The incumbent serves as a Clinical Pharmacist within the Pharmacy Service Line at the VA Medical Center in Manchester, New Hampshire. He/she provides screening, interpretation, and dispensing of medication orders utilizing his/her expertise in assuring each patient receives optimum drug therapy after all physical, clinical and economic factors have been considered.
THIS VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT IS OPEN TO UNITED STATES CITIZENS (THE PUBLIC) ONLY. CURRENT PERMANENT MANCHESTER VA MEDICAL CENTER EMPLOYEES, CURRENT PERMANENT VA EMPLOYEES AND CURRENT PERMANENT FEDERAL EMPLOYEES OF OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES PLEASE APPLY TO JOB OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT (JOA) JT--JKC-BU.
The incumbent will serve as a Clinical Pharmacist for the in-patient and out-patient areas.
Primary functions will be the interpretation of physician orders, dispensing of appropriate medications, and counseling patients on proper medication administration and storage.
Provides consultation to physician, nurses, and other health professionals on basic information about drug therapy.
Conducts drug therapy monitoring, participates in quality assurance activities and provides professional and technical staff in-service training education.
Evaluates physician orders as to appropriateness based on patient medical profiles; inputs information into computer system if assigned; dispenses medication in accordance with dosage form requirements.
Assures that all dispensing activities are completed within VACO and Medical Center guidelines.
Acts as clinical expert for pharmacy students or technical employees. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. (9:00 AM to 5:30 PM; and 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM rotation including Weekend Rotations and On-Call during Off Duty Tours)
Telework: Not Available
Compressed Tour: Not available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position for training, meetings and conferences.
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Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to a background/security investigation
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
Subject to pre-employment physical
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.NOTE: Prior to 2005 ACPE accredited both baccalaureate and Doctor of Pharmacy terminal degree program. Today the sole degree is Doctor of Pharmacy (COPY OF COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED).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) (COPY OF TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED AND CERTIFICATE OF FOREIGN EQUIVALENCY).
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 (COPY OF ACTIVE AND CURRENT LICENSURE REQUIRED).
English Language Proficiency: Pharmacists must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).Preferred Experience: Five (5) or more years of VA Pharmacy experience is preferred. Preferred Experience: Three (3) or more years of VA Pharmacy experience is preferred.
Creditable Experience: Knowledge of Professional Pharmacy Practices: To be creditable, the experience must have demonstrated the use of knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with professional pharmacy practice. Professional practice means paid/non-paid employment as a professional or unlicensed graduate pharmacist as defined by the appropriate licensing board.
Quality of Experience: Qualifying experience must be at a level comparable to pharmacy experience at the next lower level. Experience as a Graduate Pharmacist is creditable provided the candidate was used as a professional pharmacist (under supervision) and subsequently passed the appropriate licensure examination.
Part-time Experience: Part-time experience as a professional pharmacist is credited according to its relationship to the full-time workweek. For example, a pharmacist employed 20 hours a week, or on a 1/2-time basis, would receive 1 full-time workweek of credit for each 2 weeks of service. IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
Experience, Education, and Licensure: None beyond the basic requirements.
Assignment: Pharmacists at this grade level serve in a developmental capacity. GS-12 Clinical Pharmacist (Full Performance Level)
Experience or Education: In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must meet one of the following:1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, OR
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.I
IN ADDITION TO COMPLETION OF 1 YEAR OF EXPERIENCE COMPARABLE TO THE NEXT LOWER GRADE, CLINICAL PHARMACISTS TO THIS POSITION MUST DEMONSTRATE THE FOLLOWING KSAs:
Pharmacists assigned to this position must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs):Knowledge of professional pharmacy practice.
Ability to communicate orally and in writing to both patients and health care staff.
Knowledge of laws, regulations, and accreditation standards related to the distribution and control of scheduled and non-scheduled drugs and pharmacy security.
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, Part II, Appendix G15
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.
Occasional standing and walking, lifting not to exceed 15 pounds, use of both hand and fingers, ability to use the computer.
The work is primarily performed while sitting, although some work may require periods of standing. The regular and recurring work of the position involves sitting at a desk, attending meetings and conferences, etc. and occasional visits to activity work sites. Occasional use of an automobile or public conveyance may be required.
IMPORTANT: An official or unofficial transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Online transcripts will not be accepted.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S.
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This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, rsum, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
Application for Associated Health Occupations VA Form 10-2850c can be found at: .
Most recent Notification of Personnel Action SF-50 with salary information
Most recent Performance Appraisal VA Form 0750
Official or unofficial transcripts. Online copies will not be accepted The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).
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You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit .
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