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Job Title:Clinical Pharmacist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:T38-13-VCb-046-EYb-831800

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$106,685.00 to $138,688.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, January 28, 2013 to Monday, February 11, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0660-12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
McAllen, TX United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Position Title: Clinical Pharmacist

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 831800 

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 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.

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

VA TEXAS VALLEY COASTAL BEND HEALTH CARE SYSTEM

The VATVCBHCS is comprised of the Corpus Christi Outpatient Clinic (CCOPC), Corpus Christi Specialty Clinic (CCOPC-S), Harlingen Outpatient Clinic (HOPC), Health Care Center at Harlingen (HCC), Laredo Outpatient Clinic (LOPC), and McAllen Outpatient Clinic (MCOPC).  The VATVCBHCS is a virtual health care system providing secondary and tertiary health care in medicine, surgery, psychiatry, and rehabilitation medicine.  The VATVCBHCS also operates a 100-patient Home Based Primary Care program and a 200-patient Care Coordination Home Tele-Health Program.  Through the utilization of 2 complex inpatient/emergency department contracts, approximately 1600 inpatient admission and 1200 ER visits are managed by VATVCBHCS.  Affiliated with the University of Texas Regional Academic Health Campus, the system has an active ambulatory care program and serves as a teaching and training site for medical residents.  The VATVCBHCS is responsible for an enrollee population of over 40,000 veterans and 300,000 outpatient visits annually.

NOTE:  This is a bargaining unit position.

NOTE:  Recruitment/Relocation incentives are not authorized.

NOTE:  Tour of Duty is 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., alternate tours may be needed to meet patient care needs.

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.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required

DUTIES:

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The Clinical Pharmacist is assigned to the McAllen Outpatient Clinic (MCOPC) as the primary specialist in clinical and distributive functions within the clinic pharmacy.  The incumbent acts as the custodian, distributor and consultant for all pharmaceutical agents and adjuncts, including their national uses and appropriate administration.  Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Consulting with the MCOPC physicians and other providers on appropriate pharmaceutical treatment regiments for patients;
  • Providing clinical services to clinic patients, providers, and other clinic staff;
  • Providing patient consultation concerning individual drug therapy and related problems and needs;
  • Processing pharmacy interventions regarding medication changes in therapy, drug-interactions, drug allergy processing dosage errors, and other pharmacy interventions;
  • Extending refills until next scheduled appointment under the provider's name per facility policy;
  • Verifying provider medication orders in VistA to include drug interaction monitoring, proper dosage, rate, and dosage form;
  • Utilizing all applicable manual, automated and computerized prescription processing and dispensing systems; and
  • Preparing and dispensing medications in accordance with dosage form requirements, including routing outpatient prescriptions compounded preparations and sterile products (including Rx admixtures).


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS  

  • Citizenship - Citizen of the United States.  
  • 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).
  • 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 in accordance with the provisions of VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, section B, paragraph 16.
  • Physical Requirements - A physical will be required for this position.
  • English Language Proficiency - Pharmacists must be proficient in spoken in written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).
  • Background Investigation - New appointees will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability.

GRADE REQUIREMENTS

  • Creditable Experience: 
  • (1) Knowledge of Professional Pharmacy Practices - To be creditable, the experience must have demonstrated the use of knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with professional pharmacy practice.  Professional practice means pad/non-paid employment as a professional or unlicensed graduate pharmacist as defined by the appropriate licensing board.
  • (2) Residency and Fellowship Training - Residency and fellowship training program 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).
  • (3) 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 a professional pharmacist (under supervision) and subsequently passed the appropriate licensure examination.
  • (4) 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 credit for each 2 weeks of service.

GS-12 GRADE DETERMINATIONS

  • Experience - 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.
  • Assignments - 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 and 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.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

References : VA Handbook 5005/55, Part II, Appendix G15, Licensed Pharmacist Qualification Standard, June 7, 2012 at http://vaww.va.gov/ohrm/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5005.pdf.


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 their application or résumé. 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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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


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, 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 http://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp.



OTHER INFORMATION:

You must submit all required information by the closing date. If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible. 

Applications mailed, emailed, dropped off, faxed to the corresponding HR office will not be accepted.  Please refer to the How to Apply section listed above.

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

Performance Based Interviewing (PBI) may be used.  For information on the basics of PBI visit the PBI website at www.va.gov/pbi

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY:  All applicants will receive consideration regardless of race, color, age, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, status as a parent, or non-disqualifying physical handicap.  “For information regarding the No FEAR Act regulations, refer to 5 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 724.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified, you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified for this vacancy.  Information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp.

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave:  Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.   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 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.

YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.   You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide (http://www4.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 easier and 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/Account/Login) 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: 831800.  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 Monday, February 11, 2013.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume (required).
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at  http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required).
  3. Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
  4. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service (required).   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).  
  5. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Eunice Yburan
Phone: (956)430-9315
Email: EUNICE.YBURAN2@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Valley Coastal Bend HCS
2701 S 77 Sunshine Strip
Harlingen, TX
78550

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  You will be notified when this decision is made.

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Job Announcement Number:

T38-13-VCb-046-EYb-831800

Control Number:

336609200