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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. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. "Plagiarism is
reproducing someone else's work and submitting it as your own or allowing
another person to alter or revise your work and submit it as their own." If you
fail to provide requested information, or the information submitted is
insufficient, you may lose consideration for the position.


* 1.Choose ONE Statement from the descriptions below that best describes you.
  1. I have graduated from a professional nursing program approved by the legally designated state accrediting agency at the time the program was completed AND I possess an active, current registration as a professional nurse in any state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States.
  2. I graduated from a state approved school of professional nursing within the past 12 months but I do not possess a state registration as a professional nurse.
  3. I will graduate from a state approved school of professional nursing within the next nine months and I do not possess a state registration as a professional nurse.
  4. I do not meet any of the requirements above.


* 2.Choose ONE statement from the descriptions below that best describes you:
  1. I have completed all the requirements for a Master`s or equivalent degree in nursing with a concentration in a field of nursing (e.g., teaching, a clinical specialty, research, administration, etc.) or a closely related non-nursing field directly applicable to the requirements of the position to be filled.
  2. I have completed 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education in nursing with a concentration in a field of nursing (e.g., teaching, a clinical specialty, research, administration, etc.) or a closely related non-nursing field directly applicable to the requirements of the position to be filled.
  3. I have completed one year of professional nursing experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level in the Federal service. GS-7 nurses typically administer immunizations, inoculations, and medications; they maintain records, write reports, assures order lines, maintain sanitation of the unit, and supplies and equipment; also perform first-aid for minor burns, cuts, bruises, and sprains; obtain initial information from patients, history of symptoms, and sterilize instruments and supplies.
  4. I have completed equivalent combinations of graduate level education in nursing (as described above) and professional nursing experience (equivalent to the GS-7 grade level in the Federal service) to meet the requirements of one year of specialized experience.
  5. I have not completed any of the above.


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.

3.Clinical Nurses must have a knowledge of nursing care principles, practices and procedures, and must be able to apply the knowledge to daily patient care and procedures. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have provided appropriate PICC line (intravenous Catheter) or central line care; and/or I have administered and monitored IV fluids, oxygen, blood transfusions; and/or I have provided and updated immunizations, or allergy treatments; and/or I have performed complex dressing changes, Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) waived tests; and/or I have inserted Foley catheters; and/or I have provided wound care.
  2. I have administered infrequently used or special medications such as chemotherapy medications, continuous IV medication infusions; and/or I have set up and operated equipment such as cardiac monitors, arterial lines respirators, defibrillators, and endotracheal suction equipment.
  3. I have provided minor yet comprehensive treatment to less serious illnesses or injuries; and/or I have managed nasal-pharyngeal and gastric suction as well as a variety of other drainage tubes; and/or I have assisted nurses in executing doctors' orders; and/or I oversaw the work of assistants, LPN's and student nurses.
  4. I have observed post-operative and seriously ill patients for adverse conditions and reactions; and/or I have provided emergency treatment to accident victims; and/or I have provided resuscitative measures in the case of a cardiac or respiratory arrest.
  5. I have provided holistic approach to patient care; and/or I have evaluated patient response to nursing care and intervention; and/or I have conducted patient education in regards to acute or chronic illness, and preventive health measures.
  6. None of the above.


4.Clinical Nurses must have knowledge of general safety principles and infection control in the patient care environment, understanding isolation procedures, and universal precautions. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have practiced Universal Precautions; and/or I have provided treatment in a hospital setting to patients with blood borne or airborne diseases requiring extensive personal protective equipment; and/or I have overseen nursing assistants or LPNs in the application of infection control procedures.
  2. I have identified a potential TB patient or isolation case and alerted staff and ensured that appropriate precautions for treatment were implemented; and/or I have worked with Hepatitis patients and adhered to established safety procedures; and/or I have worked with HIV patients on a limited basis and closely adhering to established safety procedures.
  3. I have completed dressing changes on HIV or immune-compromised patients; and/or I have administered intravenous medication to a patient with blood borne pathogens; and/or I have trained nursing assistants, LPNs and RNs on the protocol for blood spills, the dangers, and the proper procedures utilized for cleanup; and/or I have worked with HIV patients on an extensive basis; and/or I have recommended adopted safety practices on prevention of needle sticks and contamination.
  4. None of the above.


