Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Clinical Pharmacist in Northampton, Massachusetts
The Clinical Pharmacist is a licensed professional with knowledge and proficiency in pharmacy practice including pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacotherapeutics. The primary function of a Clinical Pharmacist is to assure the safe and appropriate use of medications, and be an advocate of rational drug therapy.
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The primary focus for the pharmacist assigned to this position will be the management of Community Care related prescriptions, with the goal of ensuring timely and appropriate service for patients. Other duties will be performed as assigned.
Duties include but are not limited to:
Clinical: 1. Monitors drug therapy regimens for contraindications, drug-drug interactions, drug-food interactions, allergies, appropriateness of drug and dose, and therapeutic duplications. 2. Detects and reports suspected Adverse Drug Events (ADE), near misses and medication incidents accurately and in a timely manner in alignment with VA ADERS reporting program. 3. Sustains the formulary by utilizing therapeutic substitution protocols and promoting rational drug therapy selection. 4. Reviews and completes non-formulary consults as assigned. 5. Recommends appropriate and cost effective therapeutic alternatives to medical staff as needed. 6. Provides medication counseling to patients. 7. Provides drug information to the professional staff, patients and their families. 8. Documents all clinical activities and interventions accurately and completely. 9. Participates in the medical center Medication Utilization Evaluation (MUE) program.
Dispensing: 1. Reviews all medication orders for appropriateness, drug selection, dosage, route of administration and quantity ordered, prior to dispensing. 2. Ensures all medication orders are entered into the patient electronic medical record. 3. Processes, prepares and dispenses medication orders per provider request in a timely manner and according to established policies, procedures, and protocols. 4. Reviews patients' allergy history, drug-drug, drug-nutrient, druglaboratory and drug-disease state interactions; and takes appropriate actions.
Administrative: 1. Maintains accurate accountability of all controlled substances. 2. Assists in coordinating the work of the pharmacy technicians. 3. Assists in the training of new employees and students. 4. Works independently with minimal supervision. Organizes and prioritizes work assignments. 5. Thoroughly completes medication error reporting forms.
Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-4;30 p.m. or 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Fi*nancial Disclosure Report:* Not required
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position. The incumbent may be asked to work at other CBOC locations during staffing shortages.
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Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job.
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to a background/security investigation
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
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. * The incumbent is a graduate of a degree program in pharmacy from an approved college or university. * A full, current and unrestricted license to practice pharmacy in a State, territory, Commonwealth of the United States, or District of Columbia is required. * Pharmacists must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d). Preferred Experience: None
The incumbent must have the equivalent of one year of experience comparable to the GS-11 level or completion of an ACPE-accredited Pharm D program.
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.
References: VA Handbook 5505/55, Part II, Appendix G 15, Licensed Pharmacist, and GS-660 Qualification Standard.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-12
Physical Requirements:Position is subject to a pre-employment physical and medical examination. This position requires: Light lifting, under 25 pounds; light carrying, under 25 pounds; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; walking (8 hours); standing (8 hours); repeated bending (1 hour); and hearing (aid permitted); working closely with others; working alone; protracted or irregular hours of work and occasional emotional strain.
IMPORTANT:A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Note:Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.
Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.
If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.
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.
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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).
VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/searchaction.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey;=&Action;=Search.
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and 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 Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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How to Apply
All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 07/02/2018 to receive consideration.
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Northampton VA Medical Center 421 North Main Street Leeds, MA US
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/502143400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Open & closing dates: 06/12/2018 to 07/02/2018
Salary: $97,520 to $116,600 per year
Pay scale & grade: GS 12
Work schedule: Full-Time
Appointment type: Permanent