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Job Title:Clinical Pharmacist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:FZ-13-832599-RMH

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$104,472.00 to $122,553.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, January 28, 2013 to Tuesday, February 19, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0660-12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Mansfield, OH United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 832599 (Please include on all documents)

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.

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

The Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center is a 673-bed tertiary healthcare facility which provides care to over 100,000 veterans in northern Ohio.  We provide care through our main medical facility at the Wade Park campus, 13 community based outpatient clinics, and 3 vet centers. The medical center has been recognized for more programs of excellence than any other Veterans Affairs Medical Center.   These programs of excellence include: Open Heart Surgery, Care of the Seriously Mentally Ill, Geriatric Evaluation and Management, Substance Abuse Care, Spinal Cord Injury Care, Medical Care of the Homeless, Domiciliary Care of the Homeless, Functional Electrical Stimulation, Advance Platform Technology, Primary Care Education, and Patient-Centered Specialty Care Education.  We are a teaching hospital providing a full range of patient care services to Veterans with state-of-the art technology as well as medical education and research. Our main campus in Cleveland, OH has a full service ER for both general acute care and psychiatric care and a comprehensive reference clinical laboratory. With us, you will find a challenging, yet rewarding career experience.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a US citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Occupational physical may be required.
  • English language proficiency.

DUTIES:

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The Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center is currently seeking a full time Clinical Pharmacist for the Mansfield Outpatient Clinic in the Community Outpatient Service. The tour of duty will be primarily Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. with occasional rotating in-lieu days, weekends, and Holidays. The Clinical Pharmacist duties include:

  • Providing patient-specific therapeutic drug monitoring and communicating relevant findings and/or recommendations to other health care providers in charge of the patient.
  • Performing continuous evaluation of prescribed medications to assure optimal drug therapy.
  • Providing medication counseling to patients.
  • Participating in reviewing charts, evaluating pertinent laboratory data, drug-drug and drug-nutrient interactions, monitoring for adverse drug effects, and screening for allergies.
  • Assessing drug safety and efficacy, including evaluating physical symptoms.
  • Participating in medical emergencies.
  • Recommending formulary alternatives.
  • Managing recalls and medication shortages.
  • Reviewing all medication orders for appropriateness, drug selection, dosage, route of administration and the amount, prior to dispensing.
  • Filling all orders in a timely manner; reviewing 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.
  • Selecting, dispensing and filling medication orders, including the use of relevant automation and computer systems.
  • Maintaining adequate drug stock, inspecting drug storage areas, supervising the operation of automated dispensing equipment.
  • Serving the role of the legally responsible Pharmacist with regard to the stocking and dispensing of medication by the Outpatient Pharmacy in accordance with applicable federal drug laws and VA directives.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Basic Requirements:  

  • U.S. citizenship.  
  • 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) 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.
  • Full, current and unrestricted license to practice pharmacy in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia.
  • Must be able to lift/carry pharmaceutical supplies weighing at least 50 lbs., bending and stooping, and regular and recurring physical exertion involving standing for prolonged periods of time.
  • Must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Grade determinations:

GS-12 Level: To qualify at the GS-12 level you must have completed the equivalent of 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. We will not make assumptions regarding your 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.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application will be reviewed to determine your qualifications. Please be sure your resume and supporting documentation clearly reflect your expertise related to the following competencies:

  • Knowledge of professional pharmacy practice.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing to both patients and health care staff.
  • Knowledge of laws, regulations, and accreditation standards related to the distribution and control of scheduled and non-scheduled drugs and pharmacy security.
  • Skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parametesrs.


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://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/index.asp.

OTHER INFORMATION:

Performance Based Interviewing (PBI) is utilized by our agency as part of our selection process. Please consult the PBI website at www.va.gov/pbi for further information.

HOW TO APPLY:

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All applications must be submitted by: Tuesday, February 19, 2013

To begin click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register, answer a few questions, and submit all required documents. To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/ and click on Application Status. Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.  If you would like to fax additional documentation you must use the official fax coversheet found here to (478) 757-3144.

We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you cannot apply online, you may FAX your resume, questionnaire, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144. You must print a copy of OPM Form 1203-FX, document your responses to the questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire and fax all documentation, utilizing the 1203-FX form as your fax coversheet, to (478) 757-3144.  Also please include the Vacancy Identification Number 832599



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  • Curriculum vitae or Resume showing relevant experience, license, and/or certification. When listing previous employment please include month and year.
  • Copy of your transcript (optional).
  • If you are a veteran of the United States military please include a copy of your DD-214 and VA disability letter if applicable.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Rebecca Henson
Phone: (216)791-2300x2139
Email: REBECCA.HENSON@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Cleveland VAMC
Department of Veteran Affairs 05W
10701 East Blvd
Cleveland, OH
44106

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed. You will be disqualified if your résumé does not reflect experience and education as outlined in the qualifications section. You will be notified when a qualification determination is made.

Areas of Consideration – Applicants will be considered based on the following 3 areas of consideration.

  • First Area of Consideration (facility employees) – Current, permanent Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) employees.
  • Second Area of Consideration (other VA employees) – Current, permanent Department of Veterans Affairs Employees (VA employees who are located somewhere other than Louis Stokes Cleveland VAMC).
  • Third Area of Consideration (external candidates) – All other US Citizens.

If you are selected, a professional standards board (PSB) will determine your salary and grade.  The PSB will make this determination by taking your education and length of experience into consideration.  


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Job Announcement Number:

FZ-13-832599-RMH

Control Number:

336529200