Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Pharmacist in Ann Arbor, Michigan
Summary The Pharmacist works closely with and provides operational, analytical, and evaluative support to National center for Patient Safety (NCPS) staff, and VHA patient safety personnel by targeting various medication safety strategies. The incumbent will possess and apply specific knowledge of medication use systems to health care and patient safety activities. Expertise in practice standards from regulatory oversight bodies and nationally developed leading practices is also regularly applied. Responsibilities Please be sure to review "Preferred Qualifications" under Qualifications heading. All minimally qualified applicants will be rated based on the preferred qualifications to determine the Best Qualified Applicants. Provides VHA National Patient Safety Program medication safety program Management Support: Analyzes and reviews medication-related event reports and information sources. Develops and implements safety initiatives that support medication safety initiatives for specialty and sub-specialty programs in medicine, surgery, psychiatry, neurology, rehabilitative medicine, geriatrics and others. Serves as a resource for advanced drug information support and expertise to other professional and analytical staff of the NCPS, and to VISN Patient Safety Officers as well as interacting with Pharmacy Benefits Management staff and medication safety officers on joint initiatives. Analyzes information contained in the national patient safety database to elicit trends and respond to cases flagged for national attention. Identifies cases suitable for teaching purposes; develops training material, provides training to NCPS learners such as advanced patient safety fellows. Participates in the development, production, and management of NCPS field cognitive aids, tools, and other support materials as applicable. Analyzes Patient Safety Data and Develops Interventions: Conducts preliminary review of information to obtain baseline data, and then prepares advisory criteria for smaller or less complex issues. Researches background information (literature, reports, and discussions with others having specialized knowledge of the issue) and consults with supervisor in evaluating information and in presenting the information in an effective manner. Publishes or presents significant results and findings in appropriate professional journals and /or at local, state or national professional meetings as applicable and working through the NCPS Publications Committee. Gathers and integrates knowledge from databases of adverse events and safety alerts from many different sources, including FDA, ISMP, TJC, and CDC in addition to VA ADERS and the CDW. Supports to the NCPS pharmacist team; analyzes and evaluates various medication safety metrics for use in the national NCPS Metrics reports. This requires review of the literature, proposal of the metric, and testing as applicable in cooperation with analytics team members. Through scholarly activities and literature review, identifies opportunities, issues, and concerns, which may impact future NCPS medication safety initiatives. Performs Professional and Academic Level Work: Prepares correspondence, expert reports, Alerts and Advisories, estimates, fact sheets, status reports and schedules as required to complete project assignments. Serves as a key member of multi-disciplinary project teams related to patient safety with other NCPS and VHA staff and supports key stakeholder meetings. Team leader or project manager responsibilities may include preparation of team charter, task breakdown, timeline, milestones, identification of special conditions and constraints, quality assurance, configuration management, and project deliverables; completes necessary documentation to monitor and track project accomplishments and resource utilization; maintains effective communications between management, project members, partners, and customers; ensures that project deliverables meet defined functional and technical specifications; and conducts post-project evaluations. Assists in monitoring and analyzing changes in mission, goals, new legislation, and technological advances to assess the impact of these changes on work methods/procedures and to participate in the development of new systems which will address these changes. May serve as an NCPS liaison with standing committees of the Pharmacy Benefits Management, Informatics Patient Safety, Medication Safety Officers and others. Performs other similar or related duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Full time Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM Telework: Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: PD000000 Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 08/02/2021. Basic Requirements: Citizenship: Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, 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: http://vvww.acpe-accredit.orgt (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. Failure to Obtain License. In all cases, pharmacists must actively pursue meeting state prerequisites for licensure starting from the date of their appointment. At the time of appointment, the supervisor will provide the unlicensed pharmacist with the written requirement to obtain licensure, the date by which the license must be acquired, and the consequences for not becoming licensed by the deadline. Failure to become licensed within 2 years from date of appointment will result in removal from the GS-0660 Pharmacist series and may result in termination of employment. English Language Proficiency: Pharmacists must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d). Preferred Experience: Expert knowledge safety analysis techniques (methods), including root cause analysis as applied to the health care setting and specifically to medication use systems. Knowledge of and experience with Proactive Risk Assessment as outlined in the regulatory requirements and the NCPS guidance documents. These analyses require knowledge of medicine, healthcare, and medical terminology preferably from experience working in an organized healthcare setting. Experience or working knowledge of the field of Human Factors Engineering, particularly as it applies to safe medication systems. Prior experience with medication safety self-assessments from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices. Knowledge of VHA work systems related to the provision of pharmaceutical care including the VHA Pharmacy Handbooks, the Mission Act, Third Party Administrator activity, and e-prescribing processes that facilitate the provision of medication therapy from outside the VA. Expert understanding of regulatory and safety standards for medications, biologics, contrast media and nuclear medicines, including investigational drugs. Explicit knowledge of United States Pharmacopoeia (USP) standards including 795, 797, 800 and USP 1066 as they related to medication safety infrastructure. Knowledge of pharmacy automated dispensing devices, machine readable drug identification and checking systems, robotic dispensing systems, and various interface technology. Experience as a member of a facility or VISN based Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, Institutional Review Board, VISN Pharmacy Counsels, Patient Safety Committee, Medication Safety Committee, and other decision-making bodies of the organization. Expert knowledge of pharmacotherapy, pharmacokinetics, decision support tools, pharmacodynamics, pharmacogenomics, and pharmacovigilance and any additional field of pharmacy practice that impacts the safe use of medication. Skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies, including interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters. Experience with pharmacy information systems, including VistA, VA CPRS and BCMA. Cerner experience is desirable. Working knowledge of, PADE and BCMA and the transition efforts toward the shared Electronic Health Record (EHR) system. Additional knowledge of Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) products such as Vista Chemotherapy Manager, TheraDoc, CIS-ARK, RX Framework, Pandora, McKesson Connect and other work systems used in VA is preferred. Skill with information management and analysis software, including spreadsheets, other data, graphics, and flowcharting software. Prior Power BI or Natural Language Processing (NLP) skill or a keen interest in learning higher level analytics is desirable. Prior experience as an educational preceptor, mentor and participant in the education of health professionals such as pharmacy undergraduate students, Post Graduate Year PGY) 1 or 2 pharmacy residents (ASHP), Pharmacist fellows, or precepting students from other disciplines. Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment in paragraph 2, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates: GS-12 Pharmacist (Full Performance Level) 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; or Completion of an ACPE-accredited Pharm.D. Program. Pharmacists assigned to this position must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs): 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. GS-13 Experience: In addition to the GS-12 requirements, must have 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. Pharmacists assigned to this position 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, Part II, Appendix G-15 Licensed Pharmacist Qualification Physical Requirements: The work is administrative and technical in nature, primarily sedentary. 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: 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. Additional Information This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. 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. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. 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.