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Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP)

General Information


Job title: Registered Nurse (RN)
Job location: Butner, NC 27509 United States
Requisition code: 72
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: Federal Correctional Complex Butner

FCC Butner is located in North Carolina near the Research Triangle area of Durham, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill. The Federal Correctional Complex (FCC) Butner consists of the Federal Correctional Institution I, Federal Correctional Institution II, Federal Prison Camp, Low Security Correctional Institution, and the Federal Medical Center. FCC Butner is a Medical Referral Center and as such; the FCI I has a quota of one hundred and twenty Care Level Three inmates and the Federal Prison Camp has a quota of one hundred Care Level Three inmates. The FCI I Butner, has a rated capacity of 619 male inmates while the Federal Prison Camp has a rated capacity of 296 male inmates. Staff working at FCC Butner have the benefit of living in one of the most beautiful areas in the country. The beaches of North Carolina are only a short drive east in the summer and in the fall a short trip west to the Blue Ridge Mountains offers spectacular views. Additionally, there are many options on where to live in the area. Those preferring the metropolitan areas can choose to live in Raleigh or Durham. However, many staff and their families prefer smaller towns such as Wake Forest, Chapel Hill, Creedmoor, Oxford, Roxboro, or Knightdale. Commuting from these areas averages about 30 minutes. Additionally, many staff live in the town of Butner itself. This entire area is commonly referred to as the Triangle. No matter where you choose to live in the Triangle, you can be assured of enjoying a high quality of life with many options for schools, housing, healthcare, and entertainment.

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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