Vacancy Questions Preview

Vacancy Questions Preview

Grade: 09
Carefully read each question and all possible answers before selecting a response. Some questions will be used to screen out ineligible applicants. Applicant errors in responses will not be corrected. You are responsible for the accuracy of your application. Your application must describe your work and experience, in your own words. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information submitted is insufficient, you may lose consideration for the position.

Applicants MUST meet the below-listed MINIMUM qualification requirements for this position. In the event you do not meet ALL of these requirements, you will be found ineligible for the position.
  1. A 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.


  2. AND

  3. Applicants must have active, current registration as a professional nurse in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a 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.


* 1.Do you meet ALL of the minimum qualification requirements listed above?
  1. Yes, I meet ALL the minimum qualification requirements described above.
  2. No, I do not meet ALL of the minimum qualification requirements described above.


* 2.In addition to the minimum education and registration requirement, you must have one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-07 grade level, or meet the education requirements as described in the VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT. Do you meet the experience and/or education requirements for the position?
  1. Yes
  2. No


NOTE: ALL applicants MUST submit college transcipts and registration documentation for verification at the time you apply.

Transcripts MUST be uploaded and electronically transferred from USAJOBS at the time you apply and MUST include identifying information to include school name, student name, degree and date awarded.

* 3.This vacancy announcement is for a position that requires proof of license and educational transcript requirements. The educational transcript and license will be utilized in the agency credential requirements process. Applicants must upload this information to be included with this vacancy in order to meet the minimum qualifications.

Based on the above statement, have you uploaded the required documentation as listed in the vacancy announcement under the Required Documentation section?
  1. Yes - I have uploaded the required documentation.
  2. No - I have not uploaded the required documentation AND I understand this will result in my application not receiving full consideration unless the required documentation is provided.


ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS

LISTED BELOW ARE GROUPED STATEMENTS RELATING TO THE ASSESSMENTS/COMPETENCIES NECESSARY FOR THE POSITION. Read each question carefully and select the answer choice that best describes your experience.

4.Nurse Practitioners recognize adverse signs and symptoms, make the appropriate assessment, and react swiftly in providing treatment in emergency situations. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.

  1. I have treated patients as a Nurse Practitioner in an urgent care clinic setting; and/or I have assisted physician or medical team in treating life threatening emergencies; and/or I have treated patients with complicated injuries, such as, compound fractures, deep lacerations, or blunt trauma; and/or I have assessed neurological deficits.
  2. I have provided initial assessment and intervention to patient suspected of having a heart attack; and/or I have assessed potential stroke victim and referred patient for anticoagulant therapy; and/or I have provided interventional treatment for patient having asthma attack; and/or I have ordered blood gases and titrated oxygen therapy for patient with chronic obstructive lung disease in respiratory distress.
  3. I have worked as a Nurse Practitioner in a physician's office setting; and/or I have treated patients with minor injuries, such as fractures, simple lacerations, strains, sprains that require splinting; and/or I have performed suturing of an open wound or laceration; and/or I have performed CPR until emergency team arrived.
  4. None of the above.


5.Nurse Practitioners must evaluate the health care needs of inmate patients (both acute and chronic), and make diagnosis and prescribe the appropriate treatment and medications (under the supervision of a physician). From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have performed history and physical examination on well individuals and identified at risk behavior; and/or I have diagnosed and treated common illnesses/minor injuries, such as, ear pain, respiratory infection, gastrointestinal upset, headaches, and colds; and/or I have gained experience only in a specialty (non-primacy) areas, such as, dermatology, ear, nose, and throat (ENT).
  2. I have, with minimal consultation from a physician, provided long-term care to patients in nursing homes, Veterans' Administration (VA) Hospitals/Clinics, or homes for the developmentally disabled; and/or I have conducted sick call with minimal supervision; and/or I have worked as a Nurse Practitioner in a clinical/primary care environment.
  3. I have assisted with surgical procedures; and/or I have assisted with diagnostic studies, such as, angiograms, upper GI's, colonoscopies; and/or I have made interventions or referrals based upon clinical findings; and/or I have adjusted medication therapy based upon lab results.
  4. None of the above.


