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Nurse (Intensive Care Unit)

Department Of Health And Human Services

This is a Full-time position in Phoenix, AZ posted October 24, 2021.







This position will support the Federal Government’s response efforts to COVID-19.

This is a Direct Hire Open Continuous Announcement (OCA) for Nurse (Intensive Care Unit) in the Nursing Division at the Phoenix Indian Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona and will report to the Supervisory Nurse onsite.

Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Nurses apply established professional nursing concepts, principles, and practices to assess, plan, implement and evaluate nursing care to critically ill inpatients.

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Experience in assessing the needs of patients, prioritizing and organizing the plan of care from ICU admission through discharge.

Utilizes the nursing process to identify individual patient needs and to develop, implement and evaluate plans of patient care for critically ill patients.

Provides professional skilled, competent nursing care specific to age of the patient (adult, geriatric, obstetric, pediatric, neonate) to meet physical, emotional, spiritual and social-cultural needs of the patient, by means of direct care and teaching.

Observes and assesses patient’s clinical condition: recognizes, identifies and interprets serious situations and immediately implements proper action.

Documents observations, nursing interventions, responses to therapeutic measures and status of coordinated activities between nursing and other professional disciplines utilizing the approved hospital format.

Administers therapeutic measures as prescribed by the physician to include, but not limited to, medication administration, intravenous fluids, blood transfusions, treatments and maintains those measures taken which are ongoing in nature.

Operates and monitors specialized equipment such as resuscitation units, respiratory therapy apparatus, monitoring devices (cardiac monitors, oxygen monitors, etc.), IV pumps and regulators, temperature regulating devices, suction, blood glucose monitors, mist tents, etc.

Accepts responsibilities as team leader and/or charge nurse

Travel Required

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

Must possess a valid driver’s license.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Job family (Series)

0610 Nurse




Conditions of Employment

Must pass pre-employment examination.

Selectee may be subject to a probationary period


Citizenship is required

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

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 facility staff working in Indian Health Service health care facilities.

The selectee 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.

Alternative Work Schedule: May be required to work rotating shifts, nights, weekends and holidays.

Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check.

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You must have direct deposit so we can pay your salary payment.

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 process.

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 (external link), Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (external link), Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (external link), or an accrediting body recognized by the U.S.

Department of Education (external link) at the time the degree was obtained.

Degree From Foreign Nursing School: Official certification from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (external link) is required for individuals who graduated from foreign nursing schools.

Licensure: For all grade levels and positions, applicants must have passed the National Council Licensure Examination (external link).

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-9 and above, many positions may require experience in a specialty area of nursing.

GS-9 Basic Requirements:

In addition to the above requirements, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

Possession of a master’s degree in professional nursing; or

At least one full year of professional nursing experience (equivalent to the GS-7 or above) and possession of a diploma, associate degree, or bachelor’s degree in Nursing from a professional nursing program.

GS-9 Minimum Qualifications:

In addition to the Basic Requirements, your resume must demonstrate at least one (1) least one full year of specialized professional nursing experience (equivalent to the GS-7 or above) performing the following type of work and tasks:

Independent assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of comprehensive nursing care for a variety of acutely ill patients;

develop plans of care to meet the needs of assigned patients;

recognize adverse signs and symptoms and reacting swiftly in emergency situations.

The nurse will progressively assume increasingly complex responsibilities as assigned in the Intensive Care Unit setting.

GS-10 Minimum Qualifications:

In addition to the Basic Requirements, your resume must demonstrate at least one (1) least one full year of specialized professional nursing experience (equivalent to the GS-9 or above) performing the following type of work and tasks:

Managing the care of critically ill patients with a wide variety of conditions.

Experience in assessing the needs of acutely and critically ill patients, prioritizing care needs, working in a collaborative interdisciplinary team to address identified care needs of acutely and critically ill patients.

Experience coordinating and organizing the plan of care admission through discharge.

You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.


For positions requiring positive education 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.

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