The Clinical Pharmacy Practitioner (Inpatient/Psychiatry) is primarily responsible for the development and implementation of clinical decisions and dispensing of medication for pharmacy services at the Behavioral Health Inpatient Care Unit (BHICU). The incumbent provides pharmaceutical services including screening orders, preparing products, dispensing medications, and counseling patients on appropriate usage. 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. (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]. (3) NOTE: Current VA 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]. 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. [YOU MUST SUBMIT A COPY OF CURRENT LICENSE WITH THE APPLICATION PACKAGE]. 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 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. 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. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. English Language Proficiency. Pharmacists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with 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). Preferred Experience: Experience working in a hospital setting, possesses a PGY-1 or PGY-2 residency, and academic detailing is preferred. 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; providing oversight of technical staff in all aspects of medication distribution. 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. References: VA Handbook 5005/55, Part II, Appendix G15, dated June 7, 2012, VA Licensed Pharmacist Qualification Standards, GS-660. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-11 to GS-12. Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (3 hours); Standing (4 hours); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Hearing (aid permitted). ["The Clinical Pharmacy Practitioner (Inpatient/Psychiatry) provides clinical services including monitoring pharmacotherapy, designing drug therapy plans, conducting medication reconciliation, assisting with transitions of care, conducting patient medication education classes, meeting PBM and accreditation performance measures and evaluating non-formulary drug requests. The incumbent provides professional training for pharmacy staff, pharmacy residents and pharmacy students as assigned, in addition to in-service medical center personnel as needed. Functions Coordinates and/or performs medication reconciliation for BHICU patients. Performs medication reconciliation on admission and documents findings in the medical record, highlighting existing drug-induced problems including side effects, allergic reactions, toxicities, suboptimal dosage regimens, drug interactions or nonadherence. Conducts medication reconciliation at discharge, documents in the medical record and coordinates care transition. Provides evidence-based recommendations for drug therapy and maintains proficiency with current clinical practice guidelines. Assures medication utilization is consistent with national, VISN, and local policy (e.g., formulary vs. non-formulary, criteria-for-use) and actively participates with improving performance measures. Serves as a drug information resource to physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals. Critically evaluates the primary literature. Work as a pharmaceutical care provider within the BHICU care area. Effectively communicates medication-related information to the patient's provider. Participates in BHICU inter professional patient care rounds. Designs drug therapy plans based on patient specific variables, applying pharmacokinetic and other pharmaceutical care principles. Evaluates drug therapy via direct patient care involvement, assessing patient's responses to drug therapy and documenting those findings in patient's medical record. With approved scope of practice, assumes authority to direct drug therapy including initiating, modifying, or discontinuing medication. This medication management activity is performed at least 25% of the appointed time. Initiates requests for appropriate laboratory and other tests when needed for monitoring drug therapy. Assesses physical findings necessary to monitor the patient's response to drug therapy. Assists in the management of medical emergencies, adverse drug reactions, and acute and chronic disease states. Administers medications according to pre-established protocol when requested by the provider. Identifies and takes specific corrective action for drug-induced problems as a member of the treatment team. Reports problem using standard operating procedures (e.g., ADERS). Processes non-formulary drug requests appropriately. Serves as a liaison between Pharmacy and Mental Health Services. Assists in discharge planning and continuity of care for patients leaving the hospital. Conducts medication education classes for inpatients on the BHICU. Performs other duties as assigned. VA Careers - Pharmacy: https://youtube.com/embed/Fn_ickNBEws Work Schedule: 7:00am to 5:30pm, variable Shifts/Hours and weekend Compressed/Flexible: Not Authorized Telework: Not Eligible Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 00000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized PCS Appraised Value Offer (AVO): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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