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Clinical Pharmacist Specialist Mental Health Job in BIG SPRING, TX

Clinical Pharmacist Specialist Mental Health Job in BIG SPRING, TX

Vacancy No. VHA-519-16-NR1791663mhr Department Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Salary $120,624.00 to $142,782.00 Grade 13 to 13
Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 8/31/2016 Close Date 8/31/2017
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Clinical Pharmacist Specialist (Mental Health)

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

1 vacancy in the following location:

  • Big Spring, TX
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Wednesday 8/31/2016

Closes Thursday 8/31/2017

  • Salary Range
    $120,624.00 to $142,782.00 / Per Year
  • Series & Grade
  • Supervisory Status
  • Who May Apply
    United States Citizens
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Job Overview

Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1791663

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 West Texas VA Health Care System (WTVAHCS) provides a variety of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology as well as offering numerous educational programs. Outpatient services include: Ambulatory Care, Mental Health, Women's Health, Transition and Care Management, Home Based Primary Care, Tele-Health, Anticoagulation Clinics, Ophthalmology,  and Dentistry.  Skilled nursing care and acute rehabilitation is provided in the Community Living Center, with specialty referrals to other VISN 17 facilities and community services. Staffed with approximately 600 employees, the facility serves counties in West Texas and New Mexico area, with a Veteran population of approximately 57,000. The WTVAHCS is part of the VA Heart of Texas Health Care Network, VISN 17 and is centrally located at the crossroads of Interstate 20 and Highway 87 in Big Spring, Texas with Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC's) located in Abilene, Odessa, San Angelo, Ft. Stockton, Texas and Hobbs, New Mexico.

Big Spring, "The Crossroads of West Texas" is home of the newly restored historic "Settles Hotel", "The Spring", and home of the National Championship Howard College Hawks Basketball and Baseball teams. With a growing economy, our city has many new businesses locating in the area offering more shopping and family orientated attractions. Big Spring is centrally located within driving range of the following communities Midland, Odessa, San Angelo, Abilene, and Lubbock, Texas.



Note: 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.

The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program if Funding is available. Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.
Recruitment/Relocation Incentive Maybe authorized for this position. Please note: This is not moving expenses. If incentive is approved, it comes with a 2 year service agreement and is not paid out until incumbent is employed with facility.


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.

This announcement is not intended to cover all the duties, responsibilities or qualifications of this position. The Mental Health Clinical Pharmacy Specialist is a licensed pharmacist. The incumbent is responsible for providing pharmaceutical care to patients seen in the mental health setting. The primary responsibility of the Clinical Pharmacy Specialist is the provision of evidence-based pharmaceutical care service through direct care with patients and consultation with other providers on their team. This pharmacist promotes and manages drug therapy based on current clinical knowledge that is consistent policies and guidelines established at the National, VISN, and local levels. The incumbent strives to consistently provide pharmaceutical care to patients and practice, works independently under their scope of practice defined by the medical center to directly care for patients, provides back-up for all pharmacist function within the pharmacy.


   •   Reviews and evaluates request for non-formulary and restricted drugs for appropriateness and    

       compliance with established criteria where applicable

  • Functions independently under scope of practice as defined by the medical center to provide pharmaceutical care to patients the includes but is not limited to the following: Initiating, modifying or discontinuing medication therapy, ordering labs and other tests to help determine efficacy or toxicity of medications, designing, implementing, assessing, monitoring and documenting therapeutic plans utilizing best evidence or VHA and/or West Texas VA HCS guidelines.
  •  Is actively involved in reviewing patient medication regimens for clinical effectiveness, drug selection, dosing, contraindications, side effects, potential drug interactions, and therapeutic outcomes as required.  Communicates findings with prescribers and provides appropriate alternatives to current treatment plans as needed.
  •  Is able to apply knowledge of normal laboratory values in the evaluation of patient care and recognizes significant abnormalities.
  • Has expertise in the principles of clinical pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics and is knowledgeable and able to make dose adjustment recommendations based on objective laboratory findings.
  •  Reviews and implements pharmacotherapy and treatment guidelines with providers. Works collaboratively with clinic providers to provide pharmaceutical care to selected patients as outlined by best evidence, VHA and WTVAHCS clinical practice guidelines.  Clinical activities include histories, evaluations, outlining and executing, and monitoring pharmacotherapeutic treatment plans utilizing the most effective, least toxic and most economical medication treatments.
  • Documents Clinical interventions and therapeutic plans accurately in CPRS in a timely and professional manner as appropriate.
  • Has a good working knowledge of information resources, both written and electronic.  Uses appropriate references to research drug information.
    1. Education:
  • Involved in educational activities, providing in-service, intra-service or other presentations.
  •  Educates patients on the safe and appropriate use and care of their medications.
  • Serves as an effective preceptor directing and supervising pharmacy students as assigned.
  • Assists in the development, enhancement and operation of student training programs.
  • Participates in activities of interdisciplinary training and in-servicing of medical staff, nursing staff, residents, students and other allied health professionals at WTVAHCS as required.
    1. Administrative:
  • Assist in planning and implementing of Pharmacy Quality assurance activities.  Serves on committees requiring pharmacy input.
  • Assist in the operation of all areas of Pharmacy Service including distribution and clinical work in other areas (e.g, medication order review and verification, patient counseling, inpatient staffing and filling prescriptions if needed)

Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm 

Title: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (Mental Health)

***This position is open until filled. Applications will be reviewed every 15 calendar days.***

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No
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Department Of Veterans Affairs

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration


Melissa Rodriguez
Phone: (432)263-7361x4820


VHA West Texas VA HCS Big Spring
Department of Veterans Affairs
300 Veterans Blvd
Big Spring

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

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