The Atlanta VA Health Care System (Pharmacy Service) is recruiting for many full/part-time Pharmacy Technicians, Inpatient & Outpatient positions. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens. Education or Experience.:A high school diploma or equivalent; or at least 3 months experience. English Language: Pharmacy technicians appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English Minimum Qualifications for GS-5 Pharmacy Technician: 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 Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs): 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. This is the full performance level (GS-5) 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, Part II, Appendix G27, dated March 17, 2006 Physical Requirements: Principal duties require repetitive use of hands and fingers (e.g., preparing prescriptions, use of a computer keyboard, etc.). May require lifting and carrying light loads (up to 44lbs.), including boxes, equipment, medical supplies, stock boxes etc.; stooping or kneeling (e.g., to pick up items from the floor, remove and replace items on lower shelves, and to file documents in lower file drawers, etc.); sitting, walking, or standing for long periods of time (4-8 hours). Ability to operate automation. Normal ranges of hearing and vision are required to perform work and communicate effectively. An ability to perform tasks requiring rapid mental and muscular coordination functions simultaneously is necessary. Must be physically capable of operating various types of equipment used for the job. ["Major duties for Inpatient Pharmacy Technicians include, but are not limited to:\nUnit Dose: Maintains a thorough working knowledge of the unit dose packaging automation, including use of the automation, general service issues, quality assurance and appropriate servicing requirements. Manually prepackages any medications not packaged by the unit dose automation with accuracy. Ensures that all unit dosed liquids, tablets or dispense units are complete with Manufacturer, Lot #, Expiration date, according to policies, and have been verified by a pharmacist prior to dispensing. Ensures that all medications have a readable barcode affixed prior to dispensing. Prepares and documents non-sterile compounds complying with USP795 standards. Responsible for filling cart fills in their entirety using every avenue to acquire medication needed and updating prior to exchange. Communicates with pharmacist when unable to provide medication required. Accurately fills orders and missing doses and labels with correct patient information and location.\nWard Stock: Maintains a thorough working knowledge of the automated dispensing equipment (i.e., pyxis, omnicell, etc) located on the wards and clinics, including accurate use of the automation, troubleshooting common issues, and required policies and procedures for stocking the automation. Labels vials and IV bags accurately, e.g. High Alert, Single Dose Vial, etc. Maintains a thorough working knowledge of narcotic handling procedures, and demonstrates the ability to maintain a high level of accuracy in this area.\nIV Medications: Maintains knowledge of appropriate aseptic technique for preparation of intravenous medications. Fills IV orders timely and accurately. Complies with USP 797 standards. Maintains competencies with chemotherapy preparation. Responsible for manufacturing uncomplicated parenteral admixtures to be delivered in the form of large volume and small volume bags up to high risk level sterile product preparation.\nWard Inspections: Responsible for completing and documenting ward inspections on a monthly basis. Monitors medications in automated dispensing equipment (i.e., pyxis, omnicell, etc.) to assure that expiring medications are removed prior to the expiration date. Major duties for Outpatient Pharmacy Technicians include, but are not limited to:\nDispensing: Collates prescription documents for specific patients; reads and interprets prescriptions, obtains proper medication or material in the proper strength and dosage form; determines proper amount and counts, pours, or measures medication, including chemotherapy products; affixes proper label; records required data on pharmacy's copy of the prescription/order. After a final check by a pharmacist, dispenses completed prescriptions to patients. Maintains statistics and records as requested. Operates and maintains pharmacy automation systems. Wraps and packages medications that pertain to the preparation and/or distribution of medications within the outpatient pharmacy department. Compounds various medications, i.e., ointments, creams, lotions, special formula solutions, etc., using appropriate aseptic technique, on an as needed basis. Collects drug use evaluation data for quality improvement purposes as required. Answers questions from pharmacy and non-pharmacy personnel regarding drug distribution. Identifies basic therapeutic problems such as duplicate therapy with drugs in the same class and alerts the pharmacist to the possible need for clinical intervention. Inventory: Maintains required records concerning the distribution and prepackaging of outpatient medications. Prepacks various medications into quantities that are frequently dispensed to outpatients. Assists in keeping the outpatient area in order and in restocking various medications within the department. Able to maintain a through working knowledge of the narcotic vault, and demonstrate the ability to maintain a high level of accuracy in this area.\nProgram Management: Works the outpatient \"window\" assisting patients or their representatives with the pickup of medications, answering questions regarding pharmacy policy and procedures, or how to get assistance from pharmacist when needed. Demonstrates the ability to locate patient prescription information in pharmacy computer systems and interpret that information to effectively assist patients and staff. Delivers medications to offsite locations via locked storage container; maintains inventory of transported medications.\nCustomer Service: Relationships with management, co-workers, patients, and the general public is consistently courteous, respectful, and cooperative in nature. Work Schedule: Various Shifts\nTelework: Not available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 506560, Pharmacy Technician, GS-5\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required."]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.