Physician Assistant (Primary Care - Emergency Department)
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Salisbury, NC

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 894413. T his VIN must appear on ALL submitted 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 Physician Assistant, 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.

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.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.
RECRUITMENT/RELOCATION MAY BE AUTHORIZED.

For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/ . KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizenship
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. DUTIES:
The Early Debt Reduction Program (EDRP) is authorized for this position. EDRP is awarded based upon facility’s need. Applicant must meet established criteria to receive award. Award is subject to availability of funding.

All Veterans Healthcare Administration (VHA) Physician Assistants can perform all duties that are considered routine of a staff physician assistant as determined by a Professional Standards Board. In addition, Physician Assistants may carry out functions independently in their provision of direct patient care as specified within their scope of practice.

Position Function : The Emergency Department Physician Assistant (EDPA) will be fully qualified and certified to function in a clinical role in accordance with the guidelines and policies of the Salisbury Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The main focus will be to provide evaluation, stabilization, and disposition of patients seen in the Emergency Room. The EDPA will work mostly in the Fast Track section of the Emergency Room. The EDPA may also be involved in ongoing performance improvement activities such as peer review, committee participation, teaching of medical students or residents, and working to improve the overall efficiency of the Emergency Department flow and function. The EDPA will work as a team with nursing and ancillary staff in providing patient care.

Duties and Responsibilities

Clinical : Provide direct patient care in the emergency room under the guidance of the Emergency Room physician(s). Respond to disaster events as part of the emergency management response system. Maintain certification in BLS and ACLS, educational requirements, and proficiency in Core requirements for work in the emergency room.

Administrative : Attend to committee or conference meetings as required. Participate in a peer review process for the ED and the facility. Be responsible in maintaining all the certifications and educational requirements to work in the ED. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

Applicant's successful and verified practice and length of practice (experience) will be considered by a Compensation Board in determining the salary of the applicant selected.

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. Must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Physical Requirements: Heavy Lifting (45 lbs and over); Heavy Carrying (45 lbs and over); Straight Pulling (up to 1 hour); Pushing (1 - 2 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 6 hours); Standing (up to 8 hours); Crawling (up to 1 hour); Kneeling (up to 1 hour); Repeated bending (up to 2 hours); Both legs required; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13” to 16”, to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other; Hearing (aid permitted), Sound mental and emotional stability required.

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 http://www1.va.gov/vapubs/viewPublication.asp?Pub_ID=464&FType=2

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:

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:

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

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

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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...