This Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (Clinical Pharmacy Practitioner) position is in the VA Maine Healthcare System, located at the Portland, ME location. This position is a full-time at 40 hours per week. 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. 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. English Language Proficiency: Pharmacists must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d). IN ADDITION TO THE BASIC REQUIREMENTS APPLICANTS MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING: GS-12 Clinical Pharmacist (Full Performance Level) 1. One (1) year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, or 2. Completion of an ACPE-accredited Pharm.D. program. Pharmacists assigned to this position must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) at the GS-12 level: 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. 5. Pharmacy Residency experience or previous Clinical Pharmacy Specialist experience required. GS-13 Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (Above Full Performance) Experience. In addition to the GS-12 requirements, must have 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. Pharmacists assigned to this position must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) at the GS-13 level: 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. Assignments: 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 the pharmacist qualification 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. References: (From VA Qualification Standards) References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G-15. Pharmacist Qualification Standard, GS-660.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 Physical Requirements: Work requires moderate lifting, walking, reaching above head, bending, stooping, standing, pushing, pulling, lifting/carrying of light items (up to 15 pounds) and coordination for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously. Ability to read both computer and printed documents; Hearing with minimal ability to carry a conversation with patient and health care staff. ["Duties of the Pharmacist (Clinical Specialist) include, but are not limited to: respectfully interacting with patient, team members, other facility employees and visitors responding to the needs of the service in a courteous and timely manner acting as a team member and supports group's efforts at all times able to work under a variety of circumstances to maximize group productivity and quality designs, implements and monitors therapeutic drug outcomes through direct interactions with patients and providers in assigned area obtains medication histories from patients and summarizes significant findings in the medical record and/or to the provider as appropriate reviews patient medication regimens for clinical effectiveness, drug selection, dosing, contraindications, side effects, potential drug interactions, and therapeutic outcomes as require communicates findings with prescribers and provides appropriate alternatives to current treatment plans as needed monitors for and reports drug errors, adverse drug reactions, allergies, and patient compliance issues documents findings per facility procedures applies a knowledge of normal laboratory values in the evaluation of patient care and recognizes significant abnormalities experienced in the principles of clinical pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics and is knowledgeable and able to make dose adjustment recommendations reviews and evaluates requests for non-formulary and restricted drugs for appropriateness and compliance documents clinical interventions in CPRS in a timely and professional manner as appropriate promotes and monitors compliance for established drug therapy policies works with providers to ensure compliance with national, VISN, and local initiatives participates in the drug use evaluation process as needed serves on Medical Center and/or VISN committees as requested reviews and verifies medication orders in assigned areas as appropriate, prior to administration, for accuracy and to reduce potential risk of adverse drug events primary provider for extending medication therapy until next medical appointment provides patient-specific drug therapy modifications to maximize patient response and minimize drug interactions, adverse drug effects, and polypharmacy while providing cost-effective treatment orders, performs, reviews and analyzes appropriate laboratory tests and other diagnostic studies necessary to monitor and support the patient's drug therapy follows-up with patients on lab or test results to discuss the plan of therapy participates in the training and in-servicing of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, pharmacy students, pharmacy residents, and other medical center personnel as required instructs patients and family members in the appropriate use of medications and medical devices adjusts communication and tracking methods based on age and developmental considerations assesses and documents patient comprehension and refers patients to educational programs skilled at using both written and verbal communication techniques in teaching others. may serve as preceptor in accordance with established protocols; serves as a positive role model in this capacity assists in new employee orientation sessions as scheduled and in the development of proposals for improved and/or new clinical pharmacy services assumes responsibility for self-development in learning about new medications and current changes maintains current competencies, continuing education requirements, license requirements serves as an authority on drug usage, interactions, over-dosages, and compliance to medical staff, nursing staff, technicians and students NOTIFICATIONS: This position is in the Excepted Service. This position is an AFGE Bargaining Unit positions. This position is covered by a special rate. Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized. Narrative responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) will be required from the selectee in order to proceed with the appointment. Current or Former Federal Employees must submit copies of their most recent SF-50, (Notice of Personnel Action). The SF-50 must identify the position title, series, grade, step, tenure, and type of service (Competitive or Excepted). In some cases, more than one SF-50 may be required to show a higher grade previously held. Incomplete applications will not be considered Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received. Selectee will be required to complete additional forms to proceed with employment process."]
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