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Clinical Pharmacy Specialist Emergency Department

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide

Cleveland, OH

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Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (Emergency Department)

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs




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Performing medication reconciliation of patient's profiles prior to admission or discharge from the medical center.

Renewing prescriptions for maintenance medications.

Conducting admission and discharge interviews.

Collecting a complete, current list of Over-the-Counter (OTC), VA issued, and non-VA issued medications from each patient upon admission to the medical center or discharge from the medical center.

Validating the medication list with the patient or caregiver and comparing the active outpatient profile/medication list of current medication.

Making clinical decisions and recommendations about drug therapy based on the comparison, knowledge of patient's medical condition, and indication for admission.

Validating and updating medication lists include medications that will be added, medications that will be continued, and medications that will be discontinued at time of discharge.

Documenting all patient information into an electronic chart, and providing an updated list to floor pharmacist, providers, caregivers, and patient.

Comparing the validated/updated medication list to the providers discharge instructions and discharge medication orders.

Validating and updating patient allergy information and Adverse Drug Reaction (ADR) in the Veterans Health Information and Technology Architecture (VISTA) and the Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) for all patients who are admitted to the medical center.

Participating in anticoagulation drug therapy monitoring, specifically warfarin, heparin and low molecular weight heparins, for all patients in the Emergency Department.

Screening orders for dosage errors, interactions, allergies, contraindications, formulary availability and stop dates.

Inputting and/or verifying medication orders.

Staffing in both inpatient and outpatient as needed.

Serving as a preceptor for pharmacy residents and students.

Providing education programs to pharmacists, pharmacy students, nurses, medical students and other health care professionals.

Participating in Medication Use Evaluation program.

Participating in monthly Pharmacy Pertinence Review Process.

Designing or participating in research studies involving drug therapy or clinical pharmacy functions.

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.

Must be 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: 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 possess a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice pharmacy in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (e.g., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia.

Preferred Experience:

Doctor of Pharmacy

Board Certification

PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency

Inpatient and Outpatient Pharmacy Experience

Medication Reconciliation Experience

Grade Determinations

: GS-13: In addition to the basic requirements, you must possess at least one year of experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service. An example of one year of experience at the GS-12 level would be working as a Clinical Pharmacist 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.


References: VA Handbook 5005/55, Part II, Appendix G15.

Physical Requirements:

The Physical Requirements of this position are concerned with the mental and physical ability of the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the proposed assignment and may include requisite laboratory and other screening as required by Federal regulatory agencies. The work requires regular and recurring physical exertion. Work involves walking and standing for prolonged periods of time, lifting/carrying of pharmaceutical supplies weighing at least 50 pounds, and recurring bending and stooping.None

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

Resume (when listing previous employment please include month and year).

Your most recent SF-50 that shows title, series, and grade.

If you have previously held a higher grade and are applying based on that grade, you must provide a copy of the SF-50 showing you held the higher grade in addition to your last or most recent SF-50 indicating proof of status. Note: Your SF-50 must reflect the grade and step information equivalent to or greater than the grade lower than the position you are applying to. This may not always be your most recent SF-50. You may need to submit more than one SF-50.

If prior military service, include all copies of your DD-214 or proof of service as well as proof of disability, if applicable. You must submit your documentation showing character of discharge.

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 .

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The Veterans Health Administration is home to the United States’ largest integrated health care system consisting of 152 medical centers, nearly 1,400 community-based outpatient clinics, community living centers, Vet Centers and Domiciliaries. Together these health care facilities and the more than 53,000 independent licensed health care practitioners who work within them provide comprehensive care to more than 8.3 million* Veterans each year.

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