VA PUGET SOUND HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
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FUNCTIONAL STATEMENT
                     PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT - CHEIF GRADE




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FUNCTIONAL STATEMENT
                          PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT - CHEIF GRADE



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FUNCTIONAL STATEMENT
                          PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT - CHEIF GRADE



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FUNCTIONAL STATEMENT PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT - CHIEF GRADE

  1. 1. VA PUGET SOUND HEALTH CARE SYSTEM AMERICAN LAKE DIVISION MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE FUNCTIONAL STATEMENT PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT - CHIEF GRADE General Mental Health Care Line: Mental Health Clinic QUALIFICATIONS. A. EDUCATION. The candidate must meet one of the following: 1. A master's degree from a PA training program certified by the Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation (CAHEA); or 2. A master's degree in a health care occupation or a health-related science and a baccalaureate degree from a PA training program which is certified by CAHEA; or 3. A master's degree in a health care occupation or a health-related science and graduation from a PA training program of at least 12 months duration which is certified by CAHEA and bachelor's degree in a health care occupation or a health-related science; or. 4. A baccalaureate degree from a PA training program which is certified by CAHEA and experience as a PA where the individual has an equivalent knowledge of the profession and has successfully undertaken difficult or complex clinical, administrative, research and/or educational assignments which have required an unusual degree of leadership and competence; or 5. Graduation from a PA training program of at least 12 months duration which is certified by CAHEA and bachelor's degree in a health care occupation or a health-related science and experience as a PA where the individual has an equivalent knowledge of the profession and has successfully undertaken difficult or complex clinical, administrative, research and/or educational assignments which have required an unusual degree of leadership and competence. B. CERTIFICATION. Current PA certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician's Assistants (NCCPA). C. EXPERIENCE. Professional practice characterized by progressively more responsible leadership assignments in clinical, administrative, educational and/or research areas. At least 8 years of experience as a PA. Practice must have consistently demonstrated all of the following behaviors (if applicable to the assignment): 1. Establishes and maintains relationships within the service, with facility management and other services that result in improved patient care. 2. Accepts substantial and continuing responsibility and accountability for planning organizing, coordinating and controlling a complex integrated health care program. 3. Makes decisions which serve to enhance the distinctive and contributory role of PAs with the local institution and the total health care system. 4. Participates in long range program planning and model development for effective delivery of health services.
  2. 2. FUNCTIONAL STATEMENT PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT - CHEIF GRADE 5. Facilitates the delivery of patient care in collaboration with health professionals, health mangers and other health care personnel. 6. Assures implementation, maintenance and compliance with standard of professional practice of all health care personnel within the program. 7. Works effectively with others on a consistent basis and establishes relationships with professional and/or other health care related groups in the community. 8. Has made significant and sustained contributions to the PA profession which may include publication or publishable works, membership on tasks forces, intramural or extramural committees, consulting, development of educational media, scientific inquiry, or use of creative approaches to enhance quality of patient care and productivity of providers. 9. Practice as a PA characterized by leadership and accomplishments in developing and implementing programs to improve the delivery of patient care and by proficiency in any of the following areas; a) Systematically evaluates current clinical practice; initiates change in clinical practice based on current concepts and findings from research and/or studies; demonstrates such expertise in patient care that advice is sought by others. Assesses, plans, implements and evaluates patient care programs. b) Initiates changes in the system for delivering patient care based on current concepts and findings from research and/or studies; uses sound judgement in making decisions; manages staff; develops staff for patient care leadership assignments. c) Assesses, plans, implements, coordinates and evaluates educational programs and activities; initiates change in education programs based on current concepts and findings from research and/or studies; teaches effectively and creatively; provides guidance to others involved in the delivery of the education program. d) Demonstrates grounding in research methodology; designs and conducts scientific inquiry; promotes and assists others in research activity; contributes through conduction of scientifically meritorious inquiry and publishable findings. DRAFT
  3. 3. FUNCTIONAL STATEMENT PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT - CHEIF GRADE ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITY: A. The Physician Assistant functions as an agent of his/her supervising physician with defined levels of autonomy. The role requires decision making based on a broad knowledge base and experience. The Mental Health Care Line patient population presents with multiple mental health, physical health and social problems which requires competence in assessment and management of acute and chronic problems. Patient treatment is directed toward a stabilization or improvement in their mental, physical and psychosocial health. Guidelines for practice are scope of practice, currently accepted mental health care treatment plans, Mental Health Care Line, VA PSHCS and DVA policies and procedures. B. The Physician Assistant is knowledgeable in: the evaluation and management of a broad range of health problems; emergency measures; prescribing of medications and treatment, their indications and potential side effects; the principles of certain procedures; patient education; community, social and health resources. C. She/he is competent to obtain a health history, examine the patient, order and interpret diagnostic studies, establish an assessment utilizing the collected data, plan the care, and consult with peers and consultants as appropriate. D. The Physician Assistant's practice is characterized by leadership in improving patient care. The Physician Assistant works effectively with others, participates in interdisciplinary groups and establishes relationships with professionals and/or health related groups within the community. She/he makes significant contributions to the medical profession through publications, membership on task forces, intramural or extramural committees, consulting, development of media, or scientific inquiry. Her/his practice is characterized by leadership and accomplishments in developing and implementing programs to improve the delivery of health care. The Physician Assistant systematically evaluates current clinical practice; initiates change in clinical practice based on current concepts and findings from research and/or clinical studies; acts as a consultant in clinical practice. E. The Physician Assistant is responsible to the team leader of the Mental Health Clinic.. MENTAL HEALTH CLINIC SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES: This position will provide psychiatric/medical care to male and female veterans who are requesting or continuing care in the Mental Health Clinic at the American Lake Division of the VA Puget Sound Health Care System. The position is under the operational/functional control of the team leader of the Mental Health Clinic. The incumbent performs initial evaluations of patients referred for diagnostic assessment, particularly if medications are to be considered as part of the patient's treatment. This includes: history and physical examination (as appropriate); mental status exams; treatment plans; ordering and interpretation of laboratory, radiological and diagnostic tests; initiating consultations; ordering of medications. The incumbent performs ongoing outpatient treatment to include: mental status examination; monitoring medications to adjust for changes in symptoms and/or side effects; providing supportive psychotherapy and/or case management services as needed, including outreach activities, especially with the patient's support system; discharge of DRAFT
  4. 4. FUNCTIONAL STATEMENT PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT - CHEIF GRADE veterans from the outpatient clinic from the mental health clinic under the supervision of a physician. He/she evaluates physical/psychological work readiness and level of participation in Adventure Therapy. The incumbent is an active member of the Mental Health Clinic Treatment Team. He/she attends Mental Health Clinic treatment/clinical care planning conferences. He/she may dictate intake summaries, progress notes, consultations and discharge summaries. The incumbent is: responsible for screening for infectious diseases; education and counseling of the patient and the patient's family in preventive care, medical/psychiatric conditions and the use of prescribed treatments and drugs; on going follow-up of his/her outpatients to observe and record patient's medical/psychiatric progress; updating and summarizing medical records; changing orders when appropriate; completing appropriate disability paperwork. He/she may: teach psycho-educational classes; conduct individual psychotherapy; conduct group psychotherapy; supervise/teach students/interns (as appropriate); participate in program design and outcome evaluation/ research; perform administrative duties as assigned. He/she may act as a consultant to the Mental Health Service and other agencies providing care to veterans for medical and psychiatric issues. The incumbent duties are performed in the Mental Health Clinic, American Lake Division, VAPSHCS and in the community. Deputy Director Team Leader Mental Health Care Line Mental Health Clinic DRAFT

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