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Grade: 04

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 or must have applied for a license to practice.
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 Non licensed applicants must furnish the date on which they applied for a license and the jurisdiction involved in the following field. Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required
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. Non-licensed candidates who have completed their training may be appointed subject to obtaining the required license during the probationary period. No person appointed pending licensure may be retained beyond the probationary period if licensure has not been attained. All supporting documentation MUST be received in the announcing office by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
3 In addition to the licensure requirement, applicants must have 6 months of nursing experience equivalent to at least the GS-3 grade level or meet the education/training requirements as described in the VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT. Do you meet the experience or education/training requirements for this position? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No

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.
4 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, they contact consultant's offices and clinical laboratory for laboratory results and records reports given over the telephone. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  • I have communicated patient care data; and/or I have provided an updated status of patient observation to a registered nurse; and/or I have participated in oral nursing report/briefing; and/or I have explained daily procedures to a new co-worker (nursing assistant).
  • I have conveyed lab reports; and/or I have provided patient education; and/or I have provided pre and post operative teaching or discharge instructions.
  • I have assisted in conducting emergency counts for medical areas/hospitals; and/or I have contacted chaplain or social worker at a patient's request; and/or I have reviewed commissary/canteen lists with patients.
  • None of the above.
5 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 collected specimens; and/or I have administered oral medications and injections; and/or I have changed non-sterile dressings.
  • I have obtained licensure but with little experience/independent knowledge; and/or I have changed sterile dressings; and/or I have taken/passed instruments; and/or I have collected specimens; and/or I have provided simple wound care.
  • I have performed prescribed treatments and nursing procedures as needed according to the condition of the patient; and/or I have administered medications except for IV medications; and/or I have performed patient care assignments as directed; and/or I have done catheterizations; and/or I have used suction; and/or I have assisted with complex wound care.
  • None of the above.
6 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 recorded and reported a rise in temperature; and/or I have recorded and reported a difficulty in swallowing; and/or I have noted and recorded drooling at the mouth; and/or I have noted depression; and/or I have noted inability to urinate or have a bowel movement.
  • I have detected subtle changes in patient's status; and/or I have reported decreased urine output; and/or I have detected and reported increased respiratory rate; and/or I have discovered and reported changes in mental status.
  • I have noted patient's non-participation in activities as directed; and/or I have recorded and reported patient's lack of appetite; and/or I have recorded and reported patient's complaint of pain/headache to more experienced LPN/RN.
  • 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
Thank you for applying for a position with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. We appreciate you taking the time to complete this survey.