Indian Health Services for New Grads

  1. 0 I am a new grad and looking for jobs in the IHS. I have googled this website and also USAJOBS, but didn't see anything specific for new grads. Most jobs I saw on USAJOBS require experience. Can I still apply?
    I would like some inputs from someone who got his/her first job with the IHS.
    Where did you find your job and how do you like it?

  2. Visit  sourapril profile page

    About sourapril, BSN, RN

    sourapril has '1 years 3 months' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'public health'. From 'Denver, CO, US'; Joined Mar '10; Posts: 682; Likes: 297.

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  3. Visit  mclennan profile page
    Have you looked on the IHS website?

    Why do you want to work for the IHS?

    I took an IHS scholarship and worked for them for 4 years. WORST experience ever. It ruined me financially, made me hate nursing and broke my spirit. It's a backward and corrupt government agency that runs an archaic health care system that is underfunded, outmoded, and mostly exists in extremely poverty-stricken rural areas. The jobs are low pay, high stress and very, very depressing and understaffed.

    Keep in mind they practice preference of hiring Native candidates first. And they have a ready-made pool of candidates from the scholarship obligation program they are required to hire from by law.

    I cannot imagine why anyone would want to work for this agency unless they are obligated to by contract. If you are a non-Native person who just wants to "help the poor Indians" you won't last 5 minutes in an interview or on one of these reservations. Trust me on that.
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  4. Visit  miteacher profile page
    What reservations did you work at? I am looking at Oklahoma.

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