5.Clinical Nurses must have the ability to assess patients needs and coordinate an appropriate nursing care plan in a hospital or clinical setting. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have developed, and implemented nursing care plans in a hospital specialty unit with acute and subacute beds for patients with multi-system organ failures such as end stage liver disease, respiratory failure, congestive heart disease, and metastatic cancer with treatment failure; and/or I have developed and implemented nursing care plans for end of life and terminally ill patients requiring intense pain management.
  2. I have met the needs of patients with chronic conditions requiring specific medical care and/or treatment; and/or I have observed patient's conditions; and/or I have provided required nursing care.
  3. I have conducted nursing assessments on newly admitted patients; and/or I have planned and implemented patient care plans for a disease which is resistant or rapidly progressing (e.g.a cancer treatment which is not responding to therapy); and/or I have administered prescribed oral medications, hypodermic injections and intravenous feedings.
  4. None of the above.


6.Clinical Nurses must be able to communicate orally. They conduct meetings and training sessions and inform others of patient care. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have conveyed information at conferences with health care officials, at public health forums, or with officials in private organizations; and/or I have given presentations at nursing conferences; and/or I have taught college courses to nursing students; and/or I have taught Basic Life Support in the community; and/or I have served as a facilitator at a public meeting.
  2. I have provided a patient update on the shift report to nurses or doctors for the continued and appropriate care of the patient; and/or I have communicated with pharmacist, dietitians, physical therapists and other health care providers at multi-disciplinary treatment meetings or staff meetings; and/or I have provided instructions to the family of a patient on proper care.
  3. I have conducted unit meetings or training sessions; and/or I have facilitated instructions and adjusted patient care as a charge nurse; and/or I have, as team leader, provided information in an emergency or crisis situation; and/or I have provided information to staff on immediate patient concerns and changes in treatment.
  4. None of the above.


7.Clinical Nurses must have knowledge of rehabilitative nursing pre and post operative care. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have assisted a variety of rehabilitative patients with activities of daily living; and/or I have worked with patients requiring rehabilitation due to stroke or trauma; and/or I have prepared patients for surgical and/or diagnostic procedures; and/or I have provided care to patients who have suffered strokes, trauma, neurological and other conditions that caused decreased mobility.
  2. I have implemented the plan of care; and/or I have made patient referrals to physical therapy and/or observed the patient for progress or lack of progress in therapy; and/or I have recognized adverse reaction to surgery or complications from existing medical conditions.
  3. I have completed a nursing rotation as a student nurse on a rehabilitative or pre or post-operative floor; and/or I have worked with rehabilitative patients as a float nurse to a rehabilitative or pre or postoperative unit or as a nursing assistant; and/or I have prepared patients for tests, examinations and treatment.
  4. I have made recommendations for changes and improvements to enhance the care of rehabilitative and surgical patients, (i.e. referrals to other disciplines such as dietetics, respiratory therapy, social work, and chaplaincy); and/or I have provided recommendations for continued care upon discharge.
  5. None of the above.


Grade: 10
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. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. "Plagiarism is
reproducing someone else's work and submitting it as your own or allowing
another person to alter or revise your work and submit it as their own." If you
fail to provide requested information, or the information submitted is
insufficient, you may lose consideration for the position.


* 1.Choose ONE Statement from the descriptions below that best describes you.
  1. I have graduated from a professional nursing program approved by the legally designated state accrediting agency at the time the program was completed AND I possess an active, current registration as a professional nurse in any state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States.
  2. I graduated from a state approved school of professional nursing within the past 12 months but I do not possess a state registration as a professional nurse.
  3. I will graduate from a state approved school of professional nursing within the next nine months and I do not possess a state registration as a professional nurse.
  4. I do not meet any of the requirements above.


