Director of Pharmacy Services VA




To plan, organize, develop, and direct the facility’s Pharmaceutical Services in accordance with federal, state, and local standards, guidelines and regulations that govern VA facilities to ensure that the highest degree of quality care can be provided to residents at all times.





  • Must have, at a minimum, a Bachelor of Science degree from a college of pharmacy accredited by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education.
  • Must be currently licensed or eligible for licensing in the state where facility is located.
  • Must have, at a minimum, two years hospital and/or clinical experience and at least one year of management experience.
  • Must possess the ability to make independent decisions when circumstances warrant.
  • Must possess the ability to deal tactfully with personnel, residents, family members, visitors, government agencies/personnel, and the general public.
  • Must be knowledgeable of pharmaceutical regulations and nursing practices and procedures, as well as, laws, regulations, and guidelines pertaining to living center facilities.
  • Must be thoroughly familiar with laws, regulations, and guidelines governing the dispensing of medications; accuracy is imperative.
  • Must be knowledgeable of computer systems, system applications, and other equipment relative to pharmaceutical services.
  • Must have patience, tact, a cheerful disposition and enthusiasm, as well as the willingness to handle difficult residents.
  • Must be trustworthy, holding residents medical and personal information in confidence at all times.
  • Must be able to cope with the mental and emotional stress of the position.
  • Must possess leadership and supervisory ability and the willingness to work harmoniously with and supervise other personnel.



Essential Functions:


  • Develop and maintain written policies and procedures that govern the operation of the facility’s pharmaceutical services.
  • Interpret the facility’s pharmaceutical policies and procedures to employees, residents, family members, visitors, government agencies, etc., as necessary.
  • Assumes responsibility for insuring adherence to policies and procedures related to the administration, storage, labeling, and distribution of medication.
  • Maintain liaison with families and residents as necessary.
  • Ensure that public information describing pharmaceutical services is accurate and fully descriptive.
  • Make routine inspections of the facility’s pharmaceutical services to ensure that established policies are being implemented and followed.
  • Ensure that physician’s orders are checked to ensure that residents are receiving medications as ordered by the attending physician.
  • Supervise the records of receipt and distribution of all controlled substances and the maintenance of such records in sufficient detail to allow for an accurate reconciliation.
  • Participate in discharge planning, the development and implementation of resident care plans, assessments, drug reviews, etc. as necessary.
  • Assist in destroying medications in accordance with current regulations.
  • Ensure that labeling of drugs and biologicals are in compliance with existing regulations, as well as established policies and procedures.
  • Coordinate pharmaceutical services with other departments as necessary.
  • Ensure that a level of stock medications, supplies, equipment, etc. is maintained at adequate levels to meet the needs of residents.
  • Develop and maintain a current drug profile for each resident.
  • Assist in developing the facilities emergency drug kit.
  • Review pharmaceutical services complaints and grievances and make written reports of action taken.
  • Ensure all residents receive pharmaceutical services in a manner and in an environment that maintains or enhances their quality of life without abridging the safety and rights of other residents.
  • Performs other related assignments as required.