Job Overview

Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1138697

Salary: To be determined by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education, experience, and professional accomplishments.

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.

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With openings in multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is the VA 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.

The Robley Rex Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) improves the health of our veterans by providing a continuum of care through an integrated health care delivery system. We are a tertiary care facility classified as a level 1c facility affiliated with the University of Louisville, as such integrates teaching, research, and advanced patient care, making it an attractive academic medical center. The facility offers a full spectrum of comprehensive health care services, using state-of-the-art technology and innovative programs, as well as education and research benefits to Veterans residing in 40 counties in central and western Kentucky and in southern Indiana.

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

For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

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.

 This announcement is being extended until July 31, 2014.

Duties

This full-time position is located in the Geriatric and Extended Care Service of the Robley Rex VA Medical Center. Services are provided in the Home-Based Primary Care Program (HBPC) and Medical Foster Home Program (MFH), Hospice and Palliative Care Program (HPC), and the Geriatric and Extended Care clinics. The VA HBPC program provides comprehensive, interdisciplinary primary care services in the homes of veterans with complex and chronic, disabling disease. In addition to primary care interventions, HBPC provides palliative care, rehabilitation, disease management, and care coordination services. HBPC targets veterans in advanced stages of chronic disease, particularly those at high risk of recurrent hospitalization or nursing home placement. The HPC program provides comprehensive, interdisciplinary End-of-Life care services in our acute care facility. This includes inpatient Hospice care, and Palliative Care consultative services in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Geriatrics and Extended Care clinics include Cognitive Evaluation clinic, Geriatric Primary Care, and Palliative Care Clinic.

This position consists of a psychologist who functions as the primary mental health provider of the HBPC team, providing mental health prevention, assessment, treatment, management, and professional consultation services. This individual will also provide coverage in other geriatrics and extended care settings. Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

· Providing screening, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of depressive and anxiety-related disorders, as well as other Axis I conditions, with an emphasis on the application of time-limited, evidence-based approaches.

· Assessing and providing treatments for subclinical symptoms of dysphoria and anxiety, adjustment difficulties,& excessive use or misuse of alcohol or other drugs (for which the patient may have a lower than normal tolerance due to their medical conditions and the potential for negative interactions with prescribed medication).

· Providing psychological prevention services to patients at significant risk for psychological problems.

· Providing services to the families of veterans with dementia being served by a program in GEC or being seen in other geriatric clinics, when such care is directly related to the overall treatment plan for the veteran and will allow better care for the veteran and allow the family to sustain the veteran in the home environment. For example, family members may be trained to better manage behavioral problems associated with dementia; such training may allow the HBPC team to reduce use of psychoactive medication as a means of controlling behavioral problems.

WORK SCHEDULE: Monday - Friday, 8-4:30

PRIMARY DUTY STATION: Position will work from Fort Knox CBOC.

Physical Requirements: The work is usually sedentary, but it requires periods of walking, standing, bending, or climbing and employee may carry light items such as books, instruments, lap tops and other similar materials. Light Lifting (under 15 pounds); Light Carrying (Under 15 pounds); Near vision correctable at 13” to 16”; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing (aid permitted). The candidate selected must successfully complete a pre-employment physical examination prior to appointment.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No