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Job Ref:  379664900
Employer:  U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
City:  Palo Alto
State:  California (CA)
Position type:  Full-Time
Work Schedule: Primarily MONDAY FRIDAY, 7:30 am - 4:00 pm, with rotation of various shifts and tours including weekends/holidays
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VA Palo Alto Health Care System has an immediate opening for an Inpatient Clinical Pharmacist at our Palo Alto Division. The Inpatient Pharmacy provides pharmaceutical services to our 300-bed Acute Care (ICU, Medicine, Surgery), Rehabilitation (Spinal Cord Injury, Poly Trauma), Psychiatry, and SubAcute/Hospice programs with centralized operation for Unit Dose, IV Admixture and Discharge medication preparation and decentralized clinical work. We have a fully integrated computer system including online provider order entry, documentation of medication administration using barcode technology, and automation of the unit dose distribution system. This pharmacist will primarily provide comprehensive clinical and distributive pharmacy services to the Acute Medicine units, but will also provide coverage to other areas on an as needed basis.

Specific responsibilities of this clinical pharmacist include:
Clinical Responsibilities
* screening/reviewing medication orders for appropriateness of drug therapy and verifying the orders
* making clinical interventions
* monitoring high alert drugs as appropriate
* participating in interdisciplinary rounds and other appropriate meetings
* performing medication reconciliation upon discharge (proactively assessing discharge medication needs, verifying discharge prescriptions, counseling)
* participating in emergency code and pre-emergency situations as assigned
* documenting clinical work in appropriate progress notes
* providing education to patients and caregivers about medications and side effect management
* providing education to physicians, nursing and pharmacy staff
* precepting pharmacy residents and students on clinical rotation

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: Applicants must meet either A or B.
A) 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. NOTE : Prior to 2005 ACPE accredited both baccalaureate and Doctor Pharmacy terminal degree program. Today the sole degree is Doctor of Pharmacy. TRANSCRIPT(S) MUST BE SUBMITTED AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION. CONFERRAL OF DEGREE(S) SHOULD BE PRESENT ON TRANSCRIPT(S). UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT(S) ARE ACCEPTABLE.
B) 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 (TOEFL iBT). TRANSCRIPT(S) MUST BE SUBMITTED AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION. CONFERRAL OF DEGREE(S) SHOULD BE PRESENT ON TRANSCRIPT(S). UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT(S) ARE ACCEPTABLE. YOU MUST ALSO SUBMIT A COPY OF YOUR CURRENT FPGEC CERTIFICATE.
* 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. YOU MUST SUBMIT A COPY OF YOUR CURRENT LICENSE WITH YOUR APPLICATION.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Grade Determinations:Completion of the equivalent of one (1) year of creditable experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, which is directly related to the position to be filled OR completion of an ACPE-accredited Pharm.D. program.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Experience is professional experience that equips the applicant with the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Knowledge of professional pharmacy practice.
  • Ability to communicate in-person 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.

References:VA Handbook 5005 Part II, Appendix G15dated 7 June 2012. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Physical Requirements: This position requires moderate lifting and carrying, 15-44 pounds; use of fingers and both hands required; walking and standing up to 4 hours daily; both legs required; 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; depth perception; ability to distinguish shades of colors; hearing without aid; working closely with others; working alone; protracted or irregular hours; and unusual emotional strain.

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 Veterans Document
All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document:
  • Resume
  • VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at

Applicants are not required, but highly encouraged to submit the following document:
  • OF 306:

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
Cover Letter
Other Veterans Document
(non-award) SF-50

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.

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 .

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. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options . The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1200514.

NOTE : If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

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