Registered Nurse

Job Series Number: 0610

Registered Nurses standing with Physician Assistants
Health Services at the BOP
Registered Nurses (RN) provide a full range of nursing services to inmates in Federal prisons, including assessing, diagnosing, planning, implementing, and evaluating the medical condition of inmate patients. RNs provide information to other health care team members and contribute to the maintenance or restoration of health status. Along with all other correctional institution employees, RNs are also charged with responsibility of maintaining the security of the institution. We have a continuous need for RNs around the country.

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 hiring for this position at many locations across the country.

Normally when a vacancy is announced, it's for a job opening at a specific location. However, because this position is in high demand it's considered an "open-continuous" announcement. That means you get to choose your top two facilities that you want to work at. Here's how it works:

  • Apply for this position using the usajobs.gov website as you would do with any other federal job.
    Registered Nurse Open-Continuous Announcement
  • Select any two locations that you want to work at.
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  • After your application is accepted, you will be added to a standing register of qualified candidates.
  • 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 with an offer.

It's that simple!

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.

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