Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Jackson, Mississippi
Summary The Critical Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist functions at the highest level of clinical practice, working as an advance practice provider under a scope of practice as defined by the medical center. Responsibilities The CPS will participate on multidisciplinary rounds, perform initial and daily assessments of patients, pharmacotherapy management, provide drug information, supervision of pharmacy program in the critical care area and provide coverage in the acute care practice area. He/she actively participates as a member of the critical care team to provide pharmaceutical care. Other duties performed include, but are not limited to the following: Practices as the Clinical Pharmacy Specialist for the assigned critical care area.; Supervises all pharmacotherapy provided by team providers to ensure that national treatment guidelines are being followed in addition to adherence to national formulary and local policy; Coordinates therapeutic drug monitoring in the critical care area. Works closely with inpatient MTM CPSs to provide coverage for therapeutic drug monitoring for anticoagulants, vancomycin, aminoglycosides and other medications as appropriate; Designs a therapeutic regimen based on patient-specific information that includes establishing a therapeutic endpoint, selecting appropriate drug and related therapy, and establishing an appropriate dosage regimen. Provides consultation on selection of appropriate therapeutic regimens as a follow-up of non-therapeutic drug concentrations obtained from inpatients; Reviews and develops ICU protocols to ensure the facility practice is current with all critical care guidelines; Participates in training pharmacy residents and students in all areas of pharmacy; Participates in or directs patients and/or medical center staff education when assigned; Serves at the discretion of the Chief of Pharmacy or Associate Chief, Clinical Pharmacy Services on various hospital committees; Designs or participates in research studies involving Critical Care or Internal Medicine. Performs other related duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Subject to change based upon agency needs) Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment 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 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; phone: (312) 664-3575, or through their Web site at: http://www.acpe-accredit.org/. (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. Preferred Experience: Completion of an American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP) PGYY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Completion of a PGY-2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties certification in a pharmacy specialty (i.e. BCPS, BCCCP) Grade Determinations: GS-13 Clinical Pharmacy Specialist Experience. In addition to the GS-12 requirements, must have one year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. Clinical Pharmacy Specialist. The clinical pharmacy specialist (CPS) functions at the highest level of clinical practice, works independently under their scope of practice as defined by the individual medical center to directly care for patients. A CPS plays a defined role in budgetary execution and serves as a mid-level provider who functions to initiate, modify or discontinue medication therapy and as a consultant for intensive medication therapy management services. This includes, but is not limited to, the following: designing, implementing, assessing, monitoring and documenting therapeutic plans utilizing the most effective, least toxic and most economical medication treatments; helping achieve positive patient centric outcomes through direct and indirect interactions with patients, providers, and interdisciplinary teams in assigned areas; performing physical assessments; and ordering laboratory and other tests to help determine efficacy and toxicity of medication therapy. Pharmacists assigned to this position must demonstrate the following KSAs: a. Ability to communicate orally and in writing to persuade and influence clinical and management decisions. b. Expert understanding of regulatory and quality standards for their program area. c. Ability to solve problems, coordinate and organize responsibilities to maximize outcomes in their program area or area of clinical expertise. d. Expert knowledge of a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice or specialty area of pharmacy. e. Advanced skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters. References: VA Handbook 5005/55, Part II, Appendix G15, dated June 7, 2012 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. Physical Requirements: Physical movements involve completion of routine pharmacy functions which include but are not limited to significant computer work/typing, prescription order entry and processing, contact of patients (both face to face and via phone). Certain tasks are repetitive in nature and require multiple steps performed in succession for success. The incumbent should be able to lift and carry up to 30 pounds without significant difficulty. Incumbent must also be able to stand or sit in one place for considerable time during completion of complex tasks. Complexity of mental processes involved is extensive, demanding, and challenging. 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. Additional Information 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. 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