The incumbent will serve as a pharmacy technician in this VHA Medical Center and is responsible for assuring facility compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, directives, policies and procedures. The incumbent must be familiar and knowledgeable with the technical and administrative aspects of all areas of pharmacy practice. Rotational tours of duty are necessary for the continuity of patient care. Rotational tours of duty are necessary for the continuity of patient care. 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. Certification must be current to support eligibility. Expired certifications are not valid. Physical Requirements. See Below 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. Grade Determinations: GS-6 Level 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 (*): 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 (*): 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. Next Lower Level, GS-5: (One year experience Required) 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. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/15 PART II APPENDIX G28 MARCH 17, 2006 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-6. Physical Requirements: Work involves some sitting and lifting, pushing, or pulling of weights up to 50 pounds. The incumbent will be subjected to bending and stooping. Able to operate motor vehicle. Able to carry 20 pounds for short distances. ****All required documentation must be uploaded before the announcement closes, to support eligibility.**** ["Incumbent will strive to constantly improve work flow and suggest changes in the medication distribution systems to increase efficiency. He/she is totally involved in implementing and improving Pharmacy customer service activities. Competency of the pharmacy technician is validated by completion of mandatory education and quality improvement reports. I. Unit Dose and Ward Stock Medication Management Performs final review of medication to be dispensed to inpatient areas (unit dose carts) utilizing the tech-check-tech methodology. Operates all pharmacy equipment in assigned areas (e.g., carries out requirements for preventative maintenance, and maintains equipment in good working order, including the Unit-Dose prepackage equipment, Glovebox Isolator, and Automated Dispensing Cabinet(s)). Assumes the initiative in this function, keeping equipment neat and orderly at all times. Fills ward orders initiated by nurses and automatic replenishment orders initiated by a pharmacy technician. For the unit dose program, after the orders are reviewed by a pharmacist for therapeutic propriety, the incumbent reviews doctors orders for technical accuracy and converts the order, if necessary, so that the item dispensed corresponds to the drug and dose ordered. He/she fills/checks cassettes based on pharmacy profiles. This also involves prioritizing drug orders according to established pharmacy procedures. Inventories and replenishes emergency carts ( crash carts) and automated dispensing machines making sure all drugs are in date, intact, and suitable for administration. Accuracy of drug replacement is validated using tech-check-tech. Compounds and/or reconstitutes oral or external medications (non-sterile) without a second review. This includes calculating and converting to proper weights and measures so that the correct amount of drug ingredients and/or solutions is used. Follows all guidelines for Bar Code Label Requirements. Scans and verifies barcodes on a daily basis. Prepares bar codes used for IV therapy, unit dose packaging, and printer labeling, records and tabulates data for quality control. . Is responsible for the delivery of all inpatient drugs to the unit areas, including unit dose, IV's automatic replenishment medications, controlled substances, and narcotics, and the safety and security of medications in transit. Is responsible for the repackaging of medication consistent with usage requirements and maintaining the appropriate records. This includes making sure proper and legal packaging requirements are met for unit dose drugs. Sterile Compounding: Accurately prepares Intravenous Piggybacks, admixtures, large volume IV' s daily and in sufficient quantity to cover the period over which these medications will be required and within appropriate expiration dates. Responsibilities include assuring adherence to aseptic technique, care and operation of special equipment, such as a laminar flow hood, Glovebox Isolator, use of correct labeling procedures and techniques. Duties include: receiving order for intravenous additive solutions, checking with the pharmacist on the accuracy of an order when discrepancies are noted, calculating the number of labels required when flow rate is given, and mixing the fluids. Records pertinent information on log sheets, labels, and vials used for review by a pharmacist. Affixes labels to the containers with appropriate bar codes as needed. A pharmacist reviews completed work before distribution. Restocks all solutions and supplies in the IV room on a daily basis. Maintains a log and documents glovebox cleaning daily. Outpatient Dispensing: Is able to read, interpret, and fill prescriptions under the direct supervision of the legally responsible pharmacist. The incumbent is able to identify basic therapeutic problems such as duplicate therapy with drugs in the same class and alerts the pharmacist to the possible need for intervention. This is done with notification to the pharmacist so that time requirements for the order can be achieved. Fully proficient in the use of ScriptPro equipment used for daily filling of patient medications employing proper labeling requirements, operating procedures, robot maintenance, and utilization of corresponding documentation logs. Keeps the Associate Chief, Pharmacy Service informed of any potential equipment malfunctions or order entry errors. Maintains proper documentation with verification by a pharmacist Other duties as assigned Work Schedule: 8:00am to 4:30pm or 8:30to 5:00pm\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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