Indian Health Service Community Health Nurse (SI5304) (SI5306) in Sisseton, South Dakota

Indian Health Service
2 vacancies in the following location:
  • Sisseton, SD
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Wednesday 7/6/2016 (108 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 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 at the Sisseton Indian Health Service in the Great Plains Area. The purpose of this position is to provide comprehensive nursing services to individuals, families and communities within a designated geographical area. Services are provided to all age groups with a focus on health promotion and disease prevention. The health program is carried out in home, office, clinic, schools and community.

This position is being announced concurrently under Excepted Service Examining Plan/Merit Promotion Plan (ESEP/MPP) procedures. Please review vacancy announcement number ++IHS-R3-GP-1662533-ESEP/MP++; for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered

DIRECT HIRE AUTHORITY JOB OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT: These positions are eligible to be filled through Office of Personnel Management's delegated Direct Hire Authority [DHS]. The Direct Hire Authority has been authorized by the Homeland Security Act of 2002 and part 337, Subpart B, Title 5 of the Code of Federal Regulations [5 CFR]. If filled utilizing DHA, the following is applicable: all applicants who meet the basic requirements will be forwarded to the Selecting Official for consideration. The "rule of three," Veteran's preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants do not apply to the Direct Hire Process. Indian Preference does apply.

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


Applications will be reviewed starting on July 19, 2016 and every 10 business days thereafter until filled.


Major Duties:

  • Assess, plans, implements, and evaluates the health needs of patient while providing nursing care to individuals and families with focus on the prevention of disease and the promotion of health.
  • Functions as a nurse educator by promoting self – care management of health needs.
  • Case manages patients with skill in order to provide continuity of care.
  • Assists in disease prevention activities such as contact investigation, mass community screening, and immunization outreach clinics.
  • Administers prescribed oral, subcutaneous, intramuscular and intradermal medications following policy and procedures.
Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required for training and/or other work related duties.
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 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.

BASIC REQUIREMENT(S): Education: Applicants for Community Health Nurse positions at GS-5 and above must have graduated from a baccalaureate or higher degree nursing program.

AND Registration: 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 the United States. An applicant who has graduated from an approved nursing educational program within the past 12 months may be appointed pending State registration as a professional nurse within 6 months of appointment. No person appointed pending registration may be retained beyond 6 months, or promoted, if registration has not been attained.


GS-09: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 grade level; OR, Two (2) full years of progressively higher level graduate education; OR, A master's or equivalent degree. GS-11: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 grade level; OR, Completion of all requirements for a doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent); OR, Three (3) full years of progressively higher level graduate education.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Experience must have equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. At GS-09 and above, many positions require experience in a specialty area of nursing.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE GS-09 LEVEL (With modest supervision): This is position is a Community Health Nurse position and you must have specialized experience with CHN duties and experience to qualify for this position. Experience in providing health promotion and disease prevention to all age groups within a community. Experience Utilizing nursing processes in order to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate health needs in providing nursing care to individuals and families including interventions designed to prevent complications and minimize disabilities in the field of Community Health. Experience in or Experience in assisting in planning and evaluating the community health nursing program. Experience in carrying out Quality Assurance program and Service Unit goals. Experience in providing nursing care in the Community Health field to individuals eligible for services provided by the I.H.S. in homes, schools, clinics, job sites, and other community locations within the Service Unit. Experience recording and documenting according to established standards and procedures. Experience performing a full range of routine community health nursing care in a community.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE GS-11 LEVEL: Same as GS-09 grade level but with little or no supervision.

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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Selectee(s) are required to have a viable bank account at a financial institution for electronic direct deposit of salary payment.

IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free

Salary Range: $57,093.00 to $84,624.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0610-09/11

Promotion Potential: 11

Supervisory Status: No


Control Number: 443796800

Job Announcement Number: IHS-16-GP-1742730-DHA