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Grade: 06
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.

* 1.You must have one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-5 grade level as described in the VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT. Do you meet the experience requirements for this position?
  1. Yes
  2. No


Applicants applying for this position, MUST also possess the following Selective Factor. In the event you do not possess the Selective Factor, you will be found ineligible for the position.

Selective Factor:

  • Applicants must have acquired the knowledge to administer medication. This may have been gained through a medical administration certification program, certified nursing assistant or medical assistant program which included instruction on medication administration, certified pharmacy technician program, vocational nursing program, paramedic training program or any other certified program that specifically addresses the issuance and/or control of medication. Evidence of program completion required.

    NOTE: ALL applicants MUST submit evidence of program completion. Evidence of completion includes a diploma, certificate of graduation or certificate of completion, a transcript with a final passing grade (above "C" or whatever is the equivalent on the scale used by the school), or any statement that indicates successful completion of a program outlined in this selective factor.

  • OR

  • Applicants must have completed a program which is directly related to the position such as: completion of an on the job training program, completion of a training/orientation program by a medical/pharmaceutical employer. Evidence of program completion required.

    NOTE: Evidence of program completion includes a letter on employer letterhead documenting completion of the program, documentation of completion of an On The Job Training program, an employment training record., or other appropriate documentation. Self certification of program completion will not be accepted.



* 2.Do you meet the Selective Factor for this position?
  1. Yes, I meet the Selective Factors for this position AND I will provide evidence of program completion by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
  2. No, I do not meet the Selective Factors for this position.


NOTE: ALL applicants MUST submit evidence of meeting the selective factor. This documentation MUST be received in the Consolidated Staffing Unit 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.Safety and infection control policies and procedures are required for work in any health care environment including correctional facilities. Often medication may have to be administered in various types of isolation and for inmates with infectious diseases. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I am aware of principles of universal precautions; and/or I have disinfected/sterilized medical equipment; and/or I have properly disposed of contaminated needles/syringes in bio-hazard waste.
  2. I have attended continuing education programs regarding infectious disease and/or patient safety; and/or I am knowledgeable of JCAHO patient safety guidelines; and/or I have administered medications to patients in respiratory isolation or reverse isolation; and/or I have monitored inmate workers in the area to ensure their compliance with safety and infection control.
  3. I have followed/practiced standard precautions; and/or I have used personal protective equipment (PPE) according to policy; and/or I have followed policies regarding bio-spills and exposures; and/or I have operated sterilizer equipment.
  4. None of the above.


4.Medication Technicians must be familiar with a variety of medical equipment necessary to deliver patient care. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have administered medication to patients by the following routes: oral, sublingual, buccal, eye, ear, nasal, rectal, topical, and metered hand held inhalants; and/or I have assisted physicians and/or nurses with exams or treatments; and/or I have utilized electronic medical records for recording patient information; and/or I have utilized an automated office system for scheduling purposes.
  2. I have sampled and documented blood sugars; and/or I have taken vital signs; and/or I have maintained and accounted for medical equipment and supplies; and/or I have requisitioned for medical and office supplies, as needed.
  3. I have taken automated vital signs and reported abnormal findings; and/or I have performed blood sugar checks, according to policy; and/or I have used automated medication storage systems to retrieve medications for administration; and/or I have noted and reported medication errors according to policy; and/or I have consulted with the nurse or pharmacist for clarification and accuracy, when questions regarding medication arose.
  4. None of the above.


5.Medication Technicians must be able to communicate both verbally and in writing with inmate patients, other health care providers, and staff in the health care setting and deal effectively with physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, physician assistants, other superiors, co-workers and outside individuals in order to provide the best patient care possible. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have instructed patients in activities of daily living; and/or I have, after receiving verbal commands/requests regarding a patient from a physician, approached the physician to request clarification; and/or I have instructed family members in how to best assist with patients care and activities; and/or I have conveyed basic non-technical written information in logs/reports/memos.
  2. I have performed in-service programs and provided on-the-job training for other medical nursing assistant/inmate workers; and/or I have provided clear, concise written and oral reports concerning pertinent patient information and/or correctional security issues; and/or I have served as preceptor or resource person to less experienced staff.
  3. I have acted as a participant in an emergency drill; and/or I have provided accurate reports of patient conditions or changes in conditions to nursing staff or other health care providers; and/or I have reinforced patient teaching/instruction.
  4. None of the above.


6.Medication Technicians must be familiar with signs and symptoms that might indicate a change in the patient's physical and/or emotional status. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have recognized and reported a physical or psychological change in a patient's condition requiring further assessment; and/or I have documented technical information in a patient medical record; and/or I have notified a supervisor of suspected drug reaction such as: lethargy, rash, or cough; and/or I have evaluated a patient's request for PRN drugs and documented use-inhaler, pain medication, ointments.
  2. I have taken a formal class, other than what is required; and/or I have experience dealing with patients in settings such as prison, state/county hospital, mental health facility or facility that cares for patients with dementia; and/or I have recognized and reported to superiors any bahaviors/actions which might indicate a threat to security or the safety of others; and/or I have dealt with situations of verbal abuse, combative bahavior, assaults, or other forms of aggression.
  3. I am able to describe situations which must be reported such as confusion, unsteady gait, changes in eating habits, etc.; and/or I have noted changes in VS and reported abnormal values; and/or I have recognized a medical emergency such as choking, difficulty breathing, falls, or bleeding.
  4. None of the above.


7.Medication Technicians administer medications to inmates in various locations, including the Health Services Unit, Special Housing Units, and other areas in the institution. They must also be familiar with reactions to medications and must be aware of signs and symptoms that might indicate a change in the patient's physical and/or emotional status as a result of taking certain medications. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I am familiar with common side effects of some medications; and/or I have recognized changes in mental status or emotional status of patients; and/or I have prepared oral medications according to JCAHO patient safety standards; and/or I have checked pulse or blood pressure as indicated prior to administering certain medications.
  2. I have administered medication via gastro tube; and/or I have completed a course for insulin administration; and/or I have experienced administering insulin and monitoring side effects.
  3. I have administered medications in the following manner: rectal, oral, topical; and/or I have administered medications using unit dose or automated medication storage systems; and/or I have used protocols for vital signs or blood sugar monitoring associated with medication administration.
  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


Thank you for applying for a position with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. We appreciate you taking the time to complete this survey.





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