Physician Assistant/PA or Nurse Practitioner/NP
Federal Bureau of Prisons - Pleasanton, CA

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Federal Correctional Institution Dublin

The Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) in Dublin, California, is a low security facility housing female offenders. The institution also has an adjacent administrative detention facility housing adult males on holdover or pre-trial status, and a minimum security satellite camp housing adult female offenders.

FCI Dublin is located 20 miles southeast of Oakland on the Camp Parks Army Reserve Forces Training Area (RFTA) Military Base.

FCI Dublin is located in Dublin, California, a contemporary boomtown situated at the historic crossroads of two 19th century stagecoach routes, now interstates 580 and 680. Dublin lies adjacent to San Ramon, Livermore, and Pleasanton. Together these cities comprise the TriValley Area. Rich in history and teeming with growth, they reflect California's freedom of spirit. Century-old ranches border up-scale, 21st-century housing as Sybase, PeopleSoft, and other technology leaders attract Digital Dublin's new demographic. Sparkling new retail and entertainment centers proliferate, among them the 21-screen Regal Cinema IMAX, Northern California's largest movie complex. Within commuting distance lie several small cities, each with its own special lure. Numerous FCI Dublin employees have chosen Tracy, Stockton, Manteca, Modesto, or Antioch as their residence. All can select among several means of public transportation to get to work.

Position Description for Physician Assistant

Physician Assistant - GS-603-7/9/11. Physician Assistants provide diagnostic and therapeutic medical care and services to inmates in Federal prisons, assist in the observation and evaluation of patients, take case histories, conduct physical examinations, and order laboratory studies. We have a continuous need for Physician Assistants around the country.

Certification Requirement: All applicants must be certified by the National Commission for the Certification of Physician Assistants to apply for positions with the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Qualifications: Basic Qualification requirements for all Physician Assistant GS-7 positions: A broad background of knowledge of the medical environment, practices, and procedures such as would be acquired by a bachelor's degree in a health care occupation such as nursing, medical technology, or physical therapy, or by three years of responsible and progressive health care experience such as medical corpsman, nursing assistant, or medical technician; and successful completion of a course of study of at least 12 months, including clinical training or preceptorship, specifically designed for professional-caliber physicians' assistants, or equivalent education and training, or successful completion of a full 4-year program for physician assistants leading to a bachelor's degree. The course of study or training must be approved by a nationally-recognized professional body or by a panel of physicians established by a Federal agency for this purpose.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs): Candidates must demonstrate they have the following KSAs to successfully perform their job as a Physician Assistant: (1) skill in making diagnoses, selecting and providing appropriate treatment for medical or surgical emergencies (life or death or severe injury), as indicated until emergency assistance arrives; (2) ability to assess a patient's condition and to initiate appropriate treatment; (3) knowledge of pharmaceuticals to treat disease and illness, to include a knowledge of the mechanism of action, side effects, toxic nature, and drug interactions of medications; (4) ability to interpret diagnostic tests in order to determine therapeutic treatment plans; and (5) ability to deal effectively with patients.

GS-9/11: In addition to meeting the qualification requirements at the GS-7 grade level, one year of professional experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in Federal service is required. Acceptance of professional medical education: Candidates who have completed three full years of a curriculum in an accredited medical school in the United States leading to the Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy degree may be rated eligible for GS-9. Candidates who have completed the requirements for the degrees of Doctor of Medicine or Osteopathy, but who lack a license to practice in the United States, may be rated eligible for GS-11 if you meet the physician assistant "certification requirement" referenced above.

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. Physician Assistants 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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