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Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP)

General Information


Job title: Registered Nurse (RN)
Job location: Bruceton Mills, WV 26525 United States
Requisition code: 98
Date posted: 09/27/13
Job type: Full-Time

Job Classification

Job Category:Registered Nurse

Job Description

Job description:

Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP)

Join the Leader in Correctional Health Care ~ You Can Make a Difference!

The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) is hiring a Registered Nurse (RN) for: United States Penitentiary Hazelton

The United States Penitentiary (USP) - Hazelton is a high security institution housing male inmates, with a satellite camp that houses minimum security male inmates. USP Hazelton also has a secure unit (SFF) that houses female inmates. The facility is located in the mountains of Preston County, West Virginia, in the community of Bruceton Mills, and is approximately 35 minutes from Morgantown; 45 minutes from Uniontown, PA; and 45 minutes from Cumberland, MD. USP Hazelton is located within an hour of EVERYWHERE!! If you enjoy the mountains or city life, this is the place for you. Nestled in the beautiful mountains of Preston County WV, overlooking the Appalachian Mountain Range, Hazelton is easily accessible from Interstate 68 and approximately 30 minutes or just a hop, skip, and jump from West Virginia University home of the WVU "Mountaineers". A variety of services are provided for the inmate population to include medical and dental services, job training opportunities, and recreation and wellness opportunities. Psychology Services staff assist inmates in making a satisfactory adjustment to incarceration. They provide programs such as crisis management and general mental health treatment which support positive life changes.

Position Description

Registered Nurse, GS-610-04/10.
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, the incumbent is also charged with responsibility of maintaining the security of the institution. We have a continuous need for RNs around the country.
Professional Registration Requirement: 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.

Exception: Applicants who have graduated from an approved nursing educational program within the past 12 months may be appointed pending state registration as a professional nurse within six months of appointment. No person appointed pending registration may be retained beyond six months or promoted, if registration has not been attained.

Basic Education Requirements: 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 as defined above meets this requirement.

Education and/or Experience:

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


Completion of a program of less than 30 months' duration or associate degree OR 1 year of nursing experience as a military corpsman.


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.


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


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.


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.


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

Note: At all grade levels referenced above, graduate education must have been in nursing with a concentration in a field of nursing (e.g., teaching, a clinical specialty, research, administration) or in a closely-related non-nursing field directly applicable to the requirements of this position. Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for all grade levels.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs): Candidates must demonstrate they have the following KSAs to successfully perform their job as a Registered Nurse: GS-9: (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; and (5) knowledge of rehabilitative nursing, pre- and post-operative care. GS-10: (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 patient's needs and coordinate appropriate nursing care plan; and (4) knowledge of rehabilitative nursing pre- and post-operative care.

Background Investigation

Employment with the Federal Bureau of Prisons is subject to satisfactory completion of a background investigation to determine suitability for employment as a law enforcement official. Its scope includes law enforcement and criminal record checks, credit checks, and inquiries with previous employers and personal references. Suitability determinations are based upon an individual's character or conduct that may affect how the agency accomplishes its duties or responsibilities.
Citizenship/Initial Eligibility Requirements

You must be a U.S. citizen.
About the BOP

The mission of the Federal Bureau of Prisons is to protect society by confining offenders in the controlled environments of prisons and community-based facilities that are safe, humane, cost-efficient, and appropriately secure, and that provide work and other self-improvement opportunities to assist offenders in becoming law-abiding citizens. BOP is an equal opportunity employer.

BOP utilizes Team Medicine. The team approach to inmate healthcare engages the right healthcare provider delivering the right health services to achieve successful health outcomes and effective internal systems of control. The healthcare team consists of clinical, administrative, and allied health personnel that maximize the care delivered within the institution and efficiently coordinate care that must be delivered in the community.
BOP Salary and Benefits

The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), an agency of the U.S. Department of Justice, offers a wide variety of career opportunities in health care. BOP offers two employment options. Nurses can serve within the Federal Civil Service System or can seek appointment as a Commissioned Corps Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS). Both paths offer generous salary packages, vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits and retirement packages. In addition, applicants may be eligible for recruitment incentives and loan repayment opportunities. Some age restrictions and medical requirements apply to the Commissioned Corps.

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