Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician (Psychiatrist) in Las Vegas, Nevada

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
2 vacancies in the following location:
  • Las Vegas, NV
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Friday 10/7/2016 (17 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 9/29/2017 (340 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1821943

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?

*Come work in the entertainment capital of the world -- Las Vegas, Nevada! Whether it be the iconic strip; the exciting nightlife; the world renowned restaurants; or any of the outdoor adventures, Las Vegas has it. With over three-hundred days of fabulous weather, there is never a reason or season to stay home! *

Since 1972, VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System has been improving the health of the men and women who have so proudly served our nation. We consider it our privilege to serve your health care needs in any way we can. Services are available to more than 240,000 veterans living in our catchment area. In addition to our main facility in Las Vegas, we offer services in three community-based outpatient clinics located in Henderson, Pahrump and Laughlin. 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


The VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System is recruiting for staff psychiatrists. The staff psychiatrist provides clinical services providing direct patient care to scheduled and unscheduled patients and inpatients. Veterans treated come from a wide geographic area. Their healthcare and psychiatric problems and needs are complex. They require a high degree of clinical oversight and creative problem solving. Services are provided in a healthcare setting, inpatient, ambulatory, and in the community. Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Mastery of theories, principles, and methodologies underlying psychosocial practice.
  • Knowledge and understanding of developmental growth; dynamics of human behavior, family, and other social systems; and the impact of illness and disability on social functioning.
  • Ability to communicate with people who may be physically or mentally ill, uncooperative, fearful, emotionally distraught, and occasionally dangerous.
  • Knowledge of VHA directives, handbooks, and information letters; VISN policies and procedures; and facility policy and procedures.
  • Ability to develop, plan, implement and evaluate the interdisciplinary treatment plan, including provision of case management and/or services required in regards to discharge planning.
  • Assesses at risk factors and develops a preliminary disposition plan, involving the Veteran and the family/significant other. Performs insightful assessment of serious and complicated cases involving psychiatric illness, catastrophic medical conditions, dementia and other high risk diagnoses. Makes independent professional decisions and recommendations for agency action.
  • Develops comprehensive treatment plans in coordination with interdisciplinary team members, including goals, objectives and interventions clinical treatment. Makes adjustments to the treatment plan and interventions based on the changing needs, response to interventions and to improve outcomes.
  • Participates in the assignment of Veterans to treatment teams and programs. Consults with other specialists in planning treatment for Veterans with co-morbidities. Consults with urgent care, medical and specialty modules at VASNHS.
  • Provides individual, family and group therapy services in accordance with the needs identified in the assessment/plan. Possesses advanced skills in a variety of treatment modalities.
  • Has the ultimate responsibility for all entries into the patient's medical record (CPRS), and the timely completion thereof including discharge summaries and reports of examination or explanations.
  • Prescribes the appropriate psychotropic medications, general management of the patient, and requests for the appropriate consultations with other medical disciplines.

Work Schedule: Various (This position may required to work nights, weekends,holidays and extended shifts as necessary) Candidate will be required to provide on-call duties.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • 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.

Basic Requirements:

  • Citizenship of the United States. Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with Department of Veterans Affairs policy.
  • 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 Department of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed.
  • 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.
  • Completion of a first-year residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was completed.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Physical requirements outlined below.

Preferred Experience:

  • Board Certified/Eligible

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 Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician 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: 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: The work is sedentary in nature with a great deal of work in an office, working at a computer monitor and keyboard, answering phones, using tele/video monitor, prolonged sitting, and interacting with patients. Some physical exertion is required and includes but not limited to: traveling to various clinical activities, minimal lifting, and walking up and down stairs. Emotional and mental stability are required.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on "Application Status." For a more detailed update of your status, click on "more information." Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. The VHA physician brochure provides an overview of the benefits associated with a VA practice.

Annual leave shall accrue for full-time physicians at the rate of 26 days per leave year (1 day per pay period).

Other Information

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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.

Salary Range: $100,957.00 to $240,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Promotion Potential: 00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: US Citizens and Status Candidates

Control Number: 452970600

Job Announcement Number: VHA-593-17-AJ1821943MD-BU