Clinical Pharmacy Specialist Oncology Program Manager Job in HINES, IL

Vacancy No. HN-17-BC-1890921 Department Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Salary $118,162.00 to $140,320.00 Grade 13 to 13
Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 1/12/2017 Close Date 1/17/2017
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Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Oncology Program Manager

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

1 vacancy in the following location:

  • Hines, IL
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Thursday 1/12/2017

Closes Tuesday 1/17/2017

  • Salary Range
    $118,162.00 to $140,320.00 / Per Year
  • Series & Grade
  • Promotion Potential
  • Supervisory Status
  • Who May Apply
    United States Citizens
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Job Overview

Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1890921

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?

Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital (, located 12 miles west of downtown Chicago on a 147-acre campus, offers primary, extended and specialty care and serves as a tertiary care referral center for VISN 12.  Specialized clinical programs include Blind Rehabilitation, Spinal Cord Injury, Neurosurgery, Radiation Therapy and Cardiovascular Surgery.  The hospital also serves as the VISN 12 southern tier hub for pathology, radiology, radiation therapy, human resource management and fiscal services.
Hines VAH currently operates 483 beds and six community based outpatient clinics in Aurora, Hoffman Estates, Joliet, Kankakee, LaSalle, and Oak Lawn.  Over 800,000 patient visits occurred in fiscal year 2015 providing care to over 59,000 veterans, primarily from Cook, DuPage and Will counties.  
Hines VAH is affiliated with 70 colleges and universities and 40 associated health professions.   The primary medical school affiliation is with the Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University of Chicago.   There are over 1,300 students educated annually at Hines.

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.


The Oncology Clinical Pharmacist provides pharmaceutical services, which includes unit dose medications, parenteral products, cytotoxic chemotherapy, and enteral products, supply items, etc., for inpatient and/or outpatient services, monitor patient drug therapies, and provide drug information.  The Clinical Pharmacy Oncology Specialist is involved with the evaluation of Prior Authorization Drug Review/Non-formulary medication use, and is involved in the education of patients on proper medication use and dosage.  Duties include:

-Managing all aspects of the Oncology Program to include, policy development, quality resources and specialty functions unique to the program to optimize cost effectiveness and patient outcomes.

-Super user for Vista Chemotherapy Manager (VCM) and point person for building treatment plans.

-Ensures safe, appropriate, cost-effective medication therapies for patients, in accordance with established policies.

-Reviews and interprets physicians' orders for appropriateness of medication ordered as it relates to the patient's diagnosis.

-Assesses patient's medication profile for drug sensitivities, incompatibilities, allergies or drug interaction.

-Insures that all computerized medication order entries, including original order entries, physician order entries, nursing order entries and health unit coordinator order entries are finished in a standardized format compliant with Bar Code Medication Administration guidelines and resolves discrepancies or questionable therapies.

-Make annotations in the patient's medical record as appropriate to suggest alternative therapies or to document uncharacteristic dosing regimens, which have been verified with the physician.

-Provides useful and informative in-service presentations to nursing personnel and to pharmacy staff.

-Monitors use of non-formulary medications and offers alternatives to medical staff.

-Prepares and dispenses medication orders per provider's request according to established policies.

-Interprets medication orders and transcribes to computerized patient medication prescription labels/profiles accurately.

-Compounds and/or dispenses pharmaceuticals for various administration routes including, oral agents, topicals, parenterals, supplies and ancillary items.

-Processes, dispenses and/or distributes controlled substances and maintains appropriate accountability and records as required.

-Works as a team member, participating in the processing of outpatient and inpatient orders in a timely manner.

-Actively supports the Adverse Drug Reaction and Medication Error Reporting programs and documents all reported, identified or suspected adverse drug reactions or medication errors.

-Assures proper functioning of Oncology Pharmacy Suite, including compliance with 797 and USP 800 requirements for anteroom and cleanroom use.

-Oversees the work performed by pharmacy technicians and directs workflow as demanded by workload.

-Treats customers in a professional manner, with tact, courtesy and respect.

-Performs other duties as assigned to facilitate patient care.

Work Schedule:  Monday through Friday, 1st shift, 7:00Am to 3:30PM, may include Holidays and Weekends

Functional Statement Title:  Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Oncology Program Manager

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No
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Department Of Veterans Affairs

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration


Phone: (708)202-8387x25662


VISN 12 Great Lakes Human Resources
Honey Creek Three

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