Registered Nurse

Job Series Number: 0610

Registered Nurses standing with Physician Assistants
Health Services at the BOP

When you work on the inside, you go beyond treating illness. You heal heartaches and headaches. You provide care and show you care. For many inmates, that's the first time they realize life can get better. And it can. As a BOP RN, you'll be part of a fully trained, highly skilled team, working as one to change lives and build a rewarding career. 

We are immediately hiring in the North Central and Western regions. Please visit Openings to learn more about vacancy opportunities.

Pay Levels GS-04, GS-05, GS-07, GS-09, GS-10

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)

  1. Knowledge of nursing care principles, practices, and procedures
  2. Knowledge of safety principles and infection control in the patient care environment
  3. Ability to assess patients' needs and coordinate appropriate nursing care plan
  4. Ability to communicate orally
  5. Knowledge of rehabilitative nursing, pre-operative and post-operative care

Education

Degree or diploma from a professional nursing program approved by the legally-designated state accrediting agency at the time the program was completed by the applicant. Education equivalent to the type described above is acceptable. Professional registration (see registration section above) meets this requirement.

Professional Registration

All applicants must have an active, current registration as a professional nurse in a state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States. Exceptions may be made for applicants who have graduated from an approved nursing educational program within the past 12 months, pending state registration as a professional nurse within six months of appointment.

For consideration at the GS-04 level

One of the following:
  • Completion of a program of less than 30 months' duration
  • Associate degree
  • 1 year of nursing experience as a military corpsman

For consideration at the GS-05 level

One of the following:
  • Completion of a program of less than 30 months' duration or associate degree AND 1 year of professional nursing, or of at least GS-4 level practical nurse or nursing assistant experience under the supervision of a professional nurse
  • 4 academic years above high school
  • Bachelor's degree

For consideration at the GS-07 level

One of the following:
  • Completion of a professional nursing program AND 1 year of experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 level
  • 1 full year of graduate education or bachelor's degree with superior academic achievement

For consideration at the GS-09 level

One of the following:
  • Masters Degree (or equivalent)
  • 2 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education with a concentration in a field of nursing (e.g., teaching, a clinical specialty, research, administration) or in a closely-related non-nursing field
  • 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level in Federal service

Note: Combinations of successfully-completed graduate level education and specialized experience may be used to meet the requirement of 1 year of specialized experience.

For consideration at the GS-10 level

One of the following:
  • 2 ½ years of progressively higher-level graduate education with a concentration in a field of nursing (e.g., teaching, a clinical specialty, research, administration) or in a closely-related non-nursing field
  • 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 grade level in Federal service

Note: Combinations of successfully-completed graduate level education and specialized experience may be used to meet the requirement of 1 year of specialized experience.

We are immediately hiring in the North Central and Western regions.

RN's are critically important at the Federal Bureau of Prisons. To fill these high priority positions, we keep a nation-wide job announcement open year-round and are immediately prioritizing hiring for locations with critical needs. If you want to begin your career at the BOP as soon as possible, follow these steps: 

  1. Apply for this position on https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/547409600
  2. Select two locations from facilities with immediate openings: MCFP Springfield, MO; USP Florence Admax, CO; FCI Greenville, IL; USP Leavenworth, KS; FCI Tucson, AZ; FCI Victorville, CA; FCI Lompoc, CA; and FCI Sheridan, OR.
  3. After your application is accepted, you will be added to a standing register of qualified candidates.
  4. When a position becomes available at one of the facilities that you selected, you will be considered for that position, and if you are selected, we will contact you. 

For helpful tips on how to complete your application, check out the Application Process.

Join the leader in Correctional Health Care

We value your unique contribution to our collaborative team medicine approach of providing health care. Come and experience a level of clinical diversity and continuity of care not commonly available in the private sector.

We offer:

  • A supportive, safe, and secure environment with opportunity for growth and advancement.
  • A competitive federal government salary and benefits, including health care and retirement.
  • Potential for loan repayment.
  • Potential for recruitment incentives.
  • Flexible work options.

Learn what has motivated more than 38,000 people to join the BOP

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To learn more about this position, please call our National Recruitment Team at 1-800-800-2676.

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