Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician Assistant (Gastroenterology) in Charleston, South Carolina
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
2 vacancies in the following location:
- Charleston, SC
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
Opened Friday 10/7/2016 (14 day(s) ago)
** Closes Monday 10/24/2016 (3 day(s) away)
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):
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?
Become a part of the nation's largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system the Department of Veterans Affairs' Veterans Health Administration - joining the team at a premiere VA facility, the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center. Located in historic downtown Charleston, SC, the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is a tertiary care teaching hospital providing the highest level quality for more than 67,000 Veterans along the South Carolina and Georgia coast. The Ralph H. Johnson VA is rated is the fifth fastest growing VA in the U.S. for percentage patient growth. For three of four quarters in fiscal year 2015 the Charleston VA was rated a 5-Star medical center for quality and efficiency, the highest possible rating according to VA's Strategic Analytics for Improvement and Learning Value (SAIL) model. The Charleston VA is also ranked in the top 10th percentile according to the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS), an independent review that measures performance of 90 percent of America's health plans and facilities in both the public and private sector on dimensions of care and service. The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is a center of excellence for robotic surgery and orthopedics, and is a recognized leader in Tele-Mental Health providing care for Veterans throughout the Southeast. The 149 bed hospital includes six outpatient clinics, a 20 bed nursing home, women's health, and the full range of inpatient and outpatient care including Medical and Surgical Intensive Care. The VAMC provides more than 770,000 outpatient visits and approximately 4,300 inpatient stays annually. The VAMC has an annual budget of $359 million and research funding of more than $20 million. For more information, visit www.charleston.va.gov
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.
You may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program. Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.
The Gastroenterology (GI) Physician Assistant will provide health care treatment to Veterans in accordance with individual patient needs determined by standards of adult health care practice, hospital policy and procedures, and in collaboration with other members of the GI team, Medical Service at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center (RHJ VA). The PA works closely with the GI Section, GI Lab RN's, fellows, clinic staff, and staff gastroenterologists. S/he is responsible for screening and assuring that all GI consults are appropriately processed to include both VA and Non VA care. The PA also performs pre-procedure assessments of patients referred for colonoscopy if patient history is questionable for appropriateness of the procedure.
As a PA you will provide prescribed medical treatments and personal care service to ill and injured veterans. Duties include documenting observations, assessments, and changes in patient's condition; manage patient care in an astute manner which promotes positive patient care outcomes; providing a full range of care to patients with a variety of physical and/or behavior problems; and be accountable for meeting and maintaining the qualification standards and functional statements of your assigned position. Our facility is seeking individuals who possess good organizational skills, a demonstrated ability to assume leadership, and the ability to establish effective communication with patients, families, visitors, and members of the interdisciplinary team.
Duties include, but are not limited to:
- Performs consult management
- Uses sound clinical judgement in assessing, planning, implementing, documenting, and evaluating care.
- Prescribe and/or recommend laboratory tests, diagnostic studies, and/or medications based on current Medical Center, VHA, and DEA policy.
- Assume a leadership role in utilizing problem-solving methodologies to resolve system and/or process problems that impact patient care, staff performance, and/or system improvements.
- Identify opportunities for improvement and initiate performance improvement processes.
- Guides, develops, and supports staff from a leadership prospective and collaborates with other clinicians.
- Maintain current knowledge of clinical practice guidelines, preventive measures, and other standards of practice, and apply evidence to practice to improve the quality of care.
- Effectively manage GI Service resources to increase efficiency, cost effectiveness, and maintenance of a safe environment.
- Identify potential/actual problems and select courses of action which will result in the most favorable patient and organizational outcomes.
- Perform inpatient, outpatient, and case management duties with an emphasis on outpatient care.
- Perform clinic procedures appropriate to GI services.
- Provide direct patient care and facilitates patient care plan within the GI outpatient setting.
- Other duties as deemed appropriate to provide high-quality patient-centered care including possible cross-coverage with other services.
- Not Required
- Must pass pre-employment examination.
- Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
- Background and/or Security Investigation required.
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
- U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
- 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
- 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.
- Certification (1) Current and continuous certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is required for employment in VHA.
(2) Recent PA graduates who are eligible to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) may be employed by VA on a temporary basis (38 U.S.C. 7405), for a period not to exceed two years, as provided in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section G, Paragraph 5.
(3) If a PA's NCCPA certification is suspended, revoked or expires, the PA must be removed from the occupation which may result in termination of employment.
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
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.
GRADE REQUIREMENTS.In addition to the basic requirements stated above, the following qualifications criteria must be met in determining the appropriate grade for appointment or promotion eligibility. Requirements for appointment or promotion to a specific grade are based on the candidate's ability to demonstrate the elements described. Full Grade. In addition to meeting the basic requirements, individuals appointed to this grade must meet all the following requirements: (1) Experience / Education. None beyond the basic requirements.
Intermediate Grade. In addition to meeting the basic requirements, candidates must meet all requirements described in this standard for Full Grade through VA employment or non-VA PA positions with equivalent scope and complexity. Individuals appointed or advanced to Intermediate Grade will have demonstrated the ability to analyze and solve more complex medical problems and meet the following requirements: Experience / Education (a) 1 year of professional practice as a PA; or (b) Successful completion of a PA post-graduate residency program accredited by ARC-PA or by the U.S. Armed Forces; or (c) A Master's degree from a PA training program certified by ARC-PA or in another health-related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Senior Grade. In addition to meeting the basic requirements, candidates must meet all requirements described in this standard for Intermediate Grade through VA employment or non-VA PA positions with equivalent scope and complexity. Individuals appointed or advanced to Senior Grade will have demonstrated the behaviors or responsibilities listed in one or more of the following categories: Clinical Proficiency, Education, Professional Development, Management/Administrative, and Research, as applicable to the assignment Experience / Education (a) 3 years of professional practice as a PA; or (b) 2 years of professional practice as a PA and successful completion of a PA post-graduate residency program accredited by ARC-PA or by the U.S. Armed Forces; or (c) 2 years of professional practice as a PA and a Master's degree from a PA training program certified by ARC-PA or in another health-related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education; or (d) A Doctoral degree in a health-related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U. S. Department of Education.
Chief Grade. In addition to meeting the basic requirements, candidates must meet all requirements described in this standard for Senior Grade through VA employment or non-VA PA positions with equivalent scope and complexity. Appointment or promotion to Chief Grade is based on the individual's demonstrated high level of clinical expertise, leadership ability, and the ability to function with a high degree of autonomy. Further, the PA candidate for Chief Grade will have demonstrated all the requirements of one or more of the following categories: Management/Administrative, Clinical Proficiency, Professional Development and Research. Experience / Education (a) Generally, an individual in this grade is able to demonstrate the behaviors listed in the areas below after 5 years of professional practice as a PA; and, (b) The minimum education for this grade is a Master's Degree from a PA training program accredited by ARC-PA or in a health-related field of study. However, experience as a PA may be substituted for the Master's degree where the individual has an equivalent knowledge of the profession and has successfully undertaken a combination of difficult or complex assignments in several clinical, administrative, research and educational arenas which required a high degree of competence.
Reference: VA Handbook 5005 Part II, Appendix G8, Physician Assistant Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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.
Physical Requirements: This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs.
What To Expect Next
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Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
Salary Range: $48,968.00 to $109,781.00 / Per Year
Series & Grade: VN-0603-00/00
Supervisory Status: No
Who May Apply: United States Citizens
Control Number: 452176700
Job Announcement Number: NZ-17-JT-1815573-BU