Clinical Pharmacist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Salem, Virginia
Posted
Sep 12, 2020
Closes
Sep 18, 2020
Function
Pharmacist
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The primary responsibility of the Clinical Pharmacist is the provision of evidence-based pharmaceutical care services through both direct and indirect interaction with patients and providers. The pharmacist promotes and manages drug therapy based on current clinical knowledge that is consistent with policies established at the national, VISN, and local levels. The Clinical Pharmacist functions as part of the pharmacy team to accomplish department missions and goals.
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Responsibilities

Major duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Fosters productive and cooperative working relationships by showing understanding, courtesy, tact, and politeness to others
  • Regularly cooperates with coworkers and others in meeting commitments and accomplishing assigned work on time
  • Obtains medication histories from patients, provision of patient instruction regarding the safe and appropriate use of drugs, and documents findings in the medical record.
  • Monitor drug therapy regimens, including routine analysis of patients' drug therapy, medical problems, laboratory data, and specialized procedures, and correlates these analyses with others responsible for the patient's care as warranted.
  • Maintains good workflow patterns to insure the provision of prompt, accurate drug distribution services to patients.
  • Reviews prescription orders for completeness and adherence to Medical Center Policy, VHAs directives, and Federal Regulations.
  • Reviews data for correct patient, medications, strength, directions, quantity, day's supply and number of refills. Screens for allergies, duplicate therapy, and Drug-Drug interactions. Assures that all information is correct prior to finishing the prescription for dispensing.
  • Maintains good workflow patterns to insure the provision of prompt, accurate drug distribution services to inpatients, units and clinics.
  • Reviews prescription orders for completeness and adherence to Medical Center Policy, VHAs directives, and Federal Regulations.
  • Reviews data for correct patient, medications, strength, directions, screening orders for drug-drug and drug-food interactions, dosing errors, allergies, incompatibilities, contraindications, and formulary availability.
  • Working knowledge of the operation and basic daily maintenance of all automated equipment in the pharmacy (e.g. Omnicell, EXP, ScriptPro, Q-matic).
  • Knowledgeable about contingency plans and all departmental SOPs for automation.
  • Responsible for an advanced knowledge and daily application of Joint Commission Standards on Medication Management to ensure compliance and continuous readiness for any survey;
  • Is knowledgeable on patient safety issues and know when to notify supervisors if they identify any patient safety issue that may arise.
  • Checks re-labeled prepackaged large and small volume parenterals for inpatient use.
  • Has mastered aseptic technique and has completed initial competencies and all testing required by USP 797 standards.
  • Assesses each compound and pulls all necessary items needed to compound product.
  • Checks all compounded items for appropriate calculations necessary for compounding product prior to technician mixing.
  • Prepares and fills controlled substances as required for filling of inpatient/outpatient orders and Omnicell. Follows VHA controlled substance handbook 1108.01/02 for processing all controlled substances through the vault.
  • Regularly complies with agency, federal or other pertinent regulations, policies and procedures as related to controlled substances.
  • Maintains an effective liaison with staff members of all professional disciplines and services for consultation regarding medications, pharmacotherapeutic problems, and relevant pharmacy operating policy and procedures and pharmacy administration to modify procedures when necessary.
  • Functions as second-line telephone contact for patients, providers and/or the public. When necessary, addresses telephone requests in a timely and courteous fashion. Forwards calls beyond the pharmacist's scope to a clinical pharmacy specialist or supervisor.
  • Employees are typically expected to work forty hours per week. This may include nights, weekends and/or holidays as assigned. Principle duties require repetitive use of hands and fingers (e.g., preparing IV admixtures, use of a computer keyboard, etc.). May require lifting and carrying light loads (up to 44lbs.), including boxes, equipment, unit dose-cassettes, and IV solutions; stooping or kneeling (e.g., to pick up items from the floor, remove and replace items on lower shelves, and to file documents in lower file drawers, etc.); sitting, walking, or standing for long periods of time (4-8 hours). Normal ranges of hearing and vision are required to perform work and communicate effectively; must have the visual ability to distinguish between basic colors and shades of color. An ability to perform tasks requiring rapid mental and muscular coordination functions simultaneously is necessary. Must be physically capable of operating various types of equipment used for the job.
  • Contacts are with co-workers in the pharmacy, medical staff, nursing staff, and other health care providers at the facility, research investigators, pharmaceutical vendors, patients and the public.

Work Schedule: Various tour duties including evenings, weekends, and holidays.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
None

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be 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


Qualifications

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 09/17/2020.

