Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Mental Health Pharmacist in Roseburg, Oregon

Job Overview

Job Overview
Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1999296

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

This position is within the VA Roseburg Healthcare System, in Roseburg Oregon. Roseburg is centrally located in Southwestern Oregon and you will find and excellent quality of life in a family-oriented community. With the Cascade Mountains to the East and the beautiful coastline to the West, activities abound for outdoor enthusiasts. Plus, Roseburg has all the amenities of a larger city while still offering the relaxed atmosphere of a small town environment. For more information on the Roseburg area, please visit the following links: https://www.roseburgareachamber.org; https://www.visitroseburg.org; https://visitroseburg.com/video/landUmpqua.php

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.

This announcement is only for Current VA employees. Applicants who are not current VA Employees should apply through announcement LW-17-CAS-1999311-BU

Duties

This position is with the VA Roseburg Healthcare System in Roseburg Oregon. The primary responsibility of the Mental Health Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (CPS) is the provision of evidence-based pharmaceutical care services through both direct and indirect interaction with patients and providers, routinely functioning with minimal supervision as an independent practitioner operating under a scope of practice. 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. The incumbent must be capable of using professional judgment and clinical expertise to solve complex problems and to provide clinical information to both providers and Veterans. This pharmacist functions as part of the Pharmacy Service to accomplish department missions and goals.

Clinical:

  • The CPS works with the Outpatient Mental Health clinic to manage patients chronic mental health conditions as well as assist with the appropriate and safe use of benzodiazepine and opioid controlled substance prescribing
  • The CPS uses advanced knowledge of pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacotherapeutics. The CPS serves as a drug information resource, answering inquiries regarding therapeutics, drug interactions, dosing, side effects, formulary options, etc.
  • The CPS is responsible for the evaluation, monitoring and medication management of Veterans referred by consult to the clinical pharmacy specialist for chronic disease state management.
  • The CPS obtains medication histories from patients and performs medication reconciliation of all transitions of care. This includes updating the medication profile to reflect accurate, active list of VA and non-VA medications.
  • The CPS is actively involved in reviewing patient medication regimens for drug selection, dosing, contraindications, side effects, potential drug interactions, cost-effectiveness and therapeutic outcomes as appropriate. Findings and recommendations for alternatives to current treatment plan will be communicated to providers as appropriate.
  • The CPS will monitor for and report medication errors, adverse drug reactions, allergies and patient compliance/adherence issues, document findings in accordance with facility policies and procedures. When assessing or providing patient care the CPS will consider the age, literacy level and learning barriers (e.g. low vision, hard of hearing, dementia, etc.) of the patient as it relates to his/her ability to understand and follow directions, provide objective self-assessment or any other pertinent factors which may affect the Veteran's overall treatment plan.
  • The CPS reviews electronically-submitted non-formulary drug requests using National VA PBM Criteria for use, completing review and documenting adjudication in CPRS in a timely manner as determined by VISN and National PBM leadership.
  • The CPS participates in Pharmacy Service and Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee quality assurance/performance improvement activities including MUE projects.
  • The CPS serves on medical center and/or VISN committees as assigned.

Administrative:

  • The CPS manages clinical practice by scheduling, reviewing consults and, finishing encounters to meet timeliness standards.
  • The CPS participates and/or supports Pharmacy Service-initiated cost/benefit programs in support of VA efforts at maintaining stewardship of resources.
  • The CPS participates in the Pharmacy Service Ongoing Performance Practice Evaluation process as stipulated by VHA Directives 2008-043 and 2010-025 for clinical pharmacists providing direct patient care under a scope of practice.
  • The CPS will be responsible for collecting, organizing, interpreting and presenting requested datea in order to support the position.

Education:

  • The CPS will assume an active role in the overall pharmacy training program including pharmacy students, residents and professional and non-professional staff members, and actively participates in all clinical pharmacy activities (e.g. staff development, clinical pharmacy meetings, etc.)
  • The CPS will be responsible for keeping informed of changes in Pharmacy Service (e.g. VA National Formulary additions and deletions, interdepartmental memoranda, relevant station memoranda, and policies and procedures) and to maintain a general knowledge of VA, DEA and Joint Commission regulations and standards.
  • The CPS will effectively instruct patient and family members in the appropriate use of medications and medical devices and is able to adjust communication and tracking methods based on age, literacy level and learning barriers (e.g. low vision, hard of hearing, dementia, etc.) The CPS is able to accurately assess and document patient comprehension.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm

Functional Statement Title/#: Outpatient Mental Health Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Supervisory Status

No

Promotion Potential

13

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Current VA Employees Only

Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
Qualifications

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

Preferred Experience:

  • Completion of PGY-1 Residency Program
  • Specialized training in Mental Health Pharmacotherapy
  • Advanced certification (e.g. Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist, BCPP)

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. References: VA Handbook 5005/55 Part II Appendix G15. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

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.

Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting 15-44 pounds; moderate carrying 15-44 pounds; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers, both hands required, walking up to 4 hours per day; standing up to 6 hours per day, repeated bending up to 2 hours, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other; ability to distinguish basic colors; ability to distinguish shades of colors; hearing (aids permitted).

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on “Application Status.” For a more detailed update of your status, click on “more information.” Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.

BENEFITS

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp.

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.

Other Information

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

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

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

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/476884600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-08-11 to 2017-08-25

Salary: $112,268 to $145,955 / per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 13

Series: 0660 Pharmacist

Appointment type: Agency Employees Only

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: LW-17-CAS-1999296-BU

Control number: 476884600