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.)
Proficiency. Pharmacists must be proficient in spoken and
written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).
Education. 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.)
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 only in accordance with
the provisions in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, section B, paragraph 16.
Individuals who have or have had
multiple licenses and had any such license revoked for professional misconduct,
professional incompetence or substandard care, or who surrendered such license
after receiving written notice of potential termination of such license by the
State for professional misconduct, professional incompetence, or substandard
care, are not eligible for appointment to the position unless such revoked or
surrendered license is fully restored (38 U.S.C. § 7402(f)). Effective November 30, 1999, this is a
requirement for employment. This
requirement does not apply to licensed pharmacists on VA rolls as of that date,
provided they maintain continuous appointment and are not disqualified for
employment by any subsequent revocations or voluntary surrenders of State
license, registration or certification.
Exception. Non-licensed pharmacists who otherwise meet
the eligibility requirements may be given a temporary appointment at the entry
level as a Graduate Pharmacist under the authority of 38 U.S.C. §
7405(c)(2)(B). The appointing official
may waive the requirement of licensure for a period not to exceed 2 years for a
pharmacist that provides care under the supervision of a licensed
pharmacist. For grade levels above the
GS-11, the candidate must be licensed.
Failure to Obtain License. In all cases, pharmacists
must actively pursue meeting state prerequisites
for licensure starting from the date
of their appointment. At the time of appointment, the supervisor will
provide the unlicensed pharmacist with the written requirement
to obtain licensure, the date by which the license must be acquired, and
the consequences for not becoming licensed by the deadline. Failure to become licensed within 2 years from date of appointment will result in removal from the GS-0660 Pharmacist
series and may result in termination of employment.
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.
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 paid/non-paid employment as a professional
or unlicensed graduate pharmacist as defined by the appropriate licensing board.
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
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
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.
Determinations. In addition to
the basic requirements for employment in paragraph 2, the following criteria
must be met when determining the grade of candidates.
Experience, Education, and Licensure. None beyond the basic requirements. (Note: see exception to licensure requirement in subparagraph 2c (1) above).
GS-12 Clinical Pharmacist
(Full Performance Level)
Education. In addition to the basic requirements,
candidates must meet one of the following:
1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, or
Completion of an ACPE-accredited Pharm.D. program.
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 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.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The work requires standing , walking for short periods of time, light carrying and lifting under 15 pounds; bending, reaching and stooping. The work also involves working around machinery with moving parts and working closely with others.
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.
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.
Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
Interviews: Management may interview candidates for this position and use the Performance Based Interviewing (PBI) process. If PBI is used, questions will be job-related, reasonably consistent and fair to all candidates. You can visit the following two web sites (1) http://www.va.gov/pbi (2) http://vaww.va.gov/ohrm/Staffing/PBI/PBI_Intr.htm to learn more about PBI, frequently asked questions and aids to prepare for an interview. Additionally, printed reference material is available at each Human Resources Office.
Applicants Responsibility: It is the applicant's responsibility to submit documentation to support his/her application for this position. Applicant is responsible for ensuring that all experience, education, formal training, award recognition, etc. are documented in the application package. Experience may include voluntary or other non-paid experience in the appropriate field. If you feel that your training record contains information pertinent to your qualifications, then you must submit a printed copy of your training record with your application package. Your training record will become a part of the specific vacancy file and will not be filed in Official Personnel Folder.
This announcement is not intended to cover all aspects of the duties, responsibilities or qualifications of this position. Request for copies, return of forms or transfer of consideration to another announcement will not be honored.
Employees must meet qualification standards and other regulatory requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, lawful political affiliation, marital status, disability or membership or non-membership in a labor union.
INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive an ineligible rating due to missing form(s). Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, and fax transmissions, etc.
Only send documentation as requested/required by this announcement and that directly supports your qualifications for this position.
Reasonable Accommodation: This Agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, you must notify the agency. This decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
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.
You will be evaluated on the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAO's). Applicants who meet the qualification and basic requirements will be further evaluated by the Professional Standards Board for this occupation to determine the extent to which their work or related experience, education, training, awards, outside activities, and supervisory appraisal, etc., indicate they possess the KSAOs listed below. All applicants should provide clear, concise examples that show the level of accomplishment or degree to which they possess the KSAO in their CV or resume. Incomplete, vague or contradictory information may affect the rating. Please review carefully before making an online response selection. Your application, resume and supporting documents will be used to verify your response.
In depth knowledge of a specialized area of clinical
pharmacy practice with a focus on nursing home or hospital medication therapy review and consultation.
Advanced knowledge of pharmaceutics,
pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotherapeutics.
Skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug
therapies including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and
other diagnostic parameters.
Ability to communicate orally and in writing with a
wide variety of individuals. This would typically include patients,
professionals in other health care disciplines, and health related groups in
Knowledge of the standards related to distribution
and control of scheduled and non-scheduled drugs (including research and
investigational drugs.). This includes, but is not limited to, the standards
established by DEA, FDA, VA, the State, and JCAHO.