Physician Assistant, Critical Care / Medicine and Surgical ICU/ Stepdown
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Philadelphia, PA

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This is an open continuous announcement. We accept applications for this occupation on an ongoing basis; qualified applicants will be considered as vacancies become available.

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. The VA is the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation.

VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/ . KEY REQUIREMENTS

U. S. Citizenship
Must pass pre-employment examination
English Language Proficiency required
Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required

Background and-or Security Investigation required DUTIES:
The incumbent of this position will function as a Critical Care Physician Assistant in MICU and/or SICU/Step Down Unit . She/he works collaboratively with medical and surgical intensivists, hospitalists, fellows, residents, surgeons, registered nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, case managers, and other medical specialists to ensure compliance with all existing best practices and performance measures. The Critical Care Physician Assistant executes position responsibilities that demonstrate leadership, experience, and creative approaches to the management of complex clients under the supervision of an intensivist. The successful candidates will help develop evidence based clinical pathways to allow for the best care of the veteran patient. She/he is responsible for planning, organizing, coordinating, and evaluating the care for patients, including follow-up actions required by internal and external review organizations and or accrediting bodies. The incumbent performs a full range of administrative duties and is responsible for providing diagnostic and clinical care for patients in the Critical care Units as defined by clinical privileges. The Physician Assistant is also responsible and accountable for maintaining training required and may be assigned additional duties that reflect the educational, experiential and competency requirements. Shift rotation and some weekend rotation will be required.

Major duties and responsibilities include:
§ Perform History and Physical exams

§ Participate in daily interdisciplinary rounds on all patients with the Intensivist to identify specific clinical objectives for each patient.

§ Ensure best practices are being applied and adhered to appropriately.

§ Write orders including admissions and transfers, labs, medications, procedures, respiratory and rehabilitative therapy psychological and lab and radiological studies and consults.

§ Perform approved standardized procedures in accordance with procedural clinical privileges, skill and proficiency (e.g. central venous catheterization, arterial cannulation, thoracentesis, paracentesis, lumbar puncture, tube thoracostomy).

§ Interact with consultants and ensure continuity of care between Hospitalist staff, patients, and their families and perform clinical follow-up reviews.

§ Participate in providing education and counseling of patients and families on end-of-life issues, preventive care, updating of medical conditions.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
BASIC QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS:
  • Citizenship of the United States
  • 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 form a PA training program of at least 12 months duration which is certified by ARC-PA and a bachelor’s degree in a health occupation or a health related science; or graduation from a PA training program of at least 12 month duration which is certified by ARC-PA and a period of progressively responsible health care experience such as independent duty medical corpsman, LPN, RN, medical technologist, or medical technician. The duration of approved academic training and health care experience must total at least 5 years.
  • National Certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician‘s Assistants (NCCPA) is a requirement for employment.
  • Meets physical standards
  • English Language proficiency
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • ACLS Certification
  • Demonstrates substantial responsibility and accountability for planning, organizing, and coordinating patient care within an integrated health care program.
  • Experience as a Certified Physician Assistant managing critically ill patients in a medical and/or surgical critical care setting.The following experiences are preferred for these positions: ability to manage multiple types of medical and surgical patients including cardiac, pulmonary, GI, general surgery, thoracic, orthopedics, ENT, gynecology and urology.
  • The successful candidate must possess the ability to work as a collaborative team member, assist with patient coordination and flow and possess airway management skills, assisting in code situations as needed.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

Education:
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.

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:

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.

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:

Applications mailed, emailed, dropped off, faxed to the corresponding HR office will not be accepted. Please refer to the How to Apply section listed above.

This position will be filled on a full-time permanent basis. Upon completing any required probationary period, the position will be permanent.

Performance Based Interviewing (PBI) may be used. For information on the basics of PBI visit the PBI website at www.va.gov/pbi .

Equal Employment Opportunity: All applicants will receive consideration regardless of race, color, age, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status as a parent, or non-disqualifying physical handicap. For information regarding the No FEAR Act Regulations, refer to 5 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 724.

If you are a current career or career-conditional Federal employee or former Federal employee , you must submit a copy of your latest SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" and/or a copy of the SF-50. Also you should submit your most recent performance appraisal.

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.

If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/1959 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 required that you be registered or your are not eligible for appointment in this agency. http://www.sss.gov

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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...