Practical Nurse

Department Of Health And Human Services Rapid City , SD 57702

Posted 2 days ago

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Help Duties Summary

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.


Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Indian Health Service (IHS), Northern Plains Region, Great Plains Area, PHS Indian Health Hospital, Rapid City, SD, Nursing Department. This position reports to the Outpatient Supervisory Clinical Nurse.

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 being announced concurrently under Excepted Service Examining Plan/Merit Promotion Plan (ESEP/MPP) procedures. Please review vacancy announce number IHS-18-GP-10184786-ESEP/MP; for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered for each announcement.

DIRECT HIRE AUTHORITY JOB OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT: These positions are eligible to be filled through Office of Personnel Management's delegated Direct Hire Authority [DHA]. 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 qualification 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.

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  • Provides age specific nursing care services to ambulatory care clinics for Outpatient patients. (Prepares and administers following physician order for medication both orally and by intramuscular injection, performs catheterization, changes surgical dressings, suctioning and irrigates body orifices. Triage and screens by obtaining vital signs, gross and subtle observations and facts regarding patient treatment and progress; documents assessment on patient record. Prepares patients for special laboratory tests, examinations, and treatments. Sets up and manages specialized equipment such as suction, oxygen, EKG and a variety of drainage tubes; labels tissue/specimens.)

  • Provides patient and family education. (medication use, activities, diet, self-care and assists with special to simple tests and procedures)

  • Triage and screens by obtaining vital signs, gross and subtle observations and facts regarding patient treatment and progress; documents assessment on patient record.

  • Prepares patients for special laboratory tests, examinations, and treatments. Sets up and manages specialized equipment such as suction, oxygen, EKG and a variety of drainage tubes; labels tissue/specimens.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

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    0620 Practical Nurse

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  • Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

  • Must pass pre-employment examination.

  • Selectee will be subject to a pre-employment fingerprint check

  • Selectee will be subject to a background investigation

  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

  • U.S. Citizenship is required

  • A Current Unrestricted Professional License is required (Submit Copy).

  • You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 pm (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: 12/31/2018


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.

For positions requiring positive education requirements, or if you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements, you MUST submit 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.


Licensure: Current license to practice as practical or vocational nurse in a State or territory of the United States or the District of Columbia or I have applied for a license to practice.

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 public sector performing the following type of work and/or tasks:

Practical Nurse, Grade GS-6:
1 year of specialized experience that equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. This experience is equivalent to at least the GS-05 grade level and includes nursing care work in a hospital, outpatient clinic, or other supervised medical, nursing, or patient care facility that provided a practical knowledge of human body structure and sterile techniques and procedures as described in the vacancy announcement.

Specialized Experience: assisting with escorting/transporting patient's to various services areas in the health center; instructing patient's role in various procedures and assists with chaperoned examinations; reinforcing patient teaching given by the professional nurse and medical staff; administering oral medications, performing subcutaneous and intramuscular injections; maintaining immunization inventory including ordering, logging, and reporting.


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