Clinical Pharmacist

The clinical pharmacist is a licensed professional with knowledge and proficiency in pharmacy practice including pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacotherapeutics.
The incumbent is responsible for analyzing real and potential drug-related medical problems and implementing corrective action to ensure that patients receive optimal drug therapy.
The clinical pharmacist also applies standards relating to all aspects of distribution and control of scheduled and non-scheduled drugs.
The primary function of a clinical pharmacist is to assure the safe and appropriate use of medications, and be an advocate of rational drug therapy through the following:
evaluation of the appropriateness of drug therapy based on patient specific factors; individualization of drug therapy; evaluation, dispensing and providing medications, and drug information.
The employee must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to complete the duties of the position, including the necessary skills to provide care appropriate to the population of the patients served.
Such knowledge and skills are identified in the Competency Assessment Checklist of the position and include knowledge and skills in:
o Communication and interpersonal relations, including the ability to appropriately and courteously relate to internal and external customers.
o Maintenance of confidentiality of patient/employee information, electronic and print.
o The medical center performance improvement program.
o How to work and function in the medical center in a safe manner, including infection control and the correct operation of equipment.
o Population-specific care, as identified in the Population-Specific Competencies, including effectively communicating with patients who are 66 years and older and who may have hearing, physical or cognitive impairments.
The incumbent is a graduate of a degree program in pharmacy from an approved college or university.
A full, current and unrestricted license to practice pharmacy in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia is required.
In addition to the basic requirements, the incumbent must have the equivalent of one year of experience comparable to the GS-11 level or completion of an ACPE-accredited Pharm.
Also, knowledge, skills and abilities and other characteristics as outlined in VA Handbook 5005/55, Part II, Appendix G15, Licensed Pharmacist, GS-660 Qualification Standard.
The incumbent will be assigned on a rotating basis in the Pharmacy Service areas, will assume pharmaceutical responsibility and assist in coordinating the activity in their assigned area.
The incumbent will work rotating shifts as assigned, with varying hours.
Work Schedule:
Various and rotating between the hours of 7:
- 10:
, may include weekends and holidays.
Functional Statement Title/#:
Clinical Pharmacist

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