The Physician Assistant (PA)/Nurse Practitioner (NP)will provide care for veterans in the outpatient mental health setting (including Rapid Access Clinic), or other areas (including inpatient services) as determined by the needs of the institution. The provider will perform psychiatric diagnostic evaluation, assessment and care for mental health patients, with ongoing appropriate follow-up and monitoring of care. Specific duties include initial psychiatric evaluation , medication management, crisis intervention, supportive psychotherapy, and ordering and monitoring laboratory and diagnostic tests as indicated. Provider will be expected to have skill set in variety of mental health conditions including, but not limited to, mood disorders, PTSD, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, and substance abuse disorders. Coordination of services with other mental health and non-mental health providers will be expected, as will participation in team and department activities as indicated. The position will be supervised by Chief of Psychiatry or designated proxy. This is a full time position.
Work Schedule: Days, Mon-Fri, 8:00am to 4:30pm and on-call (rotational shared with 10 other providers).
* U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
* Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State-accrediting agency and accredited by one of the following accrediting bodies at the time the program was completed by the applicant: The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 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.
Note: 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) 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.
Grade Determination: Experience as an RN will be evaluated to determine if the experience is of an acceptable level of qualitywith regard to thefollowing four dimensions of nursing: Practice, Professional Development, Collaboration and Scientific Inquiry. Each dimension of practice has criteria that demonstrate essential core competencies for VHA Nursing Personnel. The criteria are as follows:
1. Practice: practice, ethics and resource utilization;
2. Professional Development: performance, education/career development;
3. Collaboration: collaboration, collegiality; and,
4. Scientific Inquiry: quality of care, research.
Reference: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G-6 Nurse Qualification Standard.
* Citizen of the United States (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Handbook 5005 Chapter 3 section A, paragraph 3,g.)
* Education: The candidate must meet all of 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;
(2) 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.
(1) Current and continuous certificationby the National Commission on Certification of Physician's Assistants (NCCPA) is a requirement 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.
* English Language Proficiency. Physician Assistants appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d).
Grade Determination: To be determined by the Professional Standards Board (PSB) commensurate with experience and education.
Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G8, Physician AssistantQualification Standard.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: ThePhysician Assistantshould be physically and mentally capable to perform the duties of the position including examinations, formulate the diagnosis and treatment plan and educate residents. Physical activities include sitting, standing (up to4 hours)walking (up to 2 hours),heavy lifting (45 pounds or over), reaching above the shoulder, and repeated bending. The incumbent should be emotionally and mentally stable; and capable to perform the duties of the position.
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 review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists (required for CRNP) Available at the VA Forms website: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=10-2850&tkey=&Action=Search
VA Form 10-2850c - Application forAssociated Health Occupations(required for PA) Available at the VA Forms website: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=10-2850&amp;tkey=&amp;Action=Search
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, 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 1898722.
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.