Advanced Practice Registered Nurses / Physician Assistants
Internal Number: 648757000
The Coatesville VA Medical Center is currently recruiting for one full-time Physician Assistant to serve in the Urology Section. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. 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: Graduate of a training program which is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education of PA (ARC-PA) or one of its predecessor organizations. Additionally, candidates must meet one of the following: 1. Master's degree in any discipline; OR 2. Bachelor's degree in any discipline with one year of experience as a PA. Certification: Must have successfully passed the PA National Certifying Exam (PANCE) Licensure: PA's must possess an active, current, full, and unrestricted license to practice in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia. PA's must maintain current registration in the State of licensure if this is a requirement for continuing active and current licensure in that State. English Language Proficiency: PAs appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d). PREFERRED EXPERIENCE: Urology Experience Highly Preferred GRADE DETERMINATIONS: In addition to the basic requirements stated above, the following qualification criteria must be met in determining the appropriate grade assignment of candidates. Grade and Step determinations of the selected applicant will be determined by the appropriate Physician Assistant Professional Standards Board and will be based on the selected individuals education and experience. Physician Assistant-I (PA-I) Experience and Education: None beyond the basic requirements. This is the entry level for PA's Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 1. Ability to utilize the principles of PA practice in the care of assigned patients to provide appropriate care 2. Ability to perform patient history and physical 3. Ability to formulate a plan and provide treatment to the patient 4. Ability to provide patient care that is abreast of changing concepts and advancements in the profession Physician Assistant-II (PA-II) Experience and Education: Two years of successful practice as a PA OR successful completion of a PA post-graduate residency program sponsored by VHA Office of Academic Affiliations or other postgraduate residency programs accredited by VA, ARC-PA, US Armed Forces, or another accrediting agency OR a doctoral degree in a health-related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the US Department of Education. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 1. Skills to analyze and solve complex medical problems 2. Ability to function autonomously and make independent medical decisions 3. Skill to incorporate training and experience into the successful practice of patient care including telehealth medical care 4. Ability to work effectively in an interdisciplinary environment for improvement of services for patient care 5. Ability to practice with colleagues and peers collaboratively Physician Assistant-III (PA-III) Experience and Education: Three years of successful practice as a PA OR successful completion of a PA post graduate residency program sponsored by VHA Office of Academic Affiliations or other postgraduate residency programs accredited by VA, ARC-PA, US Armed Forces, or another accrediting agency AND one year of professional practice as a PA Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 1. Ability to clinically evaluate facility patient care delivery systems and validate or identify barriers to safe and effective patient care 2. Skill to consistently demonstrate an elevated level of expertise and autonomy in diagnosing and treating seriously ill, multi-symptomatic patients through facility Focused Professional Practice Evaluation (FPPE) and Ongoing Professional Practice Evaluation (OPPE) 3. Ability to present clinical findings and recommendations to appropriate management officials 4. Ability to clinically facilitate the delivery of patient care in collaboration with health professionals, health managers, and other health care personnel 5. Ability to implement and initiate clinical changes to established treatment protocols based upon new medical literature research findings to enhance patient delivery care for improved patient outcomes 6. Ability to participate clinically in the development of the PA patient care audit processes involving in-depth review and analysis of medical records REFERENCES: VA Handbook 5005/134, Part II, Appendix G8, Physician Assistant Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local VA Human Resources Office PHSYICAL REQUIREMENTS: Physical demands include repetitive body movements including the following: frequent reaching, standing, walking, and lifting of equipment and/or patients to provide patient care. This position requires extension of the hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction including above or below shoulder level, during the provision of patient care, including retrieval of needed equipment, supplies and to make contact with the patient. This position requires the maintenance of an upright position to perform duties associated with patient care. This position is typically non-sedentary, and frequently involves being in the standing position. This position requires moving about accomplish tasks, such as assisting with patient ambulation and moving one patient area to the next. This position requires the raising of objects from a lower position to a higher position or the movement of objects horizontally position to position. Lifting may be done to move a patient from one location to the next, i.e.- from the exam table to the chair, and in the movement of equipment or supplies. NOTE: Must have Basic Life Support (BLS) certification prior to assuming clinical duties. The BLS requirement is satisfied by successfully completing an American Heart Association (AHA) BLS Healthcare Provider Course or Military Training Network (MTN). BLS courses are normally offered within 1-5 days of entry on duty. No online certifications will be accepted. ["The Coatesville VA Medical Center is a 42-building campus-style facility which sits on 128 acres and celebrated its 90th anniversary in November 2021. There are 302 inpatient and residential operating beds, and the medical center serves as a VA specialty referral facility for inpatient and residential mental health programs. In terms of inpatient beds, there are medical, psychiatry, and community living center (24-hour nursing care), including a highly regarded hospice unit. Additional information can be found on our internet site https://www.coatesville.va.gov/. Duties and Responsibilities of the Urology Physician Assistant include: Delivers the best possible care to our Veteran patients in accordance with the full spectrum of patient care Provides Urology-related direct patient care in all functional areas of the Ambulatory Surgery Clinic, recovery area/clinic settings as needed Exercises corporate citizenship by serving as leader and/or active member on Medical Center committees as requested Provides and promotes high quality and effective care of patients Monitors and evaluates patient care through various quality management activities Coordinates care for patients in the Urology clinic to ensure that the care is timely, appropriate, of high quality and cost effective Provides professional assessment, coordination and planning of multiple health care services for both inpatient or outpatients with urological conditions Provides ongoing evaluations of care management services; works closely with the Urology attending physicians, fellows, Primary Care and other specialties Safely prescribes interventions and treatments which may include the prescriptions of medication Responsible and accountable for a broad range of health services which include, but are not limited to promotion of health, prevention of illness and disability, diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic conditions/diseases, and management of health care during the acute and chronic condition phases of illness Performs quality assurance support as assigned Ability to work on a flexible schedule when needed Responsible for the clinical management of health care to the veterans referred to the Urology service. This includes independent initial consultations in the clinic, emergency department or inpatient setting, complete evaluations, and devising/implementing therapeutic intervention. Has the authority to order all tests and procedures necessary to evaluate and treat these patients. Exercises sound clinical judgment on conditions requiring consultation, referral or evaluation by Urology Chief or other Health care professionals Assists in the preoperative screening of patients as well as post-operative follow-up Staffs Urology Clinics at the main Coatesville site and its community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs) in Delaware County and West Norriton Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required\nRecruitment/Relocation Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.