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Job Title:  Clinical Nurse (Registered Nurse)
Department:  Department Of Justice
Agency:  Justice, Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System
Hiring Organization:  Federal Bureau of Prisons
Job Announcement Number:  BOP-N-610B-2012

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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$49,029.00 to $69,673.00 / Per Year
Monday, February 27, 2012 to Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
MANY vacancies - Prisons-Nationwide, US
Area of Consideration: THIS IS A DELEGATED EXAMINING ANNOUNCEMENT OPEN TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS. A 17% recruitment incentive will be paid to selectee(s) at USP Atwater, FCI Herlong and FCI Mendota who meet the criteria for recruitment bonuses. A 15% recruitment incentive will be paid to selectee(s) at FCI Dublin and FCC Victorville who meet the criteria for recruitment bonuses. Upon completion of recruitment service agreement, retention incentives will be initiated.


Why is it Great to Work for the Federal Bureau of Prisons? Do your Career Justice and consider a career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). In addition to being regarded as a family and career-oriented agency, the BOP offers a broad range of exciting career opportunities in a work environment that promotes integrity, diversity, and professional development. With over 35,000 highly motivated individuals, the Federal Bureau of Prisons is one of the most unique agencies in the United States Department of Justice where each employee?s day-to-day performance makes a difference.

For additional information on current vacancies, please contact the office of the Medical Recruiter at 1-800-800-2676 or email them at BOP-HSD/ Will the Federal Bureau of Prisons Pay for me to Move? Reimbursement IS NOT authorized for travel and transportation for initial BOP appointment.


  • U. S. Citizenship is Required.
  • See Special Conditions of Employment Section.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered for, or exempt from the
  • Selective Service.Click Here


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What are the Major Duties of this Position? Provides direct patient care services in accordance with legal, ethical and institution standards. Provides nursing care of a general nature to inmates in the institution hospital/clinic, and may be provided to patients in specific areas, e.g., psychiatric, operating room, orthopedics, geriatrics, etc. Implements established protocols and standing orders for handling inmate complaints during sick call and initiates emergency care as needed according to community standards. Develops a nursing assessment for each patient, to include planning, implementing, and evaluating nursing care. May assess and identify high risk symptoms/behaviors in patients, to include suicidal risk, homicidal risk and risk for verbal and/or physical abuse. Completes nutritional screening as part of the assessment and refers patient to a dietitian for a nutritional assessment if necessary. Incumbent monitors, evaluates and revises the plan of care as needed. May also assess and document the discharge planning needs of a patient. Delegates and coordinates care based on assessments. When part of a primary care provider team (PCPT), the incumbent serves as the coordinator for the out-patient area. Duties include managing patient flow and triage, responding to institution emergencies with the mid-level practitioner or physician back up, coordinating the workload/duties of the LPN/LVN, screening new arrivals, assessing inmates returning from consultant visits or hospitalizations, and providing patient education. In providing nursing care, adheres to infection control policies and procedures. Administers treatment and procedures with attention to accuracy, patient safety and comfort. Medications are administered as prescribed in accordance with BOP and institution policy and procedure. Must maintain an accurate inventory of all needles, syringes, and controlled substances. Must be able to assess a patient's condition on an on-going basis and appropriately select the standing orders to be followed, as well as refer patients to the appropriate medical practitioner. Identifies changes in their condition and takes appropriate action. Evaluates the effectiveness of interventions, monitors and documents progress toward identified goals, and reports information to the multi-disciplinary team for use in reevaluating the plan of care. Secures a health history and records/documents findings of patient care activities on appropriate records. Must complete written medical record documentation in an accurate, well organized, legible and timely manner. Competently utilizes specialized monitoring equipment including but not limited to EKG machines, blood pressure machines, cardiac monitors, traction equipment, glucometers, defibrillators, IV infusion pumps, etc. May assist in coordinating arrangements, as well as transporting and escorting patients to local community health facilities. Communicates critical information to his/her supervisor or to staff at the local hospital. Maintains patient's privacy and confidentiality. Performs nursing care in a manner which demonstrates respect for a patient's dignity, personal preference, or culture. Utilizes current principles of community health nursing to promote a healthful environment and reduce the incidence of communicable diseases within the correctional setting. As assigned, may be actively involved and instrumental in programs such as, the Hospice Program, patient care clinics, wound care, PUVA, chemotherapy, and other specialized programs. May participate in quality improvement and risk management activities. The incumbent may be responsible for monitoring and evaluating the quality and appropriateness of patient care, and ensuring that nursing standards are met on a consistent basis. Along with all other correctional institution employees, incumbent is charged with responsibility for maintaining security of the institution. The staff correctional responsibilities precede all others required by this position and are performed on a regular and recurring basis.


