This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more The clinical pharmacist is a licensed professional with knowledge and proficiency in pharmacy practice including pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacotherapeutics for the safe and accurate dispensing of controlled substance and non-controlled substance medications. Dispensing Reviews all medication orders for appropriateness and accuracy prior to dispensing; Patient identification, drug selection, dosage, route of administration and quantity. review of the patient's allergy history, drug-drug, drug-nutrient, drug-laboratory and drug-disease state interactions and assessment for clinical relevance should be performed and dealt with appropriately during order entry and/or review. Reviews and updates patient medication profiles for allergy information, outpatient and or inpatient pharmacy narrative and monitors for compliance or potential abuse; problems encountered shall be resolved in a timely manner. Selects, compounds, dispenses and fills a range of drugs including extemporaneous intravenous preparations, special formulations, ophthalmics, controlled substances including narcotics, investigational drugs, oral and intravenous oncolytic agents, etc., Supervises the activities of pharmacy technicians and other support personnel working in the area to include oversight of all filling, restocking and prepacking activity. Responsible for checking and or preparing IV preps as needed. This will include Chemotherapy IV preps unless medical exemption is documented in compliance with USP, ASHP, OIG and VA guidelines. Demonstrate successful competence with the safe and effective operation of automated dispensing equipment; Scriptpro, Kiosks, Eyecon, Omnicell, Fast Pack, Carousel, mail carriers, etc. Successful processing rate to aid pharmacy to maintain VHA and VAMC metrics of processing inpatient medications in no less than 10 minutes of order entry, outpatient prescriptions within 7 days of order entry, process an average of 60 prescriptions per hour based on VISTA data when processing prescriptions is the only function performed and at normal computer speed, work to maintain outpatient wait time to below target metric (FY 20 target is 14 minutes). Successful handling of controlled substance medication(s) to include: a. compliance with VHA, DEA and State regulations regarding controlled substances with completion and storage of required documents, b. safe and secure storage of controlled substances and physical access to the pharmacy, proper receipt upon delivery, check-in process with Logistics staff, accurate accountability and inventory management with order incremental and purchase request, c. accurate count with double count and back count and timely filling/compounding and dispensing, d. Error/Discrepancy reporting within 20 minutes of discovery to supervisor or designee and mandatory cooperation and participation for the preparation and issuance of Heads UP and or Issue Brief action plans and investigation of inventory discrepancies, theft, diversion, patient reports of loss/stolen mail, or other loss of controlled substances/high cost medication/high volume medication/employee theft etc. Adherence to all VA National, VISN, local service level policies and procedures including medical center Police Service. This shall include knowledge of where support documents are located to ensure that Pharmacy maintains a continual state of readiness for internal environment of care rounds and external reviews including ASHP, Joint Commission, OIG, DEA and other regulatory agencies. Must demonstrate working knowledge to handle prescriptions/claims/inquiries for VHA programs to include ePharmacy, eRX, MAPS, Community Care, Fee, clozapine, Research and REMS Clinical The pharmacist provides appropriate selection of drug therapy based upon the pharmaceutical principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics; monitoring for efficacy, side effects and clinical outcome; and advises prescribers and nursing staff as appropriate. Provides patient-specific therapeutic drug monitoring and communicates relevant findings and/or recommendations to other health care providers in charge of the patient both verbally and in writing. May perform medication reconciliation at all transitions of care, including updating the medication profile to reflect an accurate, active list of VA and non-VA medications. This may include adding non-VA medications or discontinuing duplicate medications or those the patient is not taking. Assesses drug safety and efficacy, including evaluation of physical symptoms. Reports adverse drug events (ADE), near misses, and medication errors in alignment with VA ADERS reporting program and local initiatives; ePIR, VISN reporting. Work Schedule: Afternoon tour with every other weekend rotation and a Holiday rotation. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 599744600
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