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Indian Reservation Nursing

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Hi, I just recently heard of a new grad nurse who is practicing nursing on an indian reservation. I thought that sounded interesting and wondered if anyone could offer any insight to what this is really like. Do you know anyone who has actually done this? Any info. is appreciated. Thanks!

Euskadi1946

Specializes in Medical/Surgical/Maternal and Child.

Check out the Indian Health Services website. I worked in Gallup, NM for 12 weeks at the USPH Gallup Indian Medical Center as an agency nurse which is right in the heart of the Navajo Nation and really loved it.

My application is in process with IHS in Fort Defiance, AZ. I currently work for the V.A. I'll let you know how everything goes. As with anything government it'll take awhile. :-)

I've heard the facility in Gallup is a great place to work. The recruiter there called me after I started the application process to Fort Defiance. I was really surprised to hear from them.

Definitely go to the IHS.gov sight. I got in touch with the district recruiter for the Navajo area and she disbursed my resume' to the area facilities.

Check out the Indian Health Services website. I worked in Gallup, NM for 12 weeks at the USPH Gallup Indian Medical Center as an agency nurse which is right in the heart of the Navajo Nation and really loved it.

bagladyrn, RN

Specializes in OB.

I've heard the facility in Gallup is a great place to work. The recruiter there called me after I started the application process to Fort Defiance. I was really surprised to hear from them.

Definitely go to the IHS.gov sight. I got in touch with the district recruiter for the Navajo area and she disbursed my resume' to the area facilities.

Drop me a pm (or post here) if you decide to come to Gallup. I'm currently on contract at the other hospital in Gallup, have also done a contract at the IHS facility in Gallup as well as having worked at the IHS facilities in Chinle and Shiprock for 9 yrs. before traveling.

If you haven't been to the area before it can be a bit of a culture shock, but there are many things to do in the general area (within a days drive) and for some of us the area kind of "clicks" and we find ourselves returning over and over.

I'll be here at least until August.

I will be graduating in August and I know everyone pushes medsurg, medsurg, and more medsurg. What is your personal opinion about a new grad going right into working with the IHS?

Thanks very much for your input and if I need more info.past the website is it cool if I just drop you a message?

Thanks! yes if you could definitely know how you like it and what it actually entails. I would appreciate your insight.

bagladyrn, RN

Specializes in OB.

I will be graduating in August and I know everyone pushes medsurg, medsurg, and more medsurg. What is your personal opinion about a new grad going right into working with the IHS?

Thanks very much for your input and if I need more info.past the website is it cool if I just drop you a message?

I think you have to have a certain number of posts (Think it's only something like 10) before you can pm someone, but let me know if you have any specific questions I can answer and I'll be glad to.

IHS work is very different than other parts of the country, but you can get some good experience very quickly there. (Not always a pleasant experience, but you'll learn lots!)

My advice to you as a new grad coming into IHS is to come in with an open mind and flexibility. I can't speak for all of the facilities but it is not the same as the private sector. If you are lucky, you will get an awesome preceptor if not...You will be looking things up and figuring it out on your own. They are trying to facilitate the Vermont Nursing Internship Program (VNIP) or whatever is called but it is not going so well in some places. I have a friend who started in the ED at Fort Defiance as a pretty inexperienced nurse. She loves it. Give it a try, it really makes you grow as a person and as nurse to work out here!

P.S. Who ever said that GIMC is in the heart of the Navajo Reservation missed the whole other side of the rez to the west! Gallup is a border town. It is not on the reservation.

I haven't known any nurses, but I did know a physician a number of years ago (she married a friend of mine) who went to work on an IHS facility in order to work off her med school loans. They both enjoyed it so much that they have stayed in the area (and she has stayed at the same facility) even though she finished her "required" time many years ago.

Try it, I traveled to Chinle and Tuba City as a nurse on 13 wk assignments. I loved it there. Very different type of living. But IHS has good benefits and pay.

I think you have to have a certain number of posts (Think it's only something like 10) before you can pm someone, but let me know if you have any specific questions I can answer and I'll be glad to.

IHS work is very different than other parts of the country, but you can get some good experience very quickly there. (Not always a pleasant experience, but you'll learn lots!)

I'm thinking of moving out to Gallup to work at the IHS hospital as a new grad and it sounds like you're a great person to ask this burning question...