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How Do I Qualify for this Position? To be considered for the position, you must meet the following qualification requirements: BASIC REQUIREMENTS: EDUCATION:Applicants must have 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. NOTE: ALL applicants MUST submit legible transcripts as verification of educational requirement. Transcripts MUST be received by the Consolidated Staffing Unit by the closing date of the vacancy announcement. The education MUST be from an institution accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Transcripts MUST include identifying information to include School Name, Student Name, Degree and Date Awarded (if applicable) For information regarding foreign education requirements, please see Foreign Diploma and Credit Recognition at the U.S. Department of Education website: Recognition of Foreign Qualifications REGISTRATION:Applicants must have active, current registration as a professional nurse in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth or Puerto Rico, or territory of the United States. An Applicant who has graduated from an approved nursing educational program within the past 12 months may be appointed pending State registration as a professional nurse within 6 months of appointment. No person appointed pending registration may be retained beyond 6 months, or promoted, if registration has not been attained. AND ExperienceGL-09 One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GL-07 grade level in the Federal service. GL-10 One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GL-09 grade level in the Federal Service. GL-09:Some examples of this qualifying experience are:

  • Experience in human behavior and the ability to communicate with and provide nursing services to patients.
  • Experience in the techniques and the operational mechanics of medical equipment.
  • Experience with accurately transcribing physician's orders, performing health assessments and accurately documenting in patient's medical record.
  • Experience with pharmacology of a wide variety of drugs,dosages, routes of administration, therapeutic action, drug interactions, and adverse reactions.
  • GL-10: Some examples of this qualifying experience are:
  • Experience in professional nursing concepts, principles, practices and nursing standards as related to medical, surgical, and mental health nursing.
  • Experience in the recognition of life threateninig emergencies and in initiating immediate care until assistance is obtained.
  • Experience in nursing theories and practices needed to plan and provide care to patients whose conditions are characterized by extremely complex health care needs.
  • Experience using critical thinking skills and establishing priorities of care when dealing with multiple patients having varying degrees of care requirements.

  • Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP). The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1)this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified category using established category rating criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at: Click Here The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified category using established category rating criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at: Click Here


    How You Will Be Evaluated: Your application will be evaluated and rated under DOJ's Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses provided to the online assessment questionnaire. Your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Names of all candidates in the best qualified category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration. Candidates within the Best Qualified category who are eligible for veterans? preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles. If you are entitled to veterans preference, you should indicate the type of veterans preference you are claiming during the application process. Although veterans preference points are not assigned under the category rating procedures described under "How You Will Be Evaluated", veterans preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-veterans within each category for which they are qualified. In addition, qualified veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more are placed at the top of the highest qualified category (i.e. Best Qualified). How do I Apply for this Position if I am a Current Public Health Service Commissioned Officer and want to enter the competitive service? Refer to "How do I Apply for This Position" below.
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    The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most federal employees. For benefits information, please see Benefits Information for Prospective Employees.


