Pharmacy Specialist (Anticoagulation)
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Salem, VA

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) : 846205. Please include on all uploaded documents and refer to this number when making inquiries.

OUR MISSION: 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.

The VA Medical Center of Salem, Virginia is located adjacent to Roanoke which has natural beauty and many summit features such as: the Roanoke Star and its overlook of the Roanoke Valley, the Mill Mountain Zoo, and many outdoor pursuits such as the Appalachian Trail and the Blue Ridge Parkway which run through this area.

The Salem VAMC offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on employment opportunities and benefits, please visit our website at: http://www.VAcareers.va.gov .

Special Employment Consideration: Individuals eligible for the following appointments are encouraged to apply: 5 CFR 213.3102 "u", Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities ; mental retardation, severe physical disabilities or psychiatric disabilities; and Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more .

The Department of Veterans Affairs may offer Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation services. Permanent Change of Station is the relocation of a household due to government convenience in connection with a transfer between duty stations or facilities. For more information, go to: http://vaww.fscdirect.fsc.va.gov/pcs.asp .
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing
  • Licensure, Certification, or Registration
  • Background and/or Security Investigation
  • Must pass Pre-Employment Examination

DUTIES: 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-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.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

Work Schedule: 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday

Position Title, series & grade: Pharmacist GS-0660-12

DUTIES :
  • Serves as a provider with prescribing privileges as outlined in the Scope of Practice for Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (CPS) in Primary Care/PACT.
  • Provides evidence-based pharmaceutical care services through both direct and indirect interaction with patients and providers.
  • Promotes and manages drug therapy based on current clinical knowledge that is consistent with policies established at the national, VISN, and local levels.
  • Functions as part of the Primary Care/PACT Team and is most effective when assigned to a panel of patients, to support continuity of care.
  • Directly involved in the design, implementation and monitoring of therapeutic drug plans.
  • 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 required.
  • Monitors for and reports drug errors, adverse drug reactions, allergies, and patient compliance issues.
  • Reviews and evaluates requests for non-formulary and restricted drugs for appropriateness and compliance with established criteria where applicable.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:
  • U.S. Citizenship
    • 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.
    • Completion of equivalent of 1 year creditable experience at GS-11 grade level or completion of 1 year post-PharmD ASHP accredited residency.
    • Full, current and unrestricted license to practice Pharmacy.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:
  • Must have one (1) year experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level.
Must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

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.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
  • Walking
  • Sitting
  • Standing
  • Bending
  • Light Lifting

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE : Educations 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: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html 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 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 and/or resume. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled/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 application, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof, prior to appointment as documentation of entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx .

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. If interviews are conducted, you may be evaluated based upon responses you provide to questions during the 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.

BENEFITS: Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation and sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS).

In addition to "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. To learn more about benefits offered, visit: http://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp .

The Department of Veterans Affairs may offer Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation services. Permanent Change of Station is the relocation of a household due to government convenience in connection with a transfer between duty stations or facilities. For more information, go to: http://vaww.fscdirect.fsc.va.gov/pcs.asp .

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

OTHER INFORMATION: The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified, you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more before any Veterans' Preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website st: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp .

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The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a government-run military veteran benefit system with Cabinet-level status. It is...