Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician Assistant- Otolaryngology in Bay Pines, Florida
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
- Bay Pines, FL
Work Schedule is Intermittent - Excepted Service Temporary
Opened Monday 4/25/2016 (301 day(s) ago)
** Closes Monday 4/24/2017 (63 day(s) away)
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1689019
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.
Note: This is an open and continuous vacancy announcement to build a sufficient applicant pool for fee basis providers. Applicants will be referred by the first cut off date of May 9, 2016 and every two weeks thereafter.
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.
Bay Pines VA Healthcare System is seeking a Physician Assistant (Otolaryngology) to provide Fee Basis services. The position is located in the Surgery Service at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center. The Physician Assistant assists in the management of patients of Otolaryngology surgical specialty offered to patients. The Physician Assistant will be supervised by the patient's attending or covered privileged and credentialed physician. T*he pay rates are $18 per patient (or encounter) and $18 per unit (includes clinical administrative tasks like consult triage, surgical scheduling, test result communication, telephone encounters, etc.)*
Duties include the following list of functions:
Performs history and physicals
Provides ongoing outpatient care for assigned patients
Writes routine prescriptions
Provide patient and family education and counseling
Order laboratory, radiology, and other diagnostic tests
Draws blood specimens
Administers topical and local anesthesia
Triage consults and general administrative duties.
Skin punch biopsy
Sutures/closes simple lacerations
Non-emergent and emergency duties
Work Schedule:To be determined by needs of the service. Fee basis providers work as needed.
- Not Required
- 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
- NCCPA Certified Required
Surgical and/or Critical Care background preferred.
Effective interpersonal relations and a demonstrated ability to work cooperatively in an interdisciplinary, collaborative environment.
Demonstrated strong leadership skills, creative and innovative problem-solving abilities and patient advocacy.
Performs duties independently, exhibiting initiative and flexibility.
a. Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is notpossible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A,paragraph 3g, this part.)
b. Education or Training. The candidate must meet one of the following:
(1) A bachelor's degree from a PA training program which is certified by theAccreditation Review Commission on Education of the Physician Assistant(ARC-PA); or
(2) Graduation from a PA training program of at least 12 months durationwhich is certified by the ARC-PA and a bachelor's degree in a health careoccupation or a health-related science; or
(3) Graduation from a PA training program of at least 12 months durationwhich is certified by the ARC-PA and a period of progressively responsiblehealth care experience such as an independent duty medical corpsman, licensedpractical nurse, registered nurse, medical technologist, or medical technician. The duration of approved academic trainingand health care experience must total at least 5 years.
c. Certification. As of March 12, 1993,certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician'sAssistants (NCCPA) is a requirement for employment. This requirement does not apply tonon-certified PAs on VA rolls as of that date.
d. Physical Standards. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
e. English Language Proficiency. PAs appointed to direct patient-carepositions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).
f. Restriction. Under no circumstances may this occupation beused to employ physicians or other health care providers who do not meet theapplicable qualification standards for their occupation. All physician assistants must meet therequirements in subparagraphs a through e above.
3. SECTION B. GRADE REQUIREMENTS. In addition to the basic requirements statedabove, the following qualifications criteria must be met in determining theappropriate grade assignment of candidates.
* a. Associate Grade.* None beyondbasic requirements.
* * b.* Full Grade. *Completion of one of the following requirements:
(1) Successful practice as a PA whichdemonstrates the abilities in subparagraphs (a) and (b) below. Generally, individuals meeting the educationrequirements in paragraph 2c of section A can demonstrate these skills afterapproximately 2 years of practice as a PA. The complexity of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures which thecandidate is capable of performing, as a result of experience as a PA, haveexpanded significantly beyond those required of employees meeting the minimumrequirements for entry into the occupation.
(a) Ability to work effectively with patients, families or significantothers, with professional and supportive personnel who provide patient care,and with members of other services; and
(b) Ability to provide effective care to patients; i.e. assesses, plans,implements, documents, evaluates patient care; manages care for assignedpatients; initiates effective actions in emergencies; or
(2) A Bachelor's degree from a PA training program which is certified by theARC-PA and practice as a PA whichdemonstrates abilities such as those described in paragraph (1) above. Generally, individuals attaining theeducation level specified in this subparagraph can demonstrate the abilitiesdescribed in subparagraphs (a) and (b) above after approximately 1 year ofpractice as a PA; or
(3) Master's degree in a health care occupation or a health-related scienceand a baccalaureate degree from a PA training program which is certified by theARC-PA; or
(4) Master's degree from a PA training program which is certified by theARC-PA.
