This psychiatric Physician Assistant (PA) is a member of the mental health team. This PA will be an independent provider within the general mental health outpatient and inpatient clinics as needed. As such, he/she will perform patient mental health assessments/consultations and provide ongoing case management. The PA will initiate and implement outpatient plans of care for each patient; initiate and monitor the patient's medication regimen. The PA will order laboratory and diagnostic tests and evaluate the results with consultation when necessary. The PA has prescriptive authority without co-signature for outpatient pharmaceuticals within the Scope of Practice using the current medical center formulary. The incumbent may provide a broad range of assessment, counseling, education, outreach, referral and program evaluation duties in support of mental health services using Tele-Health technology. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday (8:00am - 4:30pm) Functional Statement Title/#: Physician Assistant/#000000
Citizenship: U.S. Citizenship is required.
Education: The candidate must meet the following: 1. 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 2. 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.
Certification: 1. Current and continuous certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is required for employment in VHA. 2. 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. 3. 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.
Physical Standards: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019, Part II, Appendix A
English Language Proficiency: PAs appointed to direct patient-care must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d). 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, Part II, Appendix G8, Physician Assistant Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
Physical Requirements: The work is usually sedentary, but it requires periods of walking, standing, bending, or climbing and employee may carry light items such as books, instruments, lap tops and other similar materials. The candidate selected must successfully complete a pre-employment physical examination prior to appointment.
Applicants are required to submit the following documents. Failure to provide the documentation listed below will result in being rated ineligible. 1. Responses to Occupational Questionnaire 2. CV or Resume. 3. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at http://vaww.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf. 4. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf). 5. If currently employed in thefederal governmentsystem, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. 6. Transcripts - Copy of college transcripts that reflect your PA degree and/or related degrees or documentation showing completion of a PA training program of at least 12 months duration. 7. Certification - Evidence of certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician's Assistants (NCCPA).
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 1991893.
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.