6.Nurse Practitioners must appropriately assess the inmate patient's overall medical history and illness in order to accurately prescribe medication, including the appropriate dosage. Their assessment is critical in this area because improper dispensing of medicine may cause negative side effects or have fatal results. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have, under supervision of physician, prescribed medications for chronic disease management; and/or I have prescribed antibiotics for infectious disease processes; and/or I have ordered lab work to monitor side effects of specific drugs according to pharmaceutical recommendations; and/or I have conducted patient education classes regarding disease management and medication therapy.
  2. I have prescribed medication to patients following established protocol or standing orders; and/or I have instructed patients on side effects and expected results; and/or I have successfully completed a based pharmaceutical class.
  3. I have, with minimal consultation from physician, prescribed medication using a fixed formulary; and/or I have utilized evidence based medicine to manage patients with hypertension, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses with age, gender, or race specific treatment modalities; and/or I have conducted in-service programs for colleagues regarding trends in medication therapy; and/or I have successfully completed Continuing Medical Education (CME) training in any area of pharmacology.
  4. None of the above.


7.Nurse Practitioners must evaluate and interpret diagnostic test results, make diagnostic impressions based on those results, and prescribe the appropriate treatment. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have, under minimal supervision of physician, ordered diagnostic studies to evaluate renal function and ordered nephrology consult; and/or I have ordered nerve conduction studies to document evidence of neurological deficit.
  2. I have ordered appropriate antibiotics based upon culture and sensitivity reports; and/or I have discontinued medication therapy for TB based upon abnormal liver profile; and/or I have ordered appropriate tests and consults to assist with differential diagnosis for sever headache.
  3. I have experience interpreting X-rays, electrocardiograms (EKG), liver function tests, blood sugar and diabetics tests, pulmonary function tests; and/or I have conducted shave and punch biopsy; and/or I have ordered CAT/MRI or bone scan in consultation with physician; and/or I have performed and interpreted hemoglobin tests; and/or I have completed saline and KOH preparations.
  4. I have ordered X-rays and splinted or casted extremity; and/or I have, based upon neurological examination, ordered CT scan or MRI; and/or I have evaluated results of pulmonary function tests to determine medication therapy; and/or I have ordered follow-up lipid profile to evaluate effectiveness of medication therapy.
  5. None of the above.


8.Nurse Practitioners must relate and deal effectively with inmates from diverse backgrounds and cultures regarding health care issues/concerns. By providing guidance and counseling, they may positively impact inmate behavior patterns and attitudes towards personal health care. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have conducted group therapy sessions for mental health patients; and/or I have conducted patient interviews for medical and mental health history; and/or I have provided patient education; and/or I have provided therapeutic intervention to patient in emotional distress; and/or I have discussed rationale for treatment modalities to enhance patient compliance.
  2. I have diffused a crisis involving angry, violent, and/or manipulative patients; and/or I have lead a support/self-help patient group; and/or I have tested patients with medical/psychiatric health problems from diverse/multi-cultural backgrounds.
  3. I have explained in layman terms complex medications and medical problems involving conditions, such as, coronary heart disease, diabetes, hypertension; and/or I have gained some experience treating patients with diverse/multi-cultural backgrounds; and/or I have asked open ended questions to gather detailed medical information from patients with complex medical problems; and/or I have provided post-discharge instructions.
  4. None of the above.


Grade: 11
Carefully read each question and all possible answers before selecting a response. Some questions will be used to screen out ineligible applicants. Applicant errors in responses will not be corrected. You are responsible for the accuracy of your application. Your application must describe your work and experience, in your own words. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information submitted is insufficient, you may lose consideration for the position.

Applicants MUST meet the below-listed MINIMUM qualification requirements for this position. In the event you do not meet ALL of these requirements, you will be found ineligible for the position.
  1. A 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.


  2. AND

  3. Applicants must have active, current registration as a professional nurse in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a 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.


* 1.Do you meet ALL of the minimum qualification requirements listed above?
  1. Yes, I meet ALL the minimum qualification requirements described above.
  2. No, I do not meet ALL of the minimum qualification requirements described above.


