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Job Title:Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Mental Health

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:OE-12-SHa-724999-MHC

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$107,509.00 to $129,010.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, August 13, 2012 to Wednesday, September 26, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0660-13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Columbia, SC United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 724999

Salary: To be determined by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education, experience, and professional accomplishments.  GS-13 is the desired grade.

You could be part of an important initiative to provide mental health care for our nations Veterans!

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki has announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will be adding approximately 1,600 mental health clinicians – to include nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers as well as nearly 300 support staff to its existing workforce.   
 

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs mental health professionals who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our Country.  Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans.

Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA.

  The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer.  It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care.  Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.   The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department.  The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries.  The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence ("I CARE").

America's Veterans need you!


To find out more, go to http://www.va.gov/jobs/.

Announcement amended on 8/31/12 to extend the closed date.  Applications received by the original closing date of 8/31/12 will receive first consideration.  If a selection is not made, applications will be considered every two weeks until a selection is made.

Announcement amended on 9/26/12 to close.

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • US citizenship
  • English language proficiency
  • Background/suitability investigation
  • Physical standards - Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Drug testing designated position

DUTIES:

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The WJB Dorn VA Medical Center, Pharmacy Service, is currently recruiting for a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist for Mental Health, preferably with a completed PGY2 residency or fellowship in Psychiatric Pharmacy, or equivalent experience.  The incumbent will be expected to operate under a Scope of Practice within all of areas of the Mental Health Service line to include: outpatient mental health clinics, coverage of Mental Health patients in the CBOCS, psychiatric emergency department as well as occasional coverage in the inpatient psychiatric unit.  The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist will be expected to precept residents, and students as well as provide education to providers, pharmacists, patients, and other stakeholders.  Functions of the position include:  Clinical:  1. Reviews, monitors, evaluates, and recommends modifications to patient pharmacotherapy to ensure effective, safe, and cost-effective patient care as appropriate.  2. Reviews and processes outpatient and inpatient prescriptions  ensuring a therapeutic plan that utilizes the most efficacious, least toxic and most cost-effective treatment modalities available; coordinates and communicates needed changes with the patient’s primary provider to optimize medication therapy management.  3. Reviews and assesses medication profiles for adverse drug reactions, compliance, appropriateness of therapy, drug interactions, allergies and drug-food interactions. Provides patient specific counseling to improve patient compliance with treatment plan and outcomes.  4. Actively participates in the PBM Committee and in the Medical Center's medication use evaluations to assess medication use patterns including treatment of pain.  5. Coordinates and participates in Quality Assurance projects to assess prescribing practices.  Monitors patient outcomes in relation to specific medication regimens.  6. Processes non-formulary consults and restricted drug requests through evaluation of patients’ conditions and recommending alternatives when appropriate.  7. Documents clinical interventions, including problems, recommended actions and outcomes, etc. for later follow-up, quality assurance purposes, and workload capture.  8. Actively monitors and reports drug errors, adverse drug reactions and polypharmacy making clinical interventions/recommendations when appropriate.  9. Coordinates clozapine dispensing in response to lab values, drug levels and patient status within the existing protocols/guidelines or after communication with provider.  10. Works with the discharge team to ensure a smooth and timely discharge process by planning and coordinating discharge needs and providing education to patients regarding the pharmaceutical plan of care post discharge including medication reconciliation lists and special instructions.  11. Actively promotes patient safety in medication management to include participation in medication reconciliation processes, and monitoring of patients on anti-coagulant therapy involving heparin (unfractionated), Low Molecular Weight Heparin (LMWH), warfarin, and other anti-coagulant agents, as appropriate.  12.Serves as medication information specialist to other medical center staff, as appropriate.  Acts as the pharmacy department expert on drug information questions regarding psychiatric medications.  Order Entry:  1. Develops and maintains a working knowledge of our inpatient and outpatient Pharmacy VISTA and CPRS software packages and serves as a resource for others.  2. Documents clinical findings, treatment plans, etc. using electronic chart.  3. Serves as a resource for providers regarding computerized order entry.  Education:  1. Prepares and presents educational lectures to other medical center staff, staff pharmacists, pharmacy residents, and pharmacy students as needed.  2. Educates medical center staff on the approved treatment guidelines and criteria to increase appropriate use of medications.  3. Precepts residents and pharmacy students, and evaluates such students and residents based on performance, presentations, and exams.  4. Establishes a clinical rotation site for students, PGY1 residents and PGY2 residents.  The residency rotations will use the ASHP goals and objectives and preceptor qualifications will be maintained.  5. Participates in patient education programs and instructs both inpatients and outpatients in the proper use of their medications.  6. Contributes regularly to the Pharmacy Service newsletter.  Research:  1. When assigned, he/she designs and/or participates in research studies (including medication use evaluations) that involve patients assigned to his/her areas.  2. When assigned, he/she maintains informational files on the chemistry, pharmacology, toxicology, biopharmaceutics, and pharmacokinetics of all investigational drugs that are used by patients assigned to his/her primary care team.  Program Management:  1. Assists in developing and updating various medication-related policies and operational procedures that affect his/her area of practice. Communicates all procedures/policies or specialized needs successfully to pharmacy staff as needed to assure consistent care on all shifts.  2. Maintains an organized, structured, clinical rotation site for pharmacy students and residents (once established and approved by area supervisor and residency coordinator).  3. Plays a major role in helping us achieve good patient care outcomes at a reasonable cost.  4. Collects and analyzes workload statistics, quality assurance data and productivity data as assigned or as appropriate.  5. Plays a key role in planning and educating staff on Pharmacy related performance measures/goals for Mental Health Service areas to assure positive outcomes.  Plays an active role ensuring the pharmacy department meets its performance measures/goals.  6.  Ensure compliance with all regulatory requirements for Pharmacy Service to include TJC, OIG, DEA, VHA, and all medical center policies and procedures.  Interpersonal Relationships:  1. Serves as a liaison between Mental Health and the pharmacy department, helping to solve problems, clarifying orders, improving processes and communications to improve inter-service relationships. In contacts with patients, relatives, staff members, demonstrates a concerned, compassionate and professional attitude to enhance the image of pharmacy, the medical center and the VHA.  2. Must deal with difficult situations involving all levels of contacts (patient, nurse, physician, pharmacy staff, etc.) including the ability to identify key elements of a situation and weigh the relative importance of issues, and cope with the dynamics of changing situations to maintain constructive relationships as well as response to situations that may change rapidly.  3. Must respond to multiple problems or situations simultaneously with limited time and resources and successfully resolve clinical care needs.

