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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? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes, I meet ALL the minimum qualification requirements described above.
  • 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? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • 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.

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 Operating Room Nurses must be able to assign responsibility and delegate authority to the Operating Room nursing staff. To effectively perform the responsibilities of this position, the incumbent must possess the ability to determine and change priorities as the needs of the Operating Room dictate. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  • I have performed the duties of Charge Nurse over an Operating Room complex; and/or I have changed Operating Room schedule or staff room assignments in emergency situations; and/or I have ensured all operative packages were checked for integrity and expiration date, when necessary.
  • I have assigned duties and directed assignments for a large facility with a large subordinate nursing and surgical technician staff; and/or I have performed nursing related duties in a leadership role/capacity on major cases or in the event of a patient crisis.
  • I have performed team leader nursing functions for routine Operating Room cases; and/or I have mentored and assisted lower level nursing staff in performance of duties; and/or I have delegated tasks to ancillary operating room staff and monitor for performance/outcome.
  • I have tested and ensured proper maintenance and care of all technical precision equipment, instruments and supplies used in the OR; and/or I have performed Charge Nurse functions in an acting or temporary capacity.
  • I have assigned responsibilities and delegated authority to a subordinate nursing staff and surgical technicians; and/or I have assumed responsibility for all rearranged Operating Room schedule when unexpected patient issues were encountered.
  • None of the above.
4 Operating Room Nurses in a Federal Medical Center possess the ability to act appropriately in critical and/or emergency situations. They are responsible for ensuring the Operating Room is in a state of readiness for emergency and routine situations. During emergency situations, they are expected to coordinate activities received and ensure proper equipment is available for procedures needed. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  • I have served as Acting Operating Room Charge Nurse or Supervisor, during Operating Room emergencies, and rearranged operating room schedules when unexpected patient emergencies occurred; and/or I have provided immediate response to an emergency medical situation; and/or I have provided immediate response to a medical situation in a correctional environment.
  • I have performed pre-op and post-op assessment of patient condition with appropriate recommendations obtained assistance in the event of an emergency; and/or I have assisted in the activity of setting up for cases in the event of an emergency.
  • I have directed others in performing duties during emergency/critical situations; and/or I have served as a resource person for other medical team members; and/or I have anticipated needs of Operating Room as a circulating nurse to ensure functions and procedures are carried out according to governing regulations.
  • None of the above.
5 Operating Room Nurses must effectively interact with physicians, subordinate staff, co-workers, inmates and outside resources to assist in the orderly operation of the department. They must also possess the ability to effectively coordinate actions with other departments, internal and external of the Operating Room. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  • I have exchanged information and given direction to all parties in the execution of physician's orders and the oversight of all operating room/surgical technicians in the performance of their duties; and/or I have facilitated communication with involved parties to resolve issues; and/or I have communicated/coordinated services with outside surgical consultants, staff physicians, and other departments in scheduling patient services.
  • I have obtained information and relayed findings to supervisor for further consideration; and/or I have communicated with patients (inmate) and explained procedures and assessed aftercare needs of patients; and/or I have coordinated requirements for a medical escort trip with assigned correctional officers.
  • I have facilitated patient education (A&O, basic medical information, explained procedures, etc.); and/or I have contacted vendors regarding the procurement of new equipment and/or supplies; and/or I have used persuasive communication techniques to calm a hostile inmate/patient/client.
  • I have trained surgical technician and operating room staff in updated procedures, etc.; and/or I have participated in departmental meetings; and/or I have obtained information from vendors and relayed findings to supervisor on new medical equipment available for purchase.
  • I have provided pertinent information during internal meetings; and/or I have prepared short reports or memorandums that are accurate, well organized and concise; and/or I have explained pre and post-operative information to inmates/patients on basic or recurring procedures.
  • I have successfully coordinated a medical escort trip with Correctional Services, Psychology Services, and the Inmate Systems Department; and/or I have resolved standard problems or complaints encountered using established procedures.
  • None of the above.
6 Operating Room Nurses must possess the ability to develop, interpret and apply policies and procedures specific to operating room operations in a correctional environment. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  • I have developed operating room guidelines, policies and procedures which streamlined efforts of affected staff; interpreted and implemented proper sterilization and infection control procedures; and/or I have utilized and referenced contract and procurement guidelines when dealing with outside consultant and vendors; and/or I have served as a chairperson on workgroups or committees in developing special health care service programs.
  • I have applied appropriate OR sterilization and infection control procedures; and/or I have explained policies and procedures to less experienced staff; and/or I have ensured proper accountability of all surgical items (i.e., sponges, sharps, instruments, blades, etc.); and/or I have maintained accurate OR records as required by JCAHO and/or other organizations.
  • I have participated in a workgroup/committee under the direction of a higher level staff member; and/or I have performed recurring duties in compliance with governing regulations (J.C.A.H.O., infection control, sterilization etc.); and/or I have ensured compliance with AORN guidelines; and/or I have collected quality assurance data in accordance with instructions.
  • I have provided recommendations for updates/revisions to existing policies and procedures for higher level consideration; and/or I have participated in developing patient programs which improved quality of care.
  • None of the above.

Grade: All Grades

1 How did you hear about this employment opportunity with the Bureau of Prisons (BOP)?
  • Private information service
  • Magazine
  • Newspaper
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Poster/Flyer
  • Private employment office
  • State Employment/Unemployment Office or Career Service Center
  • State or local Job Information Center
  • BOP Employee Services Department (bulletin board or other form announcement)
  • School or college counselor or other official
  • Agency or other Federal government recruitment at school or college
  • Recruitment event (other than school or college)
  • Friend or relative working for the BOP
  • Friend or relative not working for the BOP
  • Religious organization
  • USAJOBS, the official job site of the US Federal Government
  • BOP Website
  • Internet job site
  • Contacted the BOP on my own
  • Military publication
  • Military Separation Center
  • Professional Organization
  • Federal Job Publication (i.e., Federal Jobs Digest, etc)
  • Discover Corrections
  • Washington DC Diversity
  • Other
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