* 2.In addition to the minimum education and registration requirement, you must have one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the next lower grade level, or meet the education requirements as described in the VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT. Do you meet the experience and/or education requirements for the position?
  1. Yes
  2. No


NOTE: ALL applicants MUST submit college transcipts and registration documentation for verification at the time you apply.

Transcripts MUST be uploaded and electronically transferred from USAJOBS at the time you apply and MUST include identifying information to include school name, student name, degree and date awarded.

* 3.This vacancy announcement is for a position that requires proof of license and educational transcript requirements. The educational transcript and license will be utilized in the agency credential requirements process. Applicants must upload this information to be included with this vacancy in order to meet the minimum qualifications.

Based on the above statement, have you uploaded the required documentation as listed in the vacancy announcement under the Required Documentation section?
  1. Yes - I have uploaded the required documentation.
  2. No - I have not uploaded the required documentation AND I understand this will result in my application not receiving full consideration unless the required documentation is provided.


ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS

LISTED BELOW ARE GROUPED STATEMENTS RELATING TO THE ASSESSMENTS/COMPETENCIES NECESSARY FOR THE POSITION. Read each question carefully and select the answer choice that best describes your experience.

4.Nurse Practitioners recognize adverse signs and symptoms, make the appropriate assessment, and react swiftly in providing treatment in emergency situations. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.

  1. I have treated patients as a Nurse Practitioner in an urgent care clinic setting; and/or I have assisted physician or medical team in treating life threatening emergencies; and/or I have treated patients with complicated injuries, such as, compound fractures, deep lacerations, or blunt trauma; and/or I have assessed neurological deficits.
  2. I have directed a medical response team in an emergency situation; and/or I have performed advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) or advanced trauma life support (ATLS) on individuals; and/or I have effectively utilized differential diagnosis process to problem solve.
  3. I have independently treated injured individuals with life threatening emergencies, such as, cardiac arrest, respiratory arrest, stroke, shock, or head trauma; and/or I have worked as a Nurse Practitioner in an emergency room.
  4. I have worked as a Nurse Practitioner in a physician's office setting; and/or I have treated patients with minor injuries, such as fractures, simple lacerations, strains, sprains that require splinting; and/or I have performed suturing of an open wound or laceration; and/or I have performed CPR until emergency team arrived.
  5. None of the above.


5.Nurse Practitioners must evaluate the health care needs of inmate patients (both acute and chronic), and make diagnosis and prescribe the appropriate treatment and medications (under the supervision of a physician). From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have assisted with surgical procedures; and/or I have assisted with diagnostic studies, such as, angiograms, upper GI's, colonoscopies; and/or I have made interventions or referrals based upon clinical findings; and/or I have adjusted medication therapy based upon lab results.
  2. I have independently diagnosed and managed patients with multiple, complex, chronic and acute health problems, such as, AIDS, cancer, liver failure, asthma, hypertension, or diabetes; and/or I have worked as a Nurse Practitioner in a prison or mental health environment; and/or I have worked as a Nurse Practitioner in a satellite clinic in the absence of the physician.
  3. I have, with minimal consultation from a physician, provided long-term care to patients in nursing homes, Veterans' Administration (VA) Hospitals/Clinics, or homes for the developmentally disabled; and/or I have conducted sick call with minimal supervision; and/or I have worked as a Nurse Practitioner in a clinical/primary care environment.
  4. None of the above.


6.Nurse Practitioners must appropriately assess the inmate patient's overall medical history and illness in order to accurately prescribe medication, including the appropriate dosage. Their assessment is critical in this area because improper dispensing of medicine may cause negative side effects or have fatal results. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have, with minimal consultation from physician, prescribed medication using a fixed formulary; and/or I have utilized evidence based medicine to manage patients with hypertension, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses with age, gender, or race specific treatment modalities; and/or I have conducted in-service programs for colleagues regarding trends in medication therapy; and/or I have successfully completed Continuing Medical Education (CME) training in any area of pharmacology.
  2. I have prescribed specialized drugs, such as, psychotropics, anti-coagulants (blood thinners), and thyroid medication; and/or I have adjusted medication therapy based upon monitoring of side effects of medication; and/or I have recommended lab studies and follow-up examinations.
  3. I have independently prescribed and adjusted prescription dosage, such as insulin and diabetic medications to stabilize patient; and/or I have managed patients on multiple medications; and/or I have managed patients with complex conditions.
  4. I have, under supervision of physician, prescribed medications for chronic disease management; and/or I have prescribed antibiotics for infectious disease processes; and/or I have ordered lab work to monitor side effects of specific drugs according to pharmaceutical recommendations; and/or I have conducted patient education classes regarding disease management and medication therapy.
  5. None of the above.