    The Department of Justice provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the hiring/servicing personnel office. The decision of granting a reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. Selection will be made without discrimination for any non-merit reason such as race, color, religion, national origin, age, physical disability, marital and/or parental status, membership in an employee organization, sex, or sexual orientation. The Bureau of Prisons is an equal opportunity employer. LENGTH OF ELIGIBILITY: Eligible applicants will remain on the inventory until the closing date of the vacancy announcement. Special Conditions of Employment Section: Appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of a pre-employment and panel interview, urinalysis, physical, and background investigation. All applicants are subject to, and must satisfactorily pass all screening requirements in relation to National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and credit check. Successful completion of the "Introduction to Correctional Techniques," three-week training course at Glynco, Georgia is required. This position has been identified as test designated. Incumbents will be subject to urinalysis testing under the BOP Drug Free Workplace Plan. All applicants not currently working in an institution will be required to complete a qualification inquiry regarding convictions of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence.


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    How do I Apply for this Position? Required supporting documentation MUST be uploaded and electronically transferred from USAJOBS. Documentation submitted via mail, fax, or e-mail will NOT be accepted. NOTE: Failure to follow these application procedures will result in the applicant losing consideration for this position. Paper applications: If applying online is impossible, please contact BOP-HIRES at the telephone number listed below, for the alternate application procedure. Contact for Assistance in Applying On-Line: DOJ, Federal Bureau of Prisons Consolidated Staffing Unit 346 Marine Forces Drive Grand Prairie, TX 75051 E-Mail: GRA-HRM/ Phone: 972-352-4200 How do I Apply for this Position if I am a Current Public Health Service Commissioned Officer?
    • Submit a complete/detailed resume or curriculum vitae.
    • Address selective factor, if required.
    • Resume or curriculum vitae must contain all information listed in the Qualifications Section.
    • Submit supporting documents (i.e. certification, registration, and/or license, if applicable).
    In order to receive consideration for this position, ALL required supporting documentation, as specified in this vacancy announcement must be submitted directly to the Human Resource Office duty location. DO NOT SUBMIT AN APPLICATION ON-LINE.


    All required decoments must be uploaded to your application at the time you apply under the vacancy documents section.
    • Veterans' Preference Documentation: Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD-214 Member Copy 4); official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty; or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions. In addition, if you are a disabled veteran, a Purple Heart recipient, or widow/widower of a veteran, the spouse of a disabled veteran or the natural mother of a disabled or deceased veteran, you MUST upload a completed Standard Form (SF) 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference", and the other required documentation identified on the reverse side of the SF-15 to support your preference claim.
    • Official Statement of service from your command, if currently on active duty.
    • Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional).
    • Resume: In order to receive credit, your employment history must be documented in month/year format (MM/YYYY), reflecting starting date and ending date and include the number of hours worked per week. Failure to follow this format will result in disqualification.
    • A college transcript (Note: If you are selected for this position, official transcript(s) will be required prior to your first day).


    Phone: 972-352-4200
    Fax: 972-352-4577
    Email: GRA-HRM/
    Agency Information:
    Federal Bureau of Prisons
    Consolidated Staffing Unit
    346 Marine Forces Drive
    Grand Prairie, TX
    Fax: 972-352-4577


    Applicants will be notified via e-mail after each step of the application process has been completed to the e-mail address registered in USAJOBS. Applicants will be notified via e-mail, to the e-mail address registered in USAJOBS, once their name has been reached on the register. An applicant's relative standing on the register will constantly vary due to additions and suspensions from the Register. Applications will remain in the inventory until the closing date of the vacancy announcement. Applicants may contact the geographic location(s) selected to inquire about current or anticipated vacancies. Contact numbers for geographic location(s) can be found at The Bureau of Prisons cannot be held responsible for incompatible software or applicant application errors, etc. Inquiry of Availability Forms (OF-5): A referral certificate or list of eligibles will then be issued to the selecting official for further consideration. The Human Resource Office may then contact you for an interview if they wish. The selecting official expects to make a final job offer within 80 days. Applicants referred on a certificate of eligibles will receive an Inquiry of Availability (OF-5 Form) via e-mail, to the e-mail address registered in USAJOBS. Applicants MUST complete the OF-5 form and return it to the Human Resource Management Office by clicking "Submit" at the bottom of the form. Applicants MUST also telephone the Human Resource Office during normal business hours to schedule an interview. Failure to either return the form or contact the Human Resource Office will result in a loss of consideration for the position.

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