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Job Title:Physician Assistant (Cardiothoracic Surgery)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:13-LC-902074

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$74,794.00 to $115,621.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, June 21, 2013 to Monday, November 04, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

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POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Ann Arbor, MI View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

In conjunction with Vacancy Announcement 13-LC-912834 (Nurse Practitioner), this position may be filled either as a Nurse Practitioner, or as a Physician Assistant.

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 902074 

This position is located at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, Surgery Service.

OUR MISSION: 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. 

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans.

Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (“I CARE”).

America's Veterans need you!

To find out more, go to http://www.va.gov/jobs/.

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 in the range of GS 12 to GS 13. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience 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.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.  The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required

DUTIES:

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 The salary range listed is for informational purposes only. 

 

***YOUR GRADE AND SALARY WILL BE DETERMINED BASED ON YOUR EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE AND WILL BE DETERMINED BY A PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS BOARD***

This position is located within Surgery Service at the Ann Arbor VA.  The Physician Assistant (Cardiothoracic) will work in Cardiac and Thoracic Sections of Surgery Service. Will perform initial, interim and periodic history and physical examinations.  Incumbent will perform initial, interim and periodic history and physical examinations. Provide and coordinate comprehensive care for assigned patients.  Screen patients to determine the need for further health care.  Order diagnostic studies such as laboratory tests, X-rays and electrocardiograms.  Initiate and expedite requests for consultations and schedule special tests and studies.  Health promotion and disease prevention activities including education and shared decision-making.  Draw blood specimens or obtain other specimens for laboratory testing as needed.  Initiating and expediting requests for consultations and scheduling special tests and studies. Write orders and prescriptions as necessary for the care of the patient in accordance with Federal and State law, and within VA policy, using the VAAHS approved formulary, including controlled substances in Schedules I-II.  Evaluation of patients in Urgent Care and inpatient medical/surgical units. Coordination of patients pre and post-operative care, as supervised by a physician, to ensure that all diagnostic and follow-up tests are completed. Providing education and counseling of patients and families in preventive care, medical conditions, and the use of prescribed treatment and drugs.

 

The Physician Assistant (PA) may perform the following duties for patients in life-threatening situations where a physician is not immediately available.  PA will initiate these activities but will make every effort to summon a physician as soon as possible:

1. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation in accordance with current CPR standards.

2. Treatment of acute respiratory failure.

3. Treatment of life-threatening traumatic injuries.

4. If ACLS certified, may initiate Advanced Cardiac Life Support in accordance with current ACLS protocols, to include defibrillation/cardioversion.

Tour of DutyDay Shift with possible rotation through week night call and weekend rounding.

                                                                                                  

Relocation expenses will not be reimbursed.

 

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  

      a. Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Non citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)

       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. This requirement does not apply to non-certified PAs on VA rolls as of that date.

 

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:

GS-12 and above (or equivalent):  A minimum of one full year of work experience as a certified physician assistant equivalent to the next lower grade level and completion of an accredited physician assistant educational program is required.

 

Physical Requirements: This position requires Heavy Lifting, 45 pounds heavy carrying, 45 pounds straight pulling (4 hours); pushing (4 hours); use of fingers; both hands required; walking & standing 8-12 hours; repeated bending 8 hours; both legs required; ability for rapid mental & muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable @ 13” to 16” to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; depth perception; ability to distinguish shades of colors; hearing (aide permitted). Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs.

 

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

 

References : VA Handbook 5005 at http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc (also available in the local Human Resources Office)


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 the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form.  For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.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.  


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 athttp://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/index.asp.

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



OTHER INFORMATION:

This position will be filled on a full-time permanent basis.

This position requires a 2 year probationary period.

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

Grade and salary will be based on a recommendation by the Professional Standards Board and approved by the Medical Center Director.

VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.



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 MAY 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://www4.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. 

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account ( https://my.usajobs.gov/Login.aspx ) 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: 902074.  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 Monday, November 04, 2013.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. CV or Resume. (Required)

2. Occupational Questionnaire. (Required)

3. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214. 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).

4. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.

5. Any and all supporting documents submitted will be forwarded to the selecting official (no photos accepted).

 

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Angela Barnum
Phone: (734)222-8923
Email: ANGELA.BARNUM@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Ann Arbor HCS
Department of Veterans Affairs
Human Resource Management Service 05
2215 Fuller Rd
Ann Arbor, MI
48105

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:

13-LC-902074

Control Number:

346116900