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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Nurse Anesthetist

Bulletin Number: 

HHS-ASPR-DH-18-10196047

Position Title:  Nurse Anesthetist
Salary:

$55,204 to $71,764 per Year
The salary indicated above is basic pay and your locality pay will be adjusted

Series/Grade:GS-0610-11
Promotional Potential:N/A
Appointment Type:    Excepted Service – Indefinite Appointment
Position Information: Intermittent - This is an episodic, intermittent position, on an irregular or occasional
basis with hours and days of work not on a prearranged schedule and with
compensation for the actual time employed or for service rendered.
Duty Location(s):Regions 1 thru 10
Who May Be Considered:United States Citizens



This Bulletin is applicable only to candidates who were previously hired on the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Secretary – Announcement Number
HHS-ASPR-DH-18-10188945 Direct Hire Term appointment advertisements. 


Responsibilities:

  1. Provides anesthesia in collaboration with surgeons, anesthesiologists and other healthcare professionals.

  2. Diagnoses and treats human injuries, diseases and deformities including symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions.

  3. Interviews patients to discuss type of anesthesia to be used, procedures, risks, alternatives and counsels patients.

  4. Assists in post-anesthesia care.

  5. Administers general anesthetics and detects indications of unfavorable reactions.

  6. Provides oversight and responsibility for coordinating the completion of all required reports and maintenance of reports.


Travel required: 76% or greater – 95% Domestic and 5 % International


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship required
  • Registered or exempt from Selective Service (www.sss.gov)
  • Suitable for federal employment
  • Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. All information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation.
  • Documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System.
  • All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choice.
  • Financial disclosure statement may be required.
  • One-year trial period may be required.


Following a Presidential Declared Disaster, a Public Health Emergency declared by the Secretary of HHS, or a designated augmented mission requirement, the incumbent may be required to work irregular work schedules (evenings, nights, and weekends) and work hours could be extended at critical times.  During actual emergency responses and exercises, the incumbent may be required to work for extended periods of time under austere and highly stressful conditions; may be required to remain on-call 24 hours per day, seven days per week.  During training and deployment, work may require lifting and carrying heavy equipment, supplies, and using flights of stairs when elevators are not operating.  The incumbent may be required to travel on short notice to disaster areas with only minimal comforts, including requirements to eat military-style rations (such as Meals, Ready to Eat (MRE) due to limited or no access to commercially available food.  Extended and frequent travel may be required and will be governed by the need for the incumbent to fully cover all emergency preparedness responsibilities (i.e. disasters, meetings, exercises, etc.).  This travel may depend upon the number and type of events or emergencies that may occur.

During deployments, the work is primarily related to readiness for and deployment for response during the aftermath of a disaster or public health emergency, where work may be field-based, in a tent environment that is remote and austere, caring for sick, injured, dying, or deceased persons.  This work requires above average health, physical, and mental conditioning with routine long periods of repetitive walking, bending, lifting, and carrying, such as carrying NDMS equipment or heavy patients on litters.  Incumbent must be capable of working in a high-stress, high-security, remote, austere, and uncharacterized environment, void of infrastructure and vital services, requiring specific physical demands, such as the ability to lift 50 pounds, and work characteristics that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  For these reasons, employees are required to complete a physical and health screening process, meet and maintain certain physical standards, as well as mental, behavioral, and cognitive competencies.Work may be performed in an office setting or indoor and outdoor field sites, sometimes in adverse weather.  During emergency situations, the work environment may be situated in austere conditions and environment in terms of destroyed infrastructure (e.g., food and water, housing, electricity, communications), the presence of endemic diseases, and limited health and sanitation facilities requiring special safety precautions.


Qualifications

To qualify for this position, you must have met ALL of the following requirements:

Basic Education Requirements: 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, Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Program, Accreditation Commission from Midwifery Education, or an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education at the time the degree was obtained.

Licensure: Must have passed the National Council Licensure Examination. 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.

Additional License Requirements for Advanced Practice Nurse Positions: Applicants for Advanced Practice Nurse positions must be licensed or registered by a State, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States in the clinical specialty required by the position.

Advanced Practice Nurse Positions: For Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) positions, applicants must possess a graduate or higher level degree in nursing from an accredited educational program in the area of expertise or specialty indicated by the position. Areas of specialties for positions include, but are not limited to, Acute Care, Anesthesia, Community Health, Family, Geriatric, Home Health, Midwifery, Neonatal, Oncology, Pediatric, Psychiatric, Allergy and Immunology, Women's Health, Cardiovascular, Dermatology, Occupational Health, Orthopedic, Respiratory, or other specialties identified for the position.


Additional Qualification Requirements:


Specialized Experience: Must have one year of experience equivalent to the GS-09 in the Federal service or equivalent, administering general anesthesia by inhalation, endotracheal intubation, intravenously or topically; administering parenteral fluids including plasma and blood and setting up solutions and maintaining proper flow; reviewing clinical charts and recommending a specific type of general anesthesia required for a procedure and assessing and evaluating patient needs and interventions.

-OR-

Successful completion of a PhD or equivalent doctoral degree from a professional nursing education program or related medical science field; or at least one full year of professional nursing experience

Note: Employees currently assigned to positions in this occupational series as of September 2017 will be considered to have met the basic requirements for the position occupied.

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; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to gain employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. If such experience is on a part-time basis, you must provide the average number of hours worked per week as well as the beginning and ending dates of the experience so it can be fully credited.


Additional information

Travel and transportation expenses may be paid: No
Bargaining Unit Position: No
Drug Screening Required: No
Recruitment incentives may be authorized: No
Student loan repayment incentive may be authorized: No
Annual leave for non-federal service may be authorized: No 


Security clearance

Q – Non Sensitive


What to Expect Next

When you return the email notification that you received to:  IntermittentRecruitmentRequest@hhs.gov  your current Term Appointment Position – will be reassigned to an Excepted Service – Indefinite Appointment, once it has been processed in the Enterprise Human Capital Management System (EHCM), you will receive a copy of your updated Position Description.

  • This page last reviewed: March 25, 2020