Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration (INPATIENT) PHARMACIST GS-0660-12 in Little Rock, Arkansas

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Little Rock, AR
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Tuesday 10/11/2016 (12 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/24/2016 (1 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1821633

“As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.

Every job at the VA impacts the Veterans that we serve. You can be part of that team, helping tomake sure that our Veterans receive the top-quality care they deserve.

VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.

For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http;//

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.


The Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System is seeking an Inpatient Night Shift Pharmacist for the Pharmacy Service.

A pharmacist in this assignment handles routine medication-related activities in accordance with local, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN), and national policies and regulations. These include, but are not limited to: reviewing, interpreting, and verifying medication orders for appropriateness; processing and filling medication orders; interacting with and making recommendations to other clinical staff regarding medication therapy ordered to ensure safe and effective care; reviewing the patient's medications, allergies, labs, and other pertinent information from the medical record to identify and solve medication-related problems; contacting providers as appropriate; documenting recommendations and interventions; providing refill extensions and partial medication supplies; taking health and medication histories; performing medication reconciliation; providing drug information; assisting in formulary management including therapeutic substitutions, non-formulary reviews and medication usage evaluations; documenting and assessing adverse drug events (ADEs); assisting in medical emergencies; providing oversight of technical staff in all aspects of medication distribution. Duty Location/Campus:Pharmacy Service, North Little Rock Campus, Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System Tour of Duty: Wednesday thru Tuesday, (FIVE) 12 hour shifts 7p-7a and (TWO) 10 hour shifts 9p-7a. * *Area of Consideration: *U.S. CITIZENS*

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.


(1) Reviews patient prescription and medical records to identify, monitor drug-related problems and acts to resolve prescription/drug-related problems and potential problems including adverse drug reactions, drug interactions (drug, lab, food), inappropriate dosage, polypharmacy, patient compliance, and to facilitate timeliness of discharge prescriptions, outpatient prescriptions and inpatient medication orders.

(2) Provides consultation to physicians, nurses and other health professionals on pharmacotherapy including basic and patient specific drug therapy and pharmacokinetics.

(3) Interacts directly with patients by evaluating patient's ability to understand medication instruction, providing oral and written counseling as appropriate on their drug therapy, and documenting these activities. Assures the patient medication list is complete and accurate through consultation with the patient and/or the patient’s caregiver. Assures that the medical record contains an accurate and complete medication list and that this list is provided to the patient upon discharge from the facility.

(4) Recognizes, from a verbal or written patient presentation of symptoms, signs, laboratory tests and diagnoses, important medical problems, disease states, symptoms or abnormal laboratory values which may be induced by drug therapy and which may necessitate having drug therapy altered.

(5) Provides clinical pharmacy services under appropriate supervision and developed protocols.

(6) Performs advanced clinical services requiring in-depth knowledge and advanced monitoring skills and assessing patient outcomes, and serves as a resource to other pharmacists and health professionals in this area. Documents appropriately in the patient record.

(7) Interviews patients to obtain and record in the medical records pertinent information required for dosing determination and medication histories.

(8) Documents in the medical records patient education and information regarding side effects of pharmacologic therapy or treatment rationale.

(9) Participates actively in the interdisciplinary team meetings and assist in the development and implementation of patient care plans when assigned.

(10) Participates in pertinent clinical pharmacy programs designed to maximize pharmacotherapeutic benefits from patient outcomes and cost perspectives.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Drug testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • ### Qualifications

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; religious; 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.


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

  • 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, or**

  • Completion of an ACPE-accredited Pharm. D. program or equivalent.**


GRADE DETERMINATIONS: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G15-Licensed Pharmacist Qualification Standard.

*PLEASE NOTE: * Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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: Work may involve prolonged standing and/or walking. Work involves lifting of weights up to 40 pounds. Incumbent will be subject to bending and stooping. Transportation of goods from pharmacy to pharmacy will be required.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.

We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined.


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:* *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

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

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

Salary Range: $99,361.00 to $117,991.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0660-00/00

Promotion Potential: 00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452958200

Job Announcement Number: RQ-16-KG-1821633