Headquarters, Air Force Space Command PRACTICAL NURSE in Peterson AFB, Colorado
Click on "Learn more about this agency" button below to view Eligibilities being considered and other IMPORTANT information. The primary purpose of this position is to serve as a practical nurse in one of several areas of Medical Treatment Facility (MTF) such as a hospital clinic or ward, emergency room, or a similar location.
Conditions of Employment
In order to qualify, you must meet the basic requirements AND specialized experience requirements described in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions +IOR for Practical Nurse Series, 0620. BASIC REQUIREMENTS: 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. Applications of candidates possessing a license must be accompanied by a certified or photo-static 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. Those not licensed must furnish the date on which they applied for a license and the jurisdiction involved. No person appointed pending licensure may be retained beyond the probationary period if licensure has not been attained. NOTE: You must submit a copy of your license. AND SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must have at least one (1) year of nursing experience equivalent at the next lower grade GS-04, or equivalent in other pay systems. Examples of specialized experience includes nursing care in a hospital, outpatient clinic, nursing home or other supervised medical, nursing, or patient care facility that provided a practical knowledge of human body structure and sterile techniques and procedures, performing such duties as: providing pre-and post-operative patient care; observing, recording, and reporting changes in behavior of mentally ill patients; providing reassurance and encouragement to mentally ill patients, assisting surgeons and registered nurses in operating room activities, including passing instruments, maintaining sterile conditions, and draping and positioning patients; setting and operating special medical equipment and apparatus. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas: 1. Knowledge of basic and commonly used medical equipment, supplies, and procedures sufficient to perform duties such as taking vital signs and taking samples. 2. Knowledge sufficient to gather and report patient information. 3. Knowledge sufficient to prepare and administer commonly prescribed medications, and to recognize adverse medical reactions in patients. 4. Knowledge sufficient to change sterile dressings and maintain the sterile condition of medical supply items. 5. Ability to respond to patient emergencies using resuscitative techniques and first aid procedures. 6. Ability to communicate, both orally and in writing. PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week. VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.