The primary responsibility of the Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (Mental Health) is the provision of evidence-based pharmaceutical care services through direct interaction with patients and providers. This pharmacist promotes and manages drug therapy based on current clinical knowledge that is consistent with policies established at the national, VISN, and local levels.This position will support Mental Health within the Clinical Pharmacy Section of Pharmacy Service.
Designs, implements, and monitors therapeutic drug plans to achieve definite outcomes by direct interactions with patients and providers in assigned areas.
Prescribes medications as per the pharmacist's approved scope of practice.
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 cost effective 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 drug consults for appropriateness in compliance with established criteria where applicable and provides therapeutic alternatives as necessary.
Participates in the training and in-servicing of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, pharmacy residents, pharmacy students, and other medical center personnel as required.
Effectively instructs patients and family members in the appropriate use of medications and medical devices.
Provides timely and accurate responses to drug information inquiries from all customers.
Participates in the medical center and pharmacy service quality improvement programs, including the ongoing professional practice evaluations.
Participation in research activities must be in accordance with FDA guidelines and regulations and VHA policy.
Coordinates the receipt and distribution of all drugs in an investigational and/or clinical evaluation status and maintains appropriate records regarding their use as applicable.
Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday, 7:30pm - 4:00pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Travel Required: Not required
Supervisory status: No
Promotion Potential: 13
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.
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: 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.)
Licensure. Full, current and unrestricted license to practice pharmacy in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the US (i.e. Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia.
Physical Requirements. Pre-employment requirements must be met.
English Language Proficiency. Pharmacist must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).
Grade Determinations: Qualifying experience must be at a level comparable to pharmacy experience at the next lower level. In addition to the basic requirements for employment as listed above, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.
In order to qualify at the GS-13 grade level, you must have 1 one year of experience at the next lower grade level. Examples of experience at the lower grade level include 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.
In addition to the one year of experience, candidates must demonstrate the following KSAs:
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, dated June 7, 2012
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is at the GS-13 grade level.
Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting (15-44lbs), moderate carrying (15-44lbs), use of fingers, both hands required, walking (up to 4 Horus), standing (up to 4 hours), ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" Jaeger I to 4, Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other, both eyes required, depth perception, ability to distinguish shades of color, ability to distinguish basic colors, working closely with others, electrical energy, slippery or uneven working surfaces, working around machinery with moving parts, working around moving objects or vehicles, exposure to chemical and biological hazards, flammable liquids and carcinogenic materials.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
The Richard L. Roudebush Indianapolis VA Medical Center, part of Veteran Health Indiana, is located 2 miles northwest of the heart of downtown Indianapolis and has been serving Indiana Veterans since 1932. As Indiana’s tertiary care facility, Indianapolis VA Medical Center receives referrals from VA facilities at Ft. Wayne and Marion, Indiana, and from nearby Danville, Illinois.
Indianapolis VA Medical Center provides acute inpatient medical, surgical, psychiatric, neurological, and rehabilitation care, as well as both primary and specialized outpatient services. Some noteworthy specialized services include comprehensive cardiac care, radiation oncology treatment and community based extended care.
Indianapolis VA Medical Center is aggressively using emerging technology in the tele-home care and tele-disease management arenas. The medical center was selected as the site for the Veterans in Partnership (VISN 11) Network Polytrauma Center and is providing ongoing support to the returning Veterans from Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn (OEF/OIF/OND). Additionally, the medical center has a 50-bed Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatme...nt Program targeting homeless Veterans.
The medical center operates three Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC’s) located in Bloomington, Martinsville, and Terre Haute, Indiana. The more than 60,000 patients (3,700 women Veterans) treated by the Indianapolis VA Medical Center require over 613,000 outpatient visits and almost 7,900 inpatient episodes of care yearly.
The Indianapolis VA Medical Center has reorganized and changed the approach to quality improvement, implementing Lean Six Sigma™ concepts to encourage system redesign and process improvement, establishing a system of assigned accountability for all performance measures and training Rapid Cycle Change Coaches to facilitate performance improvement. The medical center received a grant to improve system redesign capability. It is also actively involved with the VISN 11 Veterans Engineering Resource Center.
The medical center is embarking on the next phase of lean health care, modeled after the successful Theda Care ™ organization. Focus is on continuous daily improvement at the unit level and is part of Indy Excellence 2.0, the next generation of the successful organizational culture initiative. Additionally, the medical center continues to contribute to the city-wide Patient Safety Coalition, implementing standard practices city-wide to increase patient safety.