CPS Community Living Center Pharmacist (Clinical Specialist)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Dayton, Ohio
Internal Number: 701020300
This Clinical Pharmacy Specialist position is located within Pharmacy Service at the Dayton VA Medical Center, Dayton Ohio and supports Clinical services as assigned, utilizing education, experience and expertise. The incumbent serves as a provider with prescribing privileges as outlined in the individual's Scope of Practice for Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (CPS) and is directly supervised by the Clinical Coordinator. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. 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/.(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. 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). Experience: In addition to the GS-12 requirements, must have 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. Grade Determinations: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist. 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. Pharmacists assigned to this position must demonstrate the following KSAs: a. Ability to communicate orally and in writing to persuade and influence clinical and management decisions. b. Expert understanding of regulatory and quality standards for their program area. c. Ability to solve problems, coordinate and organize responsibilities to maximize outcomes in their program area or area of clinical expertise. d. Expert knowledge of a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice or specialty area of pharmacy. e. Advanced skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters. 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). Preferred Experience: PGY1 and/or Board Certification References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/55 PART II APPENDIX G15. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-13. Physical Requirements: Some of the work involves extended periods of time standing, sitting or doing computer work. This position requires average agility and dexterity. Professional appearances per pharmacy dress code, attitude and demeanor are required. ["VA Careers - Pharmacy: https://youtube.com/embed/Fn_ickNBEws The primary responsibility of the CPS is the provision of evidence-based pharmaceutical care services through both direct and indirect interaction with patients and providers. This CPS promotes and manages drug therapy based on current clinical knowledge that is consistent with policies established at the national, VISN, and local levels. The CPS is called upon by assigned patients when the patient has questions about his/her medication. This CPS receives and follows all professional guidance, policy and communications, along with department missions and goals, especially regarding the VA National Formulary, VISN and local Medical Center Pharmacy and Therapeutic Committee objectives for formulary management activities and patient safety. Treats patient, team members, other facility employees and visitors with respect. Responds to the needs of the service in a courteous and timely manner; demonstrates appropriate and proactive interpersonal skills to achieve the goals of the service; acts as a team member and is supportive of the group's efforts at all times; demonstrates an ability to work under a variety of circumstances to maximize group productivity and quality. CPS is directly involved in the independent design, implementation and monitoring of therapeutic drug plans to achieve definite outcomes through direct interactions with patients and providers in assigned areas; obtains medication histories from patients and summarizes significant findings in the medical record and/or to the provider as appropriate; is actively involved in reviewing patient medication regimens for clinical effectiveness, drug selection, dosing, contraindications, side effects, potential drug interactions, and therapeutic outcomes as required. Communicates findings with prescribers and provides appropriate alternatives to current treatment plans as needed; monitors for and reports drug errors, adverse drug reactions, allergies, and patient compliance issues; documents findings per facility procedures; able to apply a knowledge of normal laboratory values in the evaluation of patient care and recognizes significant abnormalities; has expertise in the principles of clinical pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics and is knowledgeable and able to make dose adjustment recommendations based on objective laboratory findings. Work Schedule: Full~Time, Monday~Friday, 8:00am~4:30pm Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 91649-0 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.