The Pharmacy Technician will work in in the James J. Peters VA Medical Center in the Bronx, New York and works in the Pharmacy Department. The Pharmacy Technician possess the skills to perform a full range of technical pharmacy duties as well as associated administrative duties which include processing and filling outpatient prescriptions for scheduled and non-scheduled federal legend drugs and medical devices. This Is An Open And Continuous 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. 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. Loss of Credential. An employee in this occupation who fails to obtain licensure/certification/ registration within the required time frame, or who fails to maintain the required licensure/certification/ registration must be removed from the occupation, which may also result in termination of employment. For occupations which require an active credential (licensure/certification/registration) at all grade levels, at the discretion of the appointing official, an employee may be reassigned to another occupation for which he/she qualifies if a placement opportunity exists. For occupations which require an active credential (licensure/certification/registration) in assignments above the full-performance level only, at the discretion of the appointing official, an employee may remain at an appropriate lower grade level in the occupation when both of the following apply: the credential is not a requirement and a placement opportunity exists." 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). Creditable Experience. To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with the scope of pharmacy technician practice. Quality of Experience. To be creditable, pharmacy technician experience must be documented on the application and verified in an employment reference, or through other independent means. Part-time Experience. Part-time experience as a pharmacy technician is credited according to its relationship to the full-time workweek. For example, a pharmacy technician would receive 1 week of full-time credit for each 2 weeks of half-time work. Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates. GS-6Experience. 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. Preferred Experience: Hospital experience or IV compounding experience References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/15 PART II APPENDIX G28, dated MARCH 17, 2006The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-6, which is the actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-6. Physical Requirements: Work requires long periods of sitting, standing and walking, bending, twisting, and carrying items up to 25lbs. Fine motor skills for the manipulation of products are also required. ["The incumbent will: 1. Read and interprets prescriptions, obtains proper medication or material in the proper strength and dosage form; determines proper amount and counts, pours, or measures the medications; affixes proper label; and records required data on Pharmacy's copy of prescription/order. After a final check by a pharmacist, dispenses medication in ambulatory care or discharge situations. 2. For unit-dose medications, performs final review of medication (prepared by another technician) to be dispensed to inpatient areas (unit-dose carts), and/or fills unit-dose carts independently without secondary review. 3. Compounds sterile products, both uncomplicated and complicated, and those associated with a high degree of toxicity such as chemotherapeutic drugs by following manufacturing practices and aseptic techniques meeting USP 797 and USP 800 requirements. 4. Compounds and/or reconstitutes oral or external medications without a second review. This includes calculating and converting to proper weights and measures the amount of drug or solution to be used. 5. Performs final verification of simple non-sterile compounds prepared by lower level technicians. 6. Dispenses ward stock according to par levels. Rotates stock and checks expirations dates when delivering stock. 7. Dispenses controlled substances in accordance with all policies and laws governing the receipt, storage and control of these drugs when called upon to do so. 8. Conducts monthly ward inspections of patient care areas. 9. Inventories and replenishes emergency carts without a second review. 10. Collects drug use evaluation data for quality improvement purposes working in conjunction with the inpatient supervisor and QM pharmacist. 11. Operates automated dispensing equipment to accomplish dispensing function. Prepackages medication using safe work practices. 12. According to policies and procedures monitors inventory needs in-patient care areas and relays this information to the appropriate Pharmacy personal. This also includes placing stock in proper storage areas, rotating stock on shelves, and removing/replacing outdated items. 13. Assists in other patient care areas as deemed necessary to maintain the consistency of overall pharmacy services. 14. Applies safe handling when using hazardous materials including P and U listed waste and references the Material Safety Data Sheets. 15. Conveys pharmacy policies and procedures to all customers when asked or needed. 16. Documents activities as required by policy or law in the time frames specified. 17. Performs all required tasks using the hospital-based computer system as per the policies for computer security and patient confidentiality. 18. Resolves routine patient care issues that are consistent with their responsibilities by adhering to medical center and service security policies. 19. Protects inventory from waste, fraud and diversion while working in a high security area. 20. Provides technical assistance and problem-solving support to all customers with a view towards accomplishing the service mission. 21. Recognizes physical, mental and behavioral changes that may be age related and are barriers to drug therapy compliance and reports findings to the provider or pharmacist when necessary. Performs other related duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Rotating Shifts including weekends, evening and holidays\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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