TOURS/HOURS OF DUTY: The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist for Mental Health normal duty hours will primarily be from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday unless workload dictates a change in scheduling.  The incumbent may also be expected to provide Pharmacy coverage during periods of staffing shortages.

Relocation expenses and/or incentives have not been authorized.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
Citizenship.
  Citizen of the United States.  Education:  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-accredit.org.  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, Chapt 3, section B, paragraph 16.  Physical Requirements:  Must pass pre-employment physical exam.  English Language Proficiency.  Pharmacists must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).

GRADE REQUIREMENTS:
GS-11 Pharmacist:  Experience, Education, and Licensure. None beyond the basic requirements. Assignment. Pharmacists at this grade level serve in a developmental capacity.
GS-12 Clinical Pharmacist (Full Performance Level):  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.  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.
GS-13.  Experience. In addition to the GS-12 requirements, must have 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level.  Assignment. Candidates at this grade level are to be in one of the assignments listed below. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher level duties must consist of significant scope, administrative independence, complexity (difficulty) and range of variety as described in this standard at the specified grade level and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time.  Clinical Pharmacy Specialist. The clinical pharmacy specialist (CPS) functions at the highest level of clinical practice, works independently under their scope of practice as defined by the individual medical center to directly care for patients. A CPS plays a defined role in budgetary execution and serves as a mid-level provider who functions to initiate, modify or discontinue medication therapy and as a consultant for intensive medication therapy management services. This includes, but is not limited to, the following: designing, implementing, assessing, monitoring and documenting therapeutic plans utilizing the most effective, least toxic and most economical medication treatments; helping achieve positive patient centric outcomes through direct and indirect interactions with patients, providers, and interdisciplinary teams in assigned areas; performing physical assessments; and ordering laboratory and other tests to help determine efficacy and toxicity of medication therapy. 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.

Reference: VA Handbook 5005/55, Part II, Appendix G15, LICENSED PHARMACIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated June 7, 2012.

Salary to be determined by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education, experience, and professional accomplishments.

DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.


NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the United States Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards your qualifications for this position. You can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency. 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.

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-accredit.org/.
(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).

Veteran's Preference: When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, nonservice-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed SF 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and required documentation with your application materials.

For more information on Veterans' Preference, go to http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetsinfo.asp.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Complete application packages will be reviewed to determine if the basic qualifications for this position have been met. A listing of candidates who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the hiring facility where the credentialing and privileging screening process is completed.


BENEFITS:

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:  http://www.va.gov/jobs/job_benefits/benefits.asp.



OTHER INFORMATION:

This position will be filled on a full-time permanent basis. Upon completing any required probationary period, the position will be permanent.

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

VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees 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.

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



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package (See "Required Documents" section below).  The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, September 26, 2012.


To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application return to your member account in USAJOBS to see the status of your application, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire,
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf, and
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf  using the following Vacancy ID 724999.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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

1.  CV or Resume.

2.  VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at  http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf).  This is a required form and must be submitted.  Applicants who fail to submit will be rated ineligible for consideration.   Additionally, applicants who fail to provide a complete and detailed explanation in response to any question (28-37) in which your answer is "Yes" will also be rated ineligible for consideration.  This response should be provided on a separate sheet of paper as instructed on the form.

3.  Online Questionnaire.

4.   Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf).  Applicants who are not current federal employees will be rated ineligible if this form is not submitted.  Additionally, applicants who fail to provide a complete and detailed explanation in response to any question (9-15) in which your answer is "Yes" will also be rated ineligible for consideration.

5.  If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214.  Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf).  

6.  If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action.
7.  Copy of transcripts (unofficial is sufficient).

8.  Copy of licensure.


NOTES:
•   Please do not mail or e-mail application material.  Apply on-line or via fax.
•   If you require a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact the Chief of Human Resources at 803-776-4000 ext 6520.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

WJB DORN VAMC
Phone: (803)776-4000x6735
Fax: (478)757-3144
Agency Information:
PHARMACY
PLEASE DO NOT MAIL/EMAIL APPLICATIONS
APPLY ONLINE OR FAX ONLY
Thank you, SC
29209 Fax: (478)757-3144

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You will receive e-mail notification as to whether or not you were included on the list of referred candidates. If you do not provide an e-mail address, your notification will be sent via U.S. Postal Service within 2-4 weeks.

Important note: Applicants have the burden of producing all needed information prior to the closing of the announcement
Wednesday, September 26, 2012.

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Job Announcement Number:

OE-12-SHa-724999-MHC

Control Number:

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