This is a Physician Assistant position located in Mental Health Service at Overton Brooks VAMC. The incumbent will be responsible for, but not limited to the following duties:
- Records data from clinic visit, including chief complaints, active problems, medications, physical findings and results of diagnostic tests.
- Formulates assessment and plan according to accepted protocols, treatment plans or attending physician's treatment protocols, treatment plans or recommendations.
- Prescribes medications according to outpatient formulary.
- Orders lab and non-invasive diagnostic and preventative screening tests as indicated.
- Works collaboratively with Acute Care psychiatrist and other physicians to evaluate, treat, or arrange disposition for veterans with Mental Health issues identified in Acute Care and Primary Care settings.
- Refers patients to other services of subspecialty clinics as indicated, including nutritional counseling.
- Authorizes special transportation as needed for patients' follow-up appointments as indicated.
- Performs and records history and physical examinations.
- Provides direct, sort-term, crisis intervention, grief work and brief psychotherapy.
- Answers Mental Health inpatient consult requests.
- Counsels patients on smoking cessation.
- Administers or orders appropriate immunizations.
- Provides patient education of medical conditions, preventive measures and prescribed treatments.
- Performs lab review, identifying abnormalities according to established guidelines.
- Approves or disapproves clinic appointment requests according to policies.
- Educates NU or CNS students.
- Participates in clinical research.
- Performs BLS.
- Calls codes when indicated and manages CPR efforts until code team arrives
Work Schedule:Monday - Friday,8:00 am to 4:30 pm Functional Statement Title/#: Physician Assistant
U.S. Citizen - Citizen ofthe United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens).
Education -Graduate of a PA training program, or of a surgical assistant program which is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) or one of its predecessor organizations; and
A Bachelor's degree from an accredited PA training program or in another health sciences related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Current and continuous certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is required for employment in VHA.
Recent PA graduates who are eligible to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) may be employed by VA on a temporary basis (38 U.S.C. 7405), for a period not to exceed two years, as provided in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section G, Paragraph 5.
Physical Standards. Applicants must undergo a pre-employment medical examination and be medically suitable to perform the essential duties of a Physician Assistant efficiently and without hazard to themselves and others.
English Language Proficiency. Individuals appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d).
A valid drivers license is required.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Reference: VA Handbook 5005/78, Part II, Appendix G-8 Physician Assistant Qualification StandardThis can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
Physical Requirements:?, In the process of providing patient care, the work involves regular and recurring periods of walking, standing, sitting, bending, pulling, lifting, reaching, and carrying. Manual dexterity is required to operate medical equipment and perform activities such as treatments and computerized medical record documentation. All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s): *Resume
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
*Cover Letter *DD-214 *OF-306 *Other *Other Veterans Document *SF-15 *SF-50 *Transcript Youmust submit a copy of your National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistant (NCCPA) certification.
Your resume mustinclude the following information: Job title, description of duties, beginning and ending date (month/year to month/year) of employment; and average hours (FT 40/PT 20)worked per week.
If you are a current federal civilian employee, you must provide a copy of your last or most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" which reflects your grade and step. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate that you possess one year time-in-grade. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one year time-in-grade.
Applicants will not be contacted to provide missing documents and/or resume information.
Please use this checklist to ensure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1994093.
NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.