Pharmacy technicians provide various technical support services related to patient care. The incumbent shall support the medication reconciliation process for inpatients under the supervision of an assigned clinical pharmacist. 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: U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Education or Training. A high school diploma or equivalent; OR at least three (3) months experience. Certification. Certification by the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) is required at grades GS-6 and above. [NOTE: YOU MUST SUBMIT A COPY OF YOUR CURRENT CERTIFICATION WITH THE APPLICATION PACKAGE] Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. English Language Proficiency. Pharmacy technicians appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in both spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d). Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates: GS-6 Pharmacy Technician: A) Experience: One (1) year of progressively responsible assignments and experience equivalent to the GS-5 level which demonstrates knowledge, skills, and abilities that are directly related to the specific assignment and fully meets all of the performance requirements for the GS-5 Pharmacy Technician. B) Certification: PTCB certification is required at this grade level. [NOTE: YOU MUST SUBMIT A COPY OF YOUR CURRENT CERTIFICATION WITH THE APPLICATION PACKAGE] C) In addition to meeting the basic requirements and grade determinations, applicant must demonstrate the following: Ability to solve problems and make recommendations, e.g., troubleshoot operational problems and refer for appropriate action. Knowledge of the operation and care of automated equipment. Knowledge of, and ability to follow, written instructions