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Job Title:Physician Assistant (Radiology)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:ORL-13-ELW-833841

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$47,448.00 to $89,450.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, January 31, 2013 to Thursday, February 14, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

VN-0603-09

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Orlando, FL United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All U.S. Citizens and Nationals

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 833841

To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

 

As a VA Physician Assistant, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

 

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

 

A recruitment /relocation incentive may be authorized for a highly qualify candidate.

 

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • English Language Proficiency required.

DUTIES:

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Routine duties are those performed on a regular, repetitive basis. It should be recognized that what is considered as routine for some mid-level providers, because of their training and experience, may be non-routine for others. Thus, the authority to perform these duties must be specified in the Scope of Practice. Routine duties include:

1.  Monitoring patients during Nuclear Medicine Stress testing and providing support to primarily to the Interventional Radiology (IR) section. 

2. To prevent any misunderstanding regarding this position, the Radiology Mid-Level provider does not interpret medical imaging, create or approve medical imaging reports. Regarding Radiology IR procedures when requested by the Supervision the Radiology Mid-level assists the Radiologist during the procedures but does not perform the procedure nor make any imaging diagnosis related to the procedure.

  3. The RML performs patient assessments, initial patient history/ physical examinations, documenting findings as directed by the supervising Radiologist. Medical record notes/orders/consults will be reviewed by the supervising physician who will co-sign within the specified time frame as outlined in the Medical Staff By laws.

  4. Conducts patient assessment and evaluations for nuclear medicine stress testing. Reviews history/orders/notes to ensure that pre-procedure safety criteria have been met. Obtains history and informed consent for nuclear medicine stress testing. Documents in CPRS pre-stress testing H&Ps, results of EKG report review, medication review as it pertains to nuclear myocardial imaging.  The RML will independently supervise and monitor treadmill exercise and pharmacological stress testing. Writes evaluations and progress notes on patients, monitors patients after testing within the scope as defined by Supervising Radiologist/Nuclear Medicine physician. Will maintain BLS and ACLS certifications.  RML will perform initial assessment of patients having unexpected symptoms during stress testing, notify the supervising Nuclear Medicine Physician as soon a possible.

  5. Providing and coordinating comprehensive care for assigned patients in any care setting. The RML will manage simple interventional procedural complications and educate patient regarding potential or known procedural complications. If there is a significant change in a patient's condition based on direct observation or via telephone/computer patient contact, the RML will notify the clinical supervising Radiologist and indicate in the medical record a change patient condition. A note should also be made that this was discussed with the clinical supervising physician.

6. Following SOPs in Nuclear Medicine and Radiology/IR Radiology the RML will screen patients to determine if patient meets inclusionary/exclusionary criteria for performing the requested exam/procedure. RML will manage Nuclear Medicine and Radiology/IR consults in CPRS as directed by the Supervising Radiologist.

  7. The RML will administer and/or order medications under their scope of practice including enteral or IV contrast media, under the supervision of a Radiologist and in accordance with Federal and State law.

  8. Obtain informed consent from patients regarding procedures and/or exams using appropriate CPRS/IMED procedures.

  9. Completes chart documentation, Radiology tracking data used for scheduling and/or quality improvement or safety initiatives as directed by the clinical supervision Radiologist or Chief of Radiology.  The Radiology Mid-level will have frequent direct/telephone/computer contact with patients and will be expected to contact patients by telephone to facilitate their understanding and preparation for Radiologist exams/ procedures and to monitor patients for complications or other adverse events that might alter care or planning.

  10.  The Radiology Mid-level will review medical records including historic Radiology reports, PACS images, Vista Imaging as they relate to the RML's duties.

11.  When requested, assists Interventional Radiologists with a variety of procedures including PICC lines, central lines, fluoroscopic procedures, injections, thoracentesis, paracentesis, arthrography, ultrasound biopsies, port placement and port removal and any other procedure performed by Radiologists.  The Radiology Mid-Level may have radiation exposures similar to Radiologists and therefore the RML will be required to follow all applicable Radiation Safety policies and procedures including any additional measures recommended by the facility Radiation Safety Officer (RSO). The RML will complete all elements of VA/Facility mandated  Fluoroscopy Safety training.

  12. Incumbent will record, track and maintain database/spreadsheet(s) for complication-efficacy tracking (designed by IR Section Chief) and track patients through CPRS and/or provider and patient contacts to determine short term/long term outcomes of complications/efficacy. He/she will produce graphs and analysis of complication-efficacy data and create reports for review by IR Section Chief/Chief of Radiology. When approved he/she will submit reports to Chief of Radiology.

13. Communication and interpersonal relations, including the ability to appropriately and courteously relate to inter and external customers.

14. Maintenance of confidentiality of patients/employee information, electronic and printed.

                                                                                                        

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

 

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS

 

a. Citizenship. Citizen of the United States.

b. Education or Training. The candidate must meet one of the following:

(1) A bachelor's degree from a PA training program which is certified by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education of the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA); or

(2) Graduation from a PA training program of at least 12 months duration which is certified by the ARC-PA and a bachelor's degree in a health care occupation or a health-related science; or

(3) Graduation from a PA training program of at least 12 months duration which is certified by the ARC-PA and a period of progressively responsible health care experience such as an independent duty medical corpsman, 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.

c. Certification. As of March 12, 1993, certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician's Assistants (NCCPA) is a requirement for employment.

 

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

 

Reference: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G-8 PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT QUALIFICATION STANDARD http://www1.va.gov/vapubs/viewPublication.asp?Pub_ID=464&FType=2   

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:   

The incumbent of the position performs direct patient care and must meet the below physical requirements to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.   

Lift 45 lbs. or over

Carry 45 lbs. or over

Straight pulling  

Pushing  

Reaching above shoulders

Use of fingers and both hands

Walking

Standing

Kneeling

Repeated bending

Near vision (correctable)

Far vision (correctable)

Ability to distinguish basic colors

Ability to distinguish shades of colors

Hearing

Emotional stability

This is a testing-designated position, subject to random pre- and post-employment testing for illegal drug use

Environmental Factors:

Inside work

Constant noise

Dust

Fumes, smoke or gases

Working closely with others

Protracted or irregular hours of work

Exposure to infectious diseases

This is position is designated as a random drug testing position

 


APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE:  Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.)  Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.  If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

Veterans' Preference:

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.   You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.


BENEFITS:

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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at 

http://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp .

 

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.



OTHER INFORMATION:

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 



HOW TO APPLY:

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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.   You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide ( http://www.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/uploading-and-using-documents-online.doc ) for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way.   Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login) to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire: http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page  http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID: T833841.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, February 14, 2013.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume. 
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at   http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required).
  3. Please attach a copy of your Certification.  If you do not have a copy, your resume and/or 10-2850c  MUST address your Certification status.

 

The following are highly suggested to be included in your application package.

  1. Copies of your license.
  2. Copies of your transcripts
  3. Performance Appraisals.
  4. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service (required for veterans preference).   Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf).
  5. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Yolanda Ortiz-Davila
Phone: (321)397-6876
Email: YOLANDA.ORTIZ-DAVILA@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Orlando VAMC
Orlando VAMC
Human Resources Management Service
5201 Raymond Street
Orlando, FL
32803

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  You will be notified when this decision is made.


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Job Announcement Number:

ORL-13-ELW-833841

Control Number:

336861000