Physicians Assistant
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Lexington, KY

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 878694

Salary: To be determined by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education, experience, and professional accomplishments.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs mental health professionals who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans.

Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans .

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission. The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are I ntegrity, C ommitment, A dvocacy, R espect and E xcellence (" I CARE ").

America's Veterans need you!

To find out more, go to http://www.va.gov/jobs/ .

PLEASE NOTE: Qualified clinical trainees, residents, fellows, interns, etc. are encouraged to apply; please follow the instructions in the How to Apply section.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

US citizenship
English language proficiency
Background/suitability investigation
Physical standards - Must pass pre-employment examination DUTIES:

Incumbent will be responsible for providing and coordinating comprehensive care for assigned patients in a Mental Health Care setting under the supervision of a Psychiatrist and may provide coverage for "walk-ins" in the outpatient MHC. Covers other mental health providers' duties in their absence. Provide consultation/liaison service to the Emergency Department, Mental Health Outpatient Clinics and/or other bed services where mental health care is rendered. Incumbent will screen outpatients to determine the need for further health care. Performs histories and physical (H&P) examinations. Writes orders and prescriptions, as necessary, for the care of the patient in accordance with Federal and State law Completes intake assessments and formulate provisional diagnoses, assists in the formulation and implementation of treatment plans and provides telephone consultation with patients and family members. Orders diagnostic studies such as laboratory tests, X-rays, electrocardiograms and carries out health promotion and disease prevention activities including education and shared decision-making. Provides education and counseling of patients and families in preventive care, medical conditions, mental health and the use of prescribed treatments and drugs. Assists in the transfer or direct admission of mental health patients to inpatient psychiatry unit. Assists in the discharge disposition of inpatients and may write discharge summaries under the close supervision of the Supervising Psychiatrist. Incumbent may be asked to monitor effectiveness of therapeutic interventions, and may participate in consultation with staff members referred to the Employee Assistance Program. May act as liaison between the inpatient psychiatry unit and the Lexington outpatient Mental Health Clinic.

Work Schedule: M-F, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Some weekend and evening hours may be required to provide mental health care.

Relocation expenses and/or incentives have not been authorized. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
U.S. citizenship

English language proficiency (written and spoken)

Physical standards - All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to employment may be required. (see VA directive and VA Handbook 5019)

License, Registration, Certification Requirements (as applicable) (Certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physicians Assistatns (NCCPA is required)
Education or Training. The candidate must meet one of the following:

(1) 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

(2) 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

(3) 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 .

References: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G8, Physicians Assistant QUALIFICATION STANDARD, April 15, 2002.

Salary to be determined by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education, experience, and professional accomplishments.

DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received. [If applicable]

NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the United States Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards your qualifications for this position. You 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. 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.

Veteran's 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 DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, nonservice-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed SF 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and required documentation with your application materials.

For more information on Veterans' Preference, go to http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetsinfo.asp . HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Complete application packages will be reviewed to determine if the basic qualifications for this position have been met. A listing of candidates who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the hiring facility where the credentialing and privileging screening process is completed. BENEFITS:

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.va.gov/jobs/job_benefits/benefits.asp . OTHER INFORMATION:

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

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.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

You may be required to serve a probationary period.

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