We are seeking experienced and dynamic mid-level Physician Assistantsfor Surgical Services to provide night-time and weekend inpatient care for surgical patients. This position offers excellent opportunities for rewarding interactions with an outstanding house staff and faculty, as well as participation in a dynamic evaluation of a progressive VA Health Care System.You must be an excellent communicator and team player who is adaptable to the needs of a rapidly growing medical center.
Primary duties and responsibilities for all PAs include, but are not limited to:
*Provide advanced level care for Veteran patients, sometimes under the review and/or co-signature of a physician.
*Assess and diagnosepatients' conditions through history taking, record reviews, physical examinations, treatment plans, etc.
*Write orders for diagnostic testing including laboratory, X-rays, imaging studies/EKGs, ventilator management, blood and urine tests and any other special testing and studies whenever indicated.
*Prescribe medications, and provide education and counseling to Veterans and their families regarding medical condition, prescribed treatments and drugs, diagnostic options, review of treatment plans, discussions of patient goals, etc. for patients to attain optimum physical, physiological, sociological and psychological balance within the limitations imposed by their illnesses.
*Establish professional working relationship with clinical service providers within the medical center, Outpatient Clinics (OPCs), and the Community Base Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs), provide telephone consultation, screen consults for appropriate and timely care prior to scheduling and communicate with inpatient multidisciplinary team members, such as pharmacy, dietary, IT, lab, other specialists/providers.
*Work independently and demonstrate expertise in judgment, as allowed by VA policies, with delegated prescriptive authority for appropriate classes of medications.
* Provide patient care in accordance with professional standards, core values and commitment to service excellence.
Additional duties specificto this position include, but are not limited to:
*Provide night-time and weekend inpatient care for surgical patients (majority of patients are general surgery, vascular surgery, orthopedic and urology).
*Primary responsibility will be to care for patients in the surgical intensive care and inpatient units.
*Evaluate new surgical consults from other inpatient services and/or the emergency room.
*Admission history and physical and orders, daily rounds, electronic record entry of progress note discharge and transfer summaries, collaboration with surgery attendings and resident staff in providing inpatient and critical care.
*Perform minor procedures such as central venous access, tube thoracotomy placement, and arterial line placement for which PA is credentialed and in compliance with the agreed upon care plan with the attending or managing physician.
Work Schedule: The tour for this position is for 12 hour shifts, from 7:00pm to 7:00am. Some flexibility is available in tour, but this is a night time and weekend position. Additional day shift hours will be available to provide first assistance in the OR when needed. Hours may vary depending on the needs of the service and patient care. (Note: Work schedules are determined and approved by the supervisor. The incumbent may be required to work various shifts on a permanent or temporary basis based on patient care needs.)
Relocation Expenses: Relocation (PCS/moving)expenses will not be reimbursed.
Recruitment/Relocation Incentives: Recruitment/Relocation incentives are notauthorized for these positions.
Applicants note: These positions will be filled as either a Physician Assistant (PA) or Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) mid-level. This is determined by the selecting official. This announcement is for applicants applying for the PA position only. If you are interested in applying as an ARNP, please go to Vacancy Announcement ZY-16-SS-1863774-BU to submit your application.
a. Citizenship. Must be a citizen of the United States.
b. Training. Must have graduated from 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.
c. Education. Must have: (1)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. This requirement does not apply to PAs who were on VA rolls as a PA prior to September 5, 2014. -AND- (2) Graduate of a PA training program, or of a surgical assistance program which is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) or one of its predecessor organizations.
d. Certification. As of March 12, 1993, certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician's Assistants (NCCPA) is a requirement for employment. This requirement does not apply to non-certified PAs who have never been certified and were on VA rolls as a PA prior to March 12, 1993.
e. English Language Proficiency. PAs 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).
f. Physical Requirements.Must pass a pre-employment physical examination as required by VA Handbook 5019. This examination is administered by VA Occupational Health. Incumbent must be able to meet the physical requirements listed below.
Preferred Experience, Trainingand Qualifications:
* Professional practice and skills in general postoperative care of surgical patients.
*Highly preferred graduate from a program that's directly related to the desired specialty area(s).
*Twoor more years of clinical experience in the desired specialty area(s) is highly desired.
*Preferred education: Master of Science Physician Assistant
Excellence in patient care is required.
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 applicants to this announcement must meet the requirements in subparagraphs a through f above.
NOTE:The grading requirements (full grade through chief grade) for this position can be found in the reference below.
Reference: Please refer to VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G8 - Physician Assistant Qualification Standards for specific grade requirements.
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.
Physical Requirements: The incumbent of the position performs direct patient care and must meet the below physical requirements to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
Lift 45 lbs. or over, Carry 45 lbs. or over, Straight pulling, Pushing, Reaching above shoulders, use of fingers and both hands, Walking, Standing, Kneeling, Repeated bending, Near vision (correctable), Far vision (correctable), Ability to distinguish basic colors, Ability to distinguish shades of colors, Hearing, and Emotional stability.
This is position is designated as a random drug testing position. This is a testing-designated position, subject to random pre- and post-employment testing for illegal drug use. Environmental Factors: Inside work, Constant noise, Dust, Fumes, smoke or gases, Working closely with others, Protracted or irregular hours of work, Exposure to infectious diseases.
NOTE: Please use only one method to apply/submit documents to eliminate duplicate documents, delays and other errors. For example: If you apply online and upload all of your documents, you should NOT also submit these same documents by fax as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible. Incomplete packets will not be considered.
The following documents are required from all applicants:
* Résumé / CV: For each job/position listed, you must include a job title, detailed duties, month and year for each start/end date and if full-time or part-time status with the number of hours worked each week.
* Responses to the questionnaire
* VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at: http://vaww4.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf). Must be current, complete and signed.
* Copy of your college transcripts- You may submit unofficial transcripts of bachelor's degree (or higher education) to apply. Official transcripts will be required if you are selected for this position.
* Copy of your current, active certificate from the NCCPA
The following additional supporting documents should be submitted, if applicable to you:
* SF-50: If you are a current VA/Federal employee, submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 (that is not an award SF-50).
* To receive Veterans Preference, you must submit: Copy of your DD-214 that shows your type of discharge (Member 4 copy).
* Disabled Veterans & those claiming 10-Point Preference must submit: SF-15 (Application for 10-Point Veterans Preference) along with the supporting documents required by that form. Please read page 2 of the form for acceptable supporting documents. (Available at: http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf)
NOTE: The information provided on these documents will be the main source for determining your qualifications and eligibility for this position. Be sure to give complete and accurate information. If you do not furnish documents or your information is incomplete, inaccurate or illegible, it may not be possible to determine your eligibility and you will not receive further consideration for this position. It is the responsibility of the applicant to submit the correct forms and documentation. Additional guidance on completing these forms is available from HRMS.
Please use this checklist to make sure 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.
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 completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 1889601.
2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144. If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.
If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by Friday, December 29, 2017to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.
To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire
2. Print the 1203FX form (http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf), follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items 3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.