The Pharmacy Department at the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center is actively recruiting for a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (CPS) to work with the Mental Health Service Line. This CPS will function at the highest level of clinical practice, providing comprehensive medication management working under a global scope of practice in Mental Health as defined by the medical center that is consistent with policies established at the national, VISN, and local levels. The CPS must be capable of using professional judgment and clinical expertise to solve complex problems and to provide clinical information to both providers and Veterans. Candidates should have experience in managing medication regimens for patients with mental illness including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, PTSD, pain and substance use disorders, among others. This position requires the ability to perform extensive documentation and clinical progress note writing. CPSs are employees of Pharmacy Service and are tasked with upholding the department missions and goals, especially regarding the VA National Formulary, VISN and local medical center Pharmacy Benefits Management Committee objectives for formulary management activities and patient safety. Other duties include, but are not limited to: Work independently and in consultation with physicians and other health care providers to ensure appropriate medication therapy for individual patients. Skilled in collection, interpretation, and application of patient-specific data and uses such to design safe, appropriate, and economical therapeutic regimens including monitoring. Designs, implements, monitors, evaluates, and modifies patient pharmacotherapy to ensure effective, safe, and economical patient care. Provides a comprehensive drug therapy to assess drug use patterns, compliance, therapeutic duplications, significant drug interactions, appropriateness of drug therapy and patient care outcomes. Keeps accurate records of clinical interventions for later follow-up and quality assurance purposes. Manages the medication programs of selected patients by writing orders for appropriate medications (excluding controlled substances), diagnostic studies, etc. in the patient's medical record, according to approved clinical privileges and in consultation with the patient's physician. Develops and maintains a working knowledge of VISTA/CPRS software package and serves as a resources for others. Ensures all orders he/she enters are accurate and timely. Documents clinical findings, treatment plans. etc. using the electronic medical record. Prepares and presents educational lectures to the meatal health team, staff, pharmacy residents and pharmacy students as needed. Performs other duties as assigned by management. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm. Telework: Available on a rotational basis. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: PD077730 and PD077830 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized. Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized. 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.