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Nursing Assistant - Red Lake Hospital


Job Title: Nursing Assistant GS-0621-04 (RL2805)(ESEP/MP)

Department: Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency: Indian Health Service

Job Announcement Number: IHS-11-BJ-542770-ESEP/MP


$27,990.00 - $36,384.00 /year


Wednesday, September 28, 2011 to Monday, October 17, 2011




Full Time Career/Career Conditional




1 vacancy - Red Lake, MN


Excepted Service Examining Plan Candidates (ESEP); Merit Promotion Plan Candidates (MPP); Veteran's Preference Candidates; Commissioned Officers.


Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American! At HHS you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere. Join HHS and help make our world healthier, safer and better for all Americans.

The Indian Health Service is required by law to give absolute preference to qualified Indian applicants and employees who are qualified and suitable for Federal employment. The Indian Health Service (IHS) by law 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 the above, the Indian Health Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

“PLEASE NOTE” The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has announced a transition to a new 3.0 version of USAJOBS, to Accomplish this USAJOBS will be down from October 6th thru October 12th. Applicant’s WILL NOT be able to apply on-line during this time frame. IHS has extended this announcement to accommodate the full period available to apply.

ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Indian Health Service (IHS), Bemidji Area, Red Lake Hospital, Nursing Department, Red Lake, Minnesota.

Red Lake, MN 1 vacancy


Salary range: $27,990.00- $36,384.00 ( Annually)

Promotion potential: NONE

Merit Promotion Position: YES

Travel Required: YES--Occasional travel is required with this position.

Supervisory/Managerial Position: NO

Relocation Expenses Paid: NO--Travel & Relocation Expenses WILL NOT be 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? NO

Is this a bargaining unit position? YES

TOUR OF DUTY (Work Schedule): Full Time / Permanent


Excepted Service Examining Plan Candidates (ESEP)

Merit Promotion Plan Candidates (MPP)

Veteran's Preference including Veterans Employment Opportunity Act Candidates (VEOA)

Commissioned Corps Candidates

PLEASE VISIT: for more information on "Who May Apply".


Must be a U.S. Citizen.

Position subject to background investigation.

As part of the pre-employment process, fingerprint checks are required.

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Additional Duty Location Info:

1 vacancy - Red Lake, MN

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.


· Provides age specific nursing care to all categories of patients in accordance with education and experience under professional supervision.

· Provides basic nursing care to all categories of patients in accordance with education and experience under professional nurse supervision.

· Provides oral hygiene, cares for elimination needs, maintains clean linen on all emergency room carts, escorts, or transports patients to other departments.

· Assists with the assessment of patients by undressing, obtaining TPR, BP, height and weight, caring for patient clothing and possessions, and assessing patient condition.

· Recognizes and provides for appropriate support as needed.

· Does simple diagnostic screening such as diabetic urine’s, accucheck, etc., and simple procedures such as hot/cold packs, and sets up supplies needed for dressing changes, etc.

· Sets up and assists professionals with more complicated diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.

· Understands and observes medical aseptic techniques in delivery room, newborn nursery, isolation, etc., per procedure manual or professional nurse instructions.

· Maintains patient safety and comfort by observing and reporting of unsafe equipment or practices.

· Alerts nurse immediately regarding pregnant patients presenting in possible labor.

· Maintains appropriate records per hospital policy such as entering patient information into the emergency room log such as chart number, patient name and date of birth.

· Reports and records action, observations, and results of procedures immediately alerting supervisor to changes in patient condition.

· Assists nursing staff with getting appropriate paperwork completed, copies of chart needed for emergent and non-emergent transfer.

· Participates in patient care conference, reports and nursing care planning.

· Performs other duties as assigned.

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Qualifications and Evaluations


Individual Occupational Requirements

Specialized Experience (for positions at GS-4 and above): Qualifying specialized experience includes nonprofessional nursing care work in a hospital, outpatient clinic, nursing home, or other medical, nursing, or patient care facility, or in such work as that of a home health aid performing duties such as:

Providing personal nursing care such as providing pre- and post-operative care.

Support duties for diagnostic and technical treatment procedures, such as setting up and operating special medical equipment and apparatus.