* c. Intermediate Grade.* Completionof requirements in one of thefollowing paragraphs:
(1) PA practice characterized by leadership in improving patient care;demonstrated ability to work effectively with others; and proficiency in oneof the following four groups of behaviors (subparagraphs (a), (b), (c), or (d)below). The PA is able to perform morecomplex diagnostic and therapeutic procedures than PAs at Full grade and seeksguidance from the supervising physician less frequently than PAs at lower gradelevels and more readily identifies complex patient care situations wherereferral to the supervising physician is required. Generally, individuals meeting the educationrequirements in section A of this appendix can successfully demonstrate oneof these groups of behaviors after approximately 4 years of practice.
(a) Clinical Skills. Uses sound judgment in assessing, planning,implementing, documenting and evaluating patient care; applies current conceptsand findings from research and/or studies to practice; shares clinical expertisewith professional and supportive personnel; accurately documents and reportscare; identifies, analyzes and resolves patient care problems whose resolutionresults in the significant improvement of care to patients; demonstrates suchexpertise in patient care so as to be recognized by others.
(b) Managerial Skills. Assesses, plans, implements and evaluates thedelivery of patient care; applies current concepts and findings from researchand/or studies to practice; uses sound judgment in making decisions; is timelyand accurate in corresponding and reporting; analyzes and resolves problemsthat impede the delivery of patient care and services.
(c) InstructionalSkills. Assesses, plans, implements,documents and evaluates educational activities; applies current concepts andfindings from research and/or studies to practice; uses effective and creativeteaching methods; encourages active participation of learners in meeting theirown needs.
(d) Research Skills. Under supervisory guidance of the managingphysician, accepts professional responsibility for a scientific investigationexpected to result in a publishable addition to scientific knowledge; resolvesproblems ordinarily entailed in the accomplishment of a project; interpretsfindings; prepares reports and papers; or
(2) A bachelor's degree from a PA training program which is certified by theARC-PA and practice as a PA whichdemonstrates behaviors such as those described in paragraph (1) above. Generally, an individual with the educationin this paragraph can demonstrate these behaviors after approximately 3 yearsof practice as a PA; or
(3) Master's degree in a health care occupation or a health-related scienceand a baccalaureate degree from a PA training program which is certified by theARC-PA; and practice as a PA whichdemonstrates behaviors such as those described in paragraph (1) above. Generally, an individual with the educationdescribed in this paragraph can demonstrate these behaviors after approximately2 years of practice as a PA; or
(4) Master's degree from a PA training program which is certified by theARC-PA; and practice as a PA whichdemonstrates behaviors such as those described in paragraph (1) above. Generally, an individual with the educationdescribed in this paragraph can demonstrate these behaviors after approximately2 years of practice as a PA; or
(5) Doctoral degree in a health care occupation or a health-related scienceand a baccalaureate or masters degree from a PA training program which is certifiedby the ARC-PA.
References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, App. G8, Physican Assistant Qualification Standard.
*PLEASE NOTE: * 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.
Heavy Lifting, 45 pounds and over
Moderate Carrying, 15-44 pounds
Straight Pulling (1 hour)
Reaching over shoulders
Working with hands in water (frequent hand washing)
Working closely with others
Use of fingers
Both hands required
Walking (up to 4 hours)
Standing (up to 2 hours)
Repeated Bending (up to 4 hours)
Both Legs required
Ability to rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously
Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other
Near vision correctable at 13 to 16 to Jaeger 1 to 4
Both eyes required
Ability to distinguish basic colors
Ability to distinguish shades of colors
Hearing (aid permitted)
Protracted or irregular hours of work
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.
Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
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What To Expect Next
After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements. You will be notified when this decision is made.
Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at http://www.va.gov/JOBS/JobBenefits/benefits.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.
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: $18.00 to $18.00 / Fee Basis
Series & Grade: FB-0603-00/00
Supervisory Status: No
Who May Apply: United States Citizens
Control Number: 437023800
Job Announcement Number: NY-16-RNS-1689019FB OC