Indian Health Service Now Hiring Nurses!
The Indian Health Service (IHS), an agency within the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), provides federal health care services to 2.2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives through a network of hospitals, clinics and public outreach programs throughout the continental United States and Alaska.
IHS offers nurses and advanced practice nurses (APNs) extraordinary opportunities for providing care as part of high-performing, interdisciplinary teams. There are opportunities for APNs to serve as certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs), certified nurse midwives (CNMs) and nurse practitioners.
Nurses have a choice of three practice options: working as a federal civil service employee, as an Officer in the Commissioned Corps of the US Public Health Service (USPHS) or directly for a Tribal or Urban Indian program. Each career option offers career flexibility, competitive salaries and benefits and ample opportunity for advancement.
Professionals who choose to work in the federal civil service earn competitive salaries and are eligible for comprehensive federal and retirement benefits. They also enjoy significant career flexibility, eligibility for advancement and can transfer throughout IHS facilities while still maintaining their benefits. As a Commissioned Corps Officer with the US Public Health Service, you will make a commitment to serve a population that can greatly benefit from your services and, in return, you will receive a meaningful and rewarding career. One of the seven uniformed services of the United States, the Commission Corps also offers veterans in certain health professions with less than eight years of active duty service an opportunity to continue their military retirement benefits. Individuals interested in working within Tribal or Urban Indian Programs negotiate compensation and benefits directly with the program or Tribe with which they seek to work. Openings are available in both urban and rural areas.
Another key benefit is the IHS Loan Repayment Program (LRP), which offers health professionals practicing at Indian health facilities an opportunity to pay off all of their health education student loans in addition to receiving competitive salaries and benefits. Participants are eligible to receive up to $20,000 per year and can extend their contract annually until all of their loans are paid off.
The policy of the IHS is to provide absolute preference to qualified Indian applicants and employees who are suitable for federal employment in filling vacancies within the IHS. IHS is an equal opportunity employer.
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