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Job Title:Clinical Pharmacist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:GF-13-ELB-794444

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$84,382.00 to $102,463.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, November 30, 2012 to Friday, December 14, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0660-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Multiple Schedules - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Many vacancies in the following location:
Gainesville, FL United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

JOB SUMMARY:

 Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 794444; please include on all documents submitted. The North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System has Multiple Vacancies for Clinical Pharmacist for North Florida and South Georgia Pharmacy Service.

APPLICANT PLEASE READ THIS STATEMENT

Please read the Announcement in its entirety before beginning the application process to ensure you submit all required documents. All documents requiring signature Must be Signed and Dated prior to submission in order to be considered complete.

 

RELOCATION INCENTIVE IS NOT AUTHORIZED FOR THIS POSITION!!!

Florida has a low cost of living and no state income tax.  Enjoy excellent recreational activities year-around and nearby beautiful beaches.

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?

This vacancy is advertised at the single grade at which this position will be filled above the full performance level. This is an open continuous announcement.  We accept (All Signed) applications for this occupation on an ongoing basis; qualified applicants will be considered as vacancies become available.  Applications will remain on file for one year from the date the application was signed.

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

NOTE:  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed in that specific grade.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. Department of Veterans Affairs is an equal opportunity employer.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Must meet Education and Licensure requirements

DUTIES:

The Clinical Pharmacist is a licensed professional with knowledge and proficiency in pharmacy practice including pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacotherapeutics.  The incumbent is responsible for analyzing real and potential drug-related medical problems and implementing corrective action to ensure that patients receive optimal drug therapy.  The clinical pharmacist also applies standards relating to all aspects of distribution and control of scheduled and non-scheduled drugs.  The primary function of a clinical pharmacist is to assure the safe and appropriate use of medications, and be an advocate of rational drug therapy through the following:  evaluation of the appropriateness of drug therapy based on patient specific factors; individualization of drug therapy; evaluation, dispensing and providing medications, and drug information.

The employee must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to complete the duties of the position, including the necessary skills to provide care appropriate to the population of the patients served.  Such knowledge and skills are identified in the Competency Assessment Checklist of the position and include knowledge and skills in:

Communication and interpersonal relations, including the ability to appropriately and courteously relate to internal and external customers.

Maintenance of confidentiality of patient/employee information, electronic and print.

The medical center performance improvement program.

How to work and function in the medical center in a safe manner, including infection control and the correct operation of equipment.

Population-specific care, as identified in the Population-Specific Competencies, including effectively communicating with patients who are 66 years and older and who may have hearing, physical or cognitive impairments.

 

The incumbent is a graduate of a degree program in pharmacy from an approved college or university.  A full, current and unrestricted license to practice pharmacy in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia is required.  In addition to the basic requirements, the incumbent must have the equivalent of one year of experience comparable to the GS-11 level or completion of an ACPE-accredited Pharm.D. program.   Also, knowledge, skills and abilities and other characteristics as outlined in VA Handbook 5005/55, Part II, Appendix G15, Licensed Pharmacist, GS-660 Qualification Standard.

 

3.  FUNCTIONS:

 

     A.  Clinical

 

(1) The pharmacist provides appropriate selection of drug therapy based upon the pharmaceutical principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics; monitoring for efficacy, side effects and clinical outcome; and advises prescribers as appropriate.

(2) Provides patient-specific therapeutic drug monitoring and communicates relevant findings and/or recommendations to other health care providers in charge of the patient both orally and in writing.   Monitoring will include prospective review and intervention in:

 

(a)  Therapeutic appropriateness of a patient’s drug regimen

(b)  Therapeutic duplication in the patient’s drug regimen

(c)  Appropriateness of the route and method of administration

(d)  Degree of patient compliance with the prescribed drug regimen

(e)  Drug-drug, drug-food, drug-laboratory, or drug disease interactions

(f)   Clinical and pharmacokinetic laboratory data to evaluate the efficacy of drug therapy and to anticipate side effects, toxicity, or adverse effects

(g)  Physical signs and clinical symptoms relevant to the patient’s drug therapy

 

(3) Performs continuous evaluation of prescribed medications to assure optimal drug therapy.

(4) Provides medication counseling to patients.

(5) Completes health and medication histories including patient interviews.

(6) Serves as a drug information resource by providing up-to-date drug information to prescribers, other health care professionals, patients and caregivers.

