Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner (Physician Extender) in Chillicothe, Ohio

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

Opened Thursday 9/1/2016 (50 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (70 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1686195

Chillicothe, Ohio is nestled in the beautiful hills of Ross County. Chillicothe is blessed with an abundance of historical and recreational opportunities. There are five state parks within a 30-minute drive. Strong schools and affordable housing make Chillicothe a great place to live and work. The small town charm of this city is perfectly complimented by easy access to Columbus, Dayton, and Cincinnati for those seeking city amenities.

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.

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.

Nurse Practitioner Salary Range:$92,144-$122,548

Physician Assistant Salary Range:$58,954-$99,364


The Physician Extender duties will include providing general clinical services to Veterans in a mental health setting.

Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Complete admission History and Physical, admission note, preliminary plan, and medication reconciliation for Veterans.
  • Provide the appropriate medication management for acute and chronic illnesses, and all orders (nursing, diet, medications, etc. The incumbent will be expected to perform sick call on a routine basis.
  • Order the appropriate labs and imaging and specialty consults, as well as, provide discharge summaries.
  • Attend daily treatment team meetings and general clinical services to Veterans in a Mental Health setting.

Flexible Work Schedule- examples include:

9 a.m. to 9 p.m. 7 days on 7 days off,

Part-time schedules available for nights and weekends only.

Monday through Friday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends from 9am to 9 pm.

Other schedule alternatives can be discussed.

Functional Statement Title/#: Physician Extender Service: Mental Health

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.
  • This is a barganing unit position.

In order to qualify for this position you must meet the following:

Nurse Practitioner Qualification Standard:

Applicants must meet basic VA requirements qualifying as a Registered Nurse as defined by VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix, G6.

Basic Requirements:

(1)* Citizenship.*Citizen of the United States. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)

(2)* Graduation from School of Nursing*

(a) Graduate of a school of professional nursingapproved by the appropriate State agency, and accredited by one of the following accrediting bodies at the time the program was completed by the applicant.

1. The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), an accrediting arm of the National League for Nursing located at 61 Broadway, 33rd Floor, New York, New York 10006 or call (800) 669-1656 extension 153.The NLNAC accredits all levels of nursing programs. Additional information may be obtained from the

NLNAC web site; or

2. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), an accrediting arm of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The CCNE accredits bachelors and masters degree programs, and is located at One Dupont Circle N.W., Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036 or call (202) 463-6930. Additional information may be obtained from the CCNE web site.

(b) [The completion of coursework equivalent to a nursing degree in a MSN Bridge Program that qualifies for professional nursing registration constitutes the completion of an approved course of study of professional nursing. In these programs, students are given a certificate of professional nursing to sit for the NCLEX and should submit this certification to VA prior to appointment. Students do not earn a BSN, but receive a MSN degree upon completion of course work. A copy of the MSN transcript must be provided to VA. Bridge programs that confer a master’s degree also fully meet the education requirement, even though a Bachelor’s Degree is not awarded.

(c)] In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of current, full, active, and unrestricted registration (see paragraph 2a(3)) will meet the requirement of graduation from an approved school of professional nursing.

(3)* Registration*

(a)* Condition of Employment.*A registered nurse (RN) will have a current, full, active and unrestricted registrationas a graduate professional nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the U.S. or in the District of Columbia. The appointing official may waive this registration if the RN is to serve in a country other than the U.S. and the RN has registration in that country (e.g., Philippines). The RN must maintain a current, full, active and unrestricted registration to continue employment with VA.

(4) Physical Standards.See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

(5)* English Language Proficiency.*RNs appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).

(6) Nurse Practitioners. A nurse practitioner must be licensed or otherwise recognized as a nurse practitioner in a State, possess a master’s degree from a program accredited by the NLNAC or CCNE, and maintain full and current certification as a nurse practitioner from the American Nurses Association or another nationally recognized certifying body. [The certification must be in the specialty to which the individual is being appointed or selected.]

Physician Assistant Qualification Standard:

Applicants must meet the basic VA requirements qualifying as a Physician Assistant as defined by VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix, G8.

Basic Requirements:

a. Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible 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 the Accreditation Review Commission on Education of the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA); or

(2) Graduation from a PA training program of at least 12 months duration which is certified by the ARC-PA and a bachelor’s degree in a health care occupation or a health-related science; or

(3) Graduation from a PA training program of at least 12 months duration which is certified by the ARC-PA and a period of progressively responsible health care experience such as an independent duty medical corpsman, licensed practical nurse, registered nurse, medical technologist, or medical technician. The duration of approved academic training and 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’s Assistants (NCCPA) is a requirement for employment. This requirement does not apply to non-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-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).

f. 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 in subparagraphs a through e above.

Preferred Experience:

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 Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II.* *This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

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 Requirements: The work may require extreme patience in controlling one's emotions. The work may require using appropriate technique to physically restrain clients who present a danger to self and other. The work ,ay also require assisting physically disable clients and may include lifting them.

Mental/Emotional Requirements: The incumbent of this position will be expected to Understand, remember, and apply oral and/or written instructions or other information; Understand remember and communicate routing, factual information; Understand complex problems and to collaborate and explore alternative solutions; Organize thoughts and ideas into understandable terminology; Organize and prioritize own work schedule on short-term basis (longer than one month); Apply common sense in performing job; Make decisions which have significant impact on the immediate work unit and monitor impact outside immediate work unit; Make decisions which have significant impact on the department's credibility, operations, and services; Complete routine forms, use existing form letters and/or conduct routine oral communication; Compose letters, outlines, memoranda, and basic reports and/or to orally communicate technical information; Communicate with individuals utilizing a telephone; requires ability to hear and speak effectively on phone; Express or exchange ideas by means of the spoken word, communicating orally with others accurately, loudly, and quickly; Make informal presentations, inside and/or outside the organization. Speaking before groups.

Work Environment: Work is typically performed in a clinical setting that involves everyday risks or discomforts which require safety precautions typical of hospitals, office and meeting rooms. Some work is performed in a setting away from the office where the environment cannot be controlled. There may be occasional risk of physical harm that may require special precautions and training.

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Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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

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: $58,954.00 to $122,548.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0603, 0610-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 449278500

Job Announcement Number: RW-16-CT-1686195-BU-OCA