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CLINICAL PHARMACIST (Outpatient)

Company: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Temple
Posted on: June 13, 2020

Job Description:

The Pharmacist (Outpatient) is assigned to the Pharmacy Service at the VA Central Texas Health Care System within the VISN-17 Heart of Texas Health Care Network. The incumbent is organizationally responsible to the Temple Outpatient Pharmacy Supervisor. The incumbent must demonstrate the ability to organize personal time to ensure overall goals are accomplished in a timely manner, to include the entering, processing, and dispensing of prescription orders from providers accurately.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.Position Title: CLINICAL PHARMACIST (Outpatient)

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 7:30am to 6:30pm; Rotating Weekends and Holidays.

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.

** If patient needs arise, the incumbent of the above position may be reassigned within VA Central Texas HealthCare System. **

This is a BARGAINING UNIT position.

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required.To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement (06/26/2020).

Basic Requirements:


  • Citizenship: Citizen of the United States. (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 (PharmD) 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: http://www.acpe-accredit.org/. (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 Policy.
  • English Language Proficiency. Pharmacists must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 USC 7402(d), and 7407(d).


    Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment listed above, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates:

    GS-12 Clinical Pharmacist (Full Performance Level)

    a. 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 (GS-11), OR
    • Completion of an ACPE-accredited PharmD program.


      b. Assignment. Pharmacists assigned to this position must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) in their application documents (may be documented in Question and Answer format on separate sheet of paper):



      • 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.

        Physical Requirements: Applicants must meet the physical standards for the position. The work requires sitting, walking, standing, bending and stooping, pulling an pushing and lifting/carrying of items up to 20 to 50 lbs. and be able to maintain self control in difficult stressful situations. A physical examination prior to placement is required.

Keywords: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Temple , CLINICAL PHARMACIST (Outpatient), Healthcare , Temple, Texas

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