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Lead Clinical Nurse - Red Lake IHS Service Unit

Job Title: Lead Clinical Nurse

Department: Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency: Indian Health Service

Hiring Organization: PHS Indian Hospital, Red Lake Service Unit, Red Lake, MN.

Job Announcement Number: IHS-14-BJ-1068841-ESEP/MP

SALARY RANGE: $67,720.00 to $82,957.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD: Monday, March 24, 2014 to Sunday, April 06, 2014

SERIES & GRADE: GS-0610-11

POSITION INFORMATION: Full Time - Multiple Appointment Types


DUTY LOCATIONS: 1 vacancy in the following location: Red Lake, MN

WHO MAY APPLY: Candidates eligible under Indian Preference appointing authority (ESEP); All Federal employees serving on a career or career-conditional appointment; Reinstatement eligible; Veterans Preference including Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA); Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) eligible; Schedule A, PHS Commissioned Corps Personnel or any U.S. Citizen.




About the Agency

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.

Applicants who do not fall under any of the categories listed on this vacancy announcement or are applying under ESEP and/or MPP may apply under the "Direct Hire Authority" by following the application instructions found on the Direct Hire Bulletin under Announcement # IHS-14-BJ-1080178-DH.


Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Indian Health Services (IHS), Northern Plains Bemidji Area, PHS Indian Health Hospital, Red Lake Service Unit, Red Lake, MN. This position reports to the Director of Nursing.

This position is located at the Red Lake Hospital, Red Lake, Minnesota. The bed capacities range from 19. Inpatient services provided include medical, post-surgical, obstetrical, newborn and pediatric. Emergencies are treated on a 24-hour basis and there are regularly scheduled clinics in the outpatient unit. The outpatient load varies between 1750 to 2800 visits per month.


• Occasional Travel

• Travel may be required for training and/or other work related duties.


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• 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

• Current, valid, unrestricted professional license must be maintained.



The purpose of this position is to (1) provide direction and leadership for Nursing Staff and (2) Planning, participating and arranging for delivery of Hospital Services, in order to maintain continuity of comprehensive patient care during day, evening and/or night tour of duty.

•Ensure the provision of safe individualized, and age-appropriate delivery of patient care, treatment or services. This function is ongoing in the Outpatient, Emergency Room, and Inpatient areas.

•Assess patient conditions, observes the quality of nursing care provided and assists in solving patient care problems. Monitors and reports on the status and progress of work.

•Reviews and evaluates levels of work performance for conformance with protocols and standards of patient care.

•Participates in continuing education programs, patient conferences and staff meetings.

•Assist to ensure that the service unit strategic plans, mission, vision, and values are communicated to the nursing staff and are integrated into the Nursing Department's strategies, goals, objectives, and work plans.

•Communicates to the team assignments, projects, problems to be solved, actionable events, and milestones for the service unit strategic plan and Customer Service program. Recommends changes in nursing methods and procedures to improve patient care.

•Initiates with the medical officer the emergency plan, i.e., disaster, fire, bomb threat and tornado plans.



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. (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.)

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-11: Completion of all requirements for a doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) or three full years of progressively higher level graduate education OR one year of specialized experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities 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 GS-9 grade level or equivalent.


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:

GS-11 SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE DEFINED: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities 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. Provides guidance and leadership to nursing staff and other personnel. Coaches the nursing staff to select methods and techniques, provide advice on work methods, practices and procedures, and assists the team and/or individual members to find solutions in the outpatient, emergency room and inpatient areas. Experience with evaluating nursing care by reviewing nursing assignments, nursing care plans.

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 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Sunday, April 06, 2014


You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume (your resume must state specific duties that relate to this position) and your responses to the assessment questions will be evaluated against the duties you provided in your resume, along with your submitted documentation to determine your ability to demonstrate the following:






You will receive a numeric rating based on your responses to the Assessment questions. If after reviewing your resume and responses to the assessment questions, a determination is made that you have overstated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration.

The following links below provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities. If you are a Veteran, qualified CTAP and ICTAP eligible, or an individual with a disability, please refer to the following links below for additional guidance:

• Veterans , i.e. (VEOA, VRA, and 30% or more disabled)

• Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP )

• Interagency Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)

• Schedule A Appointments for the Disabled

Click here to view vacancy questions: View Assessment Questions. All documents above MUST be received by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date of, Sunday, April 06, 2014, to be considered.



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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:

Additional selection(s) of candidates may be possible within 90 days from the date the certificate of eligibles was issued for this announcement.

A two-year trial period may be required upon selection/placement (ESEP only)


• 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.

• This position is covered by a Bargaining Unit.

• Position is covered by PL 101-630 and is considered a Child Care Worker position.

• Position may be subject to alternate work schedule, rotating shifts, standby, call back and nights/weekends/holidays

• Measles and Rubella immunization required for selectees born after 1957.

IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free



To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package. See required documents below.

1. Click 'Apply Online' to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.

2. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire and upload required documents.

3. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application.

4. Applications must be received by the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.

5. Check application status by logging into your USAJOBS account, clicking Application Status, then More Information for this position. Return to an incomplete application by clicking Apply Online in the vacancy announcement and re-selecting your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following 1068841. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

You are highly encouraged to submit your application package and complete your assessment questionnaire on-line. If you cannot complete your application package online:

1. Click to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.

2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire

3. You are limited to selecting 10 locations.

4. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

PLEASE NOTE: When completing the 1203-FX, be sure to select only one response for each question. Selecting more than one response for a question may result in your application package being rated ineligible. 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.

The IHS provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office (Nathan Anderson, (218)444-0493, and/or NATHAN.ANDERSON@IHS.GOV.) The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

For additional questions please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) found here:


Required Documentation for Eligibility and Preference:

• Resume: You are highly encouraged to use USAJOBS Resume Builder.

• Indian Preference Applicants: - If claiming Indian preference for the first time, or if you have no previous documentation of preference, applicants must provide a completed copy of the Form BIA-4432 (expiration date 11/30/2014), "Verification of Indian Preference for Employment in the BIA and IHS Only." Indian preference will not be given unless a properly signed and dated form is submitted with your application, including any verification by an authorized Tribal Representative or BIA Official of tribal enrollment records. For detailed instructions, see form BIA-4432. You must also complete the family history chart if necessary. 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. Refer to BIA-4432 link: http:/

• Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) or other Veterans preference (VRA and 30%or more disabled) – include a copy of your DD-214, if you're claiming Vet preference. For more information please see link at:

• Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) – If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP, follow the instructions below:

• Current or former Federal employee: Include your most recent SF50.

• Childcare Addendum form must be included for this position and is available for downloading at:

• Qualifications: Copy of current professional licensure required during the hiring process. 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.

Your application package MUST be complete by 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Sunday, April 06, 2014, the closing of this announcement.


Nathan Anderson

Phone: (218)444-0493

TDD: (301)443-6394


Agency Information:

Indian Health Service HR Center

IHS/Division of Human Resources

522 Minnesota Avenue

Bemidji, MN



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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