The Nurse Practitioner (NP) or Physician's Assistant (PA) must have experience in Occupational Medicine (OM) / Employee Health (EH). This position works regularly with the Human Resources office to schedule, perform, and rate "new hire" candidates for jobs at VA Central Western Massachusetts. A thorough physical examination is performed, along with review of candidate's medical history and of the requirements of the job in question. In addition, the incumbent will assist other VA facilities with courtesy physical requests.
Illnesses and injuries do occur; often these cases are to be evaluated and treated as appropriate. When required, communication with Workers Compensation (Department of Labor) includes sending Incident notes and treatment recommendations. Occasionally Environmental concerns arise (mildew, dust, mold, lead, and particulates) and are assessed along with Safety/Industrial Hygiene. Ergonomic evaluations are frequently requested and performed, especially for computer users.
This position is organizationally part of the Compensation and Pension (C&P) Department; likely there will be the need to perform C&P examinations for a remarkable range of conditions, for which training is available and required. Our Veterans may have experienced a variety of exposures during their Military Service years, including Agent Orange, Depleted Uranium, and Burn Pits; this job entails examinations of these Veterans to determine medical consequences. Results are sent to the War Related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC).
This candidate must be energetic, well-trained and clinically oriented, with a solid work ethic and enjoyment of the job tasks, people in general, and the departmental members.
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Functional Statement Title/#:FS Occupational Medicine NP/PA
U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
English Language Proficiency: PAs and NPs appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d). for employment in VHA.
Basic Requirements for Physician Assistant:
Education & Training: The candidate must meet the following:
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.
If a PA's NCCPA certification is suspended, revoked or expires, the PA must be removed from the occupation which may result in termination of employment.
Basic Requirements for Nurse Practitioner:
Education & Training: The candidate must meet the following:
A Nurse Practitioner must be licensed or otherwise recognized as a nurse practitioner in a State, possess a master's degree from a program accredited by The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of current, full, active and unrestricted registration will meet the requirement of graduation from an approved school of professional nursing. The completion of coursework equivalent to a nursing degree in a MSN Bridge Program that qualifies for professional nursing registration constitutes the completion of an approved course of study of professional nursing. Students should submit the certificate of professional nursing to sit for the NCLEX to the VA along with a copy of the MSN transcript. (Reference VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G6)
Maintain full and current certification as a nurse practitioner from the American Nurses Association or another nationally recognized certifying body.
Current, full, active, and unrestricted registration as a graduate professional nurse in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or the District of Columbia
Restriction: Under no circumstances may this occupation be used to employ physicians or other health care providers who do not meet the applicable qualification standards for their occupation. All PAs and NPs must meet the requirements in paragraphs above.
Preferred Experience: CDL National Certification (FMCSA).
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 G8.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Must possess mental and emotional stability. Functional requirements include the following the following abilities: Heavy lifting of 45 pounds and under, light carrying under 15 pound, use of fingers/ both hands are required, walking for four (4) hours, standing for four (4) hours, both legs are required, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously,far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other eye, ability to distinguish shades of color, hear the whispered voice (aid permitted).
EMOTIONAL DEMANDS: Many emotional demands are made upon an employee of a psychiatric hospital. The employee will be required to maintain composure and a calm demeanor at all times. Employees will exhibit an unbiased and non-judgmental attitude in working, with patients/ residents/ families and significant others as well as with interdisciplinary staff.
All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s): *Other(VA Form 10-2850a or 10-2850c and copy of heathcare license or registration) *Resume *Transcript
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 Veterans Document *SF-15 *SF-50
VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists (required for NPs) VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (required for PAs)
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, etc. You will not be contacted for additional information.
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.
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 1991496.
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.