(7) May participate in patient care rounds, reviews charts, evaluates pertinent laboratory data, drug-drug and drug-nutrient interactions, monitors for adverse drug effects, and screens for allergies.

(8) Performs medication reconciliation at all transitions of care, including updating the medication profile to reflect an accurate, active list of VA and non-VA medications.  This may include adding non-VA medications or discontinuing duplicate medications or those the patient is not taking.

(9) Assesses drug safety and efficacy, including evaluation of physical symptoms. 

(10) Reports adverse drug events (ADE), near misses, and medication errors in alignment with VA ADERS reporting program.

(11) Participates in the medical center medication utilization evaluation (MUE) program.

(12) Recommends formulary alternatives and completes non-formulary consults as assigned.

(13) Documents recommendations and interventions

(14) Assists in medical emergencies including code teams (if BLS or ACLS certified) and emergency preparedness activities.

(15) Provides pharmacokinetic consultation in accordance with local policy.

(16) Implements P&T Committee policies including therapeutic interchanges and automatic substitutions to include appropriate patient and provider education.

(17) Manages recalls and medication shortage situations by substituting alternate dosage strengths and instructions of the same medication to equal the prescribed dose and schedule.

(18) Enters supply orders appropriate for patient care per facility policy.

(19) Manages various actions, as appropriate, for medication orders to include:  flagging prescriptions, managing view alerts, using the “hold medication” function, and generating unsigned discontinued orders using Service Reject.

(20) Extends refills until next scheduled appointment under the provider’s name per facility policy.

(21) Serves as a role model and preceptor to pharmacy students, interns and residents.

(22) Assumes an active role in staff development of peers and provides educational in-services to nursing, medical staff or to other ancillary services.

(23) Responsible for maintaining his/her professional competency by keeping abreast of current medical and pharmaceutical literature, new drugs and therapies, and applies this knowledge in his/her daily duties.

(24) May work under a scope of practice within his/her knowledge set with a managing provider.

(25) Participates in Performance Improvement (PI) Measurements / activities (Mock Surveys, Tracers)

(26) Participates on Trail Audits for controlled substances and reports discrepancies to appropriate managers. Follows up on the resolution of discrepancies.

 

     B.  Dispensing and Compounding

 

(1) Reviews all medication orders for appropriateness, drug selection, dosage, route of administration and the amount, prior to dispensing.

(2) Ensures all medication orders are entered into the electronic patient medical record.

(3) Processes, checks and fills all orders in a timely fashion; review of the patient’s allergy history, drug-drug, drug-nutrient, drug-laboratory and drug-disease state interactions and assessment for clinical relevance should be performed and dealt with appropriately.   

(4) Reviews medication profiles and monitors for compliance or potential abuse; problems encountered shall be resolved.

(5) Selects, compounds, dispenses and fills a range of drugs including extemporaneous preparations, special formulations, ophthalmics (subconjunctivals and intravitreal injections), narcotics, investigational drugs, oncolytic agents, etc., in both outpatient and inpatient areas.  Adequate quality assurance procedures shall be followed as applicable.

(6) Maintains adequate drug stock, inspects drug storage areas, supervises prepacking and the operation of automated dispensing equipment.

(7) Supervises the activities and provides oversight of support personnel   and technical staff in all aspects of medication 

distribution.

(8) Ensures drugs dispensed are completely and correctly labeled and packaged in full compliance with Federal rules and regulations.

(9) Compounds medications in accordance with  USP 797 standards and local policies and procedures.

(10) Ensures USP 797 regulations for controlled environment are followed.

 

     C.  Administrative/Supervisory

(1) Functions as acting supervisor or pharmacist in charge when assigned.

(2) Represents pharmacy and contributes clinical and administrative expertise as a member of committees within the assigned area.

(3) Assures security over pharmacy areas and provides an immediate report to management in event of inconsistencies.

(4) Supervises the work flow and gives direction to pharmacy technicians as needed.

 

Relocation Incentive is Not Authorized for This Position.

Tour of Duty:

Pharmacy Service is a 24/7 System, Clinical Pharmacist May be Assisgned to any Number of Shifts

Physical Demands: Basic physical exertion is required. The work is primarily performed while Standing and Sitting though some work may require longer periods of standing. The regular recurring work of the position involves sitting at a desk, conferences, meetings etc.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  

Citizenship:  Citizen of the United States.  

