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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Pharmacist (Controlled Substance Program Manager) in Louisville, Kentucky

Summary The Controlled Substance Program Manager is responsible for the daily professional and administrative operations of the controlled substance vaults throughout the Robley Rex VA Medical Center. Responsibilities The employee will also lead process improvement initiatives and monitor quality metrics related to inpatient and outpatient controlled substance operations. The employee works independently under the Associate Chief of Pharmacy Operations and in collaboration with the Inpatient and Outpatient Pharmacy Supervisors and keeps them apprised of trends/problems within a variety of controlled substance and operational programs, including unit dose medication distribution, IV admixture programs, and outpatient dispensing. The employee participates in all Pharmacy Service activities including clinically oriented programs and quality assurance activities and coordinates all functions and activities within these sections to ensure they coincide with other sections and the overall goals and mission of Pharmacy Service. Oversees all aspects of the controlled substance medication use process, including outpatient prescriptions, unit dose, IV, and investigational drugs. Ensures that the facility meets all VA, Joint Commission, DEA, and professional pharmacy standards/regulations/laws as applicable. Establishes, reviews, and implements operational policies and procedures dealing with Schedule II-V drug distribution and control in accordance with manuals, directives, and local policies. Oversees parameters set in automated dispensing cabinets to assure strict accountability for controlled substances and reviews activities in automated dispensing cabinets for compliance with federal regulations/policies/procedures. Keeps exact and detailed records of receipt and distribution of schedule II-V drugs, reconciles order forms with delivery records, and monitors signatures acknowledging receipt of drugs on order forms. Maintains a perpetual inventory for all narcotics and controlled drugs in the vault per VA and DEA regulations. Establishes and enforces physical security measures for all drug storage areas. Properly handles removal of all expired and/or otherwise unusable schedule II-V drugs in a timely fashion according to federal and state laws/regulations. Drafts issue briefs to report loss of controlled substances. Tracks and trends losses of controlled substances through the mail. Accurately performs/coordinates biennial inventory conducted for all DEA registered sites. Serves on local, VISN, or national committees and workgroups as requested. Oversees daily operations and workflow of the inpatient and outpatient controlled substance dispensing. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Relocation Expenses: Not authorized Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Education: (1) 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. (2) 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. 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:1. PGY1 residency training preferred. Grade Determinations: GS-13 (a) Experience. This position is above the full performance level for Licensed Pharmacists. 1-year of experience equivalent to the GS-12 level is required. This experience would allow you competently answer the following GS-12 level KSAs: 1. Knowledge of professional pharmacy practice. 2. Ability to communicate orally and in writing to both patients and health care staff. 3. Knowledge of laws, regulations, and accreditation standards related to the distribution and control of scheduled and non-scheduled drugs and pharmacy security. 4. Skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters. (b) Assignment: The clinical pharmacy specialist (CPS) functions at the highest level of clinical practice, works independently under their scope of practice as defined by the individual medical center to directly care for patients. A CPS plays a defined role in budgetary execution and serves as a mid-level provider who functions to initiate, modify or discontinue medication therapy and as a consultant for intensive medication therapy management services. This includes, but is not limited to, the following: designing, implementing, assessing, monitoring and documenting therapeutic plans utilizing the most effective, least toxic and most economical medication treatments; helping achieve positive patient centric outcomes through direct and indirect interactions with patients, providers, and interdisciplinary teams in assigned areas; performing physical assessments; and ordering laboratory and other tests to help determine efficacy and toxicity of medication therapy. 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 G15 LICENSED PHARMACIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD, GS-0660, Veterans Health Administration, Dated June 7, 2012. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. Physical Requirements: Applicants must be able to perform the following duties: lifting (up to 50 lbs); carrying (up to 50 pounds). Applicants must have use of all fingers. Walking or standing for up to 8-hours. Kneeling intermittently multiple times for up to 8-hours. Use of both legs is required. Must possess visual acuity to read typed print. Keen hearing (aids permitted). Mental stability must be required to handle rigors of the position. The loss or impairment of a specific function may be compensated by satisfactory use of prosthesis. 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: 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: 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 view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.