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  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Psychiatric Nurse (Registered Nurse)

Department:Department Of Justice

Agency:Justice, Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System

Job Announcement Number:RCH-2013-0058

SALARY RANGE:

$48,957.00 to $80,131.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, July 19, 2013 to Friday, July 18, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0610-05/10

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

10

DUTY LOCATIONS:

MANY vacancies - Rochester, MN View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

THIS IS A DIRECT HIRE ANNOUNCEMENT OPEN TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS. THIS ANNOUNCEMENT SERVES AS A PUBLIC NOTICE FOR DIRECT HIRE AUTHORITY.

PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT TO APPLY ONLINE.  PLEASE REFER TO THE “HOW TO APPLY SECTION” FOR APPLICATION SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS.

Duty Location: FMC Rochester, MN

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Public Trust - Background Investigation

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

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 38,000 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.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel may be required for training and/or work related issues.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship is Required.
  • See Special Conditions of Employment Section
  • Selective Service Requirement: Click Here

DUTIES:

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This position is located in a Bureau of Prisons (BOP) federal medical center. The nursing process of assessing, diagnosing, planning, implementing, and evaluating is the basis for delivery of care by the Psychiatric Registered Nurse (RN). The RN is accountable for direct patient care and for knowledge and understanding of the care provided by professional and ancillary personnel. The RN assesses the educational needs of the patient and provides information that contributes to the maintenance or restoration of health status.

Nursing care is performed within the scope of an RN as defined by licensing agencies and the BOP (current licensure must be maintained). The nurse effectively interacts with patients and other health care team members, while maintaining the standards of professional nursing. May serve as lead Nurse in providing direction and guidance to RNs, Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) and others in coordinating the delivery of patient care.

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.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To be considered for the position, you must meet the following qualification requirements.

Basic Requirements:

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.

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.

NOTE: ALL applicants MUST submit proof of current, active registration for verification. Your documentation MUST be submitted to the Federal Medical Center Rochester, Human Resource Department during the opening period of this announcement. 

AND

In addition to the Basic Requirements:

Education/Experience

GL-05: Completion of a program of less than 30 months duration or associate degree with one year of professional nursing, or of at least GL-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.

GL-07: Completion of a professional nursing program with one year of experience equivalent to at least the the GL-5 level. OR One full year of graduate education or bachelor’s degree with superior academic achievement.

NOTE: If you are using education to qualify or are qualifying based upon Superior Academic Achievement, you MUST provide legible transcripts to receive consideration.  (If you are selected for this position based upon your education, you will be required to provide an OFFICIAL transcript prior to your first day on duty.)

GL-09: 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education or a master’s or equivalent degree OR 1 year of experience equivalent to at least the GL-7 level.

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

NOTE: ALL applicants MUST submit legible transcripts as verification of educational requirement.  Transcripts must include identifying information to include School Name, Student Name, Degree and Date Awarded (if applicable).  All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
For a list of schools that meet this criteria, Click Here.

Transcripts MUST be received by the Consolidated Staffing Unit by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.  (If you are selected for this position, you will be required to provide an OFFICIAL transcript prior to your first day on duty.)

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

OR

Experience: You must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade level in federal service. To be creditable, this experience must have equipped the applicant with the particular qualifications to perform successfully the duties of the position, and must typically be in or related to the position to be filled. Some examples of qualifying experience are:

GL-05:

  • Experience communicating with and providing nursing services to patients.
  • Experience applying professional nursing concepts, principles, practices and nursing standards.
  • Experience operating medical equipment.
GL-07:
  • Knowledge of a wide variety of medications which may be administered for psychiatric or medical conditions.
  • Performing nursing care following Nursing Standards of Patient Care, Nursing Care/Administrative and Patient Care Manual policies.
  • Identify and report changes in patient’s condition or behavior.
GL-09:
  • Knowledge of a wide variety of complex medications which may be administered for psychiatric or medical conditions.
  • Knowledge of group and individual therapies used in treatment of the patient.
  • Assesses and identifies high risk symptoms/behaviors in Mental health patients.
GL-10:
  • Experience in administering a wide variety of medications, assessing and reporting side effects related to psychiatric or medical conditions.
  • Maintain accurate inventory of all needles, syringes and controlled substances.
  • Assesses and identifies high risk symptoms/behaviors in patients.
OR

Combination of Education and Experience

GL-05/07/09/10: Have a combination of education and experience. This experience must have equipped you with the qualifications 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 responses to the questions in the application.*


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:

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. 

What Competencies/Knowledge, Skills and Abilities are Required for this Position?

The following Competencies/Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA's) are required:

GL-05/07/09:

  • Ability to communicate orally.
  • Ability to communicate in writing.
  • Ability to interpret and apply policy and guidelines.
  • Ability to make sound decisions and act quickly in emergency situations.
  • Ability to assess patient needs and coordinate appropriate care plans.
GS-10:
  • Ability to communicate orally.
  • Ability to communicate in writing.
  • Ability to interpret and apply policy and guidelines.
  • Ability to make decisions in emergency situations.

To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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OTHER INFORMATION:

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.

HOW TO APPLY:

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A complete application packet must be submitted directly to the following email address: FMCjobs@bop.gov 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  

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

All applicants must submit the following Required Documents in your Application Packet 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.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

FMC HR
Phone: 507-424-7521
Fax: 507-424-7615
Email: FMCjobs@bop.gov
Agency Information:
JUSTICE, BUREAU OF PRISONS
Consolidated Staffing Unit
346 Marine Forces Drive
Grand Prairie, TX
75051
US
Fax: 507-424-7615

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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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Job Announcement Number:

RCH-2013-0058

Control Number:

347917700