Occupational Health Nurse

Washington, D.C
Jan 28, 2022
Feb 05, 2022
Full Time

The Architect of the Capitol (AOC), Office of Attending Physician is recruiting for an Occupational Health Nurse. The employee provides nursing services to Members of Congress, staff and visitors to the buildings under the jurisdiction of the AOC. This includes providing emergency assessment, diagnosis and initial treatment of injuries or illnesses. The nurse also administers life-saving procedures including cardiopulmonary resuscitation and other first aid procedures and provides information on health related issues. Must be reliable, adaptable, able to prioritize patient privacy, and capable to work independently and/or with a group.

Major Duties Include:
  • Providing health care maintenance, diagnostic and therapeutic services, education and counseling while performing Occupational Health Nurse duties.
  • Performing emergency assessment, diagnosis and initial treatment of injury or illness. Notifies the Attending Physician in cases where initial treatment is beyond the competence or scope of the incumbent for advice and assistance, and based on the circumstances, to expedite the conveyance of the patient to a physician or suitable medical facility at the request of or on behalf of the patient.
  • Administering lifesaving procedures including cardiopulmonary resuscitation and other emergency first aid procedures to stabilize a patient. Must be fully knowledgeable in the areas of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and other lifesaving procedures.
  • Performing routine diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, monitoring stress levels and evaluating the treatment. Provides emotional support to the patient and family by providing information on the treatment. Performs electrocardiograms for patients to diagnose abnormalities of a heart condition. Refers patients to their personal physicians as necessary.
  • Dispensing or performing first aid or palliative treatment for conditions to enable the employee to complete the current work shift before consulting with their personal physician. Administers certain treatments such as allergens, vaccines, vitamins and similar treatments requested by the employee's private physician and in accordance with instruction of the OAP. Administers required immunizations as requested.
  • Providing standard healthcare maintenance, diagnostic/therapeutic services, education and counseling to patients.
  • Encouraging and informing patients of ways to maintain or improve their health status through education and counseling and performs other routine general nurse duties.
  • Serving as a health informational resource to Members of Congress, Staff and visitors for specialized information related to a particular patient population, health issue or clinical protocol. Maintains accurate, complete and confidential medical records on all patients diagnosed or treated and ensures proper security of these records.
  • Maintains a supply of emergency drugs in an Emergency Drug Box and ensures all drugs and supplies are current and maintains proper security of the Emergency Drug Box and Supplies.
  • Maintains an automated data base of patients treated and operates a personal computer for required and data input and retrieval. Conducts effective observations, prepares personal histories or uses other assessment measurement devices to gather information that portrays the client's physical health.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be able to pass a drug test.

To be employed by the Architect of the Capitol in a paid position, an individual must meet
one of the categories below:
  • A citizen of the United States;
  • A person who is lawfully admitted for permanent residence and is seeking citizenship as outlined in 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3)(B);
  • A person who is admitted as a refugee under 8 U.S.C. 1157 or is granted asylum under 8 U.S.C. 1158 and has filed a declaration of intention to become a lawful permanent resident and then a citizen when eligible;
  • A person who owes allegiance to the United States (nationals of American Samoa, Swains Island, and the Northern Mariana Islands, and nationals who meet other requirements described in 8 U.S.C. 1408); or
  • A person who is currently an officer or employee of the Government of the United States.

You resume and question responses must demonstrate job-related KSAs.

You must meet the definition of specialized experience.

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.


You must meet the United States Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) qualification requirements (including specialized experience and/or educational requirements) for the advertised position. You must meet all eligibility and qualifications requirements by the closing date of the job announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on the OPM web site at OPM qualification standards

Specialized experience: is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level.

Candidates for the GS-12 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower (GS-11) grade level in the Federal service.

Specialized experience is defined as having experience practicing the full range of professional nursing care principles, practices and procedures. It includes experience:

(1) Assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating employee/patient care utilizing the nursing process to determine proper health care in a work environment; and

(2) Developing and implementing techniques common to normal nursing practices such as palliative, triage and emergency care.


Must have a 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.

Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part of foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along if selected.

Additional information

Welcome Veterans. The Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) gives veterans' preference rights in the legislative branch to certain veterans as applied by the Congressional Accountability Act. Veterans' preference is applied on this vacancy announcement. If you are a veteran and have been separated under honorable conditions, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility; SF-15, if applicable; and Department of Veterans Affairs documentation of disability, if applicable. For more information, please visit OPM vet guide

If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System. If you are exempt from registration under Selective Service Law, you must provide appropriate proof of exemption. Please visit the Selective Service System website for more information.

DRUG TESTING: The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is a Drug Free Workplace. As part of the AOC's suitability assessment, a candidate tentatively selected for a position who is not currently an AOC employee is required to submit to screening for illegal drug use. Satisfactory completion of a drug test is a condition of employment with the Agency. A candidate must test negative prior to being eligible for appointment into a position. We will schedule, provide, and cover the cost for the drug test.

The selectee(s) under the vacancy announcement for this position is subject to a criminal record check by the U.S. Capitol Police and satisfactory adjudication to be eligible for employment at the Architect of the Capitol.

The Architect of the Capitol is an E-VERIFY Participant. E-VERIFY is an Internet-based system that compares information from an employee's Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration records to confirm employment authorization in the United States. If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the DHS Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" electronic system. For more information on E-Verify, please visit http://www.dhs.gov/files/programs/gc_1185221678150.shtm

The Architect of the Capitol is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, and/or disability.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

Moving expenses are not authorized.

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

Probationary Period- A newly appointed selectee(s) is subject to the completion of a one-year trial/probationary period, regardless of whether or not a trial/probationary period has been completed previously with the Architect of the Capitol or another Federal agency.

This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies in any of the jurisdictions of the Architect of the Capitol.

All application materials become the property of the Architect of the Capitol.

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