US Indian Health Service
Indian Health Service – White Earth, MN
They must be skilled in recognized various medical pathologies that require referral to specialists for specialized, diagnostic and treatment… HealtheCareers
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I worked at US Indian Health Service full-time for less than a yearPros
Jobs are always available due to high turnover; good place for new grad to start out. Employees (usually licensed personnel) always seem to move on when they find higher pay, opportunity to live in towns/cities, or places to advance skills and work with more motivated people. The people who are here for a long time tend to be members of the community and support staff; they tend to be lazy and push work on newcomers since they are "tenured" and can't be fired. Other long-timers will be Commissioned Corps or those under contract on student loan repayment... These programs seem to be the only ways to get people to stay here at least 2 years. If considering these programs, I highly suggest you make sure that conditions don't change within those 2 years... they sound like promising programs until you are severely understaffed and overworked (we were down to 2 pharmacists and chief unlikely to help out with the workload; techs also won't stay overtime to help because they already have enough overtime and so the work will fall to you).
That being said, it's a great opportunity to get clinical experience and do some untraditional things (like home visits) in a job market where it's tough to find full-time work. Also great hours (Mon-Fri 8-430pm for my clinic, no weekends and all fed holidays off).Cons
Many people complain about management and I had to experience it for myself in person before I believed it. Management tends to be lazy, create work for themselves so they look like they're doing work (eg. answering emails and staying inside the office all day instead of helping on the floor when we're busy). If Commissioned Corps or Native from the community, tends to abuse their position even more... will take many days off for vacation while staff carries on the department (leading to poor motivation to work hard), and/or will not be motivated to work since it's hard to get them fired for not being productive. After awhile, it's hard to justify working harder for someone so that they can take days off.
The location is a challenge - while at first peaceful and beautiful to be surrounded by vast expanse, it does become difficult when you need conveniences like getting your car fixed, or even going out for movies and food/drink, esp for a single person. My car broke down while living on the rez and it was quite scary driving it an hour and a half to get it serviced.Doesn't RecommendNeutral Outlook