Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician Assistant (Primary Care Float) in Maplewood, Minnesota

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Maplewood, MN
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Friday 9/2/2016 (53 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 11/30/2016 (36 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1793539

This announcement will be open until filled. Eligible applicants will be referred on a bi-weekly basis. If this position is filled prior to the closing date, the announcement will be closed on an earlier date.

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?


An exciting job opportunity awaits you in the Land of 10,000 Lakes! Since 1921, the Minneapolis VA Health Care System has been improving the lives of the men and women who have so proudly served our nation. Be part of an innovative team serving our nation's heroes.

The Minneapolis VA Health Care System (VAHCS) is a teaching hospital providing a full range of patient care services with state-of-the-art technology, as well as education and research. Comprehensive health care is provided through primary care, tertiary care and long-term care in areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics and extended care.

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. 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. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to"]

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.

*Location: *The position will be based out of the Maplewood CBOC, however the Float/Roving provider will be assigned to cover patient panels within the VA Community clinics as part of the Minneapolis VA Health Care system including Twin Ports, Hayward, Rice Lake, Chippewa Falls, Maplewood, Rochester and the Ramsey clinics.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, Administrative Days

Position Description Title/PD#: Physician Assistant / #000000

Recruitment/Relocation Incentives: Recruitment/Relocation Incentives are not authorized for this position.


The VA Minneapolis Healthcare System is seeking a Physician Assistant to work in the Primary Care Service Line as a 'Float' or "Roving' provider. Primary Care/ Community VA Clinic Outpatient care is in the clinic setting. This setting is located in dedicated outpatient spaces within the Medical Center or a Community VA clinic. The model for care delivery is Patient Aligned Care Team comprised of providers, nursing staff, administrative support and ancillary team members to provide comprehensive, coordinated care deliver individualized for the veterans needs. Duties include, but are not limited to the following:

Taking health, social and family histories

  • Performing physical examinations
  • Ordering, interpreting, and following up diagnostic tests
  • Diagnosing, managing acute and chronic health issues along with the documentation of these issues.
  • Initiating consults to other disciplines
  • Collaborating with physicians and other health care providers
  • Providing psychological and emotional support to patients and family members
  • Teaching patient, family, other staff and students
  • Prescribing medications and other therapies within the guidelines of the specific practice agreement
  • Cleaning RME (Reusable Medical Equipment) per SOP (Standard Operating Procedure)
  • Maintains in depth knowledge basis of anatomy, physiology, pathology, interpretation of radiographic, lab reports and other specialized testing.
  • Utilizes effective communication skills with patient, family, and other professionals.
  • Assesses individuals by means of health-illness history and physical examination
  • Develops and manages a plan of care including the ordering of diagnostic tests, treatments, prescriptions, referrals, consultations, and patient admissions.
  • Interprets findings to patient, and family members, teaching about diseases and health
  • Documents assessment, care plan and follow-up in patient records.
  • Performs cerumen impaction irrigation
  • Performs cryotherapy to specific lesions
  • Performs simple splinting

Probationary Period: May be required to serve a two-year probationary period.

Bargaining Unit Position: This position is covered by the American Federation of Government Employees.

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Status: This position is exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Travel Required
  • 75% or Greater
  • Travel is required within the VA Community clinics as part of the Minneapolis VA Health Care system including the Twin Ports, Hayward, Rice Lake, Chippewa Falls, Maplewood, Rochester and the Ramsey clinics.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • 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.
  • Valid State Drivers license.

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Applicants must meet the basic qualification requirements as stated in the VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G8, Physician Assistant Qualification Standard, which is available in the Human Resources office or online at

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; religious; 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.

Citizenship: Citizen of the United States. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens.)

Education or Training: The candidate must meet one of the following:

(1) 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

(2) 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: Current and continuous certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is required for employment in VHA.

Physical Standards: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019 and position-specific criteria listed below.

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. 7402(d).

Restriction: Under no circumstances may this occupation be used to employ physicians or other health care providers who do not meet the applicable qualification standards for their occupation. All physician assistants must meet the requirements above.

Designated Drug-Testing Position: All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with the VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.

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: Eligible applicants must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation, without hazard to themselves or others. Depending on the essential duties of a specific position, usable vision, color vision, hearing, or speech may be required. However, in most cases, a specific physical condition or impairment will not automatically disqualify an applicant for appointment. The loss or impairment of a specific function may be compensated for by the satisfactory use of a prosthesis or mechanical aid. This position requires regular and recurring physical exertion such as long periods of standing, bending and reaching to obtain supplies and working with equipment, etc.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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.

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. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:**

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. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

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.

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

Salary Range: $68,517.00 to $124,133.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0603-00/00

Promotion Potential: 00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: 1st area of consideration - current permanent employees of the Minneapolis VA Health Care System (MVAHCS) to include the Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs), and the Minneapolis Veterans Canteen Service

Control Number: 449538100

Job Announcement Number: VU-16-AML-1793539-BU