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Job Title:Pharmacist - Inpatient

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-402-12-KAG-751881

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

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$100,942.00 to $118,753.00 / Per Year


Monday, September 24, 2012 to Friday, October 12, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Augusta, ME United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):  751881  (Include # on all documents)

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. Become a part of VA Maine Healthcare System, Augusta, ME.


VA Maine Healthcare System is seeking a Pharmacist - Inpatient to provide Pharmacist support to the Chief of Pharmacy Service. We are an employer of choice that is the center of excellence in patient care, education and research. We value Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence.  We value you. 


For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • This position is designated for random drug screening
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required


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Tour of Duty Days (Hours to be determined between 7am to 3:30pm, 8am to 4:30pm noon to 8pm or 3pm to 11 pm)

Patient Care Clinical Activities:


The pharma­cist is responsible for verifying the legality of each prescrip­tion and checking the patient's medication profile for appropriate therapeutic use and dosage, therapeutic duplication and polypharmacy/polyprescribing, allergies, drug interactions, other potential contraindications and patient eligibil­ity before processing and verifying orders.  

S/he is responsible for viewing the patient's medications, notes, allergies, labs and other pertinent information from the medical record to identify and solve medication-related problems.                          

S/he evaluates all chemotherapy orders for appropriateness based on disease state, regimen, patient specific factors and laboratory results and ensures the double-check is completed on all orders prior to dispensing.                                                                                                                                                     

The pharmacist will contact the provider to clarify orders as needed prior to dispensing.            

The pharmacist is responsible for completing medication histories, including patient or caregiver interviews, to reconcile medications and assure an accurate medication profile for both VA and non-VA medications. This may include, but is not limited to, contacting the patients' provider to resolve major discrepancies, adding or removing non-VA medications, discontinuing duplicate medications or medications the patient is no longer taking.


The pharmacist is responsible for monthly inspections of pharmacy, ward and/or clinic stocks of medication for compliance with national and local regula­tions. Emergency crash cart maintenance is also included in the phar­macist's responsibility.

S/he will have knowledge of all the duties of techni­cians and supervise them in these duties in their assigned area.

S/he is respon­sible for dispensing controlled dangerous substances and other drugs and supplies according to state, federal, VA and local regula­tions.

S/he is responsible for routine supervision of clerical and technical employees, volunteers, pharmacy students, residents and temporary employees.




S/he will provide in-service education programs for staff members and other health professionals and will provide organized drug information upon request.

S/he will aid in the developing and maintenance of an internal Pharmacy Service training program designed to dissem­inate pertinent information to the staff.  S/he may also be required to develop and implement suitable programs for new hires, pharmacy students and residents  

S/he will prepare MUEs, formulary reviews and ADR reviews when assigned.

S/he will be responsible for obtaining two CEUs for age specific categories.

S/he will maintain Basic Life Support (BLS) certification.


Physical Requirements:  Sitting / standing / bending and some light lifting will be a daily requirement.  There may be prolonged periods of computer use including reading / typing / printing. Reference: VA Directive and Handbook 5019.



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Candidates must meet all the requirements identified in the VA Qualification Standard for Licensed Pharmacist, GS-660 as set forth in VA Handbook 5005/36, Part II, Appendix G15 dated June 7, 2012.

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.  The degree program MUST have been approved by the ACPE.  Confirm approved degree programs at:

NOTE:  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.

2.  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.

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


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.


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 MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.  If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your


Veteran's Preference:

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé, and provided supporting documentation (i.e. legible copy of DD 214(s).  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



Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or 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.


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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



This position is designated for random drug screening. You will be subject to a pre-employment random drug screen, and if employed you will continue to be subject to future random drug screening.

If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.


EEO Policy Statement:

Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement:

Veterans Information:

Legal and Regulatory Guidance:


Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. htttp://


This is a bargaining unit position and is Fair Standards Labor Act (FSLA) Exempt.


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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button on the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  This step will redirect you to the Application Manager website (if this is your first time using Application Manager, then you will need to create an account).  Be sure to upload the required documents before you submit your application (REFER TO THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS SECTION BELOW).  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire (the assessment part of the questionnaire includes questions about your eligibility, minimum qualifications, and KSAs (knowledge, skills and abilities) related to this position).  Please ensure that you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.


Note:  To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, re-enter through your USAJOBS account.  After applying, return to USAJOBS located at to see the status of your application, including any messages that may have been sent to you.


Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is easier, faster, and provides more information as applications are processed.

If you cannot apply online:


1.    Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire:            Online Questionnaire          

2.    Print this 1203FX form to provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire:       View Assessment Questions           

3.    Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478) 757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

4.    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  using the following 745123. You must use this cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.

2.    Fax your documents to (478) 757-3144.


The complete Application Package must be submitted by  Friday, October 12, 2012.


To be considered for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes ALL of the following unless noted otherwise:


1.    VA Form 10-2850c located at 

2.    Resume

3.    License and/or Certification

4.    Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire

5.    College Transcripts

6.    OF-306 – Declaration for Federal Employment located at

7.    (IF PRIOR MILITARY SERVICE) Include copies of all DD 214(s).  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 located at

8.    (IF CURRENTLY EMPLOYED IN THE VA SYSTEM) Include latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action and Performance Appraisal.


Failure to submit all required documents as specified above will result in being rated as ineligible for consideration for this position.


Katherine Gerard
Phone: (207)623-8411x5437
Agency Information:
Department of Veterans Affairs
1 VA Center
Augusta, ME


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   

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