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. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans? The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist serves in a multidisciplinary Outpatient Mental Health Program within the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center and North Eastern Wisconsin Ambulatory Clinics (NEWAC). The duty station is located at the John H. Bradley Appleton VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Appleton, WI The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist serves as an essential member of the Appleton Mental Health program's multidisciplinary teams, including those affiliated with Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI) and Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Team (BHIP). Duties Include, but are not limited to: Assist in medication reconciliation process for mental health patients, including those being admitted to the Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Programs. Review clinical findings (including history, physical findings, laboratory, and diagnostic data) and information related to medication use to form a data base. Monitor and assess therapeutic and adverse effects of drug therapy (including drug interaction) through selection and evaluation of physical and laboratory parameters. Documents all activities within required electronic medical record software (e.g. CPRS), VISTA, encounter data and pharmacy clinical intervention program as appropriate. Assists in dispensing functions as directed, to include unit medication delivery systems and assisting in trouble shooting Unit Based Cabinet Systems (e.g. Pyxis) and Bar Code Administration. Incumbent is able to direct nursing staff to appropriate resources when engaged in dispensing functions. Provides clinical pharmacy services, with the Primary Care Mental Health Integration Team, to the PACT patient population. This includes assessing and diagnosing psychiatric disorders, as well as monitoring and prescribing of psychiatry medications within the incumbent's scope of practice; providing PCMHI care management (CM) services to augment PACT prescribing; and providing objective symptom monitoring to determine intervention effectiveness. The incumbent will titrate medications as needed for both response and adverse reactions, as well as to manage adverse drug reactions as needed. Design and conduct educational programs on dug therapy and ongoing education in clinical settings for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, pharmacy students, pharmacy residences, and other health care professionals or trainees. Develops, upgrades, and disseminates acceptable criteria for use of nonformulary and restricted medication and other high cost items to ensure cost-effective rational therapy without compromising the overall quality of patient care. Performs other pharmaceutical care within the established scope of care as determined necessary by the Mental Health Program Manager. Functions within the Mental Health Referral Coordination Team (RCT) to assist in determining level of care placement for referred patients to specialty mental health, PCMHI, or PACT. Work Schedule: 1st shift 8:00am - 4:30pm Telework: This position is suitable for partial telework as directed by the Mental Health Program Manager. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Clinical Pharmacist Specialist/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: 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.