The Clinical Pharmacist performs the full range of accepted ethical and professional practices of pharmacy, observing all legal requirements. Performs basic clinical services as per scope of practice, which impact positively and improve patient drug therapy and effectiveness. Performs and/or supervises distributive services which are appropriate and consistent with state-of-the-art pharmacy practice. Supervises and teaches supportive personnel, residents and students. This is an open continuous posting and may close before the listed closing date. A certificate will be issued every 15 days until a selection is made. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. 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 only in accordance with the provisions in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, section B, paragraph 16. Grandfathering Provision. All licensed pharmacists employed in VHA in this occupation on the effective date of this qualification standard June 07, 2012 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. NOTE: 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. - English Language Proficiency: Pharmacists must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d). May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Grade Determinations: GS-12: Experience or Education. In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must meet one of the following: One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, or Completion of an ACPE-accredited Pharm.D. program. In addition Pharmacists assigned to this position at the GS-12 must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs): 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 parameters. Preferred Experience: Active Pharmacy Licensed. References: VA Handbook 5005/55 PART II Appendix G15 June 7, 2012 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-12 to GS-12. Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over; Heavy carrying, 45 pounds and over; Straight pulling four hours; Pulling hand over hand four hours; Pushing four hours; Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking 8-12 Hours; Standing 8-12 Hours; Kneeling .5 hours; Repeated bending four hours; Climbing, legs only one hour; Both legs required; Operation of crane, truck, tractor, or motor vehicle; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Both eyes required; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Hearing (aid permitted); Emotional/Mental Stability ["Duties below are at the full performance, level include but are not limited to: Review medication orders for proper drug selection and dosage as determined by supervisor review, professional practice evaluation or reports of incidents received by the supervisor. Review drug regimens for therapeutic effectiveness and appropriateness as determined by supervisor review, professional practice evaluation or reports of incidents received by the supervisor. Provide care for unintended drug-related problems (such as adverse drug reaction, medication error, non-compliance) are monitored: and counsel as appropriate, as evidenced by completion of ADA progress note or medication error report (ePER} and the professional practice evaluation process. Review Medication regimens of patients monthly by the pharmacist (as part of an interdisciplinary team or independently) to ensure safe and effective use of medications in this population as evidenced by completion of progress notes and the professional practice evaluation process. Review and reconciles medication upon verification of the orders. Provide information regarding the handling and pharmacologic use of their medications. This includes information on intended drug actions, techniques of administration, storage, the importance of compliance, precautions and side effects and their management, and the discussion of potential drug/drug or drug/food interactions. Active participation with interdisciplinary teams is demonstrated. This includes communication with other members of the health care team to dev??fop drug therapy assessments, providing proactive medication interventions that promote high quality of care, and providing accurate professional, technical, and procedural information to the team. Provide authoritative drug information and resolve questions posed by patients, caregivers, physicians, consultants and other health care providers regarding appropriateness of drug therapy, stability, compatibilities, contraindications, adverse effects, drug-drug/drug-food/drug-disease interactions, drug use criteria, and formulary alternatives is provided in a timely manner. Accurately and efficiently enter, screen, verify, finish, and check all medication orders and prescriptions by utilizing professional knowledge, patient information, and by adherence to policies and procedures as evidenced by supervisor or reports of incidents received by the supervisor. Optimize the cost-benefit potential of prescription therapies in order to achieve this, prescriptions eligible for 90-day conversions, tablet splitting and dose optimization are appropriately reviewed and adjusted per PBM guidelines during the verification process as evidenced by workload reports. Check for accuracy and completeness all repackaged unit dose, oral solids and liquid medications prior to dispensing evidenced by supervisor review or reports of incidents received by the supervisor. Maintain accurate records and documentation in accordance with rules and regulations (e.g., VA Handbook, the Drug Enforcement Act, etc.) as evidenced by the supervisor or reports of incidents received by the supervisor. Secure and control at all times all controlled substances are according to applicable laws, rules, regulations and policies. Control all technical functions involved in compounding all sterile products are performed accurately and thoroughly in accordance with USP 797/800 guidelines and IV policies and procedures, as evidenced by supervisor review or reports of incidents received by the supervisor. Ensure chemotherapy agents are stored and maintained appropriately in accordance with departmental policies, procedures, and State and Federal laws and regulations. Chemotherapy waste and all other hazardous waste materials are environmentally contained and disposed of properly. Control strict measures for compounding, documenting and delivering of controlled substances sterile products are adhered to in accordance with hospital and departmental policies and procedures. Investigate and resolve discrepancies in a thorough and timely manner, but no later than the end of the shift. Unresolved discrepancies are handled according to policy and procedures and are reported to the supervisor immediately. Compliance is evidenced by supervisor review or report of incidents submitted to the supervisor and VA Police. Work Schedule: Rotating all shifts -12a-12p; Nights; Days; Holidays; weekends; 7a-330p 1030a\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 00168F, 00254F\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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