Advanced Practice Registered Nurses / Physician Assistants
Internal Number: 654067100
The incumbent serves as the Social Worker Program Manager for the Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC) in the Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Services (PRRS) program under the Mental Health Care Line (MHCL) at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) in Houston, Texas. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Physician Assistant Basic Requirements Master's degree in any discipline or a bachelor's degree in any discipline with one year of experience as a Physician Assistant ~AND~ Successfully passed the PA National Certifying Exam (PANCE) (or are you in the process to taking the exam) ~AND~ Currently hold, or will hold, a full and unrestricted license to practice in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States or in the District of Columbia. Preferred Experience: 1) At least five years of licensed independent practice or equivalent for the discipline 2) Previous experience working with Serious Mental Illness (SMI) or the Recovery Model 3) Previous leadership experience Grade Determinations: Physician Assistant-I (PA-I) Experience and Education: None beyond the basic requirements. This is the entry level for PAs. Physician Assistant-II (PA-II) Experience and Education: The PA at this grade is at the intermediate grade level and has had progressively increasing responsibility and experiences. Two years of successful practice as a PA. OR Successful completion of a PA post-graduate residency program sponsored by VHA Office of Academic Affiliations or other postgraduate residency programs accredited by VA, ARC-PA, U.S. Armed Forces, or another accrediting agency. OR A doctoral degree in a health-related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Physician Assistant-III (PA-III) Experience and Education: PAs at the PA-III grade are at the full performance level and lead and organize patient care independently, practice within multi-disciplinary teams, and coordinate all aspects of patient care across the health care system. Three years of successful practice as a PA. OR Successful completion of a PA post-graduate residency program sponsored by VHA Office of Academic Affiliations or other postgraduate residency programs accredited by VA, ARC-PA, U.S. Armed Forces, or another accrediting agency and one year of professional practice as a PA. OR A doctoral degree in a health-related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and one year of professional practice as a PA. Physician Assistant-IV (PA-IV) Positions may include but are not limited to: Facility or Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) Lead PA, Facility PA Education Lead, PA Residency Program Director, or other Clinical and/or Administrative leadership assignments. PA (Facility Lead). Facility lead PAs have a thorough understanding of the various functions involved in the care of patients, and the ability to interact effectively with different medical and surgical specialists, health care team members, and administrative staff. Facility lead PAs have the knowledge and expertise pertaining to PA employment, credentialing, clinical practice, and appropriate utilizations of PAs. A lead PA can monitor patient care operations, polices, and work performance of fellow PAs. Experience. PA facility leads require five years of experience, which includes progressively responsible leadership assignments, such as serving on any local committees, workgroups, or taskforces. The PA may exhibit knowledge of PA VHA employment and utilization of PAs through demonstrative actions as a facility point of contact (POC) for PA issues, policies, and directives. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. PAs at this level are not required to meet each individual KSA listed below to qualify, but should be able to demonstrate, develop, or acquire those not met upon appointment for PA-IV: a. Ability to provide clinically and occupationally focused orientation to new PA appointees and mentoring other PA staff members. b. Knowledge of the FPPE and OPPE processes to evaluate and assess patient care services provided by PA staff. c. Knowledge of the educational needs of PAs. d. Ability to provide leadership and clinical oversight of PAs at the facility. e. Ability to exercise independent judgment, perform tasks involving special technical, supervisory, or administrative lines. f. Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse group of professional clinical staff. References: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-8 Physician Assistant Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. The full performance level of this vacancy is PA-III. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of PA-I to PA-IV. Physical Requirements: Light Lifting and Carrying (under 15lbs) and use of fingers. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019, Employee Occupational Health Service. ["Duties include, but are not limited to: Providing psychiatric rehabilitation Promoting personal recovery and successful community integration for veterans with serious mental illness. Providing independent program administration of PRRC at all locations of care (MEDVAMC and 5 CBOC's) Supervising interdisciplinary staff assigned to the program within MH, and shared responsibility for SW and Peer Support specialists who have joint report structures. Maintaining responsibility for the program on a 24/7 basis and are expected to respond in the event of emergencies. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 7:30am-4:00pm\nCompressed/Flexible: May be available\nTelework: May be available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized to highly qualified applicants\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.