Clinical Pharmacist
Department of Veterans Affairs - Lyons, NJ

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 806502

To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

These vacancies are advertised at the range of grades covered by the VA qualifications standard.

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

NOTE: 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. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

Special Employment Consideration:
VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program. Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.


U. S. Citizenship

Must pass pre-employment examination

English Language Proficiency required

Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required

Background and-or Security Investigation required

VA New Jersey Health Care System (VANJHCS) has openings for inpatient/outpatient clinical pharmacists. The pharmacy has (3) three locations in New Jersey: East Orange, Lyons, and Brick.

The primary duty stations will liekly be East Orange and Lyons, but Pharmacists may be asked to work at any of the 3 sites if needed and local travel will be required. Final location will be determined upon selection. Tours/shifts are rotating.

The clinical pharmacist is responsible for handling routine medication-related activities in accordance with local, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) and national policies and regulations. The clinical pharmacist is the medication expert in all assigned areas, functions as a consultant to other health care professionals and manages medication therapy across the continuum of care. Plans, implements, and operates drug monitoring and utilization programs as assigned. The pharmacist:

Exhibits initiative and resourcefulness in managing assigned workload.

Provides high quality, patient-centric care using evidence-based medicine to ensure safe, effective, and efficient medication therapy.

Interacts professionally with all customers.

Incorporates the VHA mission, vision, and goals into own priorities and practice.

Maintains current, comprehensive knowledge of evidence-based practices and actively pursues opportunities for continuous professional development.

Duties include but are not limited to:
Participating in daily multidisciplinary team activities and providing drug information, observing patients' response to therapy, and making appropriate recommendations regarding treatment alternatives or additional interventions to maximize patient care outcomes taking into consideration choice of therapy, safety, efficacy, and pharmacoeconomics.

Interviewing and evaluating patients upon admission to the hospital and daily during hospitalization for appropriateness of pharmacologic therapy and making a pharmaceutical care plan for those patients who need pharmaceutical care, and documenting the pharmaceutical care plan in the pharmacy initial assessment or progress note.

Providing care and/or services appropriate to the age of the patients being served. Assessing data reflective of the patient's status and interpreting the information needed to identify each patient's requirements relative to their age-specific needs and to provide care needed as described in the services' policies and procedures.

Providing consultative services to all professional staff regarding drug therapy and supply items.

Critically reviewing and appropriately completing, in a timely manner, all non-formulary drug requests and/or consults, clinic consults, patient and clinic encounters, and chart notes in accordance with pharmacy policy and procedures.

Responsible for developing, providing, and supporting educational programs of the Service and Medical Center.

These duties are expected to be carried out in an independent manner.

U.S. citizenship

(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:


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).

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.



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.


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.


for the GS-660 pharmacist series and pharmacists at this grade level serve in a developmental capacity. There are no requirements beyond the basic requirements listed above needed to qualify.

in addition to the basic requirements, candidates must have 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level and 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.

To meet the required specialized experience for the GS-12 level, applicant may substitute completion of an ACPE-accredited Pharm.D. program. You must submit a transcript to receive credit for this education.

Experience, training, or interest in Pain Management, Medication Reconciliation, Infectious Disease, Critical Care, and/or Mental Health is highly desirable



References: VA Handbook 5005/55, Part II, Appendix G15, LICENSED PHARMACIST


, dated June 7, 2012, and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at


See VA Handbook 5005, Part III, Chapter 2, paragraph 7, and VA Handbook 5019, Occupational Health Services. Work is mostly sedentary in nature. Work requires moderate lifting, walking, bending, stooping, standing, pushing, and pulling.

Pharmacists must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:


All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.

Veterans' Preference:
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit


Your application, résumé, and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions, you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.

Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at


This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

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