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Job Title:Clinical Pharmacist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-613-13-TS780564

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$108,490.00 to $126,571.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 to Wednesday, November 28, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0660-12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Martinsburg, WV United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 780564 (Include on all documents)

Tour of Duty: Rotating schedules. Current shifts include the following tours of duty: 7:00am-3:30pm; 7:30am-4:00pm; 8:00am-4:30pm; 8:30am-5:00pm; 9:30am-6:00pm; 2:30pm-11:00pm; 12:00am-8:00am. Selectee will be required to work some evenings, weekends, holidays and off tours.

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?

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 and leadership positions 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.

VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.

For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/.  

This position is located within Pharmacy Service at the Martinsburg VA Medical Center. The VA Medical Center is located in the heart of West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle on 175 acres in historic Berkeley County. The Medical Center offers a comprehensive range of services, including inpatient medicine, surgery, mental health, a 178 bed long term care facility, and a 312 bed Domiciliary. Outpatient services include Primary Care, Mental Health, Ambulatory Surgery and clinics for rehabilitation, women's health, audiology and speech, prosthetics, and dental. Patient Care is provided through an integrated primary care concept, and each veteran is assigned to a team of health care providers who follow the patient's care both as an inpatient and an outpatient. The Medical Center has a service area of nearly 130,000 veterans in West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

It is the mission of the Martinsburg VAMC to honor America's veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being. Medical Center employees are dedicated to improving the quality of life for eligible veterans through excellent health care. The Medical Center operates seven Outpatient Clinics in Cumberland, Hagerstown and Frederick, Maryland, Stephens City and Harrisonburg, Virginia and Franklin and Petersburg, West Virginia. Primary Care and Mental Health care are provided at the CBOCs.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Pass a pre-employment physical.
  • Proficient in basic written and spoken english.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.

DUTIES:

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Pharmacy Service is requesting one Clinical Pharmacist specialized in Critical Care and Infectious Disease to allow intensive oral and intravenous antimicrobial monitoring in all inpatient units. This clinical position will improve patient safety through routine and systematical monitoring of antibiotic usage and allow for education and feedback to providers concerning the need for and choice of antibiotic therapy.  This position is expected to actively coordinate and participate in the facility’s Antimicrobial Stewardship program.  Beyond infectious disease intervention, the pharmacist recruited will provide critical care clinical pharmacy services.  Duties performed include, but are not limited to:

• Reviewing patient drug regimens to ensure optimal treatment.
• Participating in committees as required, working within the healthcare team to improve care and implementing processes to ensure optimal therapy.
• Ordering and reviewing patient laboratory tests, monitoring progress and working with patients to educate and improve outcomes.
• Monitoring physical measurements to assess patient response to therapies.
• Directing patients on proper use of medications and medical devices to ensure effectiveness of treatments (e.g. asthma inhalers).
• Documenting VA Adverse Drug Event Reporting System (VA ADERS) and follow-up if needed.  Monitoring for adverse drug reactions, allergies and compliance issues.
• Reviewing non-formulary and restricted drug use; assisting with medication use evaluations.
• Reviewing and verifying medication orders prior to administration to avoid errors.
• Serving as a preceptor to pharmacy students and residents per protocol.
• Providing timely and accurate drug information requests and education to other healthcare providers.
• Participating in codes (ACLS certification)

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.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Applicants must meet the basic and grade qualification requirements as outlined in VA Handbook, 5005, Part II, Appendix G15 listed below.
   
BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
Citizenship – Citizen of the United States.  (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified candidates)
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 graduate 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) 598-6227, 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.

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.

Physical Standards – A pre-employment physical examination is required for selected candidates.
English Language Proficiency – Pharmacists appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English.

GRADE REQUIREMENTS:
In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.

Assignments at this grade level require 1 year of creditable experience at the next lower grade level which is directly related to the position to be filled or completion of an ACPE-accredited Pharm.D. program.

In addition to the experience requirement, pharmacists at this grade level must demonstrate the following KSAs:

1.    Knowledge of professional pharmacy practice.
2.    Ability to effectively 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. 

Creditable Experience - To be creditable, the experience must have demonstrated the use of knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with professional pharmacy practice.  Professional practice means paid/non-paid employment as a professional or unlicensed graduate pharmacist as defined by the appropriate licensing board. Residency and fellowship training programs in a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice may be substituted for creditable experience on a year-for-year basis.  The pharmacy residency program must be accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).  A fellowship program that is not accredited by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) will need to have comparable standards for experience to be creditable (Professional Standards Board refers to the Deputy Chief Consultant for Professional Practice for the determination). 

Quality of Experience - Qualifying experience must be at a level comparable to pharmacy experience at the next lower level.  Experience as a Graduate Pharmacist is creditable provided the candidate was used as a professional pharmacist (under supervision) and subsequently passed the appropriate licensure examination.

Part-time Experience -  Part-time experience as a professional pharmacist is credited according to its relationship to the full-time workweek.  For example, a pharmacist employed 20 hours a week, or on a 1/2-time basis, would receive 1 full-time workweek of credit for each 2 weeks of service.

Preferred Experience - The following experience is preferred for this position.

  • PGY-1 Residency
  • Board Certification
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship experience/Infectious Disease certification or experience/PGY-2 in Infectious Disease
  • Critical Care experience


APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants 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 accordingly. *** 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. ***

Veterans' 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.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-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 "SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," (go to http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf) and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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


BENEFITS:

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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, 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 http://www4.va.gov/jobs/job_benefits/benefits.asp.



OTHER INFORMATION:

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.

Equal Employment Opportunity:  The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, and age, membership in an employee organization or other non-merit factors.

Reasonable Accommodation:  This Medical Center will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities upon request. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

Physical Requirements:  Physical requirements for this position include but are not limited to the following:

  • Moderate lifting: 15-44 pounds
  • Standing or sitting for up to 8 hours
  • Ability to distinguish basic colors
  • Hearing (aid permitted)
  • Must be able to communicate both orally and in writing
  • Ability to run to codes
  • Ability to perform CPR and ACLS code team duties


HOW TO APPLY:

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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen 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.  

EXTERNAL APPLICANTS - TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY YOU MUST INCLUDE 

  1. THE VA FORM 10-2850c available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf,
  2. YOUR CURRENT RESUME, AND
  3. THE COMPLETE OCCUPATIONAL QUESTIONNAIRE IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE FOR IT TO BE CONSIDERED COMPLETE  

You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form over again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide http://www.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 faster. 

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Login.aspx) to see the status of your application after applying, 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/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.
  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  http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID: 780564.  You must use this fax 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 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, November 28, 2012.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

All applicants must provide a complete Application Package when applying online or applying via fax to USA Staffing.   

Required documents for External Applicants include: 

  1. 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
  3. A completed Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
  4. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD 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).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Tera Sheppard
Phone: (304)263-0811x4734
Email: TERA.SHEPPARD@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Martinsburg VAMC
Department of Veteran Affairs
Human Resources Management Service
510 Butler Avenue
Martinsburg, WV
25405

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After we receive your completed Application Package, your package will be reviewed to determine if you meet the basic requirements for this vacant position.  You will receive notification when this process has been completed.

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Job Announcement Number:

VHA-613-13-TS780564

Control Number:

330457800