This position is located in Pharmacy Service at the Charles George VA Medical Center, Asheville, NC. Employees serve as staff pharmacy technicians performing technical support under the supervision of a registered pharmacist. This position functions primarily in support of Automated Medication Distribution Systems used by Pharmacy Service. 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. c. Certification. Certification by the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) is required at grades GS-6 and above. 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). NOTE: Your experience must be fully documented on your, resume and must include job title, duties, month and year start/end dates AND hours worked per week. Grade Determinations:GS-6 Experience. One year experience at the next lower level and must fully meet the KSAs at the next lower level. 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. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*): 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 G28 PHARMACY TECHNICIAN The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-06. Physical Requirements: This position may involve potentially extended periods of sitting, standing, carrying of items weighting up to 20 pounds; i.e., files, medical records, and manuals. In general, the work does not require special physical demands. ["Monitors inventory needs for patient care areas.\nReplenishes medications including properly rotating stock to reduce waste. and\nEnsures outdated stock is removed from patient care areas in accordance with facility policy.\nPerforms unit and inventory inspections to ensure medication storage requirements are met.\nWorks closely with the procurement team to ensure continuous medication stock and timely updating of system barcode libraries for new products. Reads and interprets prescriptions.\nDetermines proper amount and counts, pours, or measures the medications.\nAffixes proper labeling and records required data on Pharmacy's copy of prescription/order.\nCollects drug use evaluation data for quality improvement purposes.\nOperates and maintains complicated pharmacy equipment.\nAnswers questions from pharmacy and non-pharmacy personnel regarding drug distribution.\nInterprets the physicians order, selecting appropriate ingredients, measuring and mixing ingredients in a safe and proper manner.\nProcesses all unused sterile products for return, recycling, and/or destruction.\nPerforms all the duties of lower graded technicians, if required.\nAssists in other patient care areas as deemed necessary to maintain the consistency of overall pharmacy services. Work Schedule: 40 hours per week: M-F 6:00am -2:30pm\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: GS-0661-6\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized"]
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