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Grade: 13

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Note: Your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the job-specific questions, or you may not receive credit.
1 I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, all of the information on and attached to this application is true, correct, complete, and made in good faith. I understand that false or fraudulent information on or attached to this application may be grounds for not hiring me or for firing me after I begin work and may be punishable by fine or imprisonment. I understand that any information I give may be investigated. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
2 Do you have a performance appraisal rating on your job performance? If yes, you must submit the performance appraisal per the instructions on how to apply for this position. If no, please explain why. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
    2.1 If no, please explain why. Maximum length of 250 characters.
3 Are you currently serving or have served in the last five years in a Political Appointment in the Federal Government? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    3.1 Please list the title, agency, and dates of this appointment. Please note you will be required to meet OPM Approval of your appointment if selected. Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • No
4 Select the choice that describes your employment status with Veterans Affairs. Answer to this question is required
  • I am a current, permanent Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General (VA OIG) employee.
  • I am a Veterans Affairs employee eligible for Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) consideration.
  • I am a VA OIG employee currently serving on a Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA).
  • I do not meet any of the above criteria.
Specialized experience for the GS-13 is one year of experience at the GS-12 level, or equivalent, that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position which includes: - Experience providing clinical healthcare services requiring interpretation of various medical regulation and directives; AND - Experience conducting healthcare audits, inspections, or program evaluations. OR Special Provision for In-service Placement: Successful completion of an agency-sponsored on-the-job training program may be substituted for qualifying experience, provided it included a formal individualized training plan. Such a training program must have been conducted in an operating health care system and included: • Assignments providing a knowledge of basic health system administration philosophies, practices, and procedures, and basic Government administrative policies and requirements; • Practical assignments providing an opportunity to apply a broad range of quality assurance and health care program inspections and evaluation skills. (as the individual progresses, work assignments must be characteristic of the grade level to which he or she is assigned); and • Oversight by an experienced health system administrator with periodic evaluation of the individual's progress and appropriate adjustment of the training program.
5 Select the choice that best describes your specialized experience. Answer to this question is required
  • I have one full year or more of specialized experience equivalent in responsibility and scope to the GS-12 level as described above.
  • I have successfully completed an agency-sponsored on-the-job training program as described above.
  • I do not have one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the definition as described above.
6 Select all professional degrees and related clinical licenses that you have: (You are highly encouraged to submit a copy of your license(s) when you apply.) Answer to this question is required
  • Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Nurse Practitioner (NP)
  • Master of Social Work (MSW)
  • Physician Assistant (PA)
  • Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
  • None of the above
7 What is your experience applying concepts, principles, and techniques of quality improvement and health care program evaluations? Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience in a broad range of quality improvement and health care program inspections and evaluations.
  • I have conducted research and analysis of issues and identified potential quality management and health care program problems in preparation for project development.
  • I have designed projects to assess health care program issues and evaluated quality improvement and health care issues.
  • I have not had experience in performing this type of work.
8 I have experience developing strategies to address health care issues. Answer to this question is required
  • True
  • False
9 Please describe where in your resume this experience is documented; please list the organization(s) where you obtained this experience and the corresponding dates. Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required
10 Which of the following is the primary clinical setting you have in performing hands-on clinical healthcare services? Answer to this question is required
  • Acute Care (Medical/Surgical)
  • Intensive/Critical Care Unit
  • Emergency Department
  • Dialysis Unit
  • Mental Health Services
  • Primary Care
  • Specialty Care Clinic (Pain management, OEF/OIF, women’s health, surgery clinics)
  • Operating Rooms /Ambulatory Surgery Centers
  • Allied Health (OT, PT, RT, dietetics, dental, etc.)
  • Rehabilitation Center / Long Term Care Unit / Community Living Center
  • None of the above
11 What type of clinical work have you done on a regular and recurring basis? Answer to this question is required
  • Assessed/evaluated patients’ clinical health status
  • Provided clinical care, including medication administration and/or nursing treatments in a clinic, hospital, or long-term care setting
  • Performed or assisted with clinical or invasive procedures or surgeries
  • Triaged patients requiring urgent or emergent care
  • Reviewed medical records for quality improvement
  • Provided Mental Health treatment or counseling
  • Prepared/dispensed and educated patients on medications in a clinic or hospital-based pharmacy
  • Ordered diagnostic tests and medications to treat patients’ assessed condition(s)
  • None of the above
12 Please list where this experience can be found in your resume. Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required
13 In which of the following administrative responsibilities do you have experience? Answer to this question is required
  • Providing assistance and direction to certified nursing assistants.
  • Providing assistance and direction to licensed practical nurses.
  • Providing assistance and direction to registered nurses.
  • Supervising clinical care at the level of a clinic, nursing unit, or clinical department.
  • Supervising clinical care and administrative activities of a hospital.
  • Conducting clinical education programs.
