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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
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Duties of the Clinical Pharmacist include but are not limited to:
Obtain medication histories from patients and/or their records and summarized the significant findings.
Recognize verbal or written patient presentation of symptoms, signs, laboratory tests and diagnoses, important medical problems, disease states, symptoms, or abnormal laboratory values which may be induced by drug therapy.
Interacts directly with patients by evaluating each patients' ability to understand medication instructions and providing oral and written counseling as appropriate.
Provide formal and informal drug information services to all levels of hospital staff, patients and providers.
Process non-formulary and non-preferred drug requests through in-depth evaluation of the patient's condition and recommends alternatives when indicated.
Provide pharmaceutical care consultations to primary care, behavioral health and other providers.
Weigh the risk-benefit ratio of various therapeutic alternatives, develop a therapeutic plan utilizing the most efficacious, least toxic and most economical pharmacological treatment modalities available.
Works with the Pharmacy Leadership to promote optimal patient care within budget appropriation.
Develop individualized dosing regimens, based on the pharmacokinetics of the drug(s) employed, the renal status, and other pertinent parameters of the patient.
Make recommendations to change, delete or add to the current medication regimen as appropriate.
Initiates and adjusts medication dosages of prescribed medications in response to lab values, drug levels, and patient status within existing guidelines.
Renew prescriptions for up to 6 months to continue medication therapy in stable patients.
Initiate, extend, or change therapy for all over the counter medications, wound dressing supplies, ostomy and prosthetic supplies, diabetic supplies, topical medications to promote skin integrity, and food supplements.
Discontinue medications that are no longer needed by the patient, that are an unnecessary duplication of therapy, or that are causing untoward side effects.
Participate in optimum operation of the drug distribution programs by routinely verifying all orders in IV's, unit dose, and outpatient in order to ensure accurate working profiles and accurate BCMA processing for all patients in a timely manner.
: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Education: (1) 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. Verification of approved degree programs may be obtained from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 20 North Clark Street, Suite 2500, Chicago, Illinois 60602-5109; ****, or through their Web site at: ****(NOTE: Prior to 2005 ACPE accredited both baccalaureate and Doctor of Pharmacy terminal degree program. Today the sole degree is Doctor of Pharmacy.) (2) 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).
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. The pharmacist must maintain current registration if this is a requirement for maintaining full, current, and unrestricted licensure. A pharmacist who has, or has ever had, any license(s) revoked, suspended, denied, restricted, limited, or issued/placed in a probationary status may be appointed only in accordance with the provisions in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, section B, paragraph 16.
English Language Proficiency. Pharmacists must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).
GS-12 Clinical Pharmacist (Full performance Level)
(a) Experience or Education.
In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must meet one of the following:
1. 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, OR
2. Completion of an ACPE-accredited Pharm D. program.
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):
1. Knowledge of professional pharmacy practice.
2. Ability to 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.
VA Handbook 5005 Part II Appendix G15
The pharmacist will be standing for periods of time, walking long distances, stooping,
bending, stretching, lifting light loads. Will communicate directly with patients and practitioners. Will need to input
documentation into a computer.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application package. Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit required documents. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software or fax transmissions.
The following documents are required:
- Resume must include the following information for each job listed: job title, duties, start and end dates, full time or part time status (include hours worked per week). Be sure that your resume clearly supports your responses to all of the questions by addressing your work experience in detail. We cannot make assumptions regarding your qualifications.
- Transcript must include the following information to be considered acceptable: student's name, college/university name, degree obtained, and date degree conferred.
VA Form 10-2850c (required prior to job offer)
- Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: ****If you are a current federal employee
, include your latest SF-50 Notification of personnel action that shows your current title, series, grade, step, salary, and tenure. ( required
If you are a former federal employee
, include your last SF-50 Notification of personnel action that shows your title, series, grade, step, salary, and tenure. ( required
If prior military service
, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 that shows your character of service (i.e. Honorable, Under Honorable Conditions) ( required
). If you are claiming 10-point Veterans' preference, in addition to your DD214, you must submit an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, along with all required supporting documentation available at ****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).
Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)
Other Veterans Document
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 ****.