Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 835894
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.
This position will remain open until filled. Applicants will be referred for consideration as they submit their complete application. Once a suitable candidate is selected the announcement will be closed.
***NOTE: THIS POSITION REQUIRES POST DOCTORAL TRAINING IN GEROPSYCHOLOGY TO QUALIFY***
NOTE: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-11, 12, or 13. The professional standards board will review the selected candidate's qualification and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.
The applicant selected for this position may be eligible to apply the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP). Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the EDRP Coordinator for additional information.
How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?
As a VA professional, 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.
VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/ .
Special Employment Consideration: VA Encourages persons with disabilities to apply.
The Geropsychologist at VA Butler Healthcare is primarily responsible for mental health care for the two 30-bed units of the Community Living Center. Regular consultation with nursing staff, nurse managers, recreation therapy staff, social work, dietary, medicine, and psychiatry is a core part of this position.
One unit is a secure unit housed in a new building where each veteran has their own room. Veterans on this unit have a variety of needs including dementia care, schizophrenia, PTSD, and Parkinson's disease. Co-morbid mood and anxiety disorders, including adjustment to long-term care are commonly encountered. The secure unit has in place a mood and behavior tracking system for monitoring the well being of veterans with dementia who present with mood and behavioral disturbances, in addition to tracking any changes in veteran's without dementia. There is an ongoing opportunity to develop and administer brief educational programs to nursing staff about a wide variety of topics such as management of disruptive behaviors related to dementia, depression, anxiety, etc. The other 30-bed unit is a mixture of short-term rehabilitation, intensive rehabilitation, and skilled care. This unit will soon be moving to a new building currently under construction. The geropsychologist's role on this unit is similar to other in terms of consultation, also adding great opportunity for brief assessments and interventions for veteran's receiving care for a variety of illnesses.
Hospice care is provided on both units and in consultation with the facility's Palliative Care Coordinator. There is a great opportunity to work with multidisciplinary staff in hospice rounds, palliative care and hospice team meetings, and in staff education regarding end of life issues.
There is also an opportunity to provide outpatient geriatric neuropsychological assessment, if that is congruent with the incumbent's experience and training.
A description of duties is on file in Human Resources.
Work schedule will be primarily Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with some evenings required.
Relocation expenses will not be reimbursed.