To qualify for this position, your resume must reflect sufficient experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the position for which you are applying. Your resume is key in evaluating your experience, as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your work experience.
Education: 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. (One year of nursing experience as a military corpsman that has been accepted by a State licensing body may be accepted in lieu of education at the GS-4 level.)
Registration: 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. No person appointed pending registration may be retained beyond 6 months, or promoted, if registration has not been attained.
The following shows the amounts of education and/or experience required to qualify for positions covered by this standard.
GS-4: Completion of a program of less than 30 months' duration or associate degree OR 1 year of nursing experience as a military corpsman.
GS-5: Completion of a program of less than 30 months' duration or associate degree OR Completion of a program of at least 30 months' duration or 4 academic years above high school or bachelor's degree OR 1 year of professional nursing, or of at least GS-4 level practical nurse or nursing assistant experience under the supervision of a professional nurse.
Specialized Experience: For GS-5 level, you must have one year of experience (equivalent to the GS-4) that included duties such as:
- Receives orientation and guidance on nursing policies, regulations, techniques and procedures and general functions of the unit to which assigned.
- Provides limited nursing care for patients.
- Administers drugs prescribed for patients.
- Obtains blood specimens.
- Measures temperature, pulse, respiration, height, weight and blood pressure and tests vision and hearing.
GS-7: Completion of a professional nursing program OR 1 full year of graduate education or bachelor's degree with superior academic achievement OR 1 year of experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 level.
Specialized Experience: For GS-7 level, you must have one year of experience (equivalent to at least the GS-5) that included duties such as:
- Receives orientation and guidance on nursing policies, and regulations, and general functions of the unit to which assigned.
- Plans and provides nursing care for individual patients.
- Performs venipuncture for the purpose of obtaining blood specimens.
- Records case histories; measures temperature, pulse, respiration, height, weight and blood pressure; tests vision and hearing.
GS-9: 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education or a master's or Equivalent degree OR 1 year of experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 level.
Specialized Experience: For GS-9 level, you must have one year of experience (equivalent to at least the GS-7) that included duties such as:
- Observes patient's conditions, assesses nursing needs, and provides required nursing care.
- Provide nursing care for ante partum, intra partum, postpartum, and newborn care.
- Administers prescribed oral medications, hypodermic injections and intravenous feeding.
- Observes and records temperature, pulse, blood pressure, respiration data and effects of medication.
- Prepares patients for tests, examinations and treatment.
- Prepares and reviews records, laboratory sheets, etc.
- Directs the work of aides, assistants, LPN's and trainee nurses.
Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for all grade levels and positions for which both education and experience are acceptable.
Indian Preference applicants will be rated in accordance with the Indian Health Service Excepted Service Qualification (Preston) Standards. Time-In-Grade requirements, if applicable, will not apply to Excepted Service Examining Plan applicants.
Time-In-Grade Requirements: Merit Promotion (status) candidates must have completed one year of service at the next lower grade level. Time-In-Grade provisions do not apply under the Excepted Service Examining Plan (ESEP).
You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Wednesday, December 31, 2014
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume (your resume must state specific duties that relate to this position) and your responses to the assessment questions will be evaluated against the duties you provided in your resume, along with your submitted documentation to determine your ability to demonstrate the following:
- Interpersonal Skills
- Decision Making
- Attention to Detail
- Education and Training
- Planning & Evaluation
You will receive a numeric rating based on your responses to the Assessment questions. If after reviewing your resume and responses to the assessment questions, a determination is made that you have overstated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration.
The following links below provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities. If you are a Veteran, qualified CTAP and ICTAP eligible, or an individual with a disability, please refer to the following links below for additional guidance:
Click here to view vacancy questions: View Assessment Questions. All documents above MUST be received by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date of, Wednesday, December 31, 2014, to be considered.