  • None of the above
14 Which of the following describes the work you have performed as a regular part of your job duties? Answer to this question is required
  • Direct, manage, and provide clinical feedback to registered nurses and/or other clinicians
  • Perform and monitor patient responses to clinical interventions
  • None of the above
15 Please select all the tasks that you have experience providing direction and coordination throughout a project. Answer to this question is required
  • Monitored team activities
  • Provided guidance to team members
  • Ensured objectives are met within assigned timeframe and resources
  • Recommended alternative actions and revisions
  • Identified potential health care program problem areas
  • Designed projects to assess problematic issues
  • Conducted independent research and analysis of issues for project development
  • Planned and scheduled project briefings
  • Provided briefings and project updates verbally to an executive level committee or senior leadership
  • Provided written briefing or report to an executive level committee or senior leadership
  • None of the above
16 Please select all the tasks that you have experienced with planning a quality improvement project. Answer to this question is required
  • Used automated information systems to extract information in formats that are useful for site inspection and evaluation.
  • Used information obtained in various discussions and records reviews to identify important problem areas for review.
  • Developed review strategies to evaluate the health care program issues.
  • None of the above
17 What is your level of experience in project management? Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience in managing the development of quality improvement inspection/evaluation project in a health care environment.
  • I have oriented, trained, and led a team of inspectors for health care inspections and evaluations.
  • I have participated in the design of data collection instruments that include electronic health records review guide, tools, and interview questionnaires.
  • I have worked with team leaders in the planning and scheduling of project briefings and training sessions.
  • None of the above
18 Select the answer that best describes your experience working on team projects. Answer to this question is required
  • I have had primary responsibility for team projects including team member direction, coordination, monitoring of progress, and report writing.
  • I have participated in team projects where I collected data and evaluated results for assigned review components.
  • I have participated on team projects by carrying out administrative responsibilities.
  • I do not have experience working on team projects.
19 Please select all that apply in describing your skill in evaluating and inspecting health care programs and activities. Answer to this question is required
  • Designed data collection instruments to be used in electronic health record reviews or for documenting information from respondents.
  • Planned, coordinated and/or conducted pre-inspection research.
  • Organized review findings to facilitate comprehensive analysis of issues.
  • Developed inspection/evaluation plans that address problems in health care.
  • Ensured reviews, inspections, and program evaluations were properly carried out and findings and recommendations stated in reports were adequately supported.
  • Evaluated quantitative and qualitative information obtained during inspections to ensure a comprehensive analysis of issues.
  • None of the above
20 Select the statements that best describe your skill in project data analysis: Answer to this question is required
  • Independent research
  • Analysis of issues
  • Identifying potential QM/health care program problem areas
  • Designing new projects to assess needs of the inspection
  • Provide recommendations for program process improvement
  • None of the above
21 Please describe where in your resume this experience is documented; please list the organization(s) where you obtained this experience and the corresponding dates. Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required
22 Which of the following have you performed as a regular part of your job duties? Answer to this question is required
  • Develop and implement professional standards, policy, procedures, and rules consistent with applicable laws.
  • Apply and practice in accordance with professional standards, policy, procedures, and rules, including applicable laws.
  • None of the above
23 Select the statements that best describe your written communication skills. Answer to this question is required
  • I have written and edited healthcare-related authoritative or research documents for use or approval by, executive-level management.
  • I have written and edited healthcare delivery system - related evaluation, inspection, or quality improvement reports for review and/or approval by executive-level management.
  • I have critiqued written documents to ensure use of correct grammar and fully supported conclusions and recommendations.
  • I have explained and justified decisions, conclusions, findings, and recommendations to executive level management.
  • I have developed training materials for health care issues.
  • None of the above
24 Have you integrated inspection data and information in a clear, well-organized, and concise written report? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
25 Please list the type of reports and/or briefings you have experience in writing: Answer to this question is required
  • Congressional Reports
  • National Review Reports
  • Hotline Reports
  • Hospital or Clinic Inspection Reports
  • Executive Reports
  • White Papers
  • None of the above
26 Please describe where in your resume this experience is documented; please list the organization(s) where you obtained this experience and the corresponding dates. Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required
27 Please list the type of reports and/or briefings you have experience in orally presenting: Answer to this question is required
  • Congressional Reports
  • National Review Reports
  • Hotline Reports
  • Hospital and Clinic Inspection Reports
  • Executive Reports
  • White Papers
  • None of the above
28 Please describe where in your resume this experience is documented; please list the organization(s) where you obtained this experience and the corresponding dates. Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required
29 Select the statements that best describe your oral communication skills. Answer to this question is required
  • I have prepared and presented clear, concise, logical, accurate, and coherent reports and documents to executive-level management.
  • I have communicated project strategies, goals, or priorities in oral presentations to management on a regular basis.
  • I explain and justify decisions, conclusions, findings and recommendations to executive-level management.
  • I have provided training on health related topics.
  • None of the above