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Job Title:  Clinical Nurse (Registered Nurse)
Department:  Department Of Justice
Agency:  Justice, Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System
Job Announcement Number:  RCH-2013-0003

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$44,126.00 to $79,343.00 / Per Year
Monday, October 08, 2012 to Thursday, January 17, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
MANY vacancies - FMC Rochester, MN, US  View Map
Area of Consideration:


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.

Will the Federal Bureau of Prisons Pay for me to Move?
Reimbursement IS NOT authorized for travel and transportation for this position.


  • 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.

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.

Along with all other correctional institution employees, incumbent is charged with responsibility for maintaining security of the institution. The staffs correctional responsibilities precede all others required by this position and are performed on a regular and recurring basis.


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To be considered for the position, you must meet the following qualification 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. (One year of nursing experience as a military corpsman that has been accepted by a State licensing body may be accepted in lieu of education at the GS-4 level.)

NOTE: ALL applicants MUST submit legible transcripts as verification of educational requirement.  Education MUST be from an institution accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.


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.

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


Education and/or Experience: Listed below is the required combination of education and/or experience per grade level:


GS-04: Completion of a program of less than 30 months’ duration or associate degree OR 1 year of nursing experience as a military corpsman. 

GS-05: 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. OR

Completion of a program of at least 30 months' duration or 4 academic years above high school or bachelor's degree.

GS-07: Completion of a professional nursing program AND 1 year of experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 level OR 1 full year of graduate education or bachelor's degree with superior academic achievement.

GS-09: 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education or a master’s or equivalent degree OR 1 year of experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level.

GS-10: Completion of a professional nursing program and 1 year of experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 level.


Specialized experience examples per grade level:



  • Experience gained as a military corpsman or a new graduate of an Associate Degree RN program.


  • Experience communicating with and providing nursing services to patients.
  • Experience applying professional nursing concepts, principles, practices and nursing standards.
  • Experience operating medical equipment.


  • Experience implementing established protocols and standing orders for handling patients.
  • Experience providing care to patients whose conditions are characterized by extremely complex health care needs.
  • Experience recognizing life threatening emergencies and initiating immediate care until assistance is obtained.


  • 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.


  • 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 threatening 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.

Combination of Education and Experience:
Have a combination of education and experience. This experience must have equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the major duties of this position as described above. Credit will be given for paid and unpaid experience. To receive proper credit, you must show the actual time (such as the number of hours worked per week) spent in activities. 


**Your eligibility for consideration will be based on your resume and/or educational transcripts.**

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


This position is processed under Direct Hire authority, veterans preference and Category Rating procedures does not apply.


Applicants will be evaluated utilizing the documentation submitted and considered for the grade level in which the resume and/or educational transcripts supports. 

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The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  The link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to federal employees:
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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.

Special Conditions of Employment Section:

Applicants are subject to credential clearance (license and education) prior to selection.


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.

All applicants not currently working in an institution will be required to complete a qualification inquiry regarding convictions of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence in order to be authorized to carry a firearm.

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.


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A complete application packet must be submitted directly to the following email or

fax to FMC Rochester Attn: Direct Hire 507-424-7615.


You must include the last four digits of your social security number and the vacancy announcement number on your application packet.  


All questions regarding this position should be directed to the following Human Resource Staff:


Lynn Platte, Asst. HR Manager, 507-424-7521 

Amy Gerdts, HR Specialist, 507-424-7527  


All applicants must submit the following to receive consideration:

  • Resume must include: your point of contact information and detailing relevant experience (cover letter optional).
  • In order to receive credit for experience contained in an uploaded resume, 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.  
  • Legible college transcript displaying applicant's name and the name of college or university which degree was awarded.
  • A Copy of current Nursing license.


Phone: 507-424-7521
Fax: 507-424-7615
Agency Information:
Consolidated Staffing Unit
346 Marine Forces Drive
Grand Prairie, TX
Fax: 507-424-7615


The Human Resource Office will notify you of the status of your application.  Applicants will be notified via e-mail, to the e-mail address on your resume.  The Human Resource Office may contact you for an interview if they wish and expect to make a final job offer within 80 days of interview.

Interviews - Applicants may receive an e-mail, mail or a telephone inquiry from the local Human Resource Department. Applicants MUST contact the Human Resource Department telephonically or via e-mail during normal business hours to schedule an interview. 

We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, applicant application errors, etc.

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