THIS OPEN & CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT (OCA) ESTABLISHES A STANDING REGISTER OF ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS, which closes on September 30, 2022. The initial cut-off date for referral of eligible applications will be June 29, 2022 with subsequent reviews every other week as additional vacancies occur, or on an as-needed basis, until positions are filled. Please see the "What To Expect Next" area of the announcement which provides additional information on the referral process for this type of announcement. 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. English Language Proficiency: Pharmacy technicians appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English. Education or Experience: A high school diploma or equivalent; or at least 3 months experience. 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). GRADE DETERMINATIONS: (1) GS-02 Pharmacy Technician (a) Experience. None beyond the basic requirement. (b) Assignment. Employees at this grade level serve in a pharmacy technician/aide-training level position. (2) GS-03 Pharmacy Technician (a) Education or Experience. Completion of 1 year of post-high school coursework related to medicine (e.g. chemistry, biology, college mathematics, etc.), or successful completion of a 1 year accredited pharmacy technician training program, or 6 months of general experience, that may have included experience in another medical field (licensed practical nurse, laboratory technology, etc.). In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: (b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 1. Ability to maintain appropriate files. 2. Ability to prepare sterile compounds under supervision. 3. Ability to communicate with patients and other health professions. (c) Assignments. Employees at this grade level serve in a pharmacy technician/aide training level position. (3) GS-4 Pharmacy Technician (a) Education or Experience. Successful completion of 2 years above high school with courses related to pharmacy or pharmacy technology, or 1 year of general experience that may have included experience in another medical field (licensed practical nurse, laboratory technology, etc.) Successful completion of a course for medical technicians, hospital corpsmen, medical service specialists, or hospital training obtained in a training program conducted by the Armed Forces or the U.S. Maritime Service under close medical and professional supervision is creditable on a month-for-month basis for general experience. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: (b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 1. Ability to process and fill prescriptions under supervision. 2. Ability to operate and maintain dispensing equipment. 3. Ability to operate pharmacy information systems. 4. Ability to maintain appropriate files. 5. Ability to prepare sterile compounds under supervision. (c) Assignments. Pharmacy technicians at the GS-4 level perform all duties expected of employees at the GS-3 level; however, they are expected to exercise greater judgment, require less supervision, and to operate in accordance with all established policies, procedures, and techniques. (4) GS-5 Pharmacy Technician (Full Performance Level) (a) Education or Experience. Successful completion of a 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree that included at least 24 semester hours of courses related to pharmacy or pharmacy technology; successful completion of pertinent specialized training courses in pharmaceutical and pharmacy services while serving in the Armed Forces is creditable on a month-for-month basis up to the 1 year of experience required for the GS-5 level; or at least 1 year of experience at the next lower level that demonstrates the core competencies (KSAs) described at the GS-4 level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: (b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 1. Ability to operate and care for automated dispensing devices and equipment. 2. Knowledge of, and ability to perform, aseptic technique. 3. Knowledge of basic inventory procedures. 4. Knowledge of pharmacy information systems. (c) Assignments. This is the full performance level for pharmacy technicians. Employees at this grade level serve as staff pharmacy technicians receiving little guidance from more experienced staff members for more complex patients and procedures, and require minimal supervision References: VA Handbook 5005/15 Part II Appendix G28 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-05. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-02 to GS-05. Physical Requirements: See VA Handbook 5019. ["This Pharmacy Technician position is in Pharmacy services at the White River Junction VA Medical Center, located at the White River Junction, Vermont location. This position is a full-time at 40 per week. The pharmacy technician works in collaboration with other pharmacy technicians and responds to requests of pharmacists and other pharmacy supervisory staff. Duties include, but are not limited to: Work assignments may include but not limited to Inpatient and Outpatient Pharmacies Provide various technical support services within the pharmacy department. Provides services related to inpatient and outpatient ambulatory patients Performs a variety of complex technical functions in Pharmacy Service under the supervision of a registered pharmacist. May include window and mail-out prescription processing. Drug procurement as necessary. Accepts emergency assignments as indicated by supervisor. Performs a variety of complex technical functions which include, but are not limited to IV admixture section, unit dose, and bulk compounding or prepackaging. Filling medication orders. Service of Veterans either at pickup window or with telephone assistance. Refilling of ScriptPro and Pyxis machines. Inventory control. Training and service in narcotic vault as needed. Interpret medication orders and formulas for appropriateness, to include, content, dosage, completeness, compatibility and conformity with established guidelines. Prepares, packages and labels drug orders as directed by pharmacist. Receives inpatient medication orders and dispenses accordingly. Procures medication through prime vendor in absence of procurement pharmacy technician. When assigned to telephone triage area the technician will assist in resolving problems and aiding patients with medication needs. Work Schedule: Varies. Possible weekends and holidays.\nCompressed/Flexible: Not Authorized\nTelework/Virtual/Remote Work: Not Authorized\nFunctional Statement #:F2375, F2376, F2377, F2378\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required Notifications: This position is in the Excepted Service. Veterans' preference does not apply for internal or other current permanent Federal agency employees. Interchange Agreements with Other Merit System: Employees who occupy medical or medical-related positions and were appointed under 38 U.S.C. 4701(1) or (3) [formerly 38 U.S.C. 4104 (1) and (3)] must be serving in a full-time position without time limit and have served continuously for at least one year in this other merit system to be eligible to convert to the Title 5 System. Some exceptions to this rule may apply if you have previously acquired tenure under a Title 5 appointment. Current and former Federal employees must submit copies of their most recent SF-50, (Notice of Personnel Action). The SF-50 must identify the position title, series, grade, step, tenure and type of service (Competitive or Excepted). In some cases, more than one SF-50 may be required to show a higher grade previously held. This position is a AFGE Bargaining Unit position. This position is covered by a special rate."]
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