Intermittent Physician (Nocturnist)

Department of Veterans Affairs
Lebanon, Pennsylvania
Nov 14, 2020
Nov 14, 2021
Full Time
Position Type
The incumbent will be responsible for responding to nursing calls from the extended care units. The incumbent will assess the patient and enter the appropriate management and documentation in CPRS.

The incumbent will assess medical issues on behavioral health from 20:00 to 08:00.

The incumbent will perform patient admissions to the short stay unit including performance of history and physical and entering orders in compliance with extended care guidelines into CPRS.

If the medical resident has exceeded the designated work limit for hospital admissions,
the incumbent will admit patients to the university service.

The incumbent will prepare discharge paperwork for anticipated discharges.

Appropriately documents own interventions and reviews appropriate health team documentation of patient treatment plans and involve the primary care provider when indicated to treat changes in the patient's condition.

Recognizes complex situations that impact patient care and intervenes, using sound judgment, professional attitude and appropriate channels.

Participates in establishing policies, procedures and guidelines to ensure adequate, comprehensive services.

Participates in in-service training programs and maintains competencies.

Participates in direct patient care utilizing tele-health technologies.

Maintains current knowledge of trends in professional issues.

Evaluates the need for, and provides education to the patient and or their family concerning the patient's treatment and diagnosis.

Uses professional standards of care and practice to evaluate programs and activities.

Develops and leads interdisciplinary teams to improve organizational performance. Recognizes impediments to health care delivery and uses problem-solving/performance improvement approaches to improve outcomes.

Participates in performance improvement activities related to the service line quality improvement process.

Tracks and trends issues related to care delivery and role implementation.

Facilitates open dialogue among peers, supervisors and staff.

Communicates effectively with patients, families/significant others and the health team members.

Initiates appropriate referrals and consultations to other clinical services.

Fosters good public relations when interpreting philosophy, policies/procedures, goals and objectives to staff, patients and the public.

Work Schedule:20:00 to 08:00 Intermittently
Financial Disclosure Report:Not requiredTravel Required
Not requiredSupervisory status
NoPromotion Potential
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    Conditions of Employment
  • U.S. Citizenship; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination
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.

Basic Requirements:
  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree must have been obtained from one of the schools approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed.
  • Current, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia.
  • Completion of residency training, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Physical requirements outlined below.
Preferred Experience:
  • Procedural experience
  • ICU care experience (ventilator/pressor management)
  • Hospitalist experience or Inpatient Medicine experience
Reference:VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Physical Requirements:Heavy lifting (30 pounds and over); heavy carrying (30 pounds and over); straight pulling (2-4 hours); pushing (2-4 hours); reaching above shoulders (1-2 hours); use of fingers; both hands required; walking (4-6 hours); standing (4-6 hours); repeated bending (2-4 hours); both legs required; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other; both eyes required; ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of color; hear (aid permitted); mental and emotional stability.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: 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:


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