Physician Assistant (Surgical Critical Care)
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Charleston, SC

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 742634 (Include # on all documents)

To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans? Located in the historic part of the city of Charleston, the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center serves more than 53,000 veterans in 22 counties along the South Carolina and Georgia coastline in our main Medical Center or one of six community-based outpatient clinics. The main Medical Center provides acute medical, surgical, and psychiatric inpatient care, as well as outpatient primary and mental health care to low country veterans who require more then 659,000 outpatient visits and approximately 4,300 inpatient stays annually. The 117 bed hospital currently operates 96 beds and a 28 bed nursing home unit. Charleston VAMC supports the Vet Centers in North Charleston, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia.

Special Employment Consideration : VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

The VA Medical Center in Charleston, SC, has a vacancy for a full-time physician assistant for General Surgery to work in our Surgical Service providing care to veteran patients.

The successful candidates will serve as Physician Assistants providing evaluation and management of Surgical Critical Care patients. We have four (4) full time, off tour (including nights and weekends) positions available.

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS OPEN UNTIL THE VACANCIES ARE FILLED. IT MAY BE EXTENDED OR CLOSED PRIOR TO THE CURRENT CLOSING DATE. 1ST CUTOFF DATE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS IS 9/21/2012.

Your salary and grade will be determined by the Professional Standards Board (PSB). The PSB is a peer review process. The PSB will review your individual qualifications, education, professional training/internship(s) and professional experience to determine the most appropriate salary and grade based on your individual accomplishments.

New appointees will be required to serve a probationary period of two years.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

U. S. Citizenship

Must pass pre-employment medical examination

English Language Proficiency required

Background and-or Security Investigation required

RELOCATION EXPENSES NOT AUTHORIZED

DUTIES:
The Surgery Service at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, Charleston, SC is currently developing a multi-disciplinary critical care team. We are recruiting midlevel providers (Physician Assistant/Nurse Practitioner) with knowledge of surgical critical care to be a key component of this team. These providers will work closely with supervising critical care staff, anesthesia personnel, surgical residents, and attending faculty from multiple surgical specialties. The successful candidates will help surgical services develop evidence based clinical pathways to allow for the best care of our patients. The following experiences are preferred for these positions: Experience managing critically ill patients in a surgical critical care setting; ability to manage multiple types of surgical patients including general, vascular, cardiac, thoracic, orthopedics, ENT, urology and neurosurgery. You should be able to perform physical exams, collect and document data, conduct diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, order and schedule laboratory studies, interact with consultants, and prescribe appropriate interventions and medications in the critical care and ward setting. You must possess the ability to work as a collaborative surgical service team member, assist with patient coordination and flow. You will need to maintain airway management skills and assist in "code" situations as needed.

We currently have 4 full-time, off tour (including nights and weekends) positions available.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Qualification Requirements:
1. Citizen of the United States.

2. A bachelor's degree from a PA training program which is certified by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education of the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA); or Graduation from a PA training program of at least 12 months duration which is certified by the ARC-PA and a bachelor's degree in a health care occupation or a health-related science; or Graduation from a PA training program of at least 12 months duration which is certified by the ARC-PA and a period of progressively responsible health care experience such as an independent duty medical corpsman, licensed practical nurse, registered nurse, medical technologist, or medical technician. The duration of approved academic training and health care experience must total at least 5 years.

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 on VA rolls as of that date.

3. Physical Standards: Must meet the physical standards established for this position.

4. English Language Proficiency: Applicants appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

Reference: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G8 PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT QUALIFICATION STANDARD

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Applicants must, therefore, only report attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html . All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

*** If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. ***

New appointees will be required to serve a probationary period of 2 years.

Vet Pro Credentialing: Individuals selected for postiions that have patient care responsibilities are subject to undergoing an electronic credentialing process called VetPro. As part of this process, it will be necessary for you to submit complete information concerning your professional education, training, experience, licensure and certifications using VetPro. the candidate selected will be provided with further information on how to use VetPro.

Veterans' Preference:
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx .

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Candidates education, training and experience will be considered in determining the applicant best qualified for the position.

Interviews: Management may interview candidates for this position and may elect to use the Performance Based Interviewing (PBI) process. If PBI is used, questions will be job-related, reasonably consistent and fair to all candidates. You can visit the following two web sites (1) http://www.va.gov/pbi (2) http://vaww.va.gov/ohrm/Staffing/PBI/PBI_Intr.htm to learn more about PBI, frequently asked questions and aids to prepare for an interview. Additionally, printed reference material is available at each Human Resources Office.

Applicant’s Responsibility: It is the applicant's responsibility to submit documentation to support his/her application for this position. Applicant is responsible for ensuring that all experience, education, formal training, award recognition, etc. are documented in the application package. Experience may include voluntary or other non-paid experience in the appropriate field. If you feel that your training record contains information pertinent to your qualifications, then you must submit a printed copy of your training record with your application package. Your training record will become a part of the specific vacancy file and will not be filed in Official Personnel Folder.

This announcement is not intended to cover all aspects of the duties, responsibilities or qualifications of this position. Request for copies, return of forms or transfer of consideration to another announcement will not be honored.

Employees must meet qualification standards and other regulatory requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, lawful political affiliation, marital status, disability or membership or non-membership in a labor union.

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS : will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, etc.

Reasonable Accommodation: This Agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, you must notify the agency. This decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

BENEFITS:
Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at http://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp .

OTHER INFORMATION:
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

Drug Testing Designated Positions : In accordance with Executive Order 12564, Federal employees hired in a drug testing designated position will be subject to random testing for illegal drug use during employment.

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The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a government-run military veteran benefit system with Cabinet-level status. It is...