The incumbent functions as the Lead Pharmacy Technician for several areas and performs a variety of specialized technical support functions in the Pharmacy Service, enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of the professional staff. Basic Requirements: U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. English language proficiency. Pharmacy technicians appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English. Must have a high school diploma or equivalent (proof of graduation or equivalent required) or at least 3 months of 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. Part-time experience as a pharmacy technician is credited according to its relationship the full-time work week. For example, a pharmacy technician would receive 1 week of full-time credit for each 2 weeks of half-time work.Preferred Experience: Experience in a hospital pharmacy setting is preferred, but not required. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Grade Determinations GS-6: 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 (b) Certification. PTCB certification is required at this grade level and above. (c) 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. GS-7: Experience: One year experience at the next lower level and must full 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 (*): *1. Ability to evaluate, analyze workflow, and coordinate work activities. 2. Ability to independently gather, evaluate, and analyze date to generate reports and/or for other projects/statistical purposes. 3. Knowledge of pharmacy policies and procedures sufficient to train and orient new employees and other staff. 4. Comprehensive knowledge of the operation and care of specialized pharmaceutical equipment. 5. Comprehensive knowledge of the procurement and formulary process. 6. Comprehensive knowledge of investigational drug policies and procedures. 7. Comprehensive knowledge of controlled substance policies and procedures, and the ability to identify and investigate discrepancies in these policies and procedures. 8. Comprehensive knowledge of, and ability to , analyze data in VA information systems. Physical Requirements: This position requires heavy lifting (45 lbs and over); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; walking (3 hours per day); standing (8 hours per day); kneeling (2 hours per day); repeated bending (4 hours per day); both legs required; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable to 13" to 16"; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other; ability to distinguish shades of colors; hearing (aid permitted). ["As a Pharmacy Technician, major duties include, but are not limited to, the following: Assist customers with incoming Care in the Community prescriptions Assist Care in the Community Pharmacist as needed Ensures accurate transcription of care in the community prescriptions Ensures appropriate filing and maintenance of care in the community prescriptions Monitors pharmacists and pharmacy technicians for compliance with controlled substance policies. Performs all inventory management, dispensing and record keeping activities for all investigational drugs. Trains pharmacy staff on established procedures to assure compliance. completes competency assessments for pharmacy staff. Coordinates ward inspection assignments. Provides training and oversight for pharmacy technicians. Monitors inspections for timely and accurate completion. Aggregates data and generates reports for pharmacy leadership. Develops and maintains the process for tracking inventory of selected non-controlled substances. Accurately prepares and labels inpatient and outpatient medications for final review. Receives new stock and returned stock into inventory record keeping. Operates and maintains complicated pharmacy equipment according to established procedures. Other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00AM - 4:30PM\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nPosition Title/Functional Statement #:Pharmacy Technician (Care in the Community)/PD000000\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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