The Clinical Applications Coordinator (CAC)/Pharmacist functions as a liaison among the VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) administration, clinical staff, Service Automatic Data Processing Application Coordinators (ADPACs), and the Office of Information and Technology (OI&T) regarding automated clinical information at VAPAHCS. 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: (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; 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.) [TRANSCRIPTS MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH APPLICATION] (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). [YOU MUST SUBMIT COPY OF FPGEC CERTIFICATION WITH THE APPLICATION PACKAGE]. 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. Grandfathering Provision. All licensed pharmacists employed in VHA in this occupation on the effective date of this qualification standard are considered to have met all qualification requirements for the title, series and grade held, including positive education and licensure/certification/registration that are part of the basic requirements of the occupation. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. English Language Proficiency. Pharmacists must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d). 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). Grade Determinations:GS-13 Clinical Pharmacy Specialist Experience. In addition to the GS-12 requirements, must have 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. Assignments. Candidates at this grade level are to be in one of the assignments listed below. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher level duties must consist of significant scope, administrative independence, complexity (difficulty) and range of variety as described in this standard at the specified grade level and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. 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. Preferred Experience: Completion PGY 1 Pharmacy residency preferred, Completion of PGY 2 Psychiatry Pharmacy residency preferred or 3+ years mental health pharmacy experience, or Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) certified preferred but not required References: VA Handbook 5005/55, Part II, Appendix G15, Licensed Pharmacist Qualification Standards, dated June 7, 2012. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. Physical Requirements: Work is generally sedentary. Typically, the Pharmacist sits comfortably to do the work. However, there may be some walking, standing, bending, carrying of light items such as papers, books, small pieces of equipment and supplies, or driving an automobile. No special physical demands are required to perform the work. ["The Clinical Applications Coordinator (CAC)/Pharmacist must be a licensed Pharmacist who is knowledgeable of and comprehends the objectives and functionality of the clinical and administrative patient care programs and their integration with the VISTA systems in the delivery of patient care services. The clinical information systems have a direct impact on the care and treatment of the patient. The incumbent is responsible for implementing software that has hospital-wide impact and will enhance the delivery of patient care. The incumbent understands the objectives and functionality of clinical applications and the interrelationship of those applications to the operation of the clinical services and VAPAHCS. The incumbent support The Clinical Applications Coordinator is responsible for: Working effectively with others to initiate and lead interdisciplinary groups, and to establish relationships with professional and/or other health related groups within the community. Developing and implementing computerized programs to improve delivery of patient care. Assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating automated clinical information programs with the goal of enhancing patient care and the operation of the Health Care System. Clinical: The Clinical Application Coordinator (CAC) serves an axis function in the management of VISTA/CPRS for VAPAHCS. In manipulating and creating 'tailored to fit' VISTA/CPRS services the incumbent delivers a smooth user experience to VAPAHCS user's community, carries out the enterprise's mission and contributes to patient's improved outcomes. In their role the incumbent is expected to interact with multiple stakeholders in the health care system both on the administrative and clinical aspects of the enterprise, to serve the required needs from VISTA. While the position calls for a wide technical scope, the focus of the position is customer service oriented. As such the incumbent is expected to possess a customer service directed state of mind in carrying out their technical solution within the constraints of VA regulatory language. The expertise/knowledge of a Pharmacist is needed due to the clinical complexity of CPRS to interface with the pharmacy packages and thus serves as a main liaison with pharmacy to assist with the design and implementation of CPRS pharmacy medication quick orders and order sets to increase accuracy of orders and decrease medication errors. The incumbent works independently and responds to requests for consultation and development support from all levels of the organization. The incumbent is responsible for the identification of information needed to manage, support, and develop critical aspects of the electronic medical record and for developing templates, order sets, and other tools to collect and/or report this required clinical and administrative information. The incumbent is expected to be a source of authority for VAPAHCS users from all ranks on all technical matters related to the front end of VISTA/CPRS. Possess an extensive knowledge of the VISTA clinical information system paired with the ability to implement new applications and/or to maintain a desired functions is mandatory. Extensive knowledge and applications ability for all aspects of CPRS is required. The incumbent possesses the knowledge and experience to be able to sit on expert panels, national and/or local calls representing VAPAHCS on VISTA/CPRS related topics. The CAC has access to all of the pertinent VISTA clinical information system files, options and package installation, security, technical and user manuals; as well as pertinent circulars, bulletins and hospital or VHS memorandums relative to the clinical aspects of patient care and the use of the hospital's clinical information system. VA Careers - Pharmacy: https://youtube.com/embed/Fn_ickNBEws Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM\nTelework: Yes - Position available for telework\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 000000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nPCS Appraised Value Offer (AVO): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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