7. Nurse Practitioners must evaluate and interpret diagnostic test results, make diagnostic impressions based on those results, and prescribe the appropriate treatment. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have ordered X-rays and splinted or casted extremity; and/or I have, based upon neurological examination, ordered CT scan or MRI; and/or I have evaluated results of pulmonary function tests to determine medication therapy; and/or I have ordered follow-up lipid profile to evaluate effectiveness of medication therapy.
  2. I have conducted specialized tests, such as, a culposcopy, sigmoidoscopy, or exercise treadmill test (stress tests); and/or I have interpreted and responded appropriately to specialized laboratory studies addressing areas, such as, HIV, anemia work-ups, cardiac enzymes, arterial blood gas (ABG), liver disease, and other immune system-related problems.
  3. I have interpreted tests results for patients with complex health problems/multiple disorders; and/or I have followed-up and ordered supplemental tests after identifying abnormalities; and/or I have performed incisional biopsy from skin for testing.
  4. I have, under minimal supervision of physician, ordered diagnostic studies to evaluate renal function and ordered nephrology consult; and/or I have ordered nerve conduction studies to document evidence of neurological deficit.
  5. I have ordered appropriate antibiotics based upon culture and sensitivity reports; and/or I have discontinued medication therapy for TB based upon abnormal liver profile; and/or I have ordered appropriate tests and consults to assist with differential diagnosis for severe headache.
  6. None of the above.


8.Nurse Practitioners must relate and deal effectively with inmates from diverse backgrounds and cultures regarding health care issues/concerns. By providing guidance and counseling, they may positively impact inmate behavior patterns and attitudes towards personal health care. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have diffused a crisis involving angry, violent, and/or manipulative patients; and/or I have lead a support/self-help patient group; and/or I have tested patients with medical/psychiatric health problems from diverse/multi-cultural backgrounds.
  2. I have provided crisis intervention to patients with suicidal ideation; and/or I have utilized interpreter to validate patient's understanding of disease process and treatment plans; and/or I have counseled noncompliant patients to improve patients outcomes and acceptance of treatment plan; and/or I have interviewed patients to evaluate risky behavior; and/or I have validated patient understanding of medication and side effects.
  3. I have conducted group therapy sessions for mental health patients; and/or I have conducted patient interviews for medical and mental health history; and/or I have provided patient education; and/or I have provided therapeutic intervention to patient in emotional distress; and/or I have discussed rationale for treatment modalities to enhance patient compliance.
  4. None of the above.


Grade: All Grades


1.How did you hear about this employment opportunity with the Bureau of Prisons (BOP)?
  1. Private information service
  2. Magazine
  3. Newspaper
  4. Radio
  5. Television
  6. Poster/Flyer
  7. Private employment office
  8. State Employment/Unemployment Office or Career Service Center
  9. State or local Job Information Center
  10. BOP Employee Services Department (bulletin board or other form announcement)
  11. School or college counselor or other official
  12. Agency or other Federal government recruitment at school or college
  13. Recruitment event (other than school or college)
  14. Friend or relative working for the BOP
  15. Friend or relative not working for the BOP
  16. Religious organization
  17. USAJOBS, the official job site of the US Federal Government
  18. BOP Website
  19. Internet job site
  20. Contacted the BOP on my own
  21. Military publication
  22. Military Separation Center
  23. Professional Organization
  24. Federal Job Publication (i.e., Federal Jobs Digest, etc)
  25. Discover Corrections
  26. Washington DC Diversity
  27. Other


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