The full-time Physician Assistant (PA) is responsible for all aspects of providing healthcareto his/her patients under the supervision of an attending cardiologist. He/she will have a Scope of Practice which will identify the prescriptive authority as well as a description of routine and non-routine professional duties and the general areas of responsibility to be performed.
*Outreach to, and cardiovascular risk screening of veterans, with a particular focus on veterans who served on post-9/11 deployments. This outreach effort will involve travel to colleges and Veteran Centers throughout the State of Connecticut.
*Management, scheduling, and implementation of cardiovascular risk screening directed toward post-9/11 veterans.
*Implementation of primary cardiovascular disease prevention protocols directed toward post-9/11 veterans with elevated risk.
*Timely documentation of veteran encounters associated with screening and related visits, using appropriate VA approved forms (e.g., HBCR Project specific forms).
*Performing initial history and physical examinations.
*Providing and coordinating comprehensive care for assigned patients.
*Ordering diagnostic studies such as laboratory tests, x-rays and electrocardiograms (EKGs).
*Carrying out lifestyle coaching, individualized physical activity plans, recommendations regarding healthy eating, psychosocial support, and case management.
*Drawing blood specimens or obtaining other specimens for laboratory testing as needed.
*Initiating requests for consultations and scheduling special tests and studies.
*Monitoring adherence to prescribed medications (e.g., antihypertensives, oral hypoglycemics, insulin, lavix, Coumadin, aspirin, Plavix) and adjusting doses based on home measurements of blood pressure, blood sugar and body weight.
*Writing orders and prescriptions as necessary for the care of the patient.
*Conducting telephone based triage of patient symptoms (e.g., come to the ER, schedule urgent care appointment, or wait for PCP follow-up)
*Facilitate obtaining medication refills and appointments by patients
*Performing routine rounds to observe, monitor and record patient's medical progress, updating and summarizing medical records, changing orders when appropriate and notifying the responsible physician of significant changes in the patient's condition.
*Documenting progress notes, monthly summaries and annual exams as appropriate in the patient's medical record.
*Providing education and counseling of patients and families in preventive care, medical conditions and the use of prescribed treatments and drugs.
*Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation
*Treatment of acute respiratory failure
*Treatment of life threatening traumatic injuries
Work Schedule:Monday- Friday 8am- 4:30pm
Citizenship- Must be a U.S. citizen
Education- A 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 have 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 OR a PA on VA rolls prior to September 05, 2014 and do not meet the minimum academic level of a Bachelor's degree, but am exempted from this requirement.
Certification- Have a current and continuous certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) OR a recent PA graduates who is eligible to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) OR a PA on VA rolls prior to March 12, 1993 who is not NCCPA certified and remain exempt from the NCCPA certification requirement
Physical Standards- Pass a pre-placement physical examination.
English Language Proficiency- PAs appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English.
Grade Requirements. In addition to the basic requirements, there are specific qualifications (education, experience, competencies)for each grade- Full, Intermediate, Senior and Chief. Requirements for appointment or promotion to a specific grade are based on the candidate's ability to demonstrate the elements described in Appendix G8.
References: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G8 Physician Assistant Qualification Standard.This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
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.
Physical Requirements:The work involves regular and recurring periods of walking, standing, sitting, bending, pulling, lifting, reaching and carrying. Manual dexterity is required to operate medical equipment and perform activities such as treatments and computerized medical record documentation in accordance with HRML No. 05-12-02, Employment of People with Disabilities, Including Under Schedule A, 5 CFR 213.3102(u).]
The following documents are required:
2.VA Form 10-2850c- Application for Associated Health Occupations
Please use thischecklist to make sure you have 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 (for displaced 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 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 TAG:1985211
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.