Clinical Pharmacist Specialist (Intensive Care Units)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Apr 30, 2021
Closes
May 07, 2021
Function
Pharmacist
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The Intensive Care Unit Clinical Pharmacist Specialist is responsible for planning, implementing and operating the critical care drug monitoring and utilization programs primarily for the medical/surgical intensive care units. He/she is the intensive care unit expert in all areas related to critical care agents and functions as a consultant to other health care professionals.

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Responsibilities

The incumbent is the specialist involved in clinical investigations and serves as an expert in the study information on chemistry, pharmacokinetics, toxicology, drug interactions, etc. He/she will also be responsible for developing, providing, and supporting the educational programs related to critical care for Pharmacy.

The incumbent will be responsible for the development of highly innovative patient care activities in the delivery of health care for the medical/surgical intensive care units. Participate in daily multidisciplinary team rounds with the medical/surgical intensive care unit teams and provide drug information, pharmacokinetic consultation, dose implementation/adjustments, observations on patient response to therapy, and appropriate recommendations regarding treatment alternatives or additional interventions to maximize patient care outcomes taking into consideration choice of therapy, safety, efficacy, and pharmacoeconomics.

Interviews and evaluates ICU patients upon admission to the hospital and as necessary during hospitalization for appropriateness of pharmacologic therapy and makes a pharmaceutical care plan for those patients who need pharmaceutical care, and will document the pharmaceutical care plan in the Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS).
  • Develops criteria for utilization of new medications specific to the critical setting (as assigned) for Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee P&T and Medical Executive Committee MEC approval.
  • Provides consultative services to all professional staff regarding critical care medications.
  • Attends all Code Blue emergencies during the tour of duty.
  • Provides consultative services to all professional critical care staff regarding drug therapy.
  • Provides care and/or services appropriate to the age of the patients being served. Assesses data reflective of the patient's status and interpret the information needed to identify each patient's requirements relative to their age-specific needs and to provide care needed as described in the services' policies and procedures.
  • Designs and coordinates drug utilization evaluations including the collection and compilation of data, preparation of reports, and presentation to the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee (as assigned).
  • Participates in medication reconciliation process: Interviews and evaluates patients upon admission, daily during hospitalization and upon discharge for appropriateness of pharmacologic therapy. Process and/or insures the processing of all discharge medications.
  • The incumbent will possess a high level of independence designated by their Scope of Practice and will be recognized by their peers as performing assignments that require an exceptional level of competence. A broad Scope of Practice will be designed commensurate with the complexity of the clinical pharmacy services provided to the intensive care units.
  • Work Schedule: Sunday - Saturday; 7 on 7 off
    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, 05/07/2021.

    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. (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.
    *CURRENT LICENSE AND TRANSCIPTS MUST BE ATTACHED TO APPLICATION*

    Preferred Experience: The Intensive Care Unit Clinical Pharmacist Specialist must be a licensed pharmacist with a Pharm.D. preferably with an accredited residency in Critical Care (PGY 2), or equivalent experience demonstrating competency in this area. The incumbent is expected to obtain board certification that is recognized by the American Pharmaceutical Association's Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties, or equivalent.

    Grade Determination GS-13:

    (a) Experience. In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must meet one of the following:

    1. 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-12)Pharmacists assigned to this position must demonstrate the following KSAs:

    a. Ability to communicate orally and in writing to persuade and influence clinical and management decisions.
    b. Expert understanding of regulatory and quality standards for their program area.
    c. Ability to solve problems, coordinate and organize responsibilities to maximize outcomes in their program area or area of clinical expertise.
    d. Expert knowledge of a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice or specialty area of pharmacy.
    e. 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: Physical demands of the position require regular and recurring physical exertion, involving standing for prolonged periods of time, lifting/carrying of pharmaceutical supplies weighing up to 40 pounds, pushing and pulling of large carts. The job may include significant time at a computer terminal.

    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

    Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

    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
    Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

    • VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations
    • Proof of full, current, unrestricted, pharmacist licensure
    • Resume
    • Transcript


    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.

    • DD-214/ Statement of Service
    • Disability Letter (VA)
    • License
    • VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations
    • Proof of full, current, unrestricted, pharmacist licensure
    • Resume
    • 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.