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Job Title: Physician Assistant-Mental Health
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Wichita, KS
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 09/12/2018
Expire Date: 11/11/2018
Job Categories: Consulting Services, Finance/Economics, Healthcare, Other, Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Information Technology, Quality Control, Research & Development, Medical
Job Description
Physician Assistant-Mental Health

The Physician Assistant (Mental Health) (PA-MH) will carry a caseload of broad-based patient population of adult and geriatric Veteran's. He/she will demonstrate competence in providing care to patients with traditional presentation, and also to patients with complex psychiatric problems. The PA-MH will demonstrate satisfactory performance in the skill set specific to psychiatric advanced mid level practice: Conducting comprehensive histories; ordering and interpreting appropriate lab and diagnostic testing; making changes in treatment regimen as indicated; initiating consults and referrals; and consulting with collaborating physicians when indicated. The PA-MH will incorporate the health promotion, disease prevention, and treatment focus of the core competencies of psychiatric-mental health mid level practitioner practice in his/her day to day care of patients and their families. The PA-MH will have a complete understanding of DSM-5 criteria and how to apply this to interviewing and diagnosing the patient; comprehensive knowledge of psychopharmacology and how to use the appropriate mediations, monitor these meds, draw blood levels, etc.; and order ancillary treatments such as psychotherapy, group therapy, etc. The PA-MH collaborates as a member of the interdisciplinary health care team. He/she regularly communicates with VA primary care providers to enhance quality and cost-effective services for patients and to effect positive changes. He/she will attempt to communicate frequently with members of the treatment team involved in care of Veteran's assigned to his/her caseload. He/she maintains close communication with homeless case management staff and SUDC services. The PA-MH regularly participates in BH and MHC meetings. He/she may seek help with questions about complex cases from MD/peers for complex problem solving. The PA-MH will actively work to build alliance with co-workers and with peers working in the community. The PA-MH is compliant with the ethical standards outlined in the Psychiatric-Mental Health NP competencies. He/she maintains confidentiality and professionalism with patients, their families, and with their peers. He/she abides by the limitations of his/her scope of practice and medical staff bylaws, rules, regulations, and ethical guidelines. He/she is a strong patient advocate and supports the Patient Bill of Rights.

Work Schedule: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday-Friday
Financial Discloser Report: Not required

Basic Requirements:
  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Education: To meet the basic education requirements 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.
  • This positions requires 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,

Preferred Experience:

Grade Determinations:
GS11 Full Grade-Education:
(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.
GS12: Intermediate Grade-Education/Experience:
(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.
GS13: Senior Grade-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.

References: VA Handbook 5005, 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.

Physical Requirements: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, and bend and reach with hands and arms. Must give good manual dexterity and keyboarding skills are essential. Must be able to express or exchange ideas by means of the spoken word. Must obtain impressions through the eyes of shape, size, distance, motion, color or other characteristics of objects. Must be able to view and read information on computer screens. Must be able to occasionally lift and/or move 45 pounds or more. Must be able to carry 25 pounds short distances.

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • Resume


VA Form 10-2850c can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search. Form will be required if selected before credentialing can begin.

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), etc.

  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • OF-306
  • Resume
  • Transcript


Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and 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 Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
Qualifications & Requirements
Basic Requirements:
  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Education: To meet the basic education requirements 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.
  • This positions requires 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,

Preferred Experience:

Grade Determinations:
GS11 Full Grade-Education:
(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.
GS12: Intermediate Grade-Education/Experience:
(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.
GS13: Senior Grade-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.

References: VA Handbook 5005, 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.

Physical Requirements: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, and bend and reach with hands and arms. Must give good manual dexterity and keyboarding skills are essential. Must be able to express or exchange ideas by means of the spoken word. Must obtain impressions through the eyes of shape, size, distance, motion, color or other characteristics of objects. Must be able to view and read information on computer screens. Must be able to occasionally lift and/or move 45 pounds or more. Must be able to carry 25 pounds short distances.
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