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.
  • Education: (1) Graduate of an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited College or School of Pharmacy with a baccalaureate degree in pharmacy (BS Pharmacy) and/or a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. Verification of approved degree programs may be obtained from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 20 North Clark Street, Suite 2500, Chicago, Illinois 60602-5109; phone: (312) 664-3575, or through their Web site at: http://www.acpe-accreditorg/. (NOTE: Prior to 2005 ACPE accredited both baccalaureate and Doctor of Pharmacy terminal degree program. Today the sole degree is Doctor of Pharmacy.) · (2) Graduates of foreign pharmacy degree programs meet the educational requirement if the graduate is able to provide proof of achieving the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Commission (FPGEC) Certification, which includes passing the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination (FPGEE) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT).
  • Licensure: Full, current and unrestricted license to practice pharmacy in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (i.e., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia. The pharmacist must maintain current registration if this is a requirement for maintaining full, current, and unrestricted licensure. A pharmacist who has, or has ever had, any license(s) revoked, suspended, denied, restricted, limited, or issued/placed in a probationary status may be appointed only in accordance with the provisions in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, section B, paragraph 16.
Preferred Experience: 3+ years of Clinical Pharmacist experience.

Grade Determinations: GS-12Experience.

In addition to the GS-12 requirements, must have 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level which demonstrates professional and administrative management of an assigned area in pharmacy service, to include budgetary execution. Assignments at the GS-12 grade level include: handles routine medication-related activities in accordance with local, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN), and national policies and regulations. These include, but are not limited to: reviewing, interpreting, and verifying medication orders for appropriateness; processing and filling medication orders; interacting with and making recommendations to other clinical staff regarding medication therapy ordered to ensure safe and effective care; reviewing the patient's medications, allergies, labs, and other pertinent information from the medical record to identify and solve medication-related problems; contacting providers as appropriate; documenting recommendations and interventions; providing refill extensions and partial medication supplies; taking health and medication histories; performing medication reconciliation; providing drug information; assisting in formulary management including therapeutic substitutions, nonformulary reviews and medication usage evaluations; documenting and assessing adverse drug events (ADEs); assisting in medical emergencies; providing oversight of technical staff in all aspects of medication distribution.

Must fully meet the following KSAs: (Knowledge of professional pharmacy practice; Ability to communicate orally and in writing to both patients and health care staff; Knowledge of laws, regulations, and accreditation standards related to the distribution and control of scheduled and non-scheduled drugs and pharmacy security; Skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters).

Must demonstrate the following KSAs: (Ability to communicate orally and in writing to persuade and influence clinical and management decisions; Expert understanding of regulatory and quality standards for their program area; Ability to solve problems, coordinate and organize responsibilities to maximize outcomes in their program area or area of clinical expertise; Expert knowledge of a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice or specialty area of pharmacy; Advanced skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters).

References: VA Handbook 5005/55 Part II Appendix G15, Licensed Pharmacist Qualification Standard.

Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting (45lbs and over); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; walking (3 hours per day); standing (6 hours per day); kneeling (2 hours per day); both legs required; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; ability to distinguish basic colors; hearing (aid permitted).

Education

IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on 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

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

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.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

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.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Other

Drug test required
Yes

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you are required to provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • License
  • vha-10-2850c
  • Resume
  • Transcript


Resume Reminder: Your resume must include the following for each job listed:
1) Job title and grade level/salary. In order to show that you meet time-in-grade, you must document grades you have held and how long you have held them;
2) Duties (you must include enough detailed information to support your specialized experience);
3) Month and year start/end dates (e.g. 04/2007 to 04/2008);
4) Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week);
5) Supervisor's contact information and whether or not the supervisor can be contacted.
6) Please be aware that your answers will be verified against information provided on your resume. Be sure that your resume clearly supports your responses to all of the questions by addressing your work experience in detail. Recommended: Even though we do not require a specific resume format, your resume must be clear so that we are able to fully evaluate your qualifications. To ensure you receive appropriate consideration, please list the duties you performed under each individual job title. If we are unable to match your experiences with the positions held, you may lose consideration for this vacancy. We cannot make assumptions regarding your qualifications.

Recommended: Even though we do not require a specific resume format, your resume must be clear so that we are able to fully evaluate your qualifications. To ensure you receive appropriate consideration, please list the duties you performed under each individual job title. If we are unable to match your experiences with the positions held, you may lose consideration for this vacancy. We cannot make assumptions regarding your qualifications.
VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search .

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), etc.

  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214/ Statement of Service
  • Disability Letter (VA)
  • License
  • vha-10-2850c
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
  • Transcript


Veterans' Preference: 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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx .

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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