Incumbent serves as Inpatient Pharmacy Technician with responsibility of performing duties in the pharmacy and in all areas served by Pharmacy Services and may rotate on a regular basis or as required. Incumbent may work evenings, nights, weekends and holidays and all rotating shifts as priorities demonstrate a need. The duties of this position are performed in the Pharmacy and in all areas served by Pharmacy. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Education or Experience. A high school diploma or equivalent; or at least 3 months experience. Certification. Certification by the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) is required at grades GS-6 and above. Grandfathering Provision: All persons employed in VHA in this occupation on the effective date of this qualification standard are considered to have met all qualification requirements for the title, series and grade held, including positive education and licensure/certification/registration that are part of the basic requirements of the occupation. For employees who do not meet all the basic requirements required in this standard, but who met the qualifications applicable to the position at the time they were appointed to it, the following provisions apply: Such employees in an occupation that does not require a licensure/certification/registration, may be reassigned, promoted, or demoted within the occupation. Such employees in an occupation that requires a licensure/certification/registration, may be reassigned, promoted up to and including the full performance (journey) level, or demoted within the occupation, but may not be promoted beyond the journey level or placed in supervisory or managerial positions. Employees who are appointed on a temporary basis prior to the effective date of the qualification standard may not have their temporary appointment extended or be re-appointed, on a temporary or permanent basis, until they fully meet the basic requirements of the standard. Employees initially grandfathered into this occupation, who subsequently obtain additional education and/or licensure/certification/registration that meet all the basic requirements of this qualification standard must maintain the required credentials as a condition of employment in the occupation. If an employee who was retained in an occupation listed in 38 U.S.C. § 7401(3) under this provision leaves that occupation, the employee loses protected status and must meet the full VA qualification standard requirements in effect at the time of reentry to the occupation. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. English Language Proficiency. Pharmacy technicians appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Preferred Experience: Experience working in an Inpatient care setting preferred. Individual must be a current Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) with an understanding of the goals, objectives, and performance measures associated to inpatient pharmacy services. Inpatient Pharmacy Technician is responsible for performing daily technical and operational duties in the pharmacy and in all areas served by Pharmacy Services. The incumbent must be efficient, trustworthy, highly organized, and demonstrate a concerned and critical attitude toward accuracy, detail, control, and loss management and function with minimal supervision. The incumbent possesses comprehensive knowledge of the pharmacy operations, services, activities, policies and procedures as well as operation and care of specialized pharmaceutical equipment. Grade Determinations: GS-6 Experience. One year experience at the next lower level, and must fully meet the KSAs at the next lower level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*): Certification. PTCB certification is required at this grade level and above. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 1. Ability to solve problems and make recommendations, e.g., troubleshoot operational problems and refer for appropriate action. 2. Knowledge of the operation and care of automated equipment. 3. Knowledge of, and ability to follow, written instructions for compounding with aseptic technique for hazardous materials such as oncology agents. 4. Knowledge, and ability to perform, compounding with aseptic technique for routine sterile products. 5. Knowledge of policies and procedures for inventory management in specialized areas such as emergency carts. 6. Knowledge of the computerized prescription process demonstrated by the ability to input prescriptions and medication orders. Assignments. Pharmacy technicians may be assigned to any area of the pharmacy including expanded distributive function assignments; for example assignment as team leaders for specific process improvement teams involving technical areas or performing more highly complex duties including preparation of oncology agents for clinical pharmacy specialists. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G25, Pharmacy Technician Qualification Standard GS-661, dated March 17, 2006. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-6. Physical Requirements: The work required regular and recurring physical exertion, involving walking, standing for prolonged periods of time, bending, stooping, lifting/carrying of pharmaceutical supplies weighing up to 50lbs. ["Duties include but not limited to: - Incumbent supports and ensures the Service and facility policies, procedures and guidelines, government regulations, and professional/technical standard concerning drug control, drug security, drug accountability, drug preparation, dispensing, & distribution are maintained at all times.\n- Incumbent is the first line of communications between the Service and patient, caregivers, clinical staff or administrative staff who services patients' needs either in person or by phone. He/she answers routine questions regarding availability of drugs and dosage forms as indicated. Questions pertaining to professional areas such as chemistry, pharmacology, clinical needs of patients and specific or complex drug information are referred to a pharmacist. The attitude, conduct, appearance and work performance of the technician will contribute positively to the successful operations and efficiency of the service.\n- Incumbent prepares and distributes medication orders after verification by a pharmacist to include all dosage forms such as narcotics, chemotherapy, IV admixtures, orals, solids, hazardous etc. in accordance with established procedures and protocols.\n- Incumbent compounds and/or reconstitutes non-sterile preparations, including calculations and conversions to achieve proper concentrations as ordered, to be verified by a pharmacist.\n- Incumbent compounds and/or reconstitutes sterile/hazardous products including small/large volume admixtures, TPN solutions, optical solutions, intranasal solutions, and chemotherapeutics using all applicable USP standards, including calculations and conversions to achieve proper concentrations as ordered, to be verified by a pharmacist.\n- Incumbent prepackages medications for unit dose and prepackage IV room supplies/medications in accordance with Medical Center Policies and Standard Operating Procedures\n- Incumbent stocks and maintains all Pharmacy automation including but not limited to Pyxis, Boxpicker, TCGRX, ScriptPro, etc. in all areas serviced by Pharmacy and within the Pharmacy. The incumbent must be knowledgeable in the use and maintenance of all automation systems utilized by the pharmacy. This includes maintaining inventory levels, rotating stock, removal/replacement of expiring products, basic troubleshooting, user management, and maintaining any required documentation of such activities in accordance with Medical Center standards.\n- Incumbent maintains a thorough working knowledge of Pharmacy information systems and electronic medical records systems.\n- Incumbent maintains the inventory requirements, documentation, and security of the controlled substances per Medical Center standards.\n- Incumbent is responsible for receiving, securing, and documenting in real time any medications (including controlled substances) turned in or returned by patients, clinics, or administrative sources and ensuring that all proper forms are completed for subsequent disposition in accordance with Medical Center procedures.\n- Incumbent performs quality assurance inspections as scheduled/requested both in the pharmacy and in all areas serviced by pharmacy including inspection of compounding areas, safety equipment/areas, emergency carts (crash carts), unit inspections, etc. and maintains written/electronic logs in accordance with VAMC standards. The incumbent replenishes/replaces any drug items removed during inspections with new stock.\n- Incumbent receives wholesaler deliveries in the pharmacy, completes order paperwork, determines proper storage locations for items received and store items appropriately, rotating stock as necessary in accordance with VAMC standards. Work Schedule: Full time, Rotating Schedule to include nights, weekends, and holidays\nCompressed/Flexible: Telework: Position is not approved for telework.\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nPosition Title/Functional Statement #:Pharmacy Technician/PD000000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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