The JDDVAMC is currently recruiting for a Pharmacy Technician. The incumbent is a Pharmacy Technician in 24 hours, 7 days a week Pharmacy Service with Outpatient, Inpatient, Domiciliary, ambulatory clinics, CBOC's related duties as assigned. 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. English Language. Pharmacy technicians appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English accordance with VA Handbook 5005, 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) .Grade Determinations: 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, which include: 1) Ability to process and fill prescriptions under supervision. 2) Ability to operate and maintain dispensing equipment. 3) Ability to operate pharmacy information systems. and 4) ability to maintain appropriate files. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following 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. Note: The incumbent must maintain a state issued driver license and be able to operate a government vehicle with completion of all required facility training to drive it. The incumbent will need to travel (driver and or passenger) to facility location(s) off site locations; Domiciliary, CBOC's, and VRCC. References: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G28, Pharmacy Technician Job Qualification Standard GS-661. Physical Requirements: The incumbent should be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds without significant difficulty. Incumbent must be able to stand or sit in one place for considerable time during completion of complex tasks. Both legs required. The work involves regular and recurring physical exertion including walking, bending, prolonged standing, stooping, lifting and carrying packages weighing up to 50 pounds. Dexterity is required for the operation of Pharmacy equipment. ["VA Careers - Pharmacy: https://youtube.com/embed/Fn_ickNBEws The incumbent performs a full range of pharmacy technician drug distribution duties to support Pharmacy service at the John D. Dingell VA Healthcare System. The duties include, but not limited to, preparing and delivery of medication orders of either controlled or non-controlled substances, sterile product compounding, hazardous medications, unit dose packaging, non-sterile compounding, ward inspections, automated dispensing cabinet stocking, intake of medications, and preparing intravenous chemotherapy but less than 25% of time. The incumbent is trained and demonstrates familiarity with departmental procedures and policies. The employee must demonstrate knowledge, skills and the abilities to operate and care for automated dispensing devices and equipment, knowledge of and ability to prepare aseptic techniques, knowledge of basic inventory procedures, and knowledge of pharmacy information systems. The ability to apply sound judgment and demonstrate critical thinking skills, developed through experience or training, is required of the incumbent for reasons of providing excellent customer service, safe patient care and fostering best workplace relationships. Due to the busy nature of the pharmacy, daily assignments may change depending on workload demands. In any given day, the incumbent may be called upon to work on several different assignments in the pharmacy to provide services to promote customer satisfaction. The position requires flexibility and adaptability. The Pharmacy Technician employee will be responsible for the accurate and timely filling and or preparation, dispensing to patients all medications (controlled, non-controlled, research, investigational, hazardous, chemotherapy) and or pharmacy supply items that have been prescribed for patient care or research purposes. The outcome should meet or exceed established productivity goals. Demonstrates competence with USP 797, USP 795 and USP 800 requirements. The Pharmacy Technician provides various technical support services performing routine pharmacy functions including preparing prescriptions by counting, pouring, weighing, measuring and mixing the medication; preparing stock; preparing medications for patients in various settings; and taking inventory of medications. The incumbent serves as a full performance pharmacy technician receiving guidance from licensed staff or more experienced technician staff for more complex tasks. This is work in the Inpatient or Outpatient Pharmacy. The filling of orders will be expected at a reasonable rate to ensure that work is efficiently completed. The orders may be filled by hand count or in combination with automated support from equipment such as ScriptPro or other such robotic filling equipment. The incumbent prepares sterile intravenous prescription orders (IV-Admixtures) in compliance with facility, VHA and USP guidelines. The incumbent will assist by quick retrieval of \"STAT\", \"NOW\" and \"MISSING\" doses and their prompt delivery after checked by a pharmacist Other duties include work to perform duties related to: Dispensing activities at the pick up window Meter mail Deliver mail cart Deliver medication cart Dispense to patients/staff Follow safety practices Reporting and responding to JPRS reports Participate in medication error review, reporting adverse incidents or other concerns to supervisor or designee within 20 minutes, Documenting work activity or adverse incidents as requested Demonstrate knowledge to explain the Non-Formulary, Special Drug Requests (S.D.R.) and Restricted Drug procedures to providers and patients/caregivers. Utilize the facility paging system to page in-house pagers and the D.M.C. issued pagers. Understanding and properly utilizing available computer options (Microsoft Office, Outlook, VISTA, VATAS, ePerformance, Intranet, TMS, etc.) Understands and demonstrates ability to appropriately respond to questions from patients/caregivers or hospital staff concerning number of refills remaining, how to request a refill, and similar questions related to status of a prescription. Work Schedule: Varied hours, may be assigned to work days/afternoon/midnight tours including weekends and holidays.\nCompressed/Flexible: No\nTelework: No\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 91455-0\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: No\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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