Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Surgical Nocturnist (Hospitalist) in Albany, New York

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Few vacancies in the following location:
  • Albany, NY
Work Schedule is Multiple Schedules - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Monday 4/25/2016 (179 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 4/24/2017 (185 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1668809

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.

This vacancy is for multiple Surgical Nocturnist (NIGHT SHIFT) Hospitalists (Physician) positions at the Albany Stratton VAMC. This vacancy will be used to fill full-time, part-time, or intermittent appointments, for overnight shifts including weekdays, weekends and holidays. Functional Statement for the position is Albany VAMC Surgical Nocturnist # F9299.

The Department of Veterans Affairs is an employer of choice as a center of excellence in patient care, education and research. We value trust, respect, commitment, compassion, and excellence; we value you. 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

NOTE: Applicant's education and length of practice (experience) will be considered by a Professional Standards Board and Compensation Panel in determining the salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

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.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

A recruitment incentive is not authorized for this position.

Position may be filled prior to the closing date. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible for this vacancy. Applications will be reviewed every two weeks. If filled prior to the closing date, recruitment will be terminated.

The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program under the provisions of the Education Debt Reduction Program, subject to availability of EDRP funding. Please contact Human Resources EDRP Coordinator at the Albany VAMC for more information.


This position is located at the Stratton VA Medical Center, Albany, New York and supports the Network 2 Mission to care for our Veterans with compassion and excellence in the Medical Care, Geriatrics and Extended Care, and Behavioral Health Care Carelines. Principle clinical responsibilities include overnight, weekend, and holiday patient care of inpatients including ICU patients and patients on the inpatient wards (surgical and behavioral health) and the Community Living Center (skilled nursing care). The Surgical Nocturnist is in close communication and consultation with the attending staff as necessary. Duties will also include evaluation and admission of patients from the Emergency Department. The Stratton Emergency Department does not see major trauma patients. Duties and responsibilities are carried out throughout the Veteran's Affairs Medical Center in Albany, New York. The incumbent follows established guidelines, ethics, and policies and protocols of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Stratton VAMC and the profession. Each Surgical Nocturnist functions as a cooperative and collegial team member with the entire staff.

  • The Surgical Nocturnist participates in and/or manages the medical and routine aspects of care of patients in the ICU and on the surgical wards, nursing home care unit, and behavioral health care unit to include clinical and administrative components.

  • The Surgical Nocturnist is expected to maintain good clinical, professional, and personal judgment at all times.

  • The Surgical Nocturnist participates in quality management and other activities as directed

  • The Surgical Nocturnist rounds on the surgical wards (General, Vascular, Thoracic, Orthopedic) on a regular basis during his or her tour of duty.

  • The Surgical Nocturnist is expected to evaluate and manage clinical issues and changes

  • The Surgical Nocturnist consults via telephone directly with the appropriate attending physician when more specialized evaluation or intervention may be required.

  • The specialized attending physicians will round on both days of the weekend, as well as their routine rounds during the week.

  • ED or floor consultations would be handled as follows:

  • During times when the Surgical Nocturnist is on duty, the initial contact by the ED or floor physician will be with the Surgical Nocturnist. The Surgical Nocturnist will discuss the patient with the Specialist Attending. If admission is indicated, the Specialist Attending will then decide whether to:

  • See the patient him/her self

  • Ask the Surgical Nocturnist to admit the patient to the service of the Specialist Attending

  • The Surgical Nocturnist works within her or his privileges at all times.

  • The Surgical Nocturnist is expected to maintain current knowledge and skills. She or he must be responsible for a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic activities.

  • She or he is expected to maintain good clinical, professional, and personal judgment at all times.

  • The Surgical Nocturnist exercises corporate citizenship by serving as leader and/or active member on Medical Center committees as requested. The Surgical Nocturnist participates as needed in Process and Quality Improvement projects and programs within the Medical Center.

  • Timely documentation (notes and encounter forms) is necessary in all areas in accordance with facility policy. All administrative work must be completed in a timely fashion.

  • All VA requirements must be met on a timely basis

  • The Surgical Nocturnist provides admitting histories, physical examinations, orders, daily (or more frequent) progress notes, discharge or transfer summaries, and communications to consulting providers

  • The Surgical Nocturnist assesses patient, order and interprets diagnostic and therapeutic tests/studies, initiates consults and referrals, and supplies in accordance with VA policy, VA formulary and State regulations.

  • The Surgical Nocturnist works with other staff members to be part of a team that provides a consistent interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to patient care, education, and communication.

  • The Surgical Nocturnist helps foster a high level of patient and staff satisfaction.

  • The Surgical Nocturnist formulates and initiates health care teaching for hospitalized patients and their families.

  • The Surgical Nocturnist does NOT do procedures or assist in the Operating Room.

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.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Board Certification or Eligibility in listed specialty is preferred
  • Must meet basic requirements listed in this vacancy announcement

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy).
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine.
  • 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.

Preferred Experience:

  • Physician must be Board Certified or Board Eligible in Internal Medicine or General Surgery
  • Physician must maintain current BLS and ACLS certification
  • Physician must maintain privileges at all times at the Albany VA Medical Center

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. In describing your experience, please be clear and specific.

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 physician should be physically and mentally capable to perform the duties of the position including examinations, formulate the diagnosis and treatment plan and educate residents. Physical activities include sitting, standing (up to 4 hours) walking (up to 2 hours), heavy lifting (45 pounds or over), reaching above the shoulder, and repeated bending. The incumbent should be emotionally and mentally stable; and capable to perform the duties of the position.

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.

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.**

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

As a new employee serving on an excepted service appointment in the Federal civil service, you will be required to complete a two year probationary period. This period provides your supervisor with an opportunity to assess your conduct and job performance. Please note that an employee serving on a probationary period may be terminated at any time during this period, with limited appeal rights, for unacceptable job performance or unacceptable conduct.

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

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 434946700

Job Announcement Number: 528D-16BK-105