The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, ICU is a representative of pharmacy service. The incumbent functions to provide for the pharmacotherapeutic needs of patients.
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Duties of this position include but are not limited to the following:
Serves as an authoritative information source on drugs and their uses, with special emphasis on agents which require therapeutic monitoring including agents used in the treatment of cardiovascular disorders, pulmonary disorders, neurologic disorders, infectious diseases, and other disorders commonly encountered in the management of patients requiring critical care.
Interfaces with physicians and other health care professionals in the care of patients to achieve rational, cost-effective drug therapy.
Designs therapeutic plans, including the choice of medication, dosage, and therapeutic endpoints, based on patient specific information available from the medical record, patient or his representative, and physician using accepted pharmacokinetic concepts and pharmacodynamic principles.
With approved clinical privileges and under the appropriate supervision of a physician, assumes limited authority to direct drug therapy and order laboratory tests as indicated to monitor drug therapy.
Evaluates the drug literature to compare and contrast therapeutic regimes.
Recognizes the important medical problems, disease states, symptoms, and abnormal findings which may necessitate alteration of drug therapy or which may be induced by drug therapy when given a verbal or written patient presentation of symptoms, signs, laboratory tests, and diagnoses.
Preferred Experience: Successful completion of a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency or equivalent experience. Successful completion of a PGY2 specialty residency in Critical Care or equivalent experience.
Work Schedule: Tours of duty includes but are not limited to 7:00 am
3:30 pm; 8:00 am
4:30 pm; 9:00 am
5:30 pm, and all other rotating shifts deemed necessary based on the needs of the service.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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HelpRequirements 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
United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
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.
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. (NOTE: See exception to licensure requirement below.)
Proficiency in spoken and written English
Grade Determinations: GS-13
For the GS-13, candidates must possess one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level or have successfully completed an ASHP-accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency. Selected candidate must demonstrate the following 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.
References: VA Handbook 5005/55, Part II, Appendix G15. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
This position requires light lifting and carrying, reaching above shoulder, repeated bending, walking, standing, and sitting for long periods of time. Incumbent will be climbing stairs, lifting up to 50 pounds, use dexterity of the hand and wrist and arm strength to perform dispensing of medication orders. Candidates must be able to distinguish basic colors, hear conversations spoken in a normal voice, and work closely with others. Emotional and mental stability is required.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
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