The Pharmacy Technician, Compounded Sterile Preparations (CSPs) Technician reports to the CSP Program Manager and shall serve as the primary sterile compounding technician for hazardous and non-hazardous CSPs. It is located in Pharmacy Service. The incumbent will perform all duties in accordance with applicable regulatory standards, VHA regulations, medical center policies, pharmacy service policies, and pharmacy service standard operating procedures. The primary functions of the incumbent will include preparation of hazardous and non-hazardous CSPs, quality assurance monitoring, inventory management, completion of ward inspections, administrative and documentation activities, and customer service. The incumbent must have a comprehensive understanding of sterile compounding regulations and procedures, an advanced knowledge of pharmaceutical and therapeutic agents, and a particularly thorough knowledge of chemotherapy agents. Judgment and skill are used to complete technical functions. The incumbent will also serve as a backup as needed for pharmacy technicians at and above the full performance level (GS-5/6) in order to support the overall function of the Pharmacy Service. Preparation for CSPs requires the highest degree of accuracy, skill, and experience. This incumbent will work various tours, rotating weekends and holidays, in order to maximize patient care within the medical center. The incumbent must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, reliability, productivity, and professional integrity. Must demonstrate and maintain proficiency in core competencies for compounding sterile preparations as required by USP General Chapters 797 and Pharmacy Service Policies and Standard Operating Procedures as follows: Hand Hygiene, garbing, cleaning and disinfection; Calculations, measuring, and mixing; Aseptic Technique; Achieving and/or maintaining sterility and apyrogenicity; Use of equipment; Documentation of the compounding process; Principles of high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA)-filtered unidirectional airflow within the ISO Class 5 area; Proper use of primary engineering controls; Principles of movement of materials and personnel within the compounding area; Demonstrates and maintains proficiency in core competencies for handling hazardous drugs (HDs) as required by USP General Chapter 800 and Pharmacy Service Policies and Standard Operating Procedures; Acknowledgement of HDs and their risks Proper use of personal protective equipment Proper use of equipment and devices Response to known or suspected HD exposure HD spill management Proper disposal of HDs and trace-contaminated materials Accurately and efficiently utilizes all automated pharmacy systems within the cleanroom suites Accurately selects ingredients and supplies required to prepare CSPs Accurately performs calculations required to prepare CSPs Accurately labels CSPs Applies principles and standards of USP General Chapters 797 and 800 in order to maintain a controlled working environment Applies aseptic technique standards in order to maintain sterile equipment, maintain a sterile working environment, and prepare CSPs Applies safe handling practices when receiving, transporting, and manipulating HDs Accurately documents all compounding activities Accurately documents environmental quality control monitoring, cleaning, and other assigned tasks in a timely manner Ensures hazardous and non-hazardous medications, solutions, and supplies are adequately stocked and restocked Maintains medication inventory in a neat and orderly manner (5) Maintains proper storage of medication inventory and CSPs taking into consideration temperature, light sensitivity, and hazardous or non-hazardous classification Participates in quality assurance, internal audits, and performance improvement processes and programs as assigned and in a timely manner. Assists in data collection for drug utilization reviews as assigned in a timely manner Reports all patient or pharmacy distribution problems verbally and/or in writing as requested by the pharmacist and or service leadership in the assigned area Performs all necessary duties of unit dose technicians when assigned, and actively participates in appropriate workflow Performs all the duties of lower graded technicians, if required Works independently to accomplish work objectives relying on the guidance and professional support of the pharmacist or technician supervisor assigned, to coordinate the area in which the technician is functioning Answers telephone, screens calls, and provides requested information in a courteous, professional manner to patients and other hospital personnel. Refers calls to pharmacist when in-depth pharmaceutical knowledge is required Trains new pharmacy technicians and students as needed Accurately and efficiently utilizes all automated pharmacy systems. Automated pharmacy systems include the unit dose packaging system, medication delivery robots, Kit Check, and automated dispensing cabinets. Work Schedule: Rotating Shifts, Rotating Weekends and Holidays Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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