Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Internal Medicine in Orlando, Florida
Summary This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more Responsibilities The primary responsibility of the Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (Internal Medicine, Observation Unit) is the provision of evidence-based pharmaceutical care services through both direct and indirect interaction with patients and providers. Duties related to this position includes but not limited to: Serves as a physician extender in the inpatient setting, requiring the highest level of pharmacist clinical privileges with minimal supervision. Responsible for pharmacotherapy management, provision of drug information services, and the development and supervision of pharmacy programs in internal medicine. Directly assists clinicians in rational drug selection by providing written and/or verbal consultation. Actively participates as a member of the internal medicine team to assist in monitoring patient's therapy as directly related to pharmaceutical care. Assures that all prescriptions and actions meet proper eligibility criteria on a patient specific basis and the National Formulary and Non-Formulary procedures are followed; this includes adherence to all national, VISN and local criteria for use treatment algorithms and guidelines. Participates in developing criteria for use, medication use evaluations, data collection for pertinent reports, and other quality assurance activities, as required, to ensure appropriate and safe drug utilization. May participate in local or VISN committees or workgroups related to the advancement of the pharmaceutical profession, as approved by Pharmacy Administration. Appropriately documents the care of veterans via the electronic medical chart, including completing consults in a timely manner, using appropriate billing codes, electronically signing all patient notes/orders within an appropriate amount of time, and following up on all ordered labs. Other related duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday with weekend and holiday rotation. Will be required to work rotating shifts, nights, weekends, holidays, and on-call. (Note: Work schedules are determined and approved by the supervisor. The incumbent may be required to work various shifts on a permanent or temporary basis based on patient care needs). Telework: Not Available Virtual: Not Available Functional Statement Title: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, GS-0660-13 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized for this position. EDRP Authorized: Eligible. Contact Donna Lofton at Donna.Lofton@va.gov or Gwendalyn Williams at Gwendalyn.Williams@va.gov the EDRP Coordinators for questions/assistance. See "Additional Information" section below for more details. Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized for this position. 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. License: Individuals must hold a 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. NOTE: Individuals who have or have had multiple licenses and had any such license revoked for professional misconduct, professional incompetence or substandard care, or who surrendered such license after receiving written notice of potential termination of such license by the State for professional misconduct, professional incompetence, or substandard care, are not eligible for appointment to the position unless such revoked or surrendered license is fully restored (38 U.S.C. § 7402(f)). Effective November 30, 1999, this is a requirement for employment. This requirement does not apply to licensed pharmacists on VA rolls as of that date, provided they maintain continuous appointment and are not disqualified for employment by any subsequent revocations or voluntary surrenders of State license, registration or certification. English Language Proficiency: Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3.j. Education: Graduate of an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited College or School of Pharmacy with a baccalaureate degree in pharmacy (BS Pharmacy) 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.) OR 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). Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements above, you must meet the following grade requirements and demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA): GS-13 Level: You must possess one year of experience at GS-12 grade level. Examples of experience includes, 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. Advanced skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters. Expert knowledge of a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice or specialty area of pharmacy. Ability to solve problems, coordinate and organize responsibilities to maximize outcomes in their program area or area of clinical expertise. Expert understanding of regulatory and quality standards for their program area. Ability to communicate orally and in writing to persuade and influence clinical and management decisions. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Preferred Qualifications: Highly qualified candidates are those who have completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency, PGY2 Internal Medicine Residency and have achieved board certification in a relevant area of specialty (such as BCPS) from the Board of Pharmacotherapy Specialties. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G15 The full performance level of this vacancy is 13. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-13. Physical Requirements: The physical demands of the work includes: Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds; light lifting, under 15 pounds; moderate carrying, 15-44 pounds; pushing up to 4 hours; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers, good dexterity (both hands required); walking, up to 4 hours; standing, 6 hours prolonged; kneeling; repeated bending; climbing, use of legs and arms; operation of vehicle; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20; specific visual requirement, ability to read fine print on labels; depth perception; ability to distinguish basic colors; ability to distinguish shades of colors; hearing (aid permitted); clear speech; and emotional stability. 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 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-13. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. This is a drug-testing designated position. Veterans preference does not apply to this internal vacancy announcement. 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. This position may be eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan reimbursement program within VHA, pending funding and approval. If selected for this position you must meet specific individual eligibility criteria in accordance with VHA policy 1021 and apply for EDRP within four (4) months of appointment. Final award amount and program start date is determined after review of a complete EDRP application and supporting documentation by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services office. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the VISN 8 Compensation Center of Excellence at VISN8CCOE@va.gov. VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. 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