The New Mexico VA Health Care System (NMVAHCS) Behavioral Health Care Line is seeking a qualified Psychiatric Mental Health Physician Assistant to provide overnight psychiatry services in the emergency department, behavioral health units, and acute medical/surgical units (as needed). The incumbent will be part of the Mental Health Urgent/Emergent Care (BEACON) team composed of highly skilled Advance Practice Providers (NP/PA), and a consultative psychiatrist.The BEACON program's primary mission is to provide psychiatric consultation to patients with urgent or emergent mental health needs presenting in the Emergency Department 365 days per year / 24 hours per day and during business hours in a walk-in clinic setting; and inpatient psychiatric consultative liaison services. The incumbent will practice independently within his/her scope of practice/clinical privileges and collaborate as needed with the on-call attending psychiatrist.
The incumbent will use advanced, independent clinical judgment and evidence-based treatment strategies to provide assessment and treatment for veterans with acute or chronic mental illness including treatment with psychotropic medications, brief psychotherapy, crisis intervention, case management and consultation with other mental health and specialty care professionals. The primary goal of this position is to promote veteran health behaviors and provide health care to veterans that will meet all standards of quality management and quality improvement and be efficient and cost effective. The incumbent, serving as a veteran advocate, will assess and promote the health and wellness needs of all veterans across the lifespan through planning, organizing, coordinating, directing, and evaluating facility services and programs including educational programs.
Activities during tour of duty include but are not limited to:
Assessment, diagnosis and treatment of mental health problems including initiating and adjusting therapeutic regimens, ordering diagnostics and therapeutic tests/studies, initiating consults and referrals and prescribing medications and supplies in accordance with VA policy, VA formulary and State Regulations.
Emergency psychiatry evaluations in the ED including disposition and treatment planning.
Inpatient psychiatric admission evaluations, writing admission orders, prescribing psychotropic and non-psychotropic medications and ordering laboratory studies as necessary.
Evaluation and management of patients admitted to psychiatric inpatient services as needed.
Responding to psychiatric crisis calls on behavioral health units, the emergency department and medical/surgical units.
Responding to Psychiatric Consult Liaison requests from medicine/surgical inpatient units.
Supervision of graduate students and trainee
***This position requires prescriptive authority***
Work Schedule:Sundaythru Thursday 11:00 pm - 7:00 am Functional Statement Title/#:Physician Assistant/N/A Fair Labor Standards Act: Exempt Bargaining Unit Status Code: 1276
Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Non citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)
Education or Training. The candidate must meet the following: (1) 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 (2) 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 U.S. Department of Education.
Certification. (1) Current and continuous certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is required for employment in VHA. (2) Recent PA graduates who are eligible to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) may be employed by VA on a temporary basis (38 U.S.C. 7405), for a period not to exceed two years.
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).
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, Appendix G-8Physician AssistantQualification Standard.This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting (45 lbs and over); Heavy carrying (45 lbs and over): Straight pulling and pushing; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking and standing up to 12 hours; repeated bending; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; hearing aid permitted.
All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s): *Other(VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations) *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 Veterans Document *SF-15 *SF-50 *Transcript VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required). 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, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
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 visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
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 1970756.
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.