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

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*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 http://www.vacareers.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.

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Responsibilities

The incumbents serves as a Physician Assistant in the outpatient/inpatient setting within the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System with a responsibility for performing procedures in the area of Behavioral Health. The incumbent will meet the VA expectations as a member tof the medical staff adhering to current Southern Nevada Healthcare System Medical By-Laws, rules of the Medical Staff and practice under their approved clinical privileges or scope.

Work Schedule: Varies, may work off-hour shift, week-ends and holidays as priorities demonstrate a need. This position may include coverage on-call.

Functional Statement Title/#: Physician Assistant/000000

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

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Requirements
Conditions of Employment
  • 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.

Physical Requirements:

This position requires visual acuity; keen hearing; clear, distinctive speech; and manual dexterity. This position requires walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. The APRN must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on employee, environmental, and program needs. Must be able to perform the following:

Moderate Lifting 20-45 lbs.

Walking, standing intermittently up to a period of one continuous hour. Total walk, and standing time for the 8 hour day, is up to 4 hours.

Intermittent sitting up to a period of one or more continuous hour(s). Total sitting time for the day up to 4 hours.

Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously

Ability to distinguish shades of colors

Typing intermittently up to one continuous hour

Bending and stooping required to assess patients or perform care

Reaching above shoulder required to obtain supplies or light objects

Fine motor movements of hands/fingers to document electronically

Hearing acuity to communicate on the telephone and auscultate with stethoscope

Corrected vision to 20/30

Ability to exert 20 lbs of pressure to compress an adult chest 2" for approximately 1-2 minutes (CPR)

Frequent hand washing and sanitizing

Qualifications

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • 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 US Department of Education
  • Certification. Current and continuous certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is required for employment in VHA.

Grade Requirements:

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

(1) 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.

(2) Management/Administrative.One of the following responsibilities must be demonstrated:

(a) Evaluates service level patient care delivery systems and validates or identifies barriers to safe, effective care. Presents findings and recommendations to appropriate management officials and participates in implementation of changes.

(b) Manages patient quality management data bases such as the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) if assigned.

(c) Serves on service or facility committees/task forces if applicable to the assignment.

(d) Coordinates consult referrals within the service assigned.

(e) Coordinates and facilitates inter-service agreements.

(3) Clinical Competencies

(a) Clinical Proficiency

  1. Manages patients with complex or multi-system medical problems.

  2. Practices with a significant degree of autonomy and seeks guidance from assigned physicians with less frequency than expected at the previous grade.

  3. Performs more complex diagnostic and therapeutic procedures beyond what is expected at the previous grade.

  4. First or second assists in surgical procedures.

(b) Professional Development

  1. Acts as a consultant/mentor to PAs in lower grades and other clinical and support staff.

  2. Serves as a clinical preceptor for students or organizes and participates in facility clinical educational programs.

  3. Makes sustained contribution to health care by sharing expertise within and/or outside the medical facility.

(c) Ethics.Identifies and addresses ethical issues that impact patients and staff including participation in ethics consultations if appropriate to the area of assignment.

(d) Interpersonal Skills

  1. Communicates and collaborates effectively with other facility staff and outside institutions when applicable to the area of assignment.

  2. Effectively promotes the physician assistant profession to health care staff, patients and other stakeholders at the local level.

  3. Makes significant contributions which serve to enhance the distinctive role of PAs within the local institution and the health care system.

(e) Research

  1. Collaborates with others in research activities to improve patient care, or;

  2. Authors, or collaborates with others, on a paper or study for publication.

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 This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Education

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.

Additional information

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.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be reviewed. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We may not make assumptions regarding your experience.* *

NOTE:Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board and utilized in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.**

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Required Documents

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

  • Resume

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:

  • Cover Letter

  • DD-214

  • OF-306

  • Other (VA From 10-2850c)

  • Other Veterans Document

  • SF-15

  • SF-50

  • Transcript

Please use this checklist to ensure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, etc. You will not be contacted for additional information.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.

*Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: *You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 2006917.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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Benefits

A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

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  • Healthcare insurance
  • Pay and leave

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp.

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.

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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How to Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must complete the View Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, September 29, 2017 to received consideration.

  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

  2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

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Agency contact information
Melissa Diaz
Phone

(702)791-9000x15319

Email

MELISSA.DIAZ2@VA.GOV

Address

VHA Southern Nevada HCS Las Vegas HRMS 05 6900 North Pecos Road North Las Vegas, NV

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Next steps

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.

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The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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  • Office of Equal Opportunity

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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Legal and regulatory guidance
  • Financial suitability
  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/478525500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 08/21/2017 to 09/29/2017

Salary: $97,219 to $126,389 per year

Pay scale & grade: VN 00

Work schedule: Full-Time - Full Time

Appointment type: Multiple Appointment Types