Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 665287
This position is physically located Mental Health Service at the Overton Brooks VA Medical Center.
*****This is an extension of Job #YE-13-665287-SW-MHC/R19, that was previously announced*****
who previously applied to Job #YE-13-665287-SW-MHC/R19, do not need to reapply as you will be considered on this job announcement.
You could be part of an important initiative to provide mental health care for our nations Veterans!
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki has announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will be adding approximately 1,600 mental health clinicians - to include nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers as well as nearly 300 support staff to its existing workforce.
Department of Veterans Affairs
(VA) needs mental health support staff 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
America's Veterans need you!
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Special Employment Consideration:
VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A,
Appointment of persons with disabilities
[i.e., mental retardation (intellectual disabilities), severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or
Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more
This announcement may close at any time once a qualified candidate has been selected.
Candidates will be referred after the following cut-off dates:
May 03, 2013; May 17, 2013; May 31, 2013; June 14, 2013; June 28, 2013; July 12, 2013; July 26, 2013; August 09, 2013; August 23, 2013; September 06, 2013; September 20, 2013; October 04, 2013; October 18, 2013; November 01, 2013; November 15, 2013; November 29, 2013; December 13, 2013 and; December 27, 2013.
Full Unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.
Must pass pre-employment examination.
Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
Background and/or Security Investigation required.
English Language Proficiency required.
The Staff Psychiatrist is clinically responsible to the Chief Medical Officer of the Mental Health Clinic. He/She promotes quality patient care as a clinical expert in Psychiatry; works as mentor, preceptor, consultant, and researcher; works collaboratively with other health care professionals to accomplish patient, service and hospital goals.
Category I - Clinical Competence
Examinations - Uses assessment skills to promptly examine new patients thoroughly using appropriate clinical, laboratory and other pertinent data. Provides follow-up when indicated. Answers Mental Health inpatient consult requests when necessary.
Diagnosis - Accurately interprets and evaluates clinical data for the purpose of determining diagnosis and clinical status. Formulates assessment and plan according to accepted protocols, treatment plans or attending physicians treatment protocols, treatment plans or recommendations. Corrects diagnosis when necessary.
Therapeutic Ability - Initiates appropriate and timely treatment. Recognizes changes in behavior, symptoms, signs, and other pertinent facts about the patient and has the ability to modify plan of treatment when indicated. Prescribes medications according to outpatient formulary. Recognizes own capabilities and limitations. Provides direct, short-term, crisis intervention, grief work and brief psychotherapy. Counsels patients on smoking, alcohol and/or other substance cessation. Administers or orders appropriate immunizations.
Effectiveness in Emergencies - Acts quickly in recognizing emergency situations, and takes timely necessary action. Performs BLS. Calls codes when indicated and manages CPR efforts until code team arrives.
Patient Management - Maintains confidentiality of patients and relatives through competence and interpersonal skills. Acts as a consultant in involving patients in the treatment and management plan. Works collaboratively with other professionals to evaluate, treat, or arrange disposition for veterans with Mental Health issues identified in Acute Care and Primary Care settings. Refers patients to other services of subspecialty clinics such as nutritional counseling as appropriate. Authorizes special transportation as needed for patients follow-up appointments as indicated.
Record keeping - Records data from clinic visit, including chief complaints, active problems, medications, physical findings and results of diagnostic tests. Promptly and completely reports physical examinations and changes in patient status. Maintains clear, accurate, and current clinical records. Completes medical records per hospital regulations.
Tour of Duty (Generally): Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
but may include alternate shifts
***The applicant(s) selected for this position
eligible to apply for an education loan reimbursement award under the provisions of the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP). Subject to availability of funds. ***
Citizen of the United States.
(Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens).
Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine.
The degree must have been obtained from one of the schools approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed.
Approved schools are:
Schools of medicine holding regular institutional membership in the Association of American Medical Colleges for the year in which the degree was granted.
Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted.
Schools (including foreign schools) accepted by the licensing body of a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico), or in the District of Columbia as qualifying for full or unrestricted licensure.
For residents, graduation from an approved medical school as described above is required except as provided in M-8, part II, chapter 1.
Licensure and Registration
Current, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia.
The physician must maintain current registration in the State of licensure if this is a requirement for continuing active, current licensure.
The facility Director may waive this licensure requirement if the physician is to serve in a country other than the United States and the physician has licensure in that country.
First-Year Residency (Internship).
Completed a first-year residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was completed.
For a VA resident, the appropriate Deans Committee and Resident Review Board may recommend appointment on the basis of the candidates acceptability for residency training.
Approved residencies are:
Those approved by the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals, American Medical Association, in the list published for the year the residency was completed, or
Other residencies or their equivalents which the Professional Standards Board determines to have provided an applicant with appropriate professional training.
The Board may determine that the residency requirement has been met if the candidate has completed 1 year of postgraduate education.
English Language Proficiency.
Physicians, including residents, appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
REFERENCE: VA HANDBOOK 5005, PART II, APPENDIX G2, APRIL 15, 2002.
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:
. 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. ***
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
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.
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
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
Department of Veterans Affairs - 13 months ago