Clinical Pharmacist- Inpatient
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|Employer:|| U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs|
The VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System is seeking an Inpatient Clinical Pharmacist to join our growing team of healthcare professionals. The Inpatient Clinical Pharmacist must exercise a high degree of professionalism when dispensing patient medications, monitoring drug therapy, consulting other health care professionals, and be responsible for the application of the pharmacy's policies and procedures. |
The person selected must have a current and valid pharmacy license.
Duties include, but are not limited to the following:
* Serves actively on Clinical and Administrative Committee as assigned
* Serves as Acting Associate Chief Pharmacy, Medical Center Operations in the absence of the Associate Chief as assigned.
* Directs and verified work to ensure accurate and timely Pharmaceutical Services.
* Maintains knowledge of and follows current policies, procedures and drug guidelines. Maintains and attitude supportive of the accomplishment of the Service and facility mission and goals.
* Participates in drug use evaluation, profile review, adverse reactions monitoring, and other Quality Improvement Programs to maximize appropriate resource utilization, cost containment and cost-effectiveness of drug therapy.
* Participates in Quality Improvement activities and recognizes opportunities for improvement in Services and facility procedures.
Pharmaceutical Care Activities:
* Review patient's physical assessment, medical records, and available medication profiles for appropriateness, contraindication to drug use, side effects, therapeutic supplication, poly-pharmacy, drug-drug interactions, drug-food interaction and cost minimization.
* Monitor therapy on an ongoing basis to assess therapeutic outcomes, adverse effects and compliance.
* Receives, inputs, processes and dispenses medication in an accurate and timely manner with assigned
* Serves as contact person for Pharmacy employees and all other clinical staff to resolve problems with drug distribution promptly.
* Assess and provide for the educational needs of the patient and family to help ensure pharmaceutical outcome goals are met.
* Performs in-service training as scheduled. Acts as clinical instructor and preceptor for pharmacy students and pharmacy residents.
BASIC REQUIREMENTS: * U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
* 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.
* Licensure/Certification: 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.
* English: Must be proficient in spoken and written English.
* Physical Requirements: The work environment is an inpatient pharmacy. There may be extremes of temperature, distractions, noise from equipment or patient care activities. Deals with frozen and refrigerated products often. May be required to use heating equipment. Exposure to negative and positive air pressure rooms is also possible. Must be able to don and work with protective garments and equipment as necessary for assignment. May have to work with cleaning and disinfecting products occasionally. Twisting and grasping of bottles and vials or syringes occurs frequently.
Some lifting (25 lbs), stretching and forward and overhead reaching is involved. walking and standing 8-12 hours; repeated bending 8 hours; both legs required. May have to kneel in order to retrieve product from lower cabinets or the floor.
Must be able to rapidly coordinate mental and muscular duties simultaneously. Computer keyboard activity and computer monitor use is frequently performed. May be required to operate robotic packaging machinery and automated dispensing devices.
Fine motor skills (for packaging and counting) and excellent visual acuity (for expiration date and tablet identification and prescription interpretation) are required.
Near vision correctable @ 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; depth perception; ability to distinguish shades of colors.
Hearing acuity is required for phone communication, patient counseling and professional communication. (hearing aide use is permitted).
The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders.
The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations and able to shift priorities based on patient needs. Works closely with others.
Experience, Education, and Licensure. None beyond the basic requirements.
Assignment. Pharmacists at this grade level serve in a developmental capacity.
GS-12 Clinical Pharmacist (Full Performance Level)
Experience or 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.
Assignment. A 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):
* 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.
NOTE: If you meet the qualification requirements, you will be rated against other eligible applicants, based on your online questionnaire and supporting documents to determine if you qualify for the position, then referred to the selecting official for further review. If a panel is to be convened, Best Qualified candidates will be referred and contacted by the panel if they choose to interview. Since your rating will be based primarily on your responses, please be specific on actual duties performed or education received.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
References : VA Handbook 5005/55, Part II, Appendix G15, PHARMACIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD , dated June 7, 2012, VA Handbook 5005 at http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc (also available in the local Human Resources Office) and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/GS0100/0185.htm
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 .
All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
*Other Veterans Document
REQUIRED FORM: VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf ) (FAILURE TO SUBMIT AND/OR PROPERLY COMPLETE THIS FORM WILL RESULT IN AN INELIGIBLE RATING).
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):
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