Physician Assistant Mental Health

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration | Wilkes Barre, PA

Posted Date 10/10/2019
Description ***Recruitment Incentive Authorized for Highly Qualified Candidate***

This is an open continuous announcement. Applicants will first be reviewed on October 24th. Future applicants will be reviewed on a biweekly basis.


This position is located in the Mental Health & Behavioral Service, located at the Wilkes-Barre, VAMC.The Physician Assistant should be experienced and highly skilled to deliver care and services to our Veterans. He or she will provide physical and mental health assessment in both in-patient and out-patient settings. He/she will complete history and physical examination, consultation on med-surge unit/CLC/ICU, crisis intervention, screening, intervention for substance abuse program and psychosocial rehabilitation program, rotating weekend/holiday coverage, will be working under direct supervision of physician/ACNS of Behavioral Mental Health Services.

Incumbent will treat a wide spectrum of psychotic disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, substance abuse. Implement health promotion and prevention interventions, manage acute and chronic illnesses, assists patients in the attainment of optimal levels of functioning through rehabilitation. Provide care appropriate to the age needs of the patient served in assigned service area. This includes an understanding of the changes associated with aging and principles of growth and development relevant to the adult and geriatric population.

Work Schedule: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with on-call duties required (weekends/holidays) as necessary.
Financial Discloser Report: Not requiredTo qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 07/01/2020. .

Basic Requirements: Preferred Experience:
United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
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.
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, 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.
Physical Standards. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019, Part II, Appendix A.
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).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 PAs must meet the requirements in paragraphs 2a through f above.
  • Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements stated in paragraph 2 above, the following qualifications criteria must be met in determining the appropriate grade for appointment or promotion eligibility. Requirements for appointment or promotion to a specific grade are based on the candidate's ability to demonstrate the elements described.
  • Full Grade. In addition to meeting the basic requirements, individuals appointed to this grade must meet all the following requirements :Experience / Education. None beyond the basic requirements of this standard.
  • Intermediate Grade. In addition to meeting the basic requirements, candidates must meet all requirements described in this standard for Full Grade through VA employment or non-VA PA positions with equivalent scope and complexity. Individuals appointed or advanced to Intermediate Grade will have demonstrated the ability to analyze and solve more complex medical problems and meet the following requirements: Experience / Education:(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. In addition to meeting the basic requirements, candidates must meet all requirements described in this standard for Intermediate Grade through VA employment or non-VA PA positions with equivalent scope and complexity. Individuals appointed or advanced to Senior Grade will have demonstrated the behaviors or responsibilities listed in one or more of the following categories: Clinical Proficiency, Education, Professional Development, Management/Administrative, and Research, as applicable to the assignment. 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.
  • Chief Grade. In addition to meeting the basic requirements, candidates must meet all requirements described in this standard for Senior Grade through VA employment or non-VA PA positions with equivalent scope and complexity. Appointment or promotion to Chief Grade is based on the individual's demonstrated high level of clinical expertise, leadership ability, and the ability to function with a high degree of autonomy. Further, the PA candidate for Chief Grade will have demonstrated all the requirements of one or more of the following categories: Management/Administrative, Clinical Proficiency, Professional Development and Research. Experience / 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.
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.
References: VA Handbook 5005/78 Part II Appendix G8


The full performance level of this vacancy is 13. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of 11 to 13.

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