Help Help Duties Major Duties: - Program Management- Oncologic Medication Therapy: - Participating in a patient-centered, team-based interdisciplinary care model in Oncology to promote positive patient outcomes through direct and indirect interaction with patients and providers. - Providing drug information, recommendations for therapy, observation for patient response to therapy, and develops appropriate treatment plans regarding interventions or alterations to maximize patient care outcomes taking into consideration choice of therapy, safety, efficacy, and pharmacoeconomics. - Evaluating appropriateness of pharmacologic therapy weighing the risk/benefit ratio of various therapeutic alternatives and utilizing pharmacokinetic principals, develops individualized dosing regimens that result in the most efficacious, least toxic, and most economical treatment. Develops appropriate therapeutic monitoring plans and documents the activities in the medical record. - Program Management- Infusion Center Pharmacotherapy - Working closely with pharmacy management, pharmacy program managers, Patient Safety Officer, and facility clinical leadership to resolve medication safety issues and ensures that processes for prescribing, dispensing, administering and monitoring medication therapy in the infusion center minimize the potential for adverse medication events. - Working closely with oncology team to manage Vista Chemotherapy Manager (VCM) and/or its replacement. Maintaining subject matter expert/superuser-level understanding of the software and trains facility staff on its use. - Developing and maintaining CPRS order-sets for infusion center use when VCM is not used. - Maintaining a system of quality audits and/or reviews of infusion center practices that ensure that service programs operate at a satisfactory level of performance and compliance with VHA Directive/Handbooks, regulatory bodies, and accreditation organizations. - Collaborating with professional and technical staff to identify, develop, implement, and track appropriate quality management measures for the service areas of infusion pharrnacotherapy. - Administrative Program Services - Assisting with the management of acquisition and utilization of new therapeutics in the areas of oncology and infusion. This will include oversight and direction to pharmacy procurement technicians, as well as collaboration with the CSP Program Manager regarding all necessary components of the Assessment of Risk (storage, preparation, transport, administration, waste, etc.). - Developing and updating policies and procedures defining operational requirements of all aspects of oncology and infusion medication utilization. This includes instruction and support of pharmacy technicians in the compounding and preparation of pharmaceuticals and of pharmacists in the order processing and pharmaceutical product verification functions. - Maintaining subject matter expert (SME) level knowledge of software and technology utilized in the acquisition, storage, ordering, preparing, and administration of oncologic and infusion drug therapy. - Assisting with developing and updating policies and procedures within the pharmacy enterprise. - Clinical Scope of Practice - Assessing, monitoring, managing and documenting medication therapy management activities, as supported by the existing Scope of Practice. All required proctorship, mentorship, Focused Professional Practice Evaluation (FPPE), and Ongoing Professional Practice Evaluation (OPPE) standards must be met and maintained. These activities include: - Placing orders for monitoring of pharmacotherapy (i.e. lab orders) and applying practice-standard interpretations of the results - Initiating, modifying, and discontinuing medications as part of the dynamic treatment plan. - Providing pharmacokinetic consultation, to include renal and hepatic dosing adjustments, as requested. - Applying evidenced-based treatment guideline recommendations to therapeutic selection; when such recommendations are lacking, applies specialty-specific standards for the ethical identification of therapeutic alternatives. - Documenting all patient care activities in CPRS using standard medication documentation requirements - Pharmacist Duties - Interacts with treatment team members to optimize drug treatment; develops and assesses target outcomes. Communicates effectively in meetings, in personal conversations, and in written progress notes or consultations. - Participates as necessary in a range of staff pharmacy duties, including order verification and completion, medication preparation and dispensing in inpatient and outpatient settings. Work Schedule : Full Time, Monday through Friday, 8am-4:30pm Telework : Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement # : 000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives : Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Fi nancial Disclosure Report: Not required Help Help Requirements Conditions of Employment - You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job. - All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. - Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959. - Must be proficient in written and spoken English. - You may be required to serve a probationary period. - Subject to background/security investigation. - Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process. - Must pass pre-employment physical examination. - Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). - Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details. Qualifications 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. - English Language Proficiency: Pharmacists appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part. - 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. 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: ( NOTE: Prior to 2005 ACPE accredited both baccalaureate and Doctor of Pharmacy terminal degree program. Today the sole degree is Doctor of Pharmacy .) - 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). - 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. NOTE: Individuals who have or have had multiple licenses and had any such license revoked for professional misconduct, professional incompetence or substandard care, or who surrendered such license after receiving written notice of potential termination of such license by the State for professional misconduct, professional incompetence, or substandard care, are not eligible for appointment to the position unless such revoked or surrendered license is fully restored (38 U.S.C. § 7402(f)). Effective November 30, 1999, this is a requirement for employment. This requirement does not apply to licensed pharmacists on VA rolls as of that date, provided they maintain continuous appointment and are not disqualified for employment by any subsequent revocations or voluntary surrenders of State license, registration or certification. 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). 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: - 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. - 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. - 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. Grade Determinations : In addition to the GS-12 requirements, which is Completion of an ACPE-accredited Pharm.D. program or 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, you must have 1 year of experience at or equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-12) which include but not limited to: 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. AND In addition to the GS-12 requirements, you must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and abilities - Ability to communicate orally and in writing to persuade and influence clinical and management decisions. - Expert understanding of regulatory and quality standards for their program area. - Ability to solve problems, coordinate and organize responsibilities to maximize outcomes in their program area or area of clinical expertise - Expert knowledge of a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice or specialty area of pharmacy. - 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 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting, moderate carrying, straight pulling, pushing, reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, both hands required, walking, standing, repeated bending, climbing (legs only), ability to distinguish basic colors, ability to distinguish shades of colors, hearing (aid permitted), good vision (glasses permitted), and emotional/mental stability. Education 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: . 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: . Additional information This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority. Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application . Read more - Benefits Help Help A career with the U.S. government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Opens in a new window Learn more about federal benefits . Review our benefits Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
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