under Direct Hire procedures. Please review vacancy announcement number* IHS-16-NN-1601689-DH* for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

  • Conduct epidemiological and community surveys, field investigations and research studies to appraise health needs.
  • Assess and diagnose needs and set up a plan of action; participate with the interdisciplinary team; work with Tribal, State and County agencies in planning health related activities.
  • Plan and provide a comprehensive nursing service to individuals, families and communities; provide skilled nursing services to individuals and families in homes, schools and/or outreach clinics.
  • Provide patient teaching and assist them in understanding, accepting and adjusting to the implications and responsibilities of medical care, diagnosis and treatment.
Travel Required
  • 50% or Greater
  • Travel is required to make home visits.
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
  • Selectee will be subject to a pre-employment fingerprint check.
  • Selectee will be subject to a background investigation.
  • Selectee will be subject to a probationary/trial period.
  • ESEP appointees typically serve two year trial period.
  • More than one selection may be made from this announcement.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

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): Education: *A minimum of a baccalaureate or higher degree in nursing from a professional nursing program approved by the legally designated State accrediting agency at the time the program was completed.

Registration: Applicants must have an 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.

Minimum Qualifications: In addition to the above you must meet the following minimum qualifications for the grade level you wish to be considered for:

GS-07: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level.

GS-09: Two (2) full years of progressively higher level graduate education OR a master's degree or equivalent degree OR One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level.

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

Graduate education must have been in nursing with a concentration in a field of nursing (e.g., teaching, a clinical specialty, research, administration, etc.) or in a closely related non-nursing field directly applicable to the requirements of the position to be filled.

Specialized Experience: Experience must have equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and ability to perform successfully the duties of the position and that is typically in or related to the work of the position. For example, experience as a community health nurse who provides primary health care and generalized public health nursing services in a clinic, home, hospital, school and/or assists the community in planning and evaluating a local health care delivery system.

The selected individual is required to maintain nursing licensure requirements. If nursing licensure is not maintained during employment, the employee will be subject to adverse actions, up to and including removal from Federal service.

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 p.m. (Eastern Time) of the closing date: Saturday, December 31, 2016

Security Clearance

Q - Sensitive

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

You can track the progress of your application package via your USAJOBS account. You will receive an acknowledgement from USAJOBS that your submission was successful once we have received your on-line occupational questionnaire, resume, and any supporting documentation. You will be notified of the status of your application via your USAJOBS Account after we conduct a qualification review of your complete application package. You will be contacted if further evaluation or interviews are required. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempt to conceal information may disqualify you for employment consideration. We may verify all information you provide in your resume and questionnaire responses, through reference and/or background check, and/or verification of your education. If you are selected, you will be contacted personally by the Human Resources (HR) office posting this announcement.

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

This position meets the criteria specified in pillar number one of the five pillars of the PHS Commissioned Corps. PHS Commissioned Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps must apply online under the merit promotion announcement indicated above in order to receive consideration. For more information on PHS Commissioned Corps, visit the website at:

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.

This position is covered by a Bargaining Unit.

Recruitment Incentive may be authorized.

Relocation Incentive may be authorized.

Appointment Above the Minimum may be authorized.

Government housing may be available.

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:

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For HRSA Nurse Corps:

Promotion Potential: This position has promotion potential to the GS-11 grade level. Promotion to the next grade level is at management's discretion and is based on your demonstrated ability to perform the higher level duties, the continuing need for the higher level duties, and "Regulatory/Administrative" approval. Promotion to the next higher grade level is not guaranteed and no promise of promotion is implied.


Security Clearance: 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.

Measles and Rubella immunizations are 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.

This position is covered under the Indian Child Protection Act and is hereby designated an authorized Child Care position subject to P.L. 101-630 and P.L. 101-647.

IHS - Operated Properties Are Tobacco-Free

Salary Range: $52,514.00 to $84,624.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0610-07/11

Promotion Potential: 11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Candidates eligible under Indian Preference authority; Federal employees serving on career/career-conditional appointments; reinstatement eligibles; applicants eligible for non-competitive appointment; VEOA/VRA/30% disabled veterans; CTAP/ICAP; Schedule A eligibles; PHS Commissioned Corps Personnel.

Control Number: 427850600

Job Announcement Number: IHS-16-NN-1601685-ESEP/MP