This position is located within the Salt Lake City VA Medical Center. The Inpatient Pharmacist works within the inpatient practice setting to promote the optimal use of medications in view of patient disease state( s) and clinical response. Functions include but are not limited to: interpretation of providers orders, drug regimen review, therapeutic drug monitoring, initiation of drug therapy changes in dose, dosage form and therapeutic substitution as per provider consultation. Basic Requirements: Citizenship: Citizen of the United States. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.) 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.) (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. 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. Exception: Non-licensed pharmacists who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements may be given a temporary appointment at the entry level as a Graduate Pharmacist under the authority of VA HANDBOOK 5005/55 JUNE 7, 2012 PART II APPENDIX G15 II-G15-2 38 U.S.C. § 7405(c)(2)(B). The appointing official may waive the requirement of licensure for a period not to exceed 2 years for a pharmacist that provides care under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist. For grade levels above the GS-11, the candidate must be licensed. Failure to Obtain License. In all cases, pharmacists must actively pursue meeting state prerequisites for licensure starting from the date of their appointment. At the time of appointment, the supervisor will provide the unlicensed pharmacist with the written requirement to obtain licensure, the date by which the license must be acquired, and the consequences for not becoming licensed by the deadline. Failure to become licensed within 2 years from date of appointment will result in removal from the GS-0660 Pharmacist series and may result in termination of employment. 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-0660 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. Grade Determinations: GS-12 Clinical Pharmacist (Full Performance Level) Experience or Education. In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must meet one of the following: 1. 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, OR 2. Completion of an ACPE-accredited Pharm.D. program. Assignment. A pharmacist in this assignment handles routine medication-related activities in accordance with local, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN), and national policies and regulations. These include, 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; taking health and medication histories; performing medication reconciliation; providing drug information; assisting in formulary management including therapeutic substitutions, nonformulary reviews and medication usage evaluations; documenting and assessing adverse drug events (ADEs); assisting in medical emergencies. Pharmacists assigned to this position must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs): 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. Preferred Experience: One year prior Hospital Pharmacy Experience. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/55 PART II APPENDIX G15, June 7, 2012 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. Physical Requirements: Considerable periods of sitting, standing, walking, reaching, and pushing or pulling of carts are inherent in the position. Bending, stooping, and lifting of supplies is necessary, mostly under 50 pounds. ["VA Careers - Pharmacy: https://youtube.com/embed/Fn_ickNBEws The Inpatient Pharmacist supports the general operations of Pharmacy including non-formulary review, prescription/order processing, outpatient dispensing where required and patient consultation. The Inpatient Pharmacist is required to perform all pharmacy related activities as assigned. The Inpatient Pharmacist may be required to sustain extended periods of stretching, standing, sitting and reaching in the course of his/her employment. This occasionally involves lifting moderately heavy items. The Inpatient Pharmacist must possess average agility and dexterity, and must be able to work adjusted schedules and rotating shifts as assigned. Functions Include: Interprets medication orders (verbal & written) and transcribes to computerized patient medication orders accurately and according to established policies, procedures and protocols. Maintains accurate, complete medication profile. Maintains records as required by law Has the ultimate responsibility in facilitating the delivery of the correct drug in the correct dosage to the correct patient. Evaluate drug therapy regimens for contraindications, drug-drug interactions, drugfood interactions, allergies and appropriateness of drug and dose within the context of the individual patients medical conditions. The Inpatient Pharmacist will support the sterile products program (e.g. TPN, Chemotherapy, etc). The Inpatient Pharmacist are responsible for resolving a variety of questions posed by physicians, nurses and co-workers related to drugs, pharmacy services and departmental policies and procedures. The Inpatient Pharmacists will be able to interpret various VA, Federal (FDA, DEA), other regulatory agency compliance standards (i.e. Joint Commission, USP 795 I 797 I 800, etc), Facility and Pharmacy Service policies and be able to apply the same to given situations. The Inpatient Pharmacist must have the ability to exercise sound judgment in a variety of situations and be able to refer matters of policy making to a supervisor. Contributes to the quality and effective operation of the department Supervises and directs pharmacy support personnel in the absence of a supervisor. Verifies the daily activities of pharmacy technicians. Works independently with minimal supervisor. Organizes and prioritizes work assignments. Ensures pharmacy services are provided in a timely and efficient manner. Keeps pharmacy area and equipment clean, neat, and well-organized. Able to multi-task i.e. able to continue to process orders and answer questions from technical staff and/or patients (via phone or in-person). The Inpatient Pharmacist is required to perform all pharmacy related activities as assigned. Provide quality control analysis for dispensing activities of automated dispensing equipment and pharmacy technicians. Work Schedule: Rotating, Days, Nights, Weekends, Holidays, 24/7 Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 52958-O Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.