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Duties

VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards Seeing and counselling patients within the Infectious Disease Division and VA Telehealth Programmatic duties as well as case management support to the ID program as a whole and recruitment assistance and support to the telehealth program. The PA for Infectious disease (ID) will perform physical assessments, engage in therapeutic problem solving, counseling, consultation, and provide independent case management. Provides general information about disease, specific information about tests, possible treatments and treatment benefits, self-care information for patients and caregivers. Incumbent is responsible for acquiring and demonstrating clinical expertise and knowledge of health care programs to improve the quality of patient care. The PA in collaboration evaluates and treats a panel of patients living with HIV or at high-risk for HIV (on pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV), or with other Infectious Diseases including sexually transmitted diseases. Patients may be seen face-to-face, telemedicine, VA Video Connect, or other modalities. Electronic consultations (with phone contact if needed) are also expected to be completed. Patients may be at the Minneapolis VA or other VISN23 facilities, including St. Cloud and Black Hills. The supervising physicians are available in person or by pager to provide consultation and collaboration for the PA. Care is delivered primarily in the outpatient setting, but hospitalized patients with HIV may require inpatient consultation as well. The population served is both male and female veterans, but predominantly male, and range in age from young adult (20’s) to the elderly (80+). Patients managed in the Infectious Diseases and Minneapolis Retroviral Treatment Clinic (MRTC) include people living with HIV, those at high-risk for acquiring HIV and being evaluated for pre-exposure prophylaxis, patients with occupational and non-occupational exposure to HIV being evaluated for post-exposure prophylaxis, and patients being screened or treated for other infectious diseases. The PA may also assist in administrative duties related to clinical care and adhoc as needed to assist the ID physicians. Work Schedule: TBD Duties:

  • Performs physical assessments, engages in therapeutic problem solving, counseling, consultation, and provides independent case management.
  • Orders, interprets, and follows up on diagnostic tests
  • Review and respond to consults sent to the MRTC or Infectious Diseases clinic
  • Recommends or initiates consults to other disciplines
  • Collaborates with physicians and other members of health care team, including trainees
  • Resource/Liaison for Primary Care education/questions regarding consult issues
  • Develop tools/resources for education of Primary Care/CBOC physicians regarding treatment of infectious diseases
  • Prescribes medications and other therapies using evidence based decision making and sound clinical judgement
  • Triages and applies a collaborative team approach in identifying, analyzing, and resolving patient care problems.
  • Facilitation of homecare referrals and recommendations to support ongoing veteran needs
  • Recognizes and supports Suicide Prevention initiatives
  • Works collaboratively with all levels of health care professional and support staff to facilitate positive patient care outcomes.
  • Compliance with various Isolation Precautions and Infection Control Guidelines
  • Participates in High Reliability Organization (HRO) training
  • Promotes evidence-based best practices and nurse sensitive indicators (including but not limited to Falls Prevention, Whole Health, PACT, etc)

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job. Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period.
  • Subject to background/security investigation.
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination.
  • Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP).
  • Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) – See “Additional Information” below for details.

Qualifications

Physician Assistant Basic Requirements

  • Master’s degree in any discipline or a bachelor’s degree in any discipline with one year of experience as a Physician Assistant ~AND~
  • Successfully passed the PA National Certifying Exam (PANCE) (or are you in the process to taking the exam) ~AND~
  • Currently hold, or will hold, a full and unrestricted license to practice in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States or in the District of Columbia.

Preferred Experience: Ideal candidates have 2-3 years of recent experience in ID including HIV care. Candidate will have 2-3 years of recent experience in ID including HIV care. New graduates will not be considered, given the high level of complexity.

References: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-8 Physician Assistant Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Physical Requirements: This position requires a pre-employment physical. Eligible applicants must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation, without hazard to themselves or others. Depending on the essential duties of a specific position, usable vision, color vision, hearing, or speech may be required. However, in most cases, a specific physical condition or impairment of a specific function may be compensated for by the satisfactory use of a prosthesis or mechanical aid.To qualify for this position, you must meet the basic requirements as well as any additional requirements (if applicable) listed in the job announcement. Applicants pending the completion of training or license requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Currently employed physician(s) in VA who met the requirements for appointment under the previous qualification standard at the time of their initial appointment are deemed to have met the basic requirements of the occupation.

