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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 requirement for this position. In the event you do not meet this requirement, you will be found ineligible for the position.
  1. Candidates must be currently licensed to practice as practical or vocational nurses in a State or territory of the United States or the District of Columbia.
1 Do you meet the minimum qualification requirement listed above? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes, I meet the minimum qualification requirement described above.
  • No, I do not meet the minimum qualification requirement described above.
2 In addition to the licensure requirement, applicants must have one year of nursing experience equivalent to at least the GS-6 grade level as described in the VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT. Do you meet the experience requirements for this position? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
NOTE: ALL applicants MUST submit a certified or photostatic copy of the license, a notarized statement attesting to the fact, or a citation of the license number and State issuing it 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 Practical Nurses communicate with such departments as Food Service, Facilities, Pharmacy and Health Systems Administration to assist the Registered Nurse or Physician Assistant and ensure inpatient needs are met. Additionally, Practical Nurses contact consultant's offices and clinical laboratories for laboratory results, records and reports. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  • I have participated on committees; and/or I have conveyed information to my supervisor for improving organizational performance and patient progress; and/or I have participated in meetings, conferences and in-service programs.
  • I have interacted with ancillary departments; and/or I have reported pertinent information to the charge nurse or supervisor; and/or I have communicated pertinent information to the unit officer or lieutenant.
  • I have communicated information to patients, staff and the public; and/or I have served as a preceptor to new staff members; and/or I have provided patient education; and/or I have redirected difficult patients while remaining calm.
  • I have participated in inter-disciplinary team meetings; and/or I have provided shift reports; and/or I have facilitated group therapy sessions.
  • None of the above.
4 Practical Nurses provide a range of standard patient care including wound care, sterile dressings, irrigations, compresses, laboratory tests, and administering prescribed medications. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  • I have maintained updated records; and/or I have provided patient care as directed by the policy and procedure manual; and/or I have utilized sterile techniques, where appropriate; and/or I have practiced universal/standard precautions.
  • I have assisted with emergency situations under the direction of a registered nurse; and/or I have utilized advanced cardiac life support protocols, under the direction of a registered nurse; and/or I have led therapeutic groups under the review of a registered nurse; and/or I have given intravenous access under the direction of a registered nurse; and/or I have participated with in-service programs.
  • I have identified the need for therapeutic group; and/or I have provided supervision, guidance, direction, instruction and counseling to inmate hospital workers in the performance of their assigned duties; and/or I have completed patient teaching as appropriate.
  • None of the above.
5 Practical Nurses observe and report gross changes in the patients' vital signs, symptoms, and general physical and emotional conditions. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  • I have reported and recorded information; and/or I have detected pupillary change; and/or I have auscultated apical pulse; and/or I have recognized abnormality of breath sounds, noting regularity.
  • I have recorded and reported pertinent information; and/or I have initiated CPR; and/or I have reported infiltrated IV to the charge nurse; and/or I have provided intervention for asthma attack.
  • I have participated in inter-disciplinary team, providing input into patient care plan; and/or I have readily recognized identifiable or major changes in a patient's status; and/or I have documented and reported changes to appropriate staff under established protocols.
  • None of the above.
6 Practical Nurses participate with the Registered Nurses and other health team members in planning, evaluating, and revising patient care plans to ensure updated recording and contribute toward quality assurance for nursing. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  • I have initiated standardized care plans for new admissions; and/or I have added information to existing care plans; and/or I have completed tasks/goals from existing care plans.
  • I have reviewed and documented per policy; and/or I have updated information to reflect order changes; and/or I have assessed goal and completion dates.
  • I have provided updates regarding treatment changes; and/or I have provided updates regarding patient's progress; and/or I have evaluated patient's limitations per care plan.
  • 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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