Caring for mentally ill patients, including observing, recording, and reporting changes in their behavior, and providing reassurance and encouragement.

Assisting surgeons and registered nurses in operating room activities, including passing instruments, maintaining sterile conditions, and draping and positioning patients.


Education and Training:

For GS-4:

Successful completion of a 2-year degree program in an accredited community college, junior college, or college or university in practical nursing or in a field of study appropriate to the specialization of the position, such as education in a program for a psychology, psychiatric, or operating room technician.


GS-4: Six (6) months of general experience AND six (6) months of specialized experience.


Education: Two (2) years above high school with course related to the occupation, if required.

General Experience: (l) Any type of work that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work of the position, or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation.

Specialized Experience: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level. Applicants who have the 1 year of appropriate specialized experience, as indicated in the table, are not required by this standard to have general experience, education above the high school level, or any additional specialized experience to meet the minimum qualification requirements.

Examples of Specialized Experience: Takes and records vital signs, assists Doctor with physical and diagnostic examinations.

NOTE: Your education may be used to substitute specific work requirements / experience. Your education and work experience MAY be combined to meet the qualification requirements of this position. IF selected and you are qualified based on education you MUST provide an official transcript. (SEE QUALIFICATIONS)

You must meet the requirements of the job by this date: Monday, October 17, 2011

As per the IHS Excepted Service Hiring Plan: Current employees and eligible applicants are considered under merit promotion only, unless they provide an appropriate Standard Form (SF)-50, "Notification of Personnel Action," and indicate under which plan they are applying. Please indicate on your resume and during the online assessment process which hiring plan you want to be considered under: Merit Promotion and/or the IHS Excepted Service Hiring Plan. See for more details.


The HHS Careers system simplifies the Federal application process by replacing the former KSA job-element statements with on-line self-assessment questions. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications requirements will be invited to complete an on-line questionnaire assessing the following:

· Attention to Detail

· Customer Service

· Teamwork

· Oral Communication

· Agility

If found qualified, your score will range from 70-100 points (not including points that may be assigned for Veterans' Preference). We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. You will be deemed well qualified if you score 85 and above.

For I/CTAP purposes, you will be deemed well-qualified if you are placed in at least the well-qualified category.

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Benefits and Other Info


The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at:


If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit a copy of your most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, you must be well qualified with a score of at least 85 for this position. For information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit:

Additional selections of candidates may be possible within 90 days from the date the certificate of eligibles was issued for this announcement, for filling additional or similar positions. However if there are no qualified Indian Preference candidates on the Certificate the vacancy must be reannounced.

Candidates must meet time-after-competitive appointment, time-in-grade (if applicable), qualification requirements, licensure requirements , performance requirements, citizenship and suitability requirements, and any other eligibility requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

This position is covered under UNION/Bargaining Unit.

Measles and Rubella immunization required for selectees born after 1957.

Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the Selective Service.

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!"

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How To Apply


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes the following parts:

Assessment Questionnaire


Required Documents (Specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement. An applicant may not be considered if proper documentation is not received.)

Option A: Online application process (USAJOBS to Application Manager) the preferred method to receive automatic updates on your application status.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button on this page to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link:

Your Application Package status must be Complete by, Monday, September 12, 2011, the closing date of this announcement.

Option B: Fax

If it is not possible for you to use the USAJOBS Account to Application Manager Account online application process (you have a disability or do not have access to the internet), you can apply for this announcement by completing the OPM 1203-FX form instead. Please use the following step-by-step instructions as a guide to filling out the required questionnaire. You will need to print the vacancy announcement and refer to it as you answer the questions. You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions. Be sure to double check your application before submission.

Follow these steps:

Print a copy of this job announcement so that you can read the questions offline. View Occupational Questionnaire. You can obtain the OPM1203fx form at this URL .

You may submit the OPM Form 1203-FX (hard copy questionnaire), résumé, and/or any supporting documents by fax.

If you are faxing a Form 1203-FX, do not use a separate cover sheet. Simply make sure the Form 1203-FX is on top of any other documents you are faxing.

If you are faxing any documents without the Form 1203-FX on top, always use the official cover sheet which is here -- -- and be sure to fill it out completely and clearly. The fax number is 1-478-757-3144. Feed all documents into your fax machine top first so that we receive them right-side up.

Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process. Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed. The following will prevent your documents from being processed:

Not using the special cover page mentioned above.

Missing, incomplete, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number 514224

Missing or incomplete Social Security Number or name

Note: If you have documents in your Application Manager account from a previous vacancy announcement they can be opened, copied and saved then reused as an upload file for this vacancy. Uploading your documents will speed the processing of your application for this announcement.

PLEASE NOTE: In Section 25 of the Occupational Questionnaire, you may notice that the numbering restarts with number one. When entering your responses on the 1203-FX form please continue to enter your responses on the next available number within this section. The numbers on the 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire once it restarts with number one.

Submission of a resume' or a 1203FX form alone IS NOT a complete application. This position requires the completion of additional forms and/or supplemental materials as described under Required Documents section. Please carefully review the complete job announcement and the "How to Apply" instructions. Failure to provide the required information and/or materials will result in your application not being considered for employment.

IF you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, PLEASE NOTIFY: The Human Resources Office, Mr. Troy Bad Moccasin, HR. Staffing Officer, PHONE: (605) 226-7217, E-MAIL: "The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis."


You MUST provide the required documents listed below during the online application process either through the document upload process or fax using instructions outlined in Section B above. IF any of the following are missing when the announcement closes we will deem your application incomplete:

___Resume -You are encouraged to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume. If you use your own résumé, curriculum vitae, the Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF 612), or any other written form you choose then you must describe your job-related qualifications that includes hours worked per week, month and year of employment.

____Indian Preference applicants must supply the most recent version of the BIA form 4432 (expiration date of 8/31/2011) to be considered under the Indian Preference law. NOTE: If claiming preference, applicants must provide a completed copy of the current Form BIA - 4432 (expiration date 8/31/2011), "Verification of Indian Preference for Employment in the BIA and IHS Only." Indian preference will not be given unless the current form is submitted with your application, including any verification by an authorized Tribal Representative or BIA official of tribal enrollment records, documentation of lineal descent, state or academic records that document you possess one-half degree Indian blood from a tribe indigenous to the United States, as well as official records that establish your degree of Indian blood, such as census records. The applicant must also complete the family history chart if necessary. (See the form for detailed instructions for the completion of the BIA-4432). Current IHS employees with a BIA form on file in their Official Personnel Folder are required to submit a copy of that form with their application.

___Response to Assessment Questionnaire.

Applicants may submit optional documents and place these under Miscellaneous: such as performance reviews, copies of job-related certifications, cover letter, letters of recommendation, SF-50. Suggest documents submitted are job-related and current.

NOTE: If selected, applicant may be required to submit additional documents to confirm their submitted application has met the position’s educational and eligibility requirements (if any). These materials could include official transcripts, copy of license or certification, the Child Care Addendum Form, and/or veteran’s preference documentation, all of which are now a part of the pre-appointment process. This means the tentative job offer would be contingent upon receipt of these materials within a 24 hour time frame or offer is subject to withdrawal.


Heather Parthasarathy

Phone: (218)444-0487

TDD: (301)443-6394


Indian Health Service HR Center

522 Minnesota Ave NW Rm113

Bemidji, MN 56601


First notification: Once the online questionnaire and resume are received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successfully received. Receipt of this email does not confirm receipt of the other required document(s): copy of your license or completed OF-306 Addendum form.

We will review your résumé and required supporting documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification & eligibility requirements. This position is covered under Public Law 101-630 Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act. As part of our review we will adjudicate your completed OF-306 Addendum form (see Required Documents Section).

Second notification: You will be notified of your status when the list of candidates has been referred to the hiring manager for employment consideration.

Additional notifications: for those referred to the hiring manager. We will keep you updated on the status using the online alert system. When a tentative offer is made, the selectee must undergo a fingerprint check. Fingerprint results must be cleared prior to hire. The "tentative" new employee will receive instructions on how to obtain and submit fingerprints.

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 drive status updates notification for applicants. You can elect to activate the proactive notification from your USAJOBS profile at any point during the application process to sign-up for automatic alerts when there are status changes for jobs to which you have applied.


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