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Pharmacist

Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Prescott
Posted on: May 3, 2021

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Summary

The clinical pharmacist is a licensed professional with knowledge and proficiency in pharmacy practice including pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmaco-dynamics and pharmacotherapeutics. The incumbent is responsible for analyzing real and potential drug-related medical problems and implementing corrective action to ensure that patients receive optimal drug therapy.

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Responsibilities

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Interviews patients, as needed, to determine medication history for potential drug interactions, therapeutic duplications, efficacy of current medications regimens, compliance patterns and/or drug reactions and act to resolve identified problems.
  • Identifies drug-induced problems that may be affecting the patient and communicates these findings to the patient's primary care provider.
  • Recommends therapeutic alternatives based upon the patient care assessment and desired outcome, drug safety, efficacy, Pharmacy Benefits Management (PBM) initiatives, formulary management and cost to optimize drug product selection.
  • Reports adverse drug reactions appropriately.
  • Responsible for the safe and appropriate distribution or dispensing of medications with the Pharmacy Service ward stock, automated dispensing units and ambulatory care medication management systems.
  • Consults with patients and Medical Center staff whenever there is a question concerning therapeutic or policy matters regarding outpatient and/or inpatient provider orders.
  • Responsible for assisting in monitoring of medication stock levels and ordering of medications.
  • Ability to appropriately triage patients directly or via the phone on pharmaceutical questions.
  • Ability to problem solve and demonstrates initiative and assertiveness to meet patient care needs.
  • Conducts medication reconciliation, documents allergy and adverse drug reaction information, and evaluates medication orders for appropriateness.
  • Provides pertinent information concerning the appropriate use of medications to physicians, nurses, and other associated health care professionals.
  • Provides pertinent information concerning the appropriate use of medications to physicians, nurses, and other associated health care professionals.
  • The incumbent is responsible for inventory control of all control substances. Conducts at a minimum, a total inventory counts every 72 hours.
  • Effectively utilizes VISTA/CPRS and other relevant computer programs, as well as automated pharmacy equipment.

Work Schedule: Monday - Sunday (7:00 am - 7:00 pm) one week on, one week off, weekends & holidays, but work schedule may be adjusted to meet the needs of the service.

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

12

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0660 Pharmacist

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Requirements

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

Qualifications

Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.

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.
  • Education: Graduate of an Accredited 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. 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.
  • English Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).

Preferred Experience:

  • Inpatient pharmacy experience at an academic medical center.

Grade Determinations:

GS-11 Pharmacist:

Experience, Education, and Licensure. None beyond the basic requirements.

GS-12 Clinical Pharmacist:

Experience or Education. In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must meet one of the following:

  • Completion of the equivalent of one (1) year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-11), or
  • Completion of an ACPE-accredited Pharm.D. program.

For this experience to be creditable, the experience must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

  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;

References: VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G15, Licensed Pharmacist Qualification Standard.

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12.

Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting (15-44 pounds); moderate carrying (15-44 pounds); walking; standing; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable. Subject to solvents, grease, oils, electrical energy and working closely with others.

Education

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.

Keywords: Department of Veterans Affairs, Prescott , Pharmacist, Other , Prescott, Arizona

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