This Open Continuous Announcement (OCA) allows acceptance of
application throughout the year with eligible applicants being
placed on the register and referred for consideration when
Your application will expire 3 months from application date and
you must reapply to keep your application active.
Contact the Albuquerque Area IHS Recruiter:
Michelle Aguilar Bowser
Phone: 505-256-6731 or
Learn more about this agency
The Nurse positions are located within the Albuquerque Area
Indian Health Service. There may not be immediate vacancies at all
locations. The purpose of this position is to provide comprehensive
care to pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric patients at the
healthcare facilities within the Albuquerque Area. This position
reports to the Director of Nursing at the facility. This
announcement covers nursing vacancies for inpatient and outpatient
- Perform physical assessments and health histories
- Provide health promotion, counseling and education
- Administer medications, wound care, and numerous other
- Interpret patient information and make critical decisions about
- Coordinate care, in collaboration with a wide array of
- Direct and oversee care delivered by other healthcare personnel
such as Licensed Practical Nurses' (LPN) and nurse aides /
- Manage studies in support of improved practice and patient
This position is being announced concurrently under Delegated
Examining procedures. Please review vacancy announcement number
IHS-21-AQ-10997744-DH for eligibility requirements. NOTE:
Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to
be considered for Direct Hire.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this
position, to attend meetings, conferences, training, etc. A valid
state driver's license is required.
Conditions of Employment
Selectee may be subject to a probationary/trial period
ESEP appointees typically serve a two year trial period
U.S. Citizenship is required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after
This is a designated position covered by Public Law 101-630,
requiring contact or control over Indian children. Due to this
requirement, the agency must ensure that persons hired for these
positions have not been found guilty of or pleaded nolo contendere
or guilty to certain crimes.
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.
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.
Alternate work schedule, call backs, rotating shifts,
nights/weekends/holidays may apply.
Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To
learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and
responsibilities, visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify/.
Background Investigation: 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. 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. You may be subject
to a credit check as a part of the background investigation
Fingerprinting, as part of the background investigation process,
may be delayed due to COVID-19. All other background investigation
procedures will apply. Be advised that your continued employment
will require you to complete a fingerprint check within 60 days
after notification of return to full operations and successfully
obtaining a favorable background investigation.
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.
Education: A graduate or higher level degree, bachelor's degree,
associate degree, or diploma from an accredited professional
nursing educational program is required. This education must have
been accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education,
Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs,
Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education, or an accrediting
body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education at the time the
degree was obtained.
Licensure: For all grade levels and positions, applicants must
have passed the National Council Licensure Examination. In
addition, they must possess a current, active, full, and
unrestricted license or registration as a professional nurse from a
State, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico,
or a territory of the United States.
Experience: The work experience must have equipped the applicant
with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to
successfully perform the duties of the position. At the GS-09 and
above grade level, many positions may require experience in a
specialty area of nursing.
In addition to the Basic Requirements, you must also meet the
Minimum Qualifications stated below.
Your resume must demonstrate at least one (1) year of
specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade
level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or
GS-05: Possession of a bachelor's degree in Nursing with no
experience; OR, Possession of a diploma or associate degree in
professional nursing and one full year of professional nursing
GS-07: Possession of a bachelor's degree in Nursing and
eligibility under the Superior Academic Achievement provision; OR,
Possession of a bachelor's degree in Nursing and at least one full
year of professional nursing experience (equivalent to the GS-05
grade level); OR, Possession of a diploma or associate degree in
professional nursing and two full years of professional nursing
experience; OR, Completion of at least one full year of graduate
education in a professional nursing educational program.
Examples of Experience for GS-07: Provides professional nursing
care to patients, reviewing medical records and administering
medication in accordance with instructions, and assisting
physicians with procedures.
GS-09: Possession of a master's degree in professional nursing;
OR, At least one full year of professional nursing experience
(equivalent to the GS-07 grade level or above) and possession of a
diploma, associate degree, or bachelor's degree in Nursing from a
professional nursing program.
Examples of Experience for GS-09: Provides professional nursing
care principles, practices and procedures required to assess needs
of patients; knowledge of pharmaceuticals, their desired effects,
side effects, and complications of their use; recognizing adverse
signs and symptoms which are not always apparent and to react
promptly in emergency situations including the implantation of life
saving procedures; providing counseling, guidance and health
instruction to patients; and identifies disease entities in order
to recognize complications and therapeutic interventions
Public Health Service (PHS) Licensure Policy: Each PHS Nurse
must possess and maintain a valid, active, currently licensure/
registration as a professional nurse.
Time In Grade
Federal employees in the competitive service are also subject to
the 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).
For positions requiring positive education requirements, you
MUSTsubmit 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.
When there is a positive education requirement, or you are using
education to qualify as a substitution for experience, transcripts
(unofficial) are required at the time of application to verify that
you meet the educational requirement or substitution.
Only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by
accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of
Education may be credited. Applicants can verify accreditation at
the following website: https://www.ed.gov/accreditation
Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in
foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification
requirements, you must show that the education credentials have
been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in
interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has
been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S.
education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at
a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information,