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Grade: 05
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-04 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.

NOTE: If you are using education to qualify, you must provide transcripts to receive consideration. Transcripts MUST be received in the announcing office by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

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. They 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 performed glucose checks; and/or I have performed single dressing changes; and/or I have taken and recorded vital signs; and/or I have interviewed patients by completing histories; and/or I have administered oral medications and observed affect on patient.
  2. I have conducted patient interviews for medical history and assessment; and/or I have presented discharge instructions to patients; and/or I have conducted telephone triage or post-procedure follow-up; and/or I have obtained vital signs; and/or I have performed preparatory procedures such as pre-surgical scrubs and EKGs.
  3. I have provided appropriate PICC line (intraveneous catheter) or central line care; and/or I have started IVs; and/or I have administered and monitored IV fluids; and/or I have administered oxygen; and/or I have administered blood transfusions; and/or I have provided and updated immunizations, or allergy treatments and performed complex dressing changes.
  4. None of the above.


4.Clinical Nurses must have knowledge of general safety principles and infection control in the patient care environment, understand isolation procedures, universal precautions, etc. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have provided care to patients in different types of isolation using Universal Precautions; and/or I have participated and provided leadership in evaluating and conducting hospital fire drills; and/or I have provided treatment in a hospital setting to patients with blood borne or airborne diseases requiring protective equipment.
  2. I have worn gloves to perform injections; and/or I have completed dressing changes; and/or I have washed hands prior to completing basic vital sign checks and other nursing procedures.
  3. I oversaw nursing assistants or LPNs in the application of infection control procedures; and/or I have utilized proper sterile techniques and procedures when providing pre and post-operative care and assisted surgeons and registered nurses in operating room activities.
  4. I have treated patients with contagious diseases like shingles or chickenpox; and/or I have changed or cleansed infected wounds or sores while wearing gloves and masks; and/or I have monitored HIV+ patients for evidence of opportunistic infections; and/or I have directly observed medication therapy in TB patients; and/or I have managed infectious waste, sharps and linens in accordance to policy.
  5. None of the above.


5.Clinical Nurses must have the ability to assess patients' health care status 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 assessed patient's knowledge of procedures and participated in the informed consent process; and/or I have verified completion of procedures preparations (NPO status, bowel prep, medications, surgical scrub); and/or I have obtained information regarding allergies or previous adverse reactions to anesthesia.
  2. I have assessed and coordinated clinical care such as performing patient vital signs, medical histories, and height and weight checks; and/or I have monitored skin integrity of bed-ridden patients; and/or I have assessed the nutritional needs of patients.
  3. I have met the needs of patients with complex, chronic conditions and required specific medical care and/or treatment; and/or I have monitored post-dialysis needs of patients; and/or I have monitored blood sugars of unstable diabetic patients; and/or I have provided intervention during a hypertensive crisis.
  4. None of the above.


6.Clinical Nurses must be able to communicate orally, conduct meetings/training sessions, inform others of patient care, etc. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have informed the charge nurses, other nursing staff, or doctors about the progress or condition of the patient and courses of treatment to improve the condition; and/or I have exchanged patient information with other medical professionals while working as a nursing assistant or nursing student; and/or I have provided comfort to patients.
  2. I have provided a patient update at the shift, reported to nurses or doctors for the continued and appropriate care of the patient. Typical examples would include communications with pharmacist, dietitians, physical therapists and other health care providers at multi-disciplinary treatment meetings or staff meetings.
  3. I have addressed patient concerns; and/or I have answered questions of the patient and/or family; and/or I have completed a college course in speech communications; and/or I have reported progress and patient condition to other patient care personnel.
  4. None of the above.


7.Clinical Nurses must possess the ability to document patient assessments and nursing interventions accurately. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have documented basic patient care and condition as gained in clinical rotations of a generic nursing program under the supervision of a RN; and/or I have updated nursing care plans; and/or I have completed work orders and incident reports.
  2. I have documented patient care and condition in the medical record; and/or I have completed the required forms of the health care information system accurately; and/or I have accurately recorded medication administration, Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) waived test results, and vital signs.
  3. I have documented patient assessments, nursing interventions and condition in a narrative Subjective Objective Assessment Plan (SOAP) or Subjective Objective Assessment Plan Intervention Evaluation(SOAPIE) format; and/or I have documented the administration of a variety of medications and the patient?s response to the medication; and/or I have prepared a nursing care plan for a patient.
  4. None of the above.


Grade: 07
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.


NOTE: ALL applicants MUST submit college transcipts and registration documentation for verification.

* 2.In addition to the minimum education and registration requirement, you must have one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-05 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: If you are using education to qualify, you must provide transcripts to receive consideration. Transcripts MUST be received in the announcing office by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

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. They 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 coordinated the care and assessment of non-critical patients; and/or I have provided comprehensive treatment to less serious illnesses or injuries; and/or I have managed a variety of drainage tubes; and/or I have assisted nurses in executing doctors? orders and overseeing the work of assistants, and student nurses.
  2. I have performed glucose checks; and/or I have completed single dressing changes; and/or I have taken and recorded vital signs; and/or I have interviewed patients by completing histories; and/or I have administered oral medications and observed affect on patient.
  3. I have provided appropriate PICC line (intravenous catheter) or central line care; and/or I have started IVs; and/or I have administered and monitored IV fluids; and/or I have administered oxygen; and/or I have administered blood transfusions; and/or I have provided and updated immunizations, or allergy treatments and performed complex dressing changes.
  4. 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 identified a potential TB patient or isolation case and alerted staff to ensure 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 adhered to established safety procedures.
  2. I have treated patients with contagious diseases like shingles or chickenpox; and/or I have changed or cleansed infected wounds or sores while wearing gloves and masks; and/or I have monitored HIV+ patients for evidence of opportunistic infections; and/or I have managed infectious wastes, sharps and linens.
  3. I have participated and provided leadership in evaluating and conducting hospital fire drills; and/or I have provided treatment in a hospital setting to patients with blood borne or airborne diseases requiring protective equipment available; and/or I oversaw nursing assistants or LPNs in the application of infection control procedures.
  4. None of the above.


5.Clinical Nurses must have the ability to assess patients' health care status 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 conducted nursing assessments on newly admitted patients; and/or I have 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, (e.g. hypodermic injections and intravenous feedings).
  2. I have assessed and coordinated clinical care such as performing patient vital signs, medical histories, and height and weight checks; and/or I have monitored skin integrity of bed-ridden patients; and/or I have assessed nutritional needs of patients.
  3. I have met the needs of patients with complex, chronic conditions, requiring specific medical care and/or treatment; and/or I have monitored post-dialysis needs of patients; and/or I have monitored blood glucose levels of unstable diabetic patients; and/or I have provided intervention during a hypertensive crisis.
  4. None of the above.


6.Clinical Nurses must be able to communicate orally, conducting meetings, training sessions, for the purpose of informing others of patient care. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have informed the charge nurses, other nursing staff, or doctors about the progress or condition of the patient and courses of treatment to improve the condition; and/or I have exchanged patient information with other medical professionals while working as a nursing assistant or nursing student.
  2. 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.
  3. I have provided a patient update at the shift report to nurses or doctors for the continued and appropriate care of the patient; and/or I have provided information to other health care providers at multi-disciplinary treatment or staff meetings.
  4. None of the above.


7.Clinical Nurses must possess the ability to document patient assessments and apply nursing interventions. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have documented patient assessments, nursing interventions and condition in a narrative Subjective Objective Assessment Plan (SOAP) or Subjective Objective Assessment Plan Invention Evaluation (SOAPIE) format; and/or I have documented the administration of a variety of medications and the patient?s response to the medication; and/or I have prepared a nursing care plan for a patient.
  2. I have initiated and updated care plans; and/or I have documented patient education; and/or I have provided written reports to committees regarding infectious disease, safety, or quality management; and/or I have developed nursing unit guidelines; and/or I have written articles for hospital newsletter; and/or I have developed written materials for staff education.
  3. I have documented patient care and condition in the medical record; and/or I have completed the required forms of the health care information system accurately; and/or I have accurately recorded medication administration, Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) waived test results and vital signs.
  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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