This Physician Assistant (PA) or Nurse Practitioner (NP) will be an advanced practice provider for Surgical Service and a member of the Specialty Care Neighborhood model.The NP/PA will reportto the Chief of Surgeryand functions as a agent of the surgeon.The midlevel provider will be fully qualified and certified to function in both a clinical and administrative role and in accordance with the guidelines and policies of the VA Central California Healthcare System. This individual is delegated the authority and responsibility to assume clinical, consultation, educational, research, and administrative duties and responsibilities related to the patients and staff of the Surgical Service.In conjunction with the staff surgeons, the PA/NP will prioritize, delegate, and engage in facility performance measures in an effort to provide excellent care delivery processes in an efficient and safe manner. This position requires on-call duties and critical decision making capacity in the delivery of surgical care. The following items cover the most significant duties performed but do not exclude other responsibilities which may be assigned.
Providing effective care to patients characterized by the use of sound judgment in assessing, planning, implementing, documenting and evaluation patient care for assigned patients.
Applyingthe skill and competency to obtain thorough medical histories, perform comprehensive physical examination, order appropriate diagnostic studies, interpret and analyze medical data, establish diagnoses, formulate and implement treatment plans and modify treatment plans when appropriate.
Assisting in the Operating Room and performing perioperative procedures/interventions as needed
Evaluating outpatients to determine need for further health care
Facilitating continuity of care between services and best practices in healthcare delivery for surgical patients
Utilizing group processes to identify, analyze, and resolve care problems
Demonstrating leadership by involving others in improving care
Educating colleagues and/or students by serving as a preceptor and/or mentor
Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm; Some on-call
Nurse Practitioner Qualifications: 1. Citizen of the United States. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. 2. Nurse Practitioners 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). 3. Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved 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 Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 2) The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), an accrediting arm of the American Association of College of Nursing (AACN). The CCNE accredits bachelors and masters degree programs. (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. 4. Licensed or otherwise recognized as a nurse practitioner in a State, possess a master's degree from a program accredited by the ACEN 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 Qualifications: 1. Must be a citizen of the United States. 2. Must have a bachelor's degree from a Physician Assistant Training Program which is certified by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) OR graduation from a PA training program of at least 12 months duration which is certified by ARC-PA and a bachelor's degree in a health care occupation or a health related science OR graduation from a PA training program of at least 12 months duration which is certified by ARC-PA and a period of progressively responsible health care experience such as an independent duty medical corpsmen, 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. 3. Must be certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). 4. Must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 USC 7402(d), 7407(d).
Physician Assistant Requirements: A physician assistant must beGraduate of a PA training program, or a surgical assistant program which is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for Physician Assistants (ACR-PA) or one of its predecessor organizations; and Bachelor's degree from an accredited PA training program or in another healthscience related field froman accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, maintain a current and continuous certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)and must hold a valid DEA license
NOTE: Recent PA graduates who are eligible to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) may be employed by the 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.
1. Minimum of 1-3 years ofSurgicalexperience.
2. Experience in Orthopedics.
3. Experience that demonstrates the ability to coordinate care for surgical patients with other interdisciplinary staff.
4. Experience that demonstrates evidence of leadership potential with an emphasis on skills in interpersonal relationships, program development, critical thinking, and problem solving.
5.Experience that demonstrates evidence of successful professional practice with progressively complex patients and/or assignments.
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.
Physical Requirements: Heavy Lifting & Carrying (45 lbs and over); Straight Pulling & Pushing (7-8 hrs); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 8 hours); Standing & Kneeling (up to 1 hour); Repeated bending (7-8 hrs); Both legs required; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Hearing (aid permitted); Emotional and Mental Stability.
All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s): *Resume *SF-50
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
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 1963039.
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.