Clinical Nurse (ER)
Department Of Health And Human Services - Lame Deer, MT

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INDIAN HEALTH SERVICE IS CURRENTLY RECRUITING NURSE SPECIALISTS (ER)

Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of Indigenous Americans! At IHS you can make a difference in the lives of Native Americans and Alaska Natives around the Country.

These vacancies are 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.

A severe Government-wide shortage of candidates exists and/or a critical hiring need is present for this occupation as determined by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Therefore, these Federal positions are also being filled through OPM's Government-wide Direct Hire Authority (DHA). This flexible hiring authority has been authorized by the Chief Human Capital Officer Act of 2002 (Title XIII of the Homeland Security Act and codified at 5 U.S.C. § 3304). If utilizing DHA, the following is applicable: a vacancy is established, applicants who are U.S. citizens and meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the Selecting Official for consideration, and the "rule of three", Veteran's preference, & traditional rating/ranking of applicants do not apply to the Direct Hire process (Indian Preference does apply).

INDIAN PREFERENCE POLICY: The Indian Health Service (IHS) is required by law to give absolute preference Indian applicants and employees who are qualified and suitable for Federal employment. Therefore, IHS is committed to affording employment preference to American Indian and Alaska Native candidates 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. In other than above, IHS is also committed to achieving full and equal opportunity without discrimination because of race, religion, color, gender, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, and sexual orientation.

ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION:
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Indian Health Service (IHS), Billings Area, Northern Cheyenne Service Unit, Indian Health Center:

Lame Deer, MT United States 1 vacancy

POSITION DETAILS:
Salary range: $55,413.00 - $71,713.00 ( Annually )

Promotion potential: GS-10

Merit Promotion Position: Yes

Travel Required: Yes, Occasional

Supervisory/Managerial Position: No

Relocation Expenses Paid: Not Paid - Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the employee .

Is drug testing required? No

Is government housing available? Yes (depending on availability)

Is this a bargaining unit position? Yes

Call back overtime, rotating shifts? Yes

WHO MAY APPLY:
Any U.S. Citizen.

***This position is also being announced under Announcement # IHS-13-BI-844544-ESEP/MP for those who want to be considered under Merit Promotion Plan/Excepted Service Examining Plan. If you wish to be considered all hiring plans you must submit an application to both job opportunity announcements.*** KEY REQUIREMENTS

Position subject to background investigation.
As part of the pre-employment process, fingerprint checks are required.
If applicable-Selective Service registration (Males born after 12/31/59)
Must be a US Citizen to apply.
Copy of current license required during the hiring process DUTIES:

Please ensure you answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may impact your rating or result in you losing consideration for the job.

MAJOR DUTIES:
• Develop plans to provide direct care to patients which involves the assessment and evaluation applicable to emergent care as a member of the Emergency Room Care Team.

• Assess patient emergent care needs through analysis of data gained through interviews, review of health record, patients response and consultation with physician and other staff members.

• Plan and implement nursing care plan by providing or directing comprehensive nursing care based on assessment of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs of patient.

• Administer therapeutic measures as prescribed by the physician such as medications, treatments, intravenous fluids, naso-gastic suction, irrigations, etc. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR:
The following Selective Placement factor has been determined to be essential for the position. Candidate must show possession of this factor in order to be minimally qualified:

NURSE: Must possess and maintain a current, active, and unrestricted Nursing license in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS

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. (One year of nursing experience as a military corpsman that has been accepted by a State licensing body may be accepted in lieu of education at the GS-4 level.)

The following shows the amounts of education and/or experience required to qualify for this position:

GS-9 : Two (2) years of progressively higher level graduate education OR one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-7 grade level.

Specialized Experience: For GS-09 level, you must have one year of experience (equivalent to the GS-07) that included duties such as:

  • describe patient's reactions and behavior to physicians and in deciding whether to initiate emergency treatment or summon physician and wait, for example, during reaction to medication.
  • administers medications utilized in the emergency/outpatient setting and observes patients for adverse and expected effects and responds appropriately independently.
  • interprets data obtained from observation, examination, and monitoring.
  • observes patient's conditions, assesses nursing needs, and provides required nursing care.
  • administers prescribed oral medications, hypodermic injections and intravenous feeding.
  • observes and records temperature, pulse, blood pressure, respiration data and effects of medication.
  • prepares patients for tests, examinations and treatment.
  • prepares and reviews records, laboratory sheets, etc.
GS-10 : 2 ½ years of progressively higher level graduate education OR one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-9 grade level.

