Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician Assistant -Surgical Service, Inpatient Units in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Philadelphia, PA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Wednesday 9/14/2016 (39 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (69 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1800590

This announcement is open until the position is filled. Candidates will be first sent to the selecting official after 9/28/2016 and then as needed until the position is filled.

This vacancy may also be filled by a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner and is announced for Nurse Practitioners to apply under PHL-16-JHo-1800557-BU in USAJOBS.GOV.

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.

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 and leadership positions 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.


The Physician Assistant works for Surgical Service in all inpatient care settings within the Crescenz VAMC. The Staff Surgical Critical Care Physician Assistant is credentialed and privileged through the Medical Staff Office Supervisor under the auspices of the Chief of Staff in accordance with Medical Staff Bylaws. The Physician Assistant is responsible for patient care in his/her assigned area(s). Planning, coordinating and exercising professional judgment in initiating and implementing administrative and clinical decisions are integral components of the position.

Tour of Duty: Day shift. Position may include nights and weekends.

a. Performing initial histories and physical examinations.

b. Providing and coordinating comprehensive care for assigned patients in any care setting.

d. Screening patients to determine the need for further health care.

e. Ordering diagnostic studies such as laboratory tests, X-rays, electrocardiograms (EKGs) specified in the PA’s scope of practice.

f. Carrying out health promotion and disease prevention activities including education and shared decision-making.

g. Drawing blood specimens or obtaining other specimens for laboratory testing as needed.

h. Initiating and expediting requests for consultations and scheduling special tests and studies.

i. Writing orders and prescriptions, as necessary, for the care of the patient in accordance with Federal and State law.

j. Making daily rounds to observe and record patient’s medical progress, updating and summarizing medical records, changing orders when appropriate, and notifying the responsible physician of significant changes in the patient’s condition.

k. Documenting progress notes and summaries in the patient’s medical record.

l. Obtaining consent and documenting procedures performed for which the PA is responsible.

m. Providing education and counseling of patients and families in preventive care, medical conditions, and the use of prescribed treatments and drugs.

n. Completing pre-op preparation and otherwise facilitating smooth pt. flow to the operating room.

o. Participate as needed in a detailed hand-off between providers to ensure safe and high-quality care

Specialized Duties:

Serves as a point of contact for patient care within Surgery Service.

  1. Collaborates with the surgical Hospitalist and/or Intensivist as well as staff of other departments and the patient’ admitting team to coordinate care plans.
    1. Supports the peri-operative evaluation and care of patients who require in patient care.
    1. Performs procedures within the Surgical Critical Care Physician Assistant’s scope of practice and for which they are credentialed
    1. Manages the prescription for critical care relevant medications (including vasoactive and antiarrhythmic agents), blood component therapy, and technological support devices including mechanical ventilation (invasive and non-invasive).

Emergency Duties:

Emergency duties are those carried out for patients in life-threatening situations. The Surgical Critical Care Physician Assistant initiates these activities and makes every effort to summon a physician as soon as possible. Examples of emergency duties include but are not limited to:

a. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation.

b. Life-threatening arrhythmia management including synchronized cardioversion

c. Treatment of acute respiratory failure

d. Treatment of life threatening injury

e. Treatment of compartment syndromes (abdominal, thoracic, extremity)


  • Participates in clinical and administrative committee assignments at the direction of the Chief of Staff/Chief, Surgical Care Line/Section Chief, Surgical Critical Care **

  • Participates in required Performance Improvement programs

  • Follows accepted infection control and safety procedures as well as other station policy procedures**

Record System (CPRS) and complies with all VHA Privacy Policy (HIPPA)requirements.

  • Maintains accurate and timely patient medical record entries in Computerized Patient


  • Participates, where appropriate, in research support activities as directed by his/her section chief, such as but not limited to clinical trials and the evaluation of alternative health care delivery systems to enhance patient care.**

  • Participates in surveys within the Section under the auspices of the Surgical Care Line to ascertain patient satisfaction of care provided.**


  • Participates fully in educational development through staff and section meetings and assumes responsibility for professional development by attending relevant training and regularly reviewing the literature to improve clinical competencies and meeting professional continuing education requirements to maintaining current competence and licensure. **
Travel Required
  • Not Required
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.
  • Citizenship of the United States

  • 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; andaBachelor’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.

  • Meets physical standards.

  • 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).

  • Current Basic Life Support ( BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications are required for critical care assignments.

  • Candidates must meet threshold criteria/qualifications for Credentialing and Privileges of the PVAMC.

Note:GRANDFATHERING PROVISIONS.Effective with the issuance of this new qualification standard all PA’s are required to have a Bachelor’s Degree and maintain certification. For employees who do not meet all the basic requirements required in this standard, but who met the qualifications applicable to the position at the time they were appointed to it, the following provisions apply: VA HANDBOOK 5005/78 SEPTEMBER 5, 2014 PART II APPENDIX G8

a. PAs on VA rolls prior to the implementation date of this standard who do not meet the minimum academic level of a Bachelor’s degree are exempted from this requirement.

b. PAs on VA rolls prior to March 12, 1993 who are not NCCPA certified remain exempt from the NCCPA certification requirement. However, a PA who subsequently became or becomes certified is no longer exempt and must maintain certification as a condition of employment.

c. PAs who have been grandfathered and subsequently leave the PA occupation lose the grandfathered status and must meet the full VA qualification standard requirements in effect at the time of reentry to the PA occupation, unless a waiver is approved by the Under Secretary for Health.

PLEASE 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 Standards:

The tasks of this position generally require sitting, standing, occasional crouching or kneeling. Moderate lifting is required to move equipment throughout the SICU and other Medical Center locations. Considerable manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination are continuously required. This includes continuous observation of a computer screen. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation demands coordination and stamina.

Heavy Lifting (50 LBS and over); Heavy Carrying (50 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 3 hours); Standing (up to 3 hours); Repeated bending (up to 1 hour); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Hearing (aid permitted).

Reference:VA Directive and Handbook 5019

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.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.

We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined.


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:**

Other Information

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: $62,476.00 to $115,759.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0603-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 450373900

Job Announcement Number: PHL-16-JHo-1800590 BU