The Midlevel-Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant (Supervisory) position assigned to MHICM) inMental HealthService. The incumbent will be the Program Coordinator responsible for day-to-day operations and supervising staff of the MHICM program, withduties to include, but are not limited to the following:
- Creates and maintains programming to improve access to care.
- Records data from clinic visits, including chief complaints, active problems, medications, physical findings and results of diagnostic tests
- Formulates assessment and plan according to accepted protocols, treatment plans or attending physician's treatment protocols, treatment plans or recommendations
- Prescribes medications according to outpatient formulary and Standard of Care.
- Orders lab and non-invasive diagnostic and preventative screening tests as indicated
- Works collaboratively with the Acute Care psychiatrist and other physicians to evaluate, treat, or arrange disposition for veterans with Mental Health issues identified in Acute Care and Primary Care settings
- Refers patients to other services of subspecialty clinics as indicated, including nutritional counseling
- Authorizes special transportation for patients' follow-up appointments as indicated
- Performs and records history and physical examinations
- Provides direct, sort-term, crisis intervention, grief work and brief psychotherapy
- Answers Mental Healthconsult requests as indicated
- Counsels patients on smoking cessation
- Administers or orders appropriate immunizations
- Provides patient education of medical conditions, preventive measures and prescribed treatments
- Performs lab review, identifying abnormalities according to established guidelines
- Approves or disapproves clinic appointment requests according to policies
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, an occasional weekend may be required.
Functional Statement Title/#:Nurse Practitioner/Physician AssistantMHICM (Supervisor)
U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Graduate of a PA training program which is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) or one of its predecessor organizations; AND have 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;
Current, full, active and unrestricted certification as a physician assistant by the National Commission on Certification of Physician's Assistants (NCCPA);
Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State agency and accredited by
NLNAC or CCNE at the time the program was completed.;AND a Master's Degree from a program accredited by The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC; http://www.nlnac.org ) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE; http://www.aacn.nche.edu).
Current, full, active and unrestricted license as a professional nurse in a State, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States and appropriate licensure as a Nurse Practitioner and possess current, full, active and unrestricted certification as a nurse practitioner from the American Nurses Association (ANA) or another nationally recognized certifying body.
PREFERRED EXPERIENCE:Psychiatric/Mental Health and leadership experience
The following criteria must be met in determining the grade assignment of candidates, and if appropriate, the level within a grade:
Nurse I Level I - An Associate Degree (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing, with no additional nursing practice/experience required.
Nurse I Level II - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 1 year of nursing practice/experience; OR an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelor's degree in a related field with no additional nursing practice/experience; OR a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) with no additional nursing practice/experience.
Nurse I Level III - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor's degree in a related field and approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a BSN with approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing (MSN) or related field with a BSN and no additional nursing practice/experience.
Nurse II - A BSN with approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor's degree in a related field and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree in nursing or meets basic requirements for appointment and has doctoral degree in a related field with no additional nursing practice/experience required.
Nurse III - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience.
Experience will be evaluated to determine if the experience is of an acceptable level of quality with regard to the following four dimensions of nursing: Practice, Professional Development, Collaboration and Scientific Inquiry. Each dimension of practice has criteria that demonstrate essential core competencies for VHA Nursing Personnel.
The criteria are as follows:
Practice: practice, ethics and resource utilization;
Professional Development: performance, education/career development;
Collaboration; collaboration, collegiality;
Scientific Inquiry: quality of care, research.
FULL GRADE - None beyond the basic requirements.
INTERMEDIATE GRADE -
(a) 1 year of professional practice as a PA; or
(b) Successful completion of a PA post-graduate residency program accredited by ARC-PA or by the U.S. Armed Forces; or
(c) A Master's degree from a PA training program certified by ARC-PA or in another health-related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
SENIOR GRADE -
Experience / Education
(a) 3 years of professional practice as a PA; or
(b) 2 years of professional practice as a PA and successful completion of a PA post-graduate residency program accredited by ARC-PA or by the U.S. Armed Forces; or
(c) 2 years of professional practice as a PA and a Master's degree from a PA training program certified by ARC-PA or in another health-related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education; or
(d) A Doctoral degree in a health-related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U. S. Department of Education.
(a) Generally, an individual in this grade is able to demonstrate the behaviors listed in the areas below after 5 years of professional practice as a PA; and,
(b) The minimum education for this grade is a Master's Degree from a PA training program accredited by ARC-PA or in a health-related field of study. However, experience as a PA may be substituted for the Master's degree where the individual has an equivalent knowledge of the profession and has successfully undertaken a combination of difficult or complex assignments in several clinical, administrative, research and educational arenas which required a high degree of competence.
Preferred Experience: Demonstrated ability to work with psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health professionals including other midlevel providers and a strong commitment to the vision of the VA - Care of the Veteran, teaching and research and the ability to work with Providers from all other specialties.
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: In the process of providing patient care, the work involves regular and recurring periods of walking, standing, sitting, bending, pulling, lifting, reaching, and carrying. Manual dexterity is required to operate medical equipment and perform activities such as treatments and computerized medical record documentation. Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing (Aid permitted); Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; and Working closely with others.
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 Veterans Document
Your Resume/CV must include information regarding LICENSURE (State of Issue/License #/Date of Exp.), EDUCATION (Type of Degree, etc.).
Your Resume/CV must include the following information: Job title, description of duties, beginning and ending date (month/year to month/year) of employment; and average hours worked per week (FT40, PT 20).
Please use this checklist to make sure 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.
If you are a current or former federal civilian employee, you must provide a copy of your last or most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" which reflects your grade and step.
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 1941230.
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.