Education

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

Additional information

Annual leave shall accrue for full-time Nurses, and Nurse Anesthetists at the rate of 8 hours for each full biweekly pay period. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 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. Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process. If you are unable to apply online or need an alternate method to submit documents, please reach out to the Agency Contact listed in this Job Opportunity Announcement.

  • Benefits

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    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Your application, resume, C.V., and/or other supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. NOTE: Candidate’s education, scope, and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy. Experience as an RN will be evaluated to determine if the experience is of an acceptable level of quality with regard to the following four dimensions of nursing: Practice, Professional Development, Collaboration and Scientific Inquiry. Each dimension of practice has criteria that demonstrate essential core competencies for VHA Nursing Personnel. 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. The Department of Veterans Affairs performs pre-employment reference checks as an assessment method used in the hiring process to verify information provided by a candidate (e.g., on resume or during interview or hiring process); gain additional knowledge regarding a candidate’s abilities; and assist a hiring manager with making a final selection for a position. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. Veterans’ Preference Note: Preference eligible candidates and other Veterans will be given preference when qualification of candidates are approximately equal for Title 38 positions in VHA. 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 Feds Hire Vets – Veterans – Job Seekers – Veterans’ Preference.

  • Benefits

    A career with the U.S. government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

    Review our benefits

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • Required Documents

    As a new or existing federal employee, you and your family may have access to a range of benefits. Your benefits depend on the type of position you have – whether you’re a permanent, part-time, temporary or an intermittent employee. You may be eligible for the following benefits, however, check with your agency to make sure you’re eligible under their policies.

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes: Current VA Employee: 1.CV or Resume (required) 2.VA Form 10-2850c – Application for Associated Health Occupations(Available at https://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) 3. SF-50 – https://eopf.opm.gov/va/ Non-VA Applicants: 1.CV or Resume (required) 2.VA Form 10-2850c- Application for Associated Health Occupations(Available at https://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf ) 3.If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 4. SF-50/Notification of Personnel Action for previous Federal employment

  • How to Apply

    All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 04/11/2024 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/12344376.

    • To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
    • Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

    NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

    To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

    Agency contact information

    Gwendolyn Morrow

    Phone

    3193380581 X637748

    Email

    [email protected]

    Address

    Minneapolis VA Medical Center
    One Veterans Drive
    Minneapolis, MN 55417
    US

    Next steps

    Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made. You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USA Jobs account and clicking on Applications. Information regarding your application status can be found in the USAJobs Help Center. NOTE: Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). It is a requirement that all HCP to receive annual seasonal influenza vaccination or obtain an exemption for medical or religious reasons. Wearing a face mask is required when an exemption to the influenza vaccination has been granted. HCP in violation of this directive may face disciplinary action up to and including removal from federal service. HCP are individuals who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations or who come into contact with VA patients or other HCP as part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to, VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers (CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary units, Vet centers and VA-leased medical facilities. HCP include all VA licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, remote and onsite, paid and without compensation, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee basis employees, VA contractors, researchers, volunteers and health professions trainees (HPTs) who are expected to perform any or all of their work at these facilities. HPTs may be paid or unpaid and include residents, interns, fellows and students. HCP also includes VHA personnel providing home-based care to Veterans and drivers and other personnel whose duties put them in contact with patients outside VA medical facilities.

  • Fair and Transparent

    The Federal hiring process is set up to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

    • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy
    • Reasonable accommodation policy
    • Financial suitability
    • Selective Service
    • New employee probationary period
    • Signature and false statements
    • Privacy Act
    • Social security number request

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes: Current VA Employee: 1.CV or Resume (required) 2.VA Form 10-2850c – Application for Associated Health Occupations(Available at https://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) 3. SF-50 – https://eopf.opm.gov/va/ Non-VA Applicants: 1.CV or Resume (required) 2.VA Form 10-2850c- Application for Associated Health Occupations(Available at https://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf ) 3.If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 4. SF-50/Notification of Personnel Action for previous Federal employment

Help

This job is open to

  • Internal to an agency

    Current federal employees of this agency.

  • The public

    U.S. Citizens, Nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Clarification from the agency

All qualified candidates encouraged to apply. Open to U.S. Citizens but non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens. This is one position that will be posted as a PA/NP with one selection to be made. Please apply to the appropriate announcement.