The candidate serves as a Holistic Medicine Service Physician Assistant working in the Pain Medicine or Palliative Care emphasizing quality, timeliness, and the advancement of the VA mission. The Physician Assistant promotes self-care and collaborates with the patient to establish realistic health care goals.
Functions as an internal member of the health care team while working in collaboration with Holistic Medicine/Pain Medicine and Palliative Care physicians to provide the following functions for patients and families: history taking, physical examinations, diagnosis and treatment planning, assessment of pain medicine palliative care needs; ordering and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic tests; initiating new treatment, adjusting or continuing previous medication/treatment regimens, including controlled substances II-V; documenting patient care, pertinent procedures and progress in the computerized patient record (CPRS); assisting in education of nursing staff, patients, family members and other health care professionals; identifying educational needs of staff and participates in the implementation of in-service programs and workshops.
The Physician Assistant will further support the VA mission thru participation in applicable VA national, VISN, and local quality and process improvement initiatives. This includes, but is not limited to, Performance Measures & Monitors, and Systems Redesign/Advanced Clinical Access. The incumbent will work with supervisory and front line staff in his/her own and other service lines to foster and improve the operation of the CBOC.
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday; 8:00am-4:30pm Functional Statement Title/#: Physician Assistant/000000
Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. English Language Proficiency: PAs appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. Education: The candidate must meet the following:
Graduate of a PA training program, or of a surgical assistant program which is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) or one of its predecessor organizations; AND
A Bachelor's degree from an accredited PA training program or in another health sciences related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Current and continuous certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is required for employment in VHA.
1 year of professional practice as a certified PA in Pain Medicine or Palliative Care
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Reference: VA HANDBOOK 5005/78 PART II APPENDIX G8 APPENDIX G8. PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT QUALIFICATION STANDARD This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.Physical Requirements: The incumbent must be able to perform all activities of the position without restriction. This position involves considerable standing, walking, stooping, bending, reaching, lifting and turning. It requires repositioning patients, assisting with transferring patients to wheelchairs/stretchers, and transporting then to other departments or facilities. Mechanical devices when available are required to be used for heavy or difficult to lift patients. They work may involve pushing or lifting weight in excess of 50 pounds and going up and down flights of stairs.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).
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Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.