Midlevel (Physician Assistant/Nurse Practitioner, Watertown CBOC)
Department of Veterans Affairs - Watertown, SD

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 619537


Our mission: 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?

At the Sioux Falls VA Health Care System (SFVAHCS), we strive to hire only the best! Working with and for America's Veterans is a privilege and we pride ourselves on the quality of care we provide. In return for your commitment to quality health care for our nation's Veterans, the VA offers an incomparable benefits package. The SFVAHCS is a teaching hospital providing a full range of patient care service, with state-of-the-art technology as well as education and research. Care is provided to eligible veterans in eastern South Dakota, Northwestern Iowa, and Southwestern Minnesota. Comprehensive health care is provided through primary care, tertiary care, and long-term care in the areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics, and transitional care. The SFVAHCS is part of VA Midwest Healthcare System (VISN 23), which includes facilities in Minnesota, North Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota. Every job at the VA impacts the Veterans that we serve. You can be part of that team, helping to make sure that our Veterans receive the top-quality care they deserve.


U.S. Citizenship

The Sioux Falls VA Health Care System is currently recruiting for a Part time, 40 hours per pay period , Permanent, Midlevel . This position will be located in the Primary Care Service Line at the Community Based Outpatient Center (CBOC) in Watertown, SD . Tour of duty will be performed between the hours of 8:00am - 4:30pm, M-F. Assignment to other areas within the service line, CBOC, or other service lines may be required. The Midlevel Provider will provide medical assessments, evaluations, and treatment to Primary Care patients enrolled at the Watertown CBOC. The Midlevel Provider will serve as the leader of a team-based model of care that enables continuous and coordinated care throughout a patient's lifetime to maximize health outcomes. The Midlevel Provider will be responsible for providing for all of a patient's health care needs or appropriately coordinating care with other qualified professionals. The Midlevel Provider will normally manage between 450-500 patients.

In addition, the position requires the Midlevel Provider to:
Ability to perform assessments, recognize complex situations that impact care, and intervene to improve patient outcomes.

Ability to plan by analyzing the assessment data to identify the patterns of responses to illness and health problems.

Ability to coordinate/implement a plan of care, which will include comprehensive health services and ensure continuity of care based on the client's physical, mental, emotional and social health problems.

Ability to lead interdisciplinary teams and develop standards of practice.

Ability in areas of interpersonal relationships, critical thinking, problem solving and conflict resolution.

Ability to problem solve.

Flexibility and adaptability to a variety of patient care needs.

Ability to multi task.

Ability to maintain confidentiality.

Ability to work under pressure.

Strong organizational skills.

Self-motivated and able to function independently as well as a member of the team.

BLS certified, or willingness to become BLS certified is required.


BASIC REQUIREMENTS (Physician Assistant):
U.S. citizenship.

Proficient in written and spoken English.

Certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is a requirement for employment.

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 (certified by ARC-PA) and a Bachelor's Degree in a health care occupation or health-related science; OR

Graduation from a PA training program of at least 12 months duration (certified by ARC-PA) and a period of progressively responsible health care experience such as 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.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS (Nurse Practitioner):
U.S. citizenship.

Proficient in written and spoken english.

Possess and maintain a full, active, current, and unrestricted license as a Nurse Practitioner in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the U.S. or in the District of Columbia.

A Master's degree from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing Addrediting Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission of Collegiate Nursing education (CCNE).

Possess and maintain a full and current certification as a nurse practitioner from the American Nurses Association or another nationally recognized certifying body.

Applicant's education and length of (experience) will be considered by a Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected.


Reference: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Chapter 3 is available for review in the Human Resources Office.

APPLICANTS PLEASE READ: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only 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 Department of Education website. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

NOTE: You can receive credit for education received outside the United States if it is comparable to an accredited educational institution in the United States at the time of application. ** 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. **

APPLICANTS PLEASE READ: Unofficial transcripts are required whenever qualifying based on education. Education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. A transcript or course listing must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Transcripts will not be returned to the applicant.

VETERANS PREFERENCE: Applicants claiming veteran's preference must clearly show eligibility to such preference on supplemental data submitted before the close of this announcement. When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should submit claim preference by submitting legible copy (copies) of ALL MEMBER 4 , DD-214's showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). More than one DD-214 may be needed/submitted to show all dates of military service. 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 and a current copy of their VA Civil Service Preference Letter. For preference to be granted, your supplemental information must clearly show your eligibility to preference. This is done by submitting the required veterans documents listed within the "REQUIRED DOCUMENTS" area of this announcement. If this information is not provided, you will not receive the preference to which you may be entitled . For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit the Veterans' Preference website.

Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment. Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please read and follow all instructions carefully . If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we may not allow credit for your response(s).

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions errors, or any other delays. You will not be contacted for missing, incomplete or clarification of information relating to your application materials.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: (Failure to comply may be grounds for withdrawal of an offer of employment or dismissal after appointment)

Applicants tentatively selected for certain designated positions may be subject to a random drug screening for illegal drug use. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment.

Applicant is subject to a pre-employment physical examination.

New Appointees will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability.

Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service system or are exempt for having to do so under Selective Service law.

Applicants must not be listed on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General Sanctions database.

Applicants selected for positions through this announcement may be subject to a two year probationary period.

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 .

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

VET PRO CREDENTIALING: Individuals selected for positions 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.

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