What am I getting myself into?? I'm excited about the possibility of moving and doing something brand new, but it's so hard to get an idea of what it's really like. I'm moving from NC and I've never been to that area of the country. I'm up for a challenge and I've lived abroad more than once, but it feels like I'm diving into this blindly. Any suggestions or insight would be greatly appreciated!

I'm starting a position at Fort Defiance, AZ in a couple of weeks. It is about an hour from Gallup. I'll let you know how it goes if you like. When you've made 15 post you can send me a PM (private message). I'll answer any questions you have the best I can. This is all new to me, also. I've been working for the V.A. the last 3 years.

I'm thinking of moving out to Gallup to work at the IHS hospital as a new grad and it sounds like you're a great person to ask this burning question...

What am I getting myself into?? I'm excited about the possibility of moving and doing something brand new, but it's so hard to get an idea of what it's really like. I'm moving from NC and I've never been to that area of the country. I'm up for a challenge and I've lived abroad more than once, but it feels like I'm diving into this blindly. Any suggestions or insight would be greatly appreciated!

SargeRN

Specializes in ER. Has 15 years experience.

Well as my 2nd travel assignment I took a job at the IHS Hospital in Tuba City, AZ. Only planned on doing the 13 weeks and moving on! Wellll I ended up extending for a second 13 weeks and they asked me to extend for another 13! ONLY reason I didn't accept the 2nd extension was the distance home, 600 miles and I'd seen the family 3 times in 6 months!

Would I go back? In a heart beat! Great people to work with and the culture was fasinating. Tuba City is a bit on the remote side, 70 miles North of Flagstaff and 70 mile South of Page, AZ. You have to seriously plan your shopping as the one grocery store there leaves a "LOT" to be desired! Housing can also be a bit touchy but once that issue is resolved no sweat.

GREAT place to work!!

Sarge

bagladyrn, RN

Specializes in OB.

I'm thinking of moving out to Gallup to work at the IHS hospital as a new grad and it sounds like you're a great person to ask this burning question...

What am I getting myself into?? I'm excited about the possibility of moving and doing something brand new, but it's so hard to get an idea of what it's really like. I'm moving from NC and I've never been to that area of the country. I'm up for a challenge and I've lived abroad more than once, but it feels like I'm diving into this blindly. Any suggestions or insight would be greatly appreciated!

I originally moved to the reservation back in 1988 from the Balto./Wash. area sight unseen - had never been west of the Mississippi in my life. (I moved even further out - Chinle, AZ). It is very different than what most of us are used to. One of the things that was hard at first was the distance between places and being able to drive for 25-50 miles without seeing towns, houses or any sign of what I then thought of as "civilization". Now I think nothing of driving 2-3 hours to go do anything. Living in Gallup wouldn't present so much of that as it is the "town" where most from the eastern side of the reservation come to do shopping, etc., so everything you really need is here. (They actually now have a Starbucks!). For most "big city" stuff though Albuquerque is only 2 hours away.

The housing here may not be what you are used to - much of it is older, but if you ask your coworkers it is possible to find housing that is in safe areas and in decent shape - just not many amenities (No apt. complexes with pools, exercise rooms and spas, etc.)

If you enjoy outdoors there is much to do and see in the area, lots of new experiences. If it is the same as when I started with the IHS, you are only obligating yourself for a year, why not go for it? At the very least you will gain great work experience, at best you may find that like me, you fall under the spell of the southwest and keep returning long after you've gone on to other places.

Let me know if there is any specific information I can help you with. Good luck!

I'm thinking of moving out to Gallup to work at the IHS hospital as a new grad and it sounds like you're a great person to ask this burning question...

What am I getting myself into?? I'm excited about the possibility of moving and doing something brand new, but it's so hard to get an idea of what it's really like. I'm moving from NC and I've never been to that area of the country. I'm up for a challenge and I've lived abroad more than once, but it feels like I'm diving into this blindly. Any suggestions or insight would be greatly appreciated!

is this laurn from cchs, charlotte nc? this is azra I. how are you?

Just a little follow up from my last post. I have been at Fort Defiance for about 5 weeks now. So far I really like it!!

Wow that's great! I actually called a recruiter from the Crownpoint facility in New Mexico. Right now I am trying to set up a time that I can visit Crownpoint and some of the other facilities around here. Have the pts./staff been pretty receptive to you?

Thanks

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