This position is located at the Northport VAMC, Northport NY. This position functions primarily in the Pharmacy Inpatient section and is directly involved in the inpatient management system. Leads a team of employees performing work at a GS-7 level; provides guidance and technical direction necessary for accomplishing the work of the team. 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. b. 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. (1) Creditable 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. (2) Quality of Experience. To be creditable, pharmacy technician experience must be documented on the application and verified in an employment reference, or through other independent means. (3) Part-time Experience. Part-time experience as a pharmacy technician is credited according to its relationship to the full-time workweek. For example, a pharmacy technician would receive 1 week of full-time credit for each 2 weeks of half-time work. 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: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates: GS-7 (a) 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 (*): (b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 1. Ability to evaluate, analyze workflow, and coordinate work activities. 2. Ability to independently gather, evaluate, and analyze data 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. (c) Assignments. 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. Pharmacy technicians at this grade level may be assigned as a supervisor; lead technician in a particular area of the pharmacy; a controlled substance technician; an investigational drug technician; a procurement/inventory management technician; a clinical pharmacy technician; or similar assignment with this level of complexity. The GS-7 level is for select, complex pharmacy technician positions, as established by each health care facility. To be advanced, employees must meet all of the following standards, provided the standard is part of their assignment. Determinations concerning placement of positions at this grade level shall take into consideration the skill mix and the availability of supervision in the work unit. Although these positions are under the supervision of a pharmacist, employees in such settings successfully and consistently demonstrate the exercise of independent technical judgment (without the need for readily available supervision) as well as comprehensive and thorough working knowledge of the most complex or difficult practices and procedures. Such individuals may also serve as leaders or co-leaders in a Pharmacy Service or for a specific unit or section. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G28. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-07 Physical Requirements: The work requires regular and recurring physical exertion, involving standing for prolonged periods of time, lifting/carrying of pharmaceutical supplies weighing up to 40 lbs., and bending/stooping. ["Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following: Serves as work leader, assuring the work assignments of employees in the area are carried out. Distributes and balances workload and tasks among employees. Assures the timely accomplishment of work assigned to the team. Assures each team member has an integral role in developing the final product or providing the assigned service. Communicates to the team the problem to be solved or program issues under review, and coaches the team or individual team members in identifying the parameters of a viable solution. Ensures the organization's vision is integrated in to the team's goals, strategies, activity plans and work product. Makes day-to-day adjustments in work assignments based on workload and daily attendance. Assign, monitor and documents monthly ward inspections. Monitors the status of a progress of work and makes adjustments in accordance with established priorities; obtains assistance from the supervisor as needed for major issues or problems which arise. In order to see that the supervisor's instructions have been met, checks work in progress and instructs employees in specific tasks and job techniques. Trains team members in the accomplishment of tasks or projects. Maintains current knowledge and answers questions from team members on procedures, policies and directives and evaluates the performance of pharmacy technicians including appraisals. Performs final review of medication (prepared by another technician) to be dispensed. Inventories and replenishes medication stock. Collects drug use evaluation data for Quality Improvement purposes as required. Operates and maintains complicated Pharmacy equipment including the Talyst machine. Compounds and/or reconstitutes oral or external medications (non-sterile) without a second review. This includes calculating and converting to proper weights and measures the amount of drug or solution to be used. After orders are reviewed by a pharmacist for therapeutic propriety, the technician reviews orders for technical accuracy and converts the order, if necessary, so that the item dispensed corresponds to the drug and dose ordered and enters correct drug, strength, dosage form and quantity into the VISTA profile. Performs final verification of simple, non-sterile compounds prepared by lower level technicians and 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. Assists in total quality improvement activities by participating in Medical Center and Service process assessment and action teams and continually seeks to improve services; assists with the collection of data used for the purpose of improving quality of service provided and, if required, performs all the duties of lower graded technicians. Technical knowledge of drug and medication brand names, generic names/chemical names, general and special storage requirements, expiration date requirements, manufacturer/distributor sources, dosage forms, applicable systems of weights and measures, and medical terminology in order to interpret physician's orders and verify that correct drug, dosage form, strength, and dosage are prepared and dispensed. Working knowledge of drug use and dosage forms available to be able to screen drug orders for propriety and assist the pharmacist in solving potential problems; must possess a working knowledge of hospital computer system, specifically the applicable CPRS processing options (e.g., Unit dose, IV admixture). Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 7:30am-4:00pm\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 000000\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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