This position is located in Pharmacy Service, Boise VA Medical Center, Boise, ID. Provides support to the Outpatient care lines. Assists the Chief of Pharmacy on special projects or assignments. The Associate Service Chief, Outpatient Pharmacy is responsible to manage and coordinate comprehensive pharmaceutical care activities in an outpatient and community Based outpatient Clinics. (CBOC'S) care settings including care to a variety of patients. Functions as a Program Manager to the outpatient care pharmacy regarding planning, directing, controlling, and coordinating comprehensive distributive pharmacy services. Manages the outpatient distribution programs, consolidated inventory program, the drug accountability program and controlled substances program for the outpatient pharmacy sections. Coordinates with other departments and agencies to effectively maintain resource accountability. Maintains good workflow patterns to keep drug distribution in accordance with the requirements of automation programs while ensuring accurate dispensing and record keeping. Effectively organizes workload, directs outpatient activities, plans short and long range objectives/goals, solves problems, and achieves established goals within budget and staffing constraints. Incorporates performance improvement (PI) activities into all areas of the outpatient pharmacy section. Develops quality assurance criteria, monitors and evaluates quality of care provided by the pharmacy section and reports results to appropriate pharmacy managers and staff. Monitors and controls the use of budgeted funds. Monitors fund control point activity and ensures accountability to regulations regarding pharmacy purchases. Oversees day-to-day maintenance and operation of pharmacy equipment and automation. Utilizes available reporting functions to optimize the efficiency of this equipment. Monitors drug therapy regimens, including routine analysis of patient drug therapy, medical problems, laboratory data, and specialized procedures; correlates these analyses with direct patient observation and communicates these analyses with others responsible for the patient's care. Analyzes drug treatment regimens for potential adverse drug reactions, drug interactions, or contraindications; assesses the clinical significance of such events and makes suggestions for the management of these events; identifies any drug-related problems that may be affecting the patient or contributing to the need for utilization of health care resources (i.e., hospitalization, clinic visits, and additional drug therapies). Develops therapeutic regimens utilizing an assessment of risk/benefit and cost/benefit. Makes rounds, attends clinic sessions, and attends patient care conferences in assigned patient care areas. Develops individualized dosing regimens, based on the pharmacokinetics of the drug(s) employed, the status of renal and/or hepatic function, and other pertinent parameters of the patient in question; communicates appropriate recommendations in writing in the medical record. Develops performance standards that are realistic, challenging and support the organizational mission, vision, and goals. Ensures that employees meet performance standards and competencies and identifies areas for improvement as needed. Effectively manages personnel and works towards resolving all labor relations issues Establishes work schedules and allocates staff as needed to provide adequate coverage. Maintains time and attendance records and approves leave. Assesses workload shifts throughout the day, identifying backlogs and makes staffing adjustments as needed to meet organizational goals. Works with the Associate Chief, Inpatient services to ensure continuity of patient care for patients being discharged. Serves in other supervisory capacities of the Pharmacy Service, including Chief, Associate Chief Inpatient, and Clinic services in order to provide for effective operation on the service in the absence of these individuals. Assists the Chief of Pharmacy with interviewing candidates for positions in the section, recommends appointments and promotions. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 0800 - 1630 Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.