Physician Assistant- Mental Health (BHIP/Outpatient)

Hampton, Virginia
Aug 12, 2022
Aug 19, 2022
Full Time

This position is located within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA), VA Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network (VISN 6), Hampton Veterans Affairs Medical Center (HVAMC), under the Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences Service Line (MHBS). This position is aligned with the BHIP/Outpatient Program.

The Psychiatry Physician Assistant (PA) is responsible for the care and administrative needs of mental health patients in the outpatient setting. The PA also functions as a coordinator between the attending physician and the other team members to include nurses and psychiatric MH nurse practitioners, psychologists, social workers, psychotherapists, LMFTs, LPMHCs, addiction therapists and other clinic personnel. The Psychiatry PA will be responsible for the primary medical needs of outpatients in the mental health clinics. Duties will include, but not be limited to, the evaluation of current psychiatric and medical problems, administrative assistance, quality assurance and educational support as detailed below. Position may be required to work evenings, weekends, holidays, and on-call, in addition to regular tour of duty.

Major duties include, but not limited to:
  • Performs and records history and physical examinations and records date from clinic visits. Enters progress notes in CPRS and completes required encounters in a timely manner as per hospital policy.
  • Orders diagnostic tests, medications, laboratory tests and consultations as is medically relevant for the patient. Interprets and applies findings to make a medical diagnosis and proper disposition of patient.
  • Determines medical assessment and develops treatment plans according to accepted medical standards.
  • Exhibits leadership in initiating changes in patient care programs based on current concepts, and findings from research, studies and best practices.
  • Prescribed medications including controlled substances according to approved formulary and in accordance with Federal and State Law and VHA Regulations.
  • Processes View alerts and all other patient notifications in a timely manner and addresses abnormal alert values per hospital policy. Do not allow view alerts and other notifications to exceed accumulation of more than 100.
  • Educates patients concerning medical conditions and recommended treatment. Specific topics include health behaviors, medical reconciliation, need for alcohol and smoking cessation, immunization recommendations, health screening tests and other preventative measures.
  • Performs approved procedures when indicated and approved by scope of practice.
  • Performs duties necessary to maintain the life of patients in their care. The procedures include resuscitative measures such as Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support.
  • Provide care in a non-traditional health care setting, such as telehealth, secure messaging, e-consults, and deployable employable emergency medical personnel system or other austere environments.
  • Carry out health promotion, disease prevention and patient education activities as required to support the DTC and HCI.
  • Emergency Preparedness to include duties that may arise from because of national health disaster.
  • Serves on medical center committees as assigned
  • Works in collaboration with supervisory physician and Chief, Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences.

Work Schedule: M - F 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM, May be required to work evenings, weekends, holidays, and on-call.


Conditions of Employment

  • 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.
  • 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.


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.

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: Approximately 2-3 years of recent or current nurse practitioner/physician assistant experience in mental health specific to the area of interest. Experience with therapeutic interventions for Behavioral Health patients. Experience as a provider for Mental Health diagnoses and treatment plans. Psychiatric Mental Health Certification (PMHNP-BC) preferred for Nurse Practitioners.

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: The physical requirements of this position include lifting, prolonged standing, frequent bending, stooping, walking, reaching and repetitive motion. The mental/sensory requirements include recall, reasoning, problem-solving, hearing, speaking clearly, writing, keyboarding, reading and logical thinking. The work environment requiring handling of multiple priorities, frequent, sometimes intense customer interactions, the ability to adapt to frequent changes in a potentially noisy environment to include outdoor duties. There may be the need to use personal protective equipment to prevent exposure to disease, illness and hazardous materials.


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: . 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: .

Additional information

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 to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .