The incumbent has responsibility for coordinating and providing services in the area of mental health on both an outpatient and occasionally inpatient basis. Services are provided on both inpatient and outpatient basis with individual, family and/or group format, and may be performed in conjunction with a professional treatment team. He/she may also serve as consultant to other medical units, psychologists, psychiatrists, neurologists, nurses, social workers, etc. in the area of behavioral and mental health. The incumbent participates in the professional activities of the Mental Health Service and the Medical Center at the direction or approval of the Chief of Mental Health. These activities may include, but are not necessarily limited to: administrative committees of Mental Health and/or the Medical Center, peer review and quality assurance/improvement activities of his/her own work and that of other Mental Health staff, continuing education, training, research, and treatment/program evaluation. The Mental Health PA is responsible for the coordination of care of outpatient Mental Health patients. The incumbent will work closely with assigned specialty service(s) patients to assess, coordinate and provide direct care in collaboration with providers and team members. These efforts will result in more efficient and effective care management of the identified population groups and improved customer satisfaction. Prescriptive authority requirements include evidence of national certification and completion of upper division or continuing education in pharmacology.
The Mental Health Clinic PA works in a clinic environment with an assigned panel of patients, and collaborates with other members of the Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program Team. Day-to-day schedules include seeing both scheduled and unscheduled patients for assessment, diagnoses, intervention, and evaluation, group and individual therapy, providing consultation and referrals.
The psychiatric-mental health PA must be able to assess, diagnose, theorize, and analyze complex clinical and nonclinical problems related to the actual or potential mental health diagnosis. In addition, the PA must demonstrate the ability to consider a wide range of theory and research relevant to understanding mental health-related problems and the ability to select and justify the application of the most meaningful theory or research to assist in problem solving. The PA contributes knowledge of psychiatric research to interdisciplinary workgroups to assure evidence-based guidelines are incorporated into psychiatric-mental health practice. The PA may serve as the primary care provider to an individual with mental health diagnoses, their family, and the community.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, with evenings, weekends, and/or adjusted tours as needed to ensure quality care to Veterans.
Functional Statement Title/#: Physician Assistant (Mental Health Outpatient Clinic/BHIP)/#000000
A. 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 3, g, of this part.)
B. Education. 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.
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, as provided in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section G, Paragraph 5.
3. If a PA's NCCPA certification is suspended, revoked or expires, the PA must be removed from the occupation which may result in termination of employment.
D. Physical Standards. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019, Part II, Appendix A.
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). Applicants with the following certifications from American Heart Association (AHA) or Military Training Network (MTN) are highly preferred: Basic Life Support (BLS) and/or Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS). (AHA certification preferred.) The selected employee will be required to receive these certifications prior to assuming clinical responsibilities and ensure current certifications after employment is maintained.
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.
VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G8 dated September 5, 2014. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual TB screening or testing, as a condition of employment. All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
*Other(Certification, References, 10-2850)
*Other Veterans Document
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 1958329.
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.