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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1613042 

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise – “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?
Officially established in October 2006, the Orlando VA Medical Center is one of the Top 100 Companies in Central Florida for working families. The Orlando VA Medical Center includes a 120-bed Community Living Center and a 60-bed Residential Rehabilitation Program, located at the Lake Nona Campus, Outpatient Clinics in Orlando (Lake Baldwin), Viera and Daytona Beach and four Community Based Outpatient Clinics located in Clermont, Kissimmee, Leesburg, and Orange City.  A new inpatient facility is currently under construction in southeast Orange County and is expected to open in 2016.  The new 65-acre medical campus will have 134-inpatient beds and provide acute care, complex specialty care, advanced diagnostic services, a large multispecialty outpatient clinic, and administrative and support services.
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.

A recruitment/relocation incentive may be authorized for a highly qualified candidate.


We are seeking innovative, energetic full-time Physician Assistants/ARNPs to provide direct and indirect medical patient care that includes assessment, diagnosis, planning, and treatment of health problems for patients on our new Inpatient Mental Health Units. The incumbent performs overall assessment of the patient’s condition through examinations, diagnoses and develops individualized treatment plans for inpatients on the unit. The position requires the ability to work skillfully and independently in the initial assessment and provision of care to this Veteran population. Duties will include performing patient intakes including histories, physical examination, providing both short and long term medication needs; providing other mental health services as requested within the approved scope of practice and competencies; working closely with the Medicine service and the mental health psychiatrist and multidisciplinary team; providing consultation and assistance for other disciplines and administrative support as required.
Work Schedule: The Physician Assistant/ARNP will report directly to the Primary Care Mental Health MD and Chief of Psychiatry. Normal work days/hours will be Monday-Friday, 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, with work day/hours flexibility required as dictated by patient care needs and staffing.
Functional Statement Title: Physician Assistant / ARNP
The selectee may be required to work or travel between any of the locations within Corporate Orlando, including the new Lake Nona campus. The selectee may also be required to work various shifts on a permanent or temporary basis, based on patient care needs.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies in similar positions within corporate Orlando. This includes the same grade level and occupational series, but may be used for a different service or location.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No

Job Requirements

Key Requirements

  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English


Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship.
  • English Language Proficiency.

Physician Assistants:
Certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician’s Assistants (NCCPA)
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-PC) or one of its predecessor organizations and 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.

Current, full, and active license as a Nurse Practitioner. 
Position Requirements/Qualifications:

  1. Master’s Degree in Nursing from an ACEN or CCNE accredited program required.
  2. Certification as an Adult or Family Nurse Practitioner from the ANCC or other certifying body.
  3. A minimum of three (3) years of successful clinical practice required.  Previous mental health experience preferred.
  4. Current, full, active and unrestricted license as a Registered Nurse/Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner.
  5. Prescriptive authority requirements include evidence of national certification and completion of upper division education in pharmacology.
  6. Demonstrated sound judgment, nursing process and critical thinking skills preferred.
  7. Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing.
  8. Demonstrated skills in effectively collaborating with and directing multidisciplinary teams in previous assignments.
  9. Knowledge of computer systems and standard software programs required.
  10. Demonstrated skills in managing complex systems, with advanced organizational skills.
  11. Knowledge and understanding of Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) regulations/policies/procedures, current Joint Commission standards for Ambulatory Care, and other current internal and external accrediting body standards.

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.
Reference: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G6 and G8.

Master’s Degree in Nursing from an ACEN or CCNE accredited program required.

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.

Physical Requirements: The incumbent of the position performs direct patient care and must meet the below physical requirements to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation. Lift 45 lbs. or over, Carry 45 lbs. or over, Straight pulling, Pushing, Reaching above shoulders, use of fingers and both hands, Walking, Standing, Kneeling, Repeated bending, Near vision (correctable), Far vision (correctable), Ability to distinguish basic colors, Ability to distinguish shades of colors, Hearing, and Emotional stability.

Security Clearance

Public Trust – Background Investigation