* 2.Choose ONE statement from the descriptions below that best describes you:
  1. I have completed 2 1/2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education in nursing with a concentration in a field of nursing (e.g., teaching, a clinical specialty, research, administration, etc.) or a closely related non-nursing field directly applicable to the requirements of the position to be filled.
  2. I have completed one year of professional nursing experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level in the Federal service. GS-9 Nurses typically provide a full range of nursing services to include assessing, diagnosing, planning, implementing, and evaluating the medical condition of patients; they provide information to other health care team members and contribute to the maintenance and restoration of health status.
  3. I have completed equivalent combinations of graduate level education in nursing (as described above) and professional nursing experience (equivalent to the GS-9 grade level in the Federal service) to meet the requirements of one year of specialized experience.
  4. I have not completed any of the above.


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.

3.Clinical Nurses must have an extensive knowledge of nursing care principles, practices and procedures and be able to apply it therapeutically to meet patient needs. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have observed and assessed the patient conditions and determined the proper course of action; and/or I have administered infrequently used or special medications (e.g. chemotherapy medications, continuous IV medication infusions); and/or I have initiated an emergency response and operated special equipment.
  2. I have provided minor yet comprehensive treatment to less serious illnesses or injuries; and/or I have managed nasal-pharyngeal and gastric suction as well as a variety of other drainage tubes; and/or I have assisted nurses in executing doctors' orders and oversaw the work of assistants, LPN's and student nurses.
  3. I have set up and operated equipment (e.g. cardiac monitors, arterial lines respirators, defibrillators, endotracheal suction equipment); and/or I have closely observed post-operative and seriously ill patients for adverse conditions and reactions; and/or I have provided emergency treatment to accident victims or provided resuscitative measures.
  4. I have planned, implemented and evaluated nursing care; and/or I have analyzed patient outcomes to determine effectiveness of interventions; and/or I have assimilated quality management data into the planning and development of nursing care; and/or I have performed nurse care surveys as prescribed by the JCAHO and initiated corrective actions.
  5. I have implemented holistic patient care procedures as outlined in the patient care plan; and/or I have reported and/or documented patient responses to nursing care; and/or I have initiated and maintained intraveneous therapy.
  6. I have coordinated multi-disciplinary teams to update treatment plans and completed corrective actions; and/or I have participated in multiple emergency and code 45 situations; and/or I have taught nursing care principles, practices and procedures to new nurses.
  7. None of the above.


4.Clinical Nurses must have thorough knowledge of safety principles and infection control in the patient care environment along with an understanding of infection control procedures and universal precautions. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have completed dressing changes on an HIV or immun-compromised patients; and/or I have administered intravenous medication to a patient with blood borne pathogens; and/or I have trained nursing assistants, LPNs and RNs on the protocol for blood spills, the dangers, and the proper procedures utilized for cleanup; and/or I have worked with HIV patients on an extensive basis.
  2. I have identified a potential TB patient or isolation case, alerted staff and ensured that appropriate precautions for treatment were implemented; and/or I have worked with Hepatitis patients and adhered to established safety procedures and precautions; and/or I have worked with HIV patients on a limited basis and closely adhered to established safety procedures; and/or I have participated in fire and disaster drills in accordance to safety department policy.
  3. I have provided care and/or recommendations while working as an infection control nurse in a hospital, clinic or community based setting or as a member of a committee specializing in infection control and disease prevention issues; and/or I have developed and provided training sessions on nosocomial infections, blood borne or airborne diseases, or provided instruction to patients on managing their infectious or chronic disease.
  4. I have recommended safety practices on prevention of needle sticks and contamination that have been adopted; and/or I have monitored patient outcomes in regards to infectious disease management; and/or I have applied safety principles to patient care environment; and/or I have supervised subordinates on the nursing unit during fire and disaster drills.
  5. I have written procedures on nosocomial infections and disease prevention; and/or I have analyzed responses to fire and disaster drills to determine areas in need of improvement.
  6. None of the above.


5.Clinical Nurses must have the ability to assess patients' needs and coordinate an appropriate nursing care plan. Experience gained must be in a hospital or clinical setting. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have reviewed patient care plans and ensured corrective actions are initiated; and/or I have completed quality review of policies and procedures for care and treatment; and/or I have conveyed treatment team goals to obtain optimal patient compliance.
  2. I have developed, planned, and implemented nursing care plans in a hospital specialty unit with acute and subacute beds for patients with multi-system organ failures such as end stage liver disease, respiratory failure, congestive heart disease, and metastatic cancer with treatment failure.
  3. I have recognized patient deviations from normal and provided appropriate treatment and follow-up; and/or I have incorporated concepts of preventive health into assessment of patient needs and patient education; and/or I have revised plan of care based upon assessment of patient needs.
  4. I have conducted nursing assessments on newly admitted patients; and/or I have planned and implemented patient care plans for a disease which is resistant or rapidly progressing (e.g., a cancer treatment which is not responding to therapy); and/or I have reported changes with patient status based upon observations and assessments.
  5. I have developed and implemented nursing care plans for end of life and terminally ill patients requiring intense pain management; and/or I have developed individualized patient care plans based upon assessments, policies, guidelines and standards of practice.
  6. None of the above.


6.Clinical Nurses must have a comprehensive knowledge of rehabilitative nursing, pre- and post-operative care. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have conducted unit meetings or training sessions; and/or as a charge nurse or team leader, I have facilitated instructions and adjusted patient care; and/or I have provided information in an emergency or crisis situation; and/or I have provided information to staff on immediate patient concerns and changes in treatment.
  2. I have conveyed information at conferences with health care officials, at public health forums, or with officials in private organizations; and/or I have given presentations at nursing conferences; and/or I have taught college courses to nursing students; and/or I have taught Basic Life Support in the community; and/or I have served as a facilitator at a public meeting.
  3. I have held the position of Supervisory Clinical Nurse, Rehabilitation Nurse Specialist, Team Leader/Charge Nurse in a nursing unit (i.e. Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) or Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU); and/or I have developed and coordinated care plans for rehabilitative, pre and post-operative patients; and/or I have provided staff and patient education for implementation of care plans.
  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. Other


* 2.Which of the following factors listed below was the single most important factor that influenced your decision to apply for work with the Bureau of Prisons?
  1. Pay
  2. Retirement benefits
  3. Health care benefits
  4. Vacation/holiday leave
  5. Job security
  6. Interest in public service
  7. Limited/lack of private sector jobs
  8. Organization/agency mission
  9. Reputation of the BOP
  10. Positive work environment
  11. Opportunity to advance
  12. Opportunities for training/development
  13. Variety of assignments
  14. Opportunity to make a difference with my work
  15. Challenging and interesting work
  16. Geographical location
  17. Relocation opportunities
  18. Work hours/schedule
  19. Opportunity to balance work-life issues
  20. Ability to address a new family situation (e.g., child, marital change, health change)
  21. Friend or family member working for the BOP
  22. Not addressed above
        BRANCHED: 1.Please briefly describe below the important factor, which was not addressed, that influenced your decision to apply:

       Maximum length of 75 characters.


3.In addition to the single most important factor, please indicate below any other factors that influenced your decision to apply for work with the BOP:
  1. Pay
  2. Retirement benefits
  3. Health care benefits
  4. Vacation/holiday leave
  5. Job security
  6. Interest in public service
  7. Limited/lack of private sector jobs
  8. Organization/agency mission
  9. Reputation of the BOP
  10. Positive work environment
  11. Opportunity to advance
  12. Opportunities for training/development
  13. Variety of assignments
  14. Opportunity to make a difference with my work
  15. Challenging and interesting work
  16. Geographical location
  17. Relocation opportunities
  18. Work hours/schedule
  19. Opportunity to balance work-life issues
  20. Ability to address a new family situation (e.g., child, marital change, health change)
  21. Friend or family member working for the BOP