The JDDVAMC is currently recruiting for a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (Informatics). In this role the incumbent is administratively responsible for the assessment, design, integration, maintenance and analysis of data delivery of Pharmacy informatics and Pharmacy computerized systems, to include oversight of the daily operation of technical, analytical pharmacy automated data processing and management information systems. 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. 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. For employees who do not meet all the basic requirements required in this standard, but who met the qualifications applicable to the position at the time they were appointed to it, the following provisions apply: (1) Employees grandfathered into the GS-660 occupational series may be reassigned, promoted up to and including the full performance (journey) level, or changed to lower grade within the occupation, but may not be promoted beyond the journey level or placed in supervisory or managerial positions.(2) Employees who are appointed on a temporary basis prior to the effective date of the qualification standard may not have their temporary appointment extended or be reappointed, on a temporary or permanent basis, until they fully meet the basic requirements of the standard. Employees initially grandfathered into this occupation, who subsequently obtain additional education and/or licensure/certification/registration, that meet all the basic requirements of this qualification standard must maintain the required credentials as a condition of employment in the occupation.(3) If a licensed pharmacist who was retained under this provision leaves the occupation, the employee loses protected status and must meet the full VA qualification standard requirements in effect at the time of reentry to the occupation. English Language Proficiency: Pharmacists must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d). Grade Determinations: GS-13 Specialized Experience: In addition to the GS-12 requirements, must have 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. Examples of this experience include, but are not limited to: handles routine medication-related activities in accordance with local, 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; Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN), and national policies and regulations; reviewing, interpreting, and verifying medication orders for appropriateness; processing and filling medication orders; interacting with and making A pharmacist in this assignment handles routine medication-related activities in accordance with local, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN), and national policies and regulations; reviewing, interpreting, and verifying medication orders for appropriateness; processing and filling medication orders; interacting with and making distribution. A pharmacist in this assignment handles routine medication-related activities in accordance with local, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN), and national policies and regulations; reviewing, interpreting, and verifying medication orders for appropriateness; processing and filling medication orders; interacting with and making distribution. Residency and Fellowship Training: Residency and fellowship training programs in a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice may be substituted for creditable experience on a year-for-year basis. The pharmacy residency program must be accredited by the American Society of Health- System Pharmacists (ASHP). A fellowship program that is not accredited by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) will need to have comparable standards for experience to be creditable (Professional Standards Board refers to the Deputy Chief Consultant for Professional Practice for the determination). 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 knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs): 1. Ability to communicate orally and in writing to persuade and influence clinical and management decisions. 2. Expert understanding of regulatory and quality standards for their program area. 3. Ability to solve problems, coordinate and organize responsibilities to maximize outcomes in their program area or area of clinical expertise. 4. Expert knowledge of a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice or specialty area of pharmacy. 5. Advanced skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters OR Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have a BS Pharmacy and/or a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. Preferred Experience: At least one year of prior work in Pharmacy Informatics Demonstrate working knowledge of use of MUMPS, Fileman application, and SQL Coordination of the install and utilization of interfaces for automated equipment/software programs used in Pharmacy Reference: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. ["VA Careers - Pharmacy: https://youtube.com/embed/Fn_ickNBEws Duties of a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist include but are not limited to: Incumbent is responsible for managing, organizing and coordinating the Pharmacy support for modernization changes to the Cerner electronic health record system. Ensures that the application of Informatics is fluent throughout the Pharmacy Service. Coordinates and assist with the Pharmacy Service information management managerial decisions. Collaborates with service and facility ADPACs and CACs. The Informatics Pharmacist enhances patient safety through optimizing medication ordering capabilities and administration systems to reduce errors. This entails monitoring such systems and error reports. The Informatics Pharmacist provides facility and comparative data for clinical and administrative decision-making. Is responsible for assessment, design, integration, modification, maintenance and analysis of data, data management services, networking and computerized medical record for Pharmacy Service to assist and support Pharmacy Service managerial decision making. Ensures that systems are fully integrated, resources are utilized effectively and efficiently, and objectives are met. Makes configuration changes to hardware and software to meet evolving and complex computerized initiatives (CPRS, BCMA, Internet Refills, etc.) and Pharmacy Service needs. The incumbent must be skilled in both mainframe and microcomputer applications and have a working knowledge of automated devices that interflow with pharmacy computer applications which support Pharmacy, Nursing, and Medical Staff functions and information. Functions as an expert in data management and analysis. The incumbent must be proficient in VISTA/CPRS/Cerner for medication displays and ordering capabilities. Coordinates the install and implementation of wireless technology to improve efficiencies of work. The incumbent will routinely work with Pharmacy Managers and ADPACs/CACs for tasks. Demonstrate knowledge of automated equipment and their interface needs to include Scriptpro, Kiosks, Eyecon, Omnicell, Parata, Carousel, Infusion pumps, mail carriers, BCMA, etc. Maintains pharmacy computer databases/files (drug, controlled substance activities, adverse reactions, allergies, status, etc.) for optimum function of pharmacy packages and other related facility packages, ensuring uniform format and data accuracy. Creates needed entries and changes in response to clinical needs, policy changes, national formulary changes, etc to ensure the information and drug entries are current. The incumbent acts on system updates. Collaborates with the Chief, Pharmacy Service and 1T personnel to identify computer needs. Works effectively with these individuals and services to develop new VISTA, LAN or PC programs or modify existing programs to meet Pharmacy Service needs. Develops, coordinates, implements and documents VISTA, LAN and PC training programs, according to assessed need, for Pharmacy Service staff or other with appropriate instructional materials for training purposes. Provides clinical and cost data through administration to the VISN PBM in support of VISN and national PBM initiatives. Works in close coordination with division managers to provide workload and cost statistics. Prepares and presents comprehensive technical statistical reports. Generates reports, searches, and lists for facility, PBM, and pharmacy management through the knowledge of Fileman and MUMPS programming to assist in management, clinical and or cost decisions. Work Schedule: Tour Hours are 8:00am -4:30pm Monday through Friday. (The incumbent may need to work extended hours, weekends, and/or holidays in order to complete urgent service projects and/or based on facility needs).\nTelework: This is NOT a virtual position. This is NOT a full-time telework position. Telework may be approved by Service Chief.\nEDRP Authorized: Contact: Eve.Harper@va.gov or Brian.Huhman@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinators for questions/assistance\nFunctional Statement #: 91386-0"]
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