Specialized Experience: For GS-10 level, you must have one year of experience (equivalent to the GS-09) that included duties such as:

  • perform professional nursing duties in the case of critically ill, severely injured and/or traumatized emergency patients
  • assess and triage patients
  • initiate treatment, medication, emergency and resuscitative measures based on appropriate utilization
  • administer therapeutic measures as prescribed by the physician such as medications, treatments, intravenous fluids, blood transfusions, nasogastric tubes, etc.
  • record observations relevant to the patients care and monitor and assess patients clinical condition and initiate proper intervention and notify physician when appropriate
  • participate in nursing quality assurance activities.
  • administer medications utilized in the emergency/outpatient setting and observe patient for adverse and expected effects and respond appropriately and notify physician when appropriate.
  • interpret data from observation, examination, and monitoring and lab values.
  • operate and monitor specialized equipment such as: cardiac monitor, EKG machines, gastric and thoracic suction, cardiac pace makers, hypothermia devices, peritoneal dialysis, defibrillators, etc.
  • provide supervision and training to the ambulance service and assist with certification requirements.
Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for all grade levels and positions for which both education and experience are acceptable.

Evaluation of Education: At the GS-5 level, successfully completed undergraduate course work in nursing; the behavioral, physical, or biological sciences related to nursing; nutrition; public health; and maternal and child health in excess of that required for completion of an associate degree may be substituted for professional nursing experience at the rate of 1 academic year for 9 months of experience.

Graduate-level 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.

Graduate-level 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.

Evaluation of Experience: Experience must have equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. At GS-9 and above, many positions require experience in a specialty area of nursing.

Indian Preference applicants will be rated in accordance with the Indian Health Service Excepted Service Qualification (Preston) Standards. Time-In-Grade requirements, if applicable, will not apply to Excepted Service Examining Plan applicants.

You must provide the required information during the application process;

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
  • Resume
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • OF-306
  • Other
  • Other Veterans Document
  • SF-50
  • Transcript
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
These vacancies are 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 forwarded to the Selecting Official for consideration. Veterans' preference and traditional rating and ranking of applications do not apply to this vacancy. BENEFITS:

The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at https://my.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits . OTHER INFORMATION:

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
SUITABILITY, CLEARANCE, & REQUIREMENTS:
  • 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). Also, a security questionnaire must be completed before or on the date of hire. 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.
  • Before hiring can be made final, selectee will be required to complete a “Declaration of Federal Employment - Optional Form 306” to determine your suitability for Federal Employment, and to certify the accuracy of all the information in your application. Persons making false statements in any part of the application may not be hired; or fired after employment starts; or may be fined.
  • Before hiring can be made final, selectee will also be required to complete an “Addendum to the Declaration of Federal Employment - Optional Form 306. Under P.L. 101-630 Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act, persons who have been arrested for or charged with a crime involving a child, or violent crime against a person, may not be eligible for employment with IHS.
OTHER:
  • The selected individual is required to obtain and maintain medical staff clinical privileges, including any licensure requirements. If privileges are not obtained or maintained during employment, the employee will be subject to adverse actions, up to and including removal from Federal service.
  • Selectee will be required to be immunized against Measles and Rubella and provide documentation prior to or at the time of their start date. Special consideration may be allowed to individuals who are allergic to a component of the vaccine or are currently pregnant. Selectee must have documented immunity to Rubella and Measles.
  • Males over the age of 18, and born after December 31, 1959, are required to be registered with the Selective Service System (or have an exemption) in order to be eligible for employment with the Federal Government.
  • Selectee(s) are required to have a viable bank account at a financial institution for electronic direct deposit of salary payment.
  • The incumbent may be required to travel and must possess a valid driver’s license.
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
Verification of Indian Preference: Applicants who wish to receive Indian Preference MUST submit the BIA Form 4432, Verification of Indian Preference for Employment in BIA and IHS Only . This certifies the applicant an Indian as defined by the Indian Health Manual Chapter 7, Part 3. Indian Preference will not be given unless a proper BIA Form 4432 is attached to the application/resume.

All information provided by the candidate will be verified, reference checks will be conducted from current and past supervisors on the tentative selectee.

The law prohibits public officials from appointing, promoting, or recommending their relatives.

Federal annuitants (military and civilian) may have their salaries reduced. All employees must pay any valid delinquent debt or the agency may garnish their salary.

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Candidates must meet qualification requirements, licensure requirements (possess and maintain a current, valid, active State license/registration as a Physician), performance requirements, citizenship and suitability requirements, and any other eligibility requirements before appointment.

Selectee may be required to serve a one year probationary period.

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.

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