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Job Title:Pharmacist (Clinical)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-626-12-773382-SO

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

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$112,508.00 to $130,589.00 / Per Year


Friday, November 02, 2012 to Monday, November 19, 2012




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Nashville, TN United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):   773382 

Salary commensurate with education and experience will be determined by a Professional Standards Board.  

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.








Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


Work Schedule: Based on the needs of the service.


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.




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


Nashville offers affordable living with picturesque seasons and an abundance of recreational and entertainment activities.  Nashville, better known as "Music City USA," is the capital of Tennessee and home of the Tennessee Titans NFL and Nashville Predators NHL teams.  Tennessee does not have a state income tax.


The incumbent will provide a broad range of professional and clinical pharmacy services in a complex, two division medical center/nine community-based outpatient clinic healthcare system that has an active research program and an active affiliation with Vanderbilt University, Meharry College of Medicine and numerous pharmacy schools..  


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job.
  • Hold a full, current and unrestricted license to practice pharmacy.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.


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The clinical pharmacist is a licensed professional with knowledge and proficiency in pharmacy practice including pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotherapeutics.  The incumbent will be responsible for analyzing real and potential drug-related medical problems and implementing corrective action to ensure that patients receive optimal drug therapy.  He/she will apply standards relating to all aspects of distribution and control of scheduled and non-scheduled drugs.  Incumbent will assure the safe and appropriate use of medications, and be an advocate of rational drug therapy through evaluation of the appropriateness of drug therapy based on patient specific factors; individualization of drug therapy; evaluation, dispensing, and providing medications, and drug information.  Clinical Duties include: providing appropriate selection of drug therapy based upon the pharmaceutical principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics; monitoring for efficacy, side effects and clinical outcome; and advise prescribers as appropriate.  Providing patient-specific therapeutic drug monitoring and communicate 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:  Therapeutic appropriateness of a patient's drug regimen, therapeutic duplication in the patient's drug regimen; Therapeutic duplication in the patient's drug regimen; Appropriateness of the route and method of administration; Degree of patient compliance with prescribed drug regimen; Drug-drug, drug-food, drug-laboratory, or drug disease interactions; Clinical and pharmacokinetic laboratory data to evaluate the efficacy of drug therapy and to anticipate side effects, toxicity, or adverse effects; Physical signs and clinical symptoms relevant to the patient's drug therapy; Lactation and pregnancy status in regard to the patient's drug therapy.  Performing continuous evaluation of prescribed medications to assure optimal drug therapy. Providing medication counseling to patients.  Completing medication histories including patient interviews as appropriate.  Serving as drug information resource by providing up-to-date drug information to prescribers, other health care professionals, patients, and caregivers.  Participating in patient care rounds as appropriate, reviewing charts, evaluating pertinent laboratory data, drug-drug- and durg-nutrient interactions, monitoring for adverse drug effects, and screening for allergies.  performing medication reconciliation at all transitions of care as appropriate.  Assessing drug safety and efficacy.  Reporting adverse drug events, near misses, and medication errors in alignment with VA ADERS reporting program.  participating in the Healthcare System's medication Utilization Evaluation program as assigned.  Recommending formulary alternatives and completing non-formulary consults as assigned.  Participating in medical emergencies including code teams and emergency preparedness activities.  Providing pharmacokinetic consultation.  Implementing P&T Committee policies including therapeutic interchanges and automatic substitutions to include appropriate patient and provider education. Managing recalls and medication storage solutions.  Entering supply orders appropriate for patient care per facility policy.  Managing various actions for medication orders to include:  flagging prescriptions; managing view alerts, using the "hold medication" function, and generating unsigned, discontinued orders using Service Reject.  Serving as a role model and preceptor to pharmacy students and residents.  Assuming and active role in staff development of peers and providing educational in-services to nursing, medical staff, or to other ancillary services.  He/she will be responsible for maintaining his/her professional competency by keeping abreast of current medical and pharmaceutical literature, new drugs, and therapies, and applying this knowledge in his/her daily duties.  Dispensing duties include:  Reviewing all medication orders for appropriateness, drug selection, dosage, route of administration and the amount, prior to dispensing.  Ensuring all medication orders are entered into the electronic patient medical record.  Filling all orders in a timely fashion.  Reviewing medication profiles and monitoring for compliance or potential abuse.  Selecting, compounding, dispensing and filling a range of drugs.  Assuring that all documentation of dispensing in electronic systems is completed appropriately and timely.  Maintaining adequate drug stock, inspecting drug storage areas, supervising prepacking and the operation of automated dispensing equipment.  Assuring that all aspects and requirements of USP 797 are followed at all times.  Overseeing and supervising the activities of support personnel.  Ensuring drugs dispensed are completely and correctly labeled and packaged in full compliance with Federal rules and regulations.  Acting as Pharmacist-in-Charge as assigned.  Incumbent will provide education to health care providers regarding medication use.  He/she will assume an active role in the overall pharmacy-training program consisting of students, externs, interns, residents, and professional and non-professional staff members.  Incumbent will be administratively accountable to a designated pharmacy manager.