~AND~

Education

Graduate of a degree program in pharmacy from an approved college or university.   The degree program must have been approved by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE), or prior to the establishment of ACPE, have been a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).   Verification of approved degree programs may be obtained from the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education, 311 West Superior Street, Suite 512, Chicago, Illinois 60610-3537 Phone: (312) 664-3575), or through their Web site at:   http://www.acpe-accredit.org/., or,

Graduates of foreign pharmacy degree programs or those who graduated from a U.S.-based non-ACPE accredited degree program meet the educational requirement if their degree is found to be equivalent to degree programs recognized by the ACPE.   This finding may be based on any of the following:

a. A letter of acceptance into a United States graduate pharmacy program recognized by the ACPE.

b. Written certification from the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Commission, 700 Busse Highway, Park Ridge, IL 60068, Phone (847) 698-6227, that the individual has successfully passed the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination.

c. A letter from a United States college or university with a pharmacy degree program recognized by ACPE stating that the individual's pharmacy degree has been evaluated and found to be equivalent to its Bachelor of Pharmacy degree or higher.

~AND~

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 chapter 3, section B, paragraph 16 of this part.

NOTE:   Individuals who have or have had multiple licenses and had any such license revoked for professional misconduct, professional incompetence or substandard care, or who surrendered such license after receiving written notice of potential termination of such license by the State for professional misconduct, professional incompetence, or substandard care, is not eligible for appointment to the position unless such revoked or surrendered license is fully restored. 38 U.S.C. § 7402(f).   Effective November 30, 1999, this is a requirement for employment.   This requirement does not apply to licensed pharmacists on VA rolls as of that date, provided they maintain continuous appointment and are not disqualified for employment by any subsequent revocations or voluntary surrenders of State license, registration or certification.

~AND~

Physical Requirements. Successful completion of pre-employment physical is required. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

~AND~

English Language Proficiency.   Pharmacists must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS – GRADE DETERMINATION

GS-12 Clinical Pharmacist

 

     (a)  Experience or Education.  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, or

 

     2.  Completion of an ACPE-accredited Pharm.D. program.

 

     (b)  Assignment.  A pharmacist in this assignment 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.  Pharmacists assigned to this position must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs):

 

     1.  Knowledge of professional pharmacy practice.

 

     2.  Ability to communicate orally and in writing to both patients and health care staff.

 

     3.  Knowledge of laws, regulations, and accreditation standards related to the distribution and control of scheduled and non-scheduled drugs and pharmacy security.

 

     4.  Skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters.

 

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit OPM's web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  No special physical exertion is required. The work is primarily formed while sitting though some work may require periods of standing. The regular recurring work of the position involves sitting at a desk, conferences, meetings etc.


Education

(1)  Graduate of a degree program in pharmacy from an approved college or university.  The degree program must have been approved by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE), or prior to the establishment of ACPE, have been a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).  Verification of approved degree programs may be obtained from the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education, 311 West Superior Street, Suite 512, Chicago, Illinois 60610-3537 Phone: (312) 664-3575), or through their Web site at:   http://www.acpe-accredit.org/ .

(2)  Graduates of foreign pharmacy degree programs or those who graduated from a U.S.-based non-ACPE accredited degree program meet the educational requirement if their degree is found to be equivalent to degree programs recognized by the ACPE.  This finding may be based on any of the following:

(a)   A letter of acceptance into a United States graduate pharmacy program recognized by the ACPE.

(b)  Written certification from the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Commission, 700 Busse Highway, Park Ridge, IL 60068, Phone (847) 698-6227, that the individual has successfully passed the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination.

(c)  A letter from a United States college or university with a pharmacy degree program recognized by ACPE stating that the individual's pharmacy degree has been evaluated and found to be equivalent to its Bachelor of Pharmacy degree or higher.

Veterans' Preference:

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.   You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.


BENEFITS:

Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at:

(VHA-Job Benefits) Department of Veterans Affairs Job Benefits Web-Site

http://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp

 

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



OTHER INFORMATION:

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 



HOW TO APPLY:

To Begin the Application Process Simply Click the Blue Apply On-Line Button on The Right Side of the USAJOBS, Job Announcement Page, This will take you to the USAJOBS Application Manager Web-Site, if you have never applied On-Line Before Now you be Required to Set-Up a New Account. This Application Manager Account is Different Than USAJOBS Web-Site Account.

You'll Now Have Two Different Accounts (1) USAJOBS Primary Account and (2) USAJOBS Application Manager Secondary Account.

PLEASE NOTE!

ALL SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS MUST BE APPROPRIATELY SIGNED TO BE CONSIDERED FOR ANY POSITION, ANY DOCUMENTS NOT SIGNED WILL BE CONSIDERED UNQUALIFIED FOR EMPLOYMENT CONSIDERATION.

SEE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS BELOW.

Please see this guide (http://www4.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/uploading-and-using-documents-online.doc) for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just re-apply through your account in USAJOBS. Check your account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login) to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

Note: If You Are Unable to Apply On-Line Follow these Faxing Instructions:

  1. Click and Print the OPM-1203FX Occupational Questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Click and Print the OPM-1203FX Occupational Questionnaire Answer Sheet.   http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.
  3. Fax the Completed OPM-1203FX Occupational Questionnaire Answer Sheet Form with your Completed Application Package Along with all Additional Supporting Documents to (478)757-3144. 
  4. Note: The First Page of your Occupational Questionnaire Answer Sheet Act's as the Faxing Cover Page for your Application Package, Please Make Sure this Page is On Top when Faxing. 
  5. Keep a Copy of your Faxing Confirmation Page in Case Confirmation Verification is Needed at a later time.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, December 14, 2012.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

 THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS ARE MANDATORY REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR A COMPLETE APPLICATION PACKAGE.

  • Resume' CV (Resume's Must Include all Previous Experience and Duites and Account for all Month, Day and Years)
  • Form: VHA-10-2850c (Application for Associated Health Occupations) Date and Signature Required.
  • Form: OF-306 (Declaration for Federal Employment) Date and Signature Required.
  • Form: SF-50 (Nature of Action) Only if you are a Current or Previous Federal Employee. SF-50 Must include Title, Occupational Series, Grade, Step and Salary. Award SF-50's Will not be Accepted.
  • College Transcripts (Only Copies of Official College Transcripts will be Accepted)
  • Licensures (Only Copies of Official Licensures will be Accepted)
  • Certifications (Only Copies of Official Certifications will be Accepted)
  • DD-214 Miliatry Discharge (Only Copies of Official Member 4 Copy of DD-214 will be Accepted)
  • SF-15 (10 Point Veteran Preference Form) Veterans Claiming Preference Based on Service Connected Disability. 

Click on the Following Link Where you will Find all the Official Required Forms to Upload into USAJOBS.

The Following Link Explains how to Upload Documents into USAJOBS.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Erron L. Buchman
Phone: (352)376-1611x7699
TDD: (800)829-4833
Email: ERRON.BUCHMAN@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA North Florida South Georgia Gainesville
Malcom Randall VAMC
Human Resources Management Service
1601 SW Archer Road
Gainesville, FL
32608-1197

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  You will be notified when this decision is made.

NOTICES TO APPLICANTS:

HR Offices will review the applications for basic requirements only (i.e., each basic requirement as stated in the qualification standard). HR Offices will not review applications for minimum qualifications (e.g., specialized experience requirements).

Notices are sent to applicants for Title 38 vacancies at three points in the recruitment process: when the application is received, when applicants are determined to be ineligible, when applicants are referred, and when a selection is made. USA Staffing automatically sends an acknowledgment notice. The HR recruiter sends the remaining notices. Note that the HR recruiter does not send Notice of Rating letters. This is because HR recruiters do not determine qualifications and in fact qualifications are only determined when a selection is made.

The first notice sent by the HR recruiter is to any ineligible candidates (those who fail to meet basic requirements for the vacancy). The second notice sent by the HR recruiter is the referral notice. (For Title 38 vacancies, all eligible applicants are referred.) The third notice is the disposition notice, informing candidates that a selection has been made. The selected candidate is also notified in writing that they are selected.

WHEN APPLICANTS ARE DETERMINED INELIGIBLE:

HR recruiters screen for basic requirements (such as citizenship or equivalent status, proficiency in English, and required license or degree). When an applicant is determined to be ineligible because they fail to meet a basic requirement, the HR recruiter notifies the applicant that the applicant is ineligible and will not be considered further.


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