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Job Title:Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (Warfarin/Anticoagulation)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-618-SC-13-VU843162

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

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

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, February 18, 2013 to Monday, March 04, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0660-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Minneapolis, MN United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens and Status Candidates

JOB SUMMARY:

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. 

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 843162 (Include # on all documents)

 

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

 

This Clinical Pharmacist Specialist position is at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System which is part of a larger network called the VA Midwest Healthcare System in VISN 23, which includes facilities in Minnesota, North Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota.

 

The incumbent will participate in the medication management of patients in the warfarin clinic and will monitor the process and outcome of patient care related to drug therapy.

 

This position is in the Excepted Service (Hybrid Title 38).  If a Competitive Service (Career or Career Conditional) employee is appointed into this position, they will be converted to an Excepted Appointment.   Benefits will remain the same.

 

PLEASE NOTE!  REQUIRED FORMS LIST FOR APPLICATION TO THIS VACANCY ARE DETAILED IN THE “REQUIRED DOCUMENTS” SECTION OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.

At a minimum, you must include a resume or CV, VA Form 10-2850c, and other applicable documentation.

 

FIRST Consideration will be given to – Permanent employees of the Minneapolis VA Health Care System; SECOND- Any other promotion candidate or candidate required to compete from other VA Facilities, THIRD- Reassignments, Reinstatements, and other qualified applicants.

Salary: To be determined by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education, experience, and professional accomplishments.

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U. S. Citizenship
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Full, current and unrestricted license to practice pharmacy
  • BS Pharmacy and/or Pharm D. from an ACPE accredited institution

DUTIES:

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Clinical

·         Interviews and examines patients in the assigned patient care area.  Formulates assessment and implements therapeutic plan.

·         Provides telephone follow-up for patients in this clinic to monitor warfarin therapy for those clinic patients having laboratory testing outside the VA Medical Center or patients who call in with problems.

·         Collects information to allow periodic quality assessment of the anticoagulation service.

·         Renews or rewrites prescriptions for continuing medication therapy according to an established protocol or in or in consultation with the primary physician.

Educational

·         Provides appropriate information to patients, family members/care-givers and health care professionals, as appropriate.

·         Provides specific warfarin education for inpatients who have warfarin therapy initiated.

·         Develops and conducts specific inservice education programs for pharmacy staff.

·         Publishes drug bulletins, memos and other written material to educate pharmacy staff and other health professionals.

Program Management

·         Able to function in most pharmacy areas and to provide cross coverage of areas.

·         Functions as a supervisor in specific areas in the absence of a supervisor.

·         Assists in the training of pharmacy students and staff pharmacists in warfarin clinic.

·         Responsible for development and maintenance of Policy and Procedures in this area and for reviewing compliance with JCAHO.

 

Work Schedule: Full-Time Days, M-F 7:30 to 4


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS

 

     a.  Citizenship.  Citizen of the United States.  (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.) 

     b.  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. Verificationof approved degree programs may be obtained from the Accreditation Council forPharmacy Education, 20 North Clark Street, Suite 2500, Chicago, Illinois60602-5109; 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 Pharmacyterminal degree program. Today the sole degree is Doctor ofPharmacy.)

 

(2) Graduates of foreign pharmacy degree programs meet the educationalrequirement if the graduate is able to provide proof of achieving theForeign 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 (TOEFLiBT).

 

     c.  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 only in accordance with the provisions in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, section B, paragraph 16.

 

     d.  Grandfathering Provision.  All licensed pharmacists employed in VHA in this occupation on the effective date of this qualification standard are considered to have met all qualification requirements for the title, series and grade held, including positive education and licensure/certification/registration that are part of the basic requirements of the occupation.  For employees who do not meet all the basic requirements required in this standard, but who met the qualifications applicable to the position at the time they were appointed to it, the following provisions apply:

 

     (1)  Employees grandfathered into the GS-660 occupational series may be reassigned, promoted up to and including the full performance (journey) level, or changed to lower grade within the occupation, but may not be promoted beyond the journey level or placed in supervisory or managerial positions.

 

     (2)  Employees who are appointed on a temporary basis prior to the effective date of the qualification standard may not have their temporary appointment extended or be reappointed, on a temporary or permanent basis, until they fully meet the basic requirements of the standard.  Employees initially grandfathered into this occupation, who subsequently obtain additional education and/or licensure/certification/registration, that meet all the basic requirements of this qualification standard must maintain the required credentials as a condition of employment in the occupation.

 

     (3)  If a licensed pharmacist who was retained under this provision leaves the occupation, the employee loses protected status and must meet the full VA qualification standard requirements in effect at the time of reentry to the occupation.

 

     e.  Physical Requirements.  See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

 

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

 

GRADE LEVEL REQUIREMENT:

GS-12 Clinical Pharmacist (Full Performance Level)

Experience or Education.  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.

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.

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.  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.

 

Residency and Fellowship Training.  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).

Reference: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G15, LICENSED PHARMACIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated jUNE 7, 2012.

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.


Education: Unofficial transcripts are required upon application.

(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).

Citizenship: Citizen of the United States.   

Education: BS in Pharmacy or PharmD supported by an unofficial copy of your transcript.

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.

Physical Requirements:  See VA Directive and Handbook 5019

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

 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Complete application packages will be reviewed to determine if the basic qualifications for this position have been met. A listing of candidates who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the hiring facility where the credentialing and privileging screening process is completed.

 


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:

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.



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package (See "Required Documents" section below). The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, March 04, 2013

 

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.

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 any supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

 

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:843162.

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

 

Print the Fax Cover Page and include with any supporting documents you fax (e.g., resume, transcripts, veterans documentation, etc.) to the same fax number above.

 

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.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, March 04, 2013.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY! Too often, applicants overlook required components of the application process. To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

 

1. Responses to Occupational Questionnaire – part of the online application (REQUIRED)

2. CV or Resume (REQUIRED)

3. VA Form 10- 2850c - Application For Associated Health Occupations - Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf (REQUIRED)

4. Unofficial transcript(s). You must submit a copy of your educational transcripts at the time of application if you are not currently a Minneapolis VA Health Care System employee. (REQUIRED)

5. Veterans should submit appropriate documentation such as DD-214, VA letter, and/or SF-15.

6. If currently employed in the Minneapolis VA Health Care Sysytem or Federal employment system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (REQUIRED).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Deborah L. Schreiner
Phone: (612)467-2063x0000
Fax: (612)467-2287x0000
Email: DEBORAH.SCHREINER@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Minneapolis HCS
One Veterans Drive
Minneapolis, MN
55417 Fax: (612)467-2287x0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.  We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. If you are contacted for an interview, you will be asked for written responses to the KSA's as part of the interview process.You will be notified when your rating is determined. 


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Job Announcement Number:

VHA-618-SC-13-VU843162

Control Number:

337843700