The Atlanta VA Health Care System is recruiting for a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in specialty care (Neurology and Nephrology) within Pharmacy Service. Basic Requirements: 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.) 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. 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). Grade Determinations: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, GS-13 Experience. In addition to the GS-12 requirements, must have 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. Experience includes but is not limited to: provide care for adult patients with medical conditions. Complete medical and prescription history, drug monitoring, determining the appropriate laboratory testing for diagnostic purposes or therapeutic drug monitoring, polypharmacy evaluation, and clinical decision making, as well as reviewing, interpreting, and verifying medication orders for appropriateness; processing medication orders; interacting with and making recommendations to other clinical staff regarding medication therapy 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; consulting other health care providers as appropriate; documenting recommendations and interventions; providing refill extensions; 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. AND Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs). In addition, Pharmacists assigned to this position must demonstrate the following KSAs: Ability to communicate orally and in writing to persuade and influence clinical and management decisions. Expert understanding of regulatory and quality standards for their program area. Ability to solve problems, coordinate and organize responsibilities to maximize outcomes in their program area or area of clinical expertise. Expert knowledge of a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice or specialty area of pharmacy. Advanced skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters. Preferred Experience: PGY1 or PGY2 Pharmacy Residency or equivalent experience. Assignment: The clinical pharmacy specialist (CPS) functions at the highest level of clinical practice, works independently under their scope of practice as defined by the individual medical center to directly care for patients. A CPS plays a defined role in budgetary execution and serves as a mid-level provider who functions to initiate, modify or discontinue medication therapy and as a consultant for intensive medication therapy management services. This includes, but is not limited to, the following: designing, implementing, assessing, monitoring and documenting therapeutic plans utilizing the most effective, least toxic and most economical medication treatments; helping achieve positive patient centric outcomes through direct and indirect interactions with patients, providers, and interdisciplinary teams in assigned areas; performing physical assessments; and ordering laboratory and other tests to help determine efficacy and toxicity of medication therapy. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G15, dated June 7, 2012 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting (15-44 pounds); moderate carrying (15-44 pounds); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; walking up to 3hrs; standing up to 3hrs; repeated bending up to 1hr; both eyes required, depth perception, ability to distinguish basic colors; ability to distinguish shades of colors, mental and emotional stability. ["Duties include, but are not limited to: Routinely maintain an outstanding and up-to-date clinical knowledge base with regard to medication therapy, contemporary journal articles, and contemporary pharmacy practice. Responsibilities shall include: Scanning the internal and external environments to determine opportunities to enhance pharmacy services to support patient education, patient adherence, clinical outcomes, and team member growth and development. Monitor drug utilization (formulary, non-formulary, restricted) and intervene to ensure formulary adherence and optimal evidence-based clinical outcomes. Meet with patients to review formulary availability and options for conversion, and educate regarding VA policies. Monitor the educational needs of providers, pharmacists and patients, and make recommendations to address any deficiencies. Routinely benchmark with national contemporary programs and make recommendations for clinical pharmacy service and program improvements. Analyze and interpret the published literature, and appropriately apply one's findings. Participate in the development of quality and performance monitoring programs to support the optimal use of our personnel and medication resources. Actively demonstrate a willingness to generate cost containment ideas and then to implement and enforce departmental and/or institutional programs to support the wise use of available resources. Routinely demonstrate the willingness to identify and address the routine and the most salient needs of our stakeholders (patients, providers and colleagues) and demonstrate excellent customer service. Act as a liaison between pharmacy management, medical staff and healthcare personnel, and assigned pharmacy team members. Actively support the development, implementation, management and monitoring of clinical and operational guidelines - national, VISN and local. Demonstrate the ability, willingness, knowledge, and wisdom to know with whom to communicate and when to resolve clinical and operational concerns. Routinely provide and support pharmacoeconomic and clinical pharmacy staff initiatives, and is directly responsible for monitoring and managing medication therapy for assigned patients. Routine review of medical orders for appropriateness of the drug, dosage, schedule, duration, and directions. Objectively support adherence to the formulary and demonstrate the assertiveness and poise that is needed to handle any untoward situations. Routine polypharmacy reviews to identify opportunities to reduce medication and therapeutic duplications and enhance patient medication administration compliance. Routine review to monitor and ensure patient compliance and management outcomes with regard to medication therapy. Coordinate and provide direct disease state management as a mid-level provider through prescribing of medications through evidence-based practice of pharmacotherapy. Routine documentation of clinical and operational activities as assigned. Routine support for medication formulary compliance, medication conversions, therapy treatment and pathway compliance, and drug utilization evaluations as assigned. Support the medication-related education of medical and non-medical residents, interns, and students as assigned. Participate in the design, implementation, and reporting of clinical and pharmacoeconomic studies and evaluations as assigned. Responsible for providing medication information and drug literature analysis as requested. Develop and maintain a working knowledge of our Pharmacy VISTA/CPRS software packages. Responsible for participating in the educational services and activities of the pharmacy department. VA Careers - Pharmacy: https://youtube.com/embed/Fn_ickNBEws\nWork Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, #508-50129\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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