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(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:

(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).



Completion of the equivalent of 1 year of experience at the next lower grade level (GS-11) which is directly related to the position to be filled


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


American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) accredited Residency (strongly encouraged)


In addition the applicant must provide examples within their resume of the following knowledge , skills, and abilities (job elements) below:


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.


LicensureFull, current and unrestricted license to practice pharmacy in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the Unites 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.


NOTE: Loss of Credential.   An employee in this occupation who fails to obtain licensure/certification/registration within the required time frame, or who fails to maintain the required licensure/certification/registration must be removed from the occupation, which may also result in termination of employment.  


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.


Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019


Work Environment: Work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts of a medical center/hospital environment that require normal safety precautions typical of places such as offices, meeting and training rooms, or libraries.  The workspace is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated.

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.)  Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:    All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.


FOREIGN EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:  To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specialized in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.



CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: (Failure to comply may be grounds for withdrawal of an offer of employment or dismissal after appointment)

  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States, and be at least 16 years of age as of the closing date.
  • Applicants tentatively selected for certain designated positions may be subject to a random drug screening for illegal drug use. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment.
  • New Appointees will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service system or are exempt for having to do so under Selective Service law.
  • Applicants must not be listed on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General Sanctions database.
  • Applicants selected for positions through this announcement may be subject to a one or two year probationary period.
  • 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d) requires that persons appointed to direct patient-care positions must possess the required basic proficiency in spoken and written English.


Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements.  To determine if you are qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire.  The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire.  The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of this position.  If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your rating.


INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms).  Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package by the closing date of the announcement.  We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, etc.


Only send documentation as requested/required by this announcement and that directly supports your qualifications for this position.


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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package to include a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information go to




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

  1. Your Résumé
  2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
  3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, November 19, 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.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is easier, faster, and provides more information as applications are processed.


Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, simply reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  After applying, return to 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 .
  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 transmisison.


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 773382.
    Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


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 your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or 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 Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form.  For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit


The following documents are required:

  • Application for Associated Health Occupations (VA 10-2850c) 
  • Resume/CV.
  • Declaration for Federal Employment (OF 306)(Oct 2011 Version must be submitted - Previous editions obsolete and unusable) (Current TVHS employees ARE NOT REQUIRED to submit this form).  Applicants who are not current TVHS 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.
  • Questionnaire.
  • Copy of your transcript when using education to qualify.
  • Evidence of your eligibility to apply for this vacancy (please see checklist).
  • Any other documents required by the checklist.


Pamela Hays
Phone: (615)225-3726
Agency Information:
Pharmacy Service
Department of Veteran Affairs
TN Valley Healthcare System
HRMS 3400 Lebanon Pike
Murfreesboro, TN


After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter or e-mail will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address. Otherwise, you will receive a notification via your Application Manager Account only.


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