The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in the Alaska VA Healthcare System (AVAHS) Pharmacy Service in Anchorage, AK will provide pharmaceutical services to Veterans throughout Alaska. The Clinical Pharmacist is involved in the procurement, storage, admixing, distribution, control, and evaluation of drugs. He/she also serves as instructor to Allied Health Professionals and pharmacy students and will be involved in the mail-out and distribution of pharmaceuticals to Veteran patients through the Fee Basis and Home Town Pharmacy programs.Duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following: |
concerning therapeutic or policy matters regarding outpatient prescriptions or clinic physician orders. Ensures the maintenance of perpetual inventories of all controlled substances and a drug distribution system that yields maximum control over procurement, storage, and dispensing of pharmaceuticals.
- Consults with patients and medical center staff whenever there are questions
When appropriate, fills outpatient prescriptions and issues clinic orders for drugs, supplies and narcotics as necessary.
Maintains proper records for all transactions.
Issues pharmaceuticals to primary care clinics, subspecialty care clinics, and the surgery suite.
Assures the accuracy of drug dispensing and the compounding of medications based on patient history and medication profile review, good clinical practice, and other pertinent factors. This includes (but is not limited to) data entry into the computer, screening orders for drug-drug and drug-food interactions, dosing errors, allergies, incompatibilities, contraindications, and formulary availability. Discrepancies are reviewed with the provider and resolved. Once satisfied, the pharmacist will send the order forward for filling.
Provides drug information to physicians, nurses and other associated health care professionals. This may involve open training sessions/discussions with providers or patients, questions received via telephone or electronically.
Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the mature adult, and geriatric veteran patient. This individual must demonstrate knowledge of the changes associated with aging and possess the ability to interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patient's requirements relative to his/her age related, physical, psychosocial and cultural needs and to provide the care needed. Conducts clinical screening procedures such as the calculation of creatinine clearances for "at risk" patients. The results are shared with the clinical provider and suggestions made as to dosage adjustment or other appropriate change.
Maintain effective interdepartmental relationships by committee membership, active problem resolution skills, and close cooperation with other services in accomplishing the medical center mission and goals.
Counsels Veteran patients and their families/care givers regarding the purpose, proper use, storage, side effects, and expected outcomes of their drug therapy. Documents the counseling activities in the patient's electronic medical record. Encourages use of formulary agents. When a non-formulary request is required, cooperates with the provider to appropriately obtain a review of the request.
Participates in educational programs for patients relating to drug therapy. Provides drug information support to other healthcare providers. Educates prescribers on the appropriate use of pharmaceuticals and the importance of writing indications on medication orders.
Is directly involved in the design, implementation and monitoring of therapeutic drug plans to achieve definite outcomes through direct interactions with patients and providers in assigned areas (Primary Care, Anticoagulation, Mental Health, Domiciliary Care).
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Potential exists for: exposure to infectious patients or materials; exposure to hazardous and toxic substances including but not limited to cytotoxic chemotherapy, solvents, grease, oils, and cleaning solutions; sticks or cuts from hypodermic needles, lancets or other sharp items; musculoskeletal injuries if proper lifting and carrying techniques are not used; unusual musculoskeletal fatigue due to prolonged standing, electronic data processing, etc.; eye strain
- U.S. citizenship.
- 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 at: http://www.acpe-accredit.org/ OR
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)
- Must have a current, full and unrestricted license to practice pharmacy in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (i.e., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia.
- Able to meet the physical requirements as outlined in VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
- Pharmacists must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
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.
References: VA Handbook 5005/55 Part II Appendix G 15
Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds; Light lifting, under 15 pounds; Moderate carrying, 15-44 pounds; Reaching abouve shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (4 hours); Standing (8 Hours); 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; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Emotional and Mental stability.
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.
Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx .
If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency. For more information, see http://www.sss.gov/
The following documents are required:
- RÃ©sumÃ© (required)
- Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire (required)
- Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf ) (required)
- VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf ) (required)
- If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (required)
- Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference and provide supporting documentation (Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf ) (required if claiming 10-Point Veteran Preference).
- If currently a VA or Federal employee, include latest NON-AWARD SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action (required)
Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:
You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.
NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.
If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, January 15, 2014Wednesday, January 15, 2014 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.
- To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 1020469.
- Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
- Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire .
- Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.
- Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.