**This job announcement opportunity has been re-posted due to the authorization of recruitment/
relocation incentives for highly qualified candidates.**
These two physician assistant vacancies are mainly located in the East Orange campus of the VA New Jersey Health Care System. Duties for these positions include but are not limited to:
Work Schedule: Full Time, Monday-Friday, hours may vary.
- Independently perform histories and physical examinations.
- Write admission orders, progress notes, and discharge summaries .
- See patients independently in clinic and in the ER.
- Make daily rounds,write orders, and report significant changes to the supervising physician.
- Independently perform dressing changes.
- Continuously review medical status of patients, including the review of diagnostic reports and progress notes.
- Act upon abnormal findings within the provision of appropriate care and sometimes in consultation with a supervising physician or pertinent specialists.
- Confer with nursing, PM&RS, and social services to arrange disposition for inpatients.
- Participate in patient and family education with regard to preventive care and the use of prescribed treatments and aftercare.
- Participate in team discussions and treatment plan reviews.
- Perform basic procedures (blood draws, foley catheter insertion, and removal of surgical drains) independently.
- Prepare and sign incident reports and inform supervising physician.
- Initiate consultations and help schedule special tests and studies.
- Autonomously order laboratory tests and radiologic exams.
- Give injections and administer medication as needed
- Routine incision and drainage
- Wound care and debridement
- removal of suture autonomously
- Perform knee, ankle and shoulder arthrocentesis autonomously.
- Apply casts and splints with supervision as needed.
- Provide patient wound care and education, both pre and post operative
- Evaluate post operative complications
- Participate in weekly orthopedics conferences
- Respond to patients' concerns and requests via telephone and email (aka secure messaging)
- Triage all consults independently.
Functional Statement Title/#: Physician Assistant/0000
- U.S. Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
- Education. 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.
(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, revoked or expires, the PA must be removed from the occupation which may result in termination of employment.
Preferred Experience: Orthopedic experience preferred.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g.,professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student;social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Reference: VA Handbook 5005/78, Part II, Appendix G-8 PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT QUALIFICATION STANDARD. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
Physical Requirements: see VA Handbook 5005, Part III, Chapter 2, paragraph 7 and VA Handbook 5019, Occupational Health Services at http://vaww1.va.gov/ohrm/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5019.doc. All applicants must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the duties of the position. The population of male and female veterans served ranges from the adult, age 18, to the elderly adult, age 65 and over. VANJHCS is an interdisciplinary teaching facility, serving medical, surgical, mental health, and long-term care inpatients and outpatients. This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. 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.
All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s), which may not be required for all applicants:
- Cover Letter
- Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)
- Other Veterans Document
Please use this checklist to make sure youhave included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (fordisplaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
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 .
Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options . The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1944124.
NOTE : If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.
VA New Jersey Health Care System Employees Only:
If you cannot submit your application using one of the options listed above, you may personally submit by hand your application package to:
VA New Jersey Health Care System
Human Resources (05LY)
151 Knollcroft Road, Building 1, 3rd Floor
Lyons, NJ 07939
Phone: 908-647-0180 ext. 5040
PLEASE DO NOT FAX OR MAIL ANY APPLICATION PACKAGES TO THE VA NJ HEALTH CARE SYSTEM (THESE PACKAGES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED!)