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Job Ref:  360959500
Employer:  U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
City:  Denver
State:  Colorado (CO)
Position type:  Full-Time
The primary function of the Clinical Pharmacist, Inpatient Lead is to provide inpatient staffing support as a working pharmacist, and to direct and coordinate the daily work flow, operational, and clinical activities within the IV room and Inpatient Pharmacy. These activities include providing oversight and direction for all operational Inpatient Pharmacy functions to include work flow monitoring and management of direct patient care activities leading to exceptional customer service. The incumbent will report directly to the Inpatient Pharmacy Supervisor with input from the Associate Chief, Pharmacy Service. In addition, responsibilities include:

- Acts as primary IV room pharmacist, supervising the compounding of sterile admixtures and chemotherapy for the Inpatient wards, the Chemotherapy/Infusion Clinic, and Outpatient Clinics.

- Reviews medication use, orders laboratory tests if needed,changes medication dosage via electronic order entry.
- Conducts thorough patient interviews, collects patient specific information to detect and resolve drug related problems and make therapy recommendations.
- Participates in inpatient medicatin reconciliation; documentsall pharmaceutical care and medication dosage changes.
- Teaches pharmacy students, pharmacy staff, physicians, nurses, other ancillary personnel and professional organizations as needed.
- Performs pharmacokinetic monitoring; makes appropriate recommendations for lab orders and medication changes.
- Evaluates patient treatment for appropriateness of therapy, patient's response to therapy, adverse drug effects, pertinent laboratory monitoring, poly-pharmacy, cost containment issues and prescribing compliance with established protocols and formulary policy.
- Provides prescription processing, discharge counseling and medication availability information to patients, care givers and staff.
- Provides accurate, unbiased drug information to pharmacists, physicians and other allied health professional and documents this provision.

- Provides first-line coordination and oversight for pharmacist and technician inpatient pharmacy work activities, including staff work assignments, emergency coverage, order verification processes, preparation of sterile and non-sterile products, solid and liquid unit dose preparation, veteran and non-veteran customer services.
- Communicates and coordinates implementation of new procedures and general information via VISTA mail, Outlook email, and Sharepoint. Works closely with Inpatient Supervisor on implementation procedures, and coordinating information flow to all inpatient staff.
- Makes recommendation to pharmacy administration regarding system related changes designed to enhance department productivity, efficiency or to improve veteran/patient care.
- Assumes responsibility for organization and cleanliness of assigned areas and advises on space needs and requirements.
- Advises pharmacy ADPAC in facility IV pump database programming and issues.
- Serves as a consultant or as a member on various committees as appropriate,
- Assists in the formulation of pharmacy policies and procedures and any hospital policies that involve medication management or pharmacy related programs.

  • U.S. citizenship.
  • Graduate of an Accreditation Council of 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; OR completion of an ACPE accredited Pharm D. program by July 1, 2014. Graduates of foreign pharmacy degree programs meet the education 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 (TOFEL iBT). COPY OF TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED.
  • 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; or plan to obtain a full, unrestricted license in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia within the next two years. Copy ofcurrent license required if applicable.
  • Must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).
  • Physical Requirements - Required to sustain extended periods of stretching, standing and reaching in the course of his/her employment, which may involve lifting heavy items (30-45 pounds).


Pharmacists at this grade level serve in a developmental capacity. To qualify for the GS-11 grade level the Pharmacist must meet basic qualification requirements.

In addition to basic requirements, applicants must have one (1) year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level OR have completed an ACPE-accredited Pharm D. program (transcript required). In addition, pharmacists at the GS-12 level must also demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs):

1. Knowledge of professional pharmacy practice.
2. Ability to effectively 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 G15, Licensed Pharmacist Qualification Standard dated June 7, 2012, and the OPM Individual Occupational Requirement for Pharmacists located at .

Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting (45 lbs); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; walking (3 hours per day); standing (6 hours per day); kneeling (2 hours per day); ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; ability to distinguish basic colors, hearing (aid permitted).

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 .

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:
*Cover Letter
*Other(10-2850c, VA Application )
*Other Veterans Document

VA Form 10-2850c
- Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at ) (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):
  1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 1045250.
  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
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 Friday, February 28, 2014Friday, February 28, 2014 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire .
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items
  3. 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.

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