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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. 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-09 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.

* 3.TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENTS: All applicants must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of the vacancy announcement. Select one of the following:
  1. I am a GS/GL/GM employee.

        BRANCHED: * 1.Select one of the following:
    1. I am currently at the GS/GL-10 grade level or higher, or was previously at the GS/GL-10 grade level or higher.
    2. I am currently at the GS/GL-09 grade level, and will be at the GS/GL-09 grade level for a total of 52 weeks by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
    3. I was previously at the GS/GL-09 grade level for at least a total of 52 weeks.
    4. I do not meet time-in-grade requirements because as a GS/GL-09 employee, I will not have 52 weeks at the GS/GL-09 grade level by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
    5. I do not meet time-in-grade requirements because I am below the GS/GL-09 grade level.
  2. I am a WS/WG employee and will be a WS/WG employee for at least the previous 52 weeks by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
  3. I am a WS/WG employee and have not been a WS/WG employee for at least the previous 52 weeks.

        BRANCHED: 1.If you have not been a WS/WG employee for at least the previous 52 weeks, select one of the following:
    1. I was previously at the GS/GL-10 or higher grade level.
    2. I was previously at the GS/GL-09 grade level for 52 weeks.
    3. I was previously at the GS/GL-09 grade level for less than 52 weeks.
    4. I was previously at a grade level below the GS/GL-09.
    5. I was not previously in the GS/GL pay system.

        BRANCHED: 2.If you were not previously in the GS/GL pay plan, but were in another federal civilian pay plan, please provide your pay plan and salary information below. ( i.e., JS pay system, 44,500 per annum)

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  4. Other

        BRANCHED: 1.Please provide your salary information below. If you are a federal employee, include your pay plan, and grade or pay band.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.


DETERMINING YOUR NEED TO COMPETE FOR THIS POSITION: Please CAREFULLY read all of the information outlined below.

* 4.In order to determine your need to compete for this position, select the statement which best applies to you.
  1. I am a GS/GL/GM employee.
    Some General Schedule (GS) and LEO (GL) applicants may be considered for selection without "competing" for this position (i.e., completing assessment questions, etc). Examples include applicants eligible for reassignment, changing to a lower grade, or repromoting to a grade previously held on a permanent basis.

    You do not need to compete for this job if you, on a permanent basis (SEE NOTE BELOW ON TEMPORARY PROMOTIONS), are a GS-10 or higher, or are in a job with a career ladder of GS-10, or are in a trainee position which may lead to a non-competitive promotion upon successful completion of a training program. You also would not compete if you were previously a GS-10 on a permanent basis or held a position with a career ladder of GS-10 and were not demoted for disciplinary reasons. You are encouraged to check with your local HR office if you are uncertain of your response to this question.

    What is a career ladder? A career ladder is the normal grade progression through which employees advance to reach the full performance level (top grade of the career ladder) of a particular occupation without having to apply for and compete with other employees. A career ladder consists of grades ranging from the lowest level of the position at which an employee can be hired, to the highest level, also known as the full performance level. For example, for a position that is announced at the GS/GL-5/7/9/11 grade levels, the top grade of the career ladder is GS-11. An employee who is selected at the GS/GL-7 grade level is eligible to receive career ladder promotions up to the GS-11 grade level without further competition.

    NOTE: If you have "competed" for a temporary promotion (i.e., completing assessment questions, etc), AND the vacancy announcement stated that the temporary promotion could be made permanent without further competition, you do not need to compete for this position. You must provide the promotion SF-50. Failure to do so will result in you being considered competitively.

        BRANCHED: * 1.Do you meet the condition listed above?
    1. Yes, I am currently at the GS-10 grade level or higher; or, the position I currently hold is a career ladder position which goes to the GS-10 grade level or higher without my having to compete; or, I am a trainee who has competed to the GS-10 grade level or higher.
    2. Yes, I was previously at the GS-10 grade level or higher; or, I previously held a career ladder position which went to the GS-10 grade level without having to compete.
    3. Yes, I have competed for a temporary promotion to the GS-10, AND the vacancy announcement stated that the temporary promotion could be made permanent without further competition. YOU MUST PROVIDE PROMOTION SF-50.
    4. No, I am currently on a temporary promotion to the GS-10, not to exceed 120 days.
    5. No, my current grade level is GS/GL-09 or lower.
    IF YOU ANSWERED 'YES' ABOVE, YOUR APPLICATION WILL BE PROCESSED AS AN EXCEPTION. IF YOU ANSWERED 'NO' ABOVE, YOU ARE A COMPETITIVE APPLICANT AND MUST ENSURE YOU COMPLETE THE ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS ON THE PREVIOUS SCREEN.
  2. I am a WS/WG employee.
    For WS applicants to be considered for this position without competing (i.e., be eligible to be reassigned, changed to a lower grade or repromoted), WS EMPLOYEES MUST meet one of the conditions described below:

    • A) You must have been a WS employee for the preceding 52 weeks; AND Your current annual salary MUST BE equal to or greater than the representative rate identified in the remarks section of the vacancy announcement.

      OR


    • B) If you are a WS employee, but have not been a WS employee for the preceding 52 weeks, THEN the career ladder of the position you held on a permanent basis as a GS employee MUST BE equal to or greater than the GS-10 grade level.

      OR


    • C) If you previously held, on a permanent basis, a position which went to the GS-10 grade level or higher.


        BRANCHED: * 1.Do you meet any of the conditions listed above?
    1. Yes, I have been a WS employee for the last 52 weeks; AND my current salary is equal to or greater than the representative rate of the position as indicated on the VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT.
    2. Yes, I am a WS employee, but I have not been a WS employee for the last 52 weeks, and the position I held on a permanent basis as a GS employee was a career ladder position which went to the GS-10 grade level or higher without my having to compete.
    3. Yes, I have been in a position which went to the GS-10 grade level or higher, on a permanent basis.
    4. No, I am a WS employee and do not meet any of the conditions listed above.
    IF YOU ANSWERED 'YES' ABOVE, YOUR APPLICATION WILL BE PROCESSED AS AN EXCEPTION. IF YOU ANSWERED 'NO' ABOVE, YOU ARE A COMPETITIVE APPLICANT AND MUST ENSURE YOU COMPLETE THE ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS ON THE PREVIOUS SCREEN.
  3. I am a federal employee in a different pay plan.
  4. I am applying under a special hiring authority (i.e., Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) or 30% or More Disabled Veterans).

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please select the special hiring authority under which you are requesting consideration.
    1. Veterans` Employment Opportunities Act
    2. 30% or More Disabled Veterans
    NOTE: This vacancy is not open to VEOA eligibles. You will not receive consideration for this position applying under this special hiring authority.

    In order to receive consideration as a 30% or More Disabled Veteran, you MUST provide ALL supporting documentation, as stated in the VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT by the closing date and time of the vacancy.


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.

5.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.


6.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.


7.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.


8.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
This is a Federal job application system. Providing false information, documentation, creating fake IDs, or failing to answer all questions truthfully and completely may be grounds for not hiring, for disbarment from Federal employment or for dismissal after the applicant begins work. Falsifying a Federal job application, attempting to violate the privacy of others, or attempting to compromise the operation of this system may be punishable by fine or imprisonment (US Code, Title 18, section 1001). Applicants who provide inaccurate information within the application process may be removed from future consideration under this vacancy.

Carefully read the information listed below.

Bureau of Prisons Employees:

Your overall yearly performance evaluation will be considered based on current policy and/or procedures, normally within a 13 month time frame. If your yearly evaluation is not in compliance with policy and/or procedures, your overall rating will be modified to Presumptive Successful or Achieved Results.

Other Status Applicants:

You must provide a copy of your latest yearly performance appraisal/evaluation within the last 13 months. Failure to submit all required information may result in a lowered score. NOTE: If you lack a current performance appraisal or your current performance appraisal is older than 13 months due to a work related compensable injury or deployment to the uniformed service, you should report your most recent rating of record.

* 1.If you currently hold, or ever held, a civilian position in the Federal Government, what was your last yearly performance appraisal rating? NOTE: If you receive an updated yearly performance evaluation during the life of this vacancy announcement, you MUST update your response.
  1. Outstanding

        BRANCHED: 1.Please enter the date of your Outstanding evaluation.
  2. Excellent

        BRANCHED: 1.Please enter the date of your Excellent evaluation.
  3. Successful, Presumptive Successful or Achieved Results

        BRANCHED: 1.Please enter the date of your Successful, Presumptive Successful or Achieved Results evaluation.
  4. Minimally Satisfactory
  5. Unacceptable or Unsatisfactory
  6. Pass (not a BOP employee)
  7. Fail (not a BOP employee)
  8. None of the above. (not a BOP employee)


Table of Award Points

  • QSI (Quality Step Increase) or SSP (Sustained Superior Performance) - add 4 points
  • Special Act or Time-Off Award - add 2 points
  • Letter of Commendation (CEO level) - add 1 point
  • Suggestion Award - add 1 point


2.Using the table of points for the types of awards you received within the last 5 years of federal employment, calculate your total award points.
  1. 0 point
  2. 1 point
  3. 2 points
  4. 3 points
  5. 4 points
  6. 5 points
  7. 6 points
  8. 7 - 15 points
  9. over 15 points


3.From the list below, please select the awards used to calculate your total award points.
  1. QSI (Quality Step Increase)
  2. SSP (Sustained Superior Performance)
  3. Special Act Award
  4. Time-Off Award
  5. Letter of Commendation (CEO level)
  6. Suggestion Award


* 4.Are you a current Bureau of Prisons (BOP) employee?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.BOP EMPLOYEES MUST enter a duty location for each position change within the past ten years of BOP employment. Title, Series, Grade and Location MUST be provided.

    Use the format below:

    • 10/12/2003 to Present; Unit Manager, GS-006-12; USP Correctional Facility
    • 5/25/2000 to 10/11/2003; Case Manager, GS-101-09; FCI Correctional Facility


       Maximum length of 5000 characters.
  2. No


BOP EMPLOYEES are reminded to:
  • review their resume AND include all relevant experience for the position; and,
  • enter a duty location for each position change within the resume for at least the past five years of employment.






This is a Federal job application system. Providing false information, creating fake IDs, or failing to answer all questions truthfully and completely may be grounds for not hiring, for disbarment from Federal employment, or for dismissal after the applicant begins work. Falsifying a Federal job application, attempting to violate the privacy of others, or attempting to compromise the operation of this system may be punishable by fine or imprisonment (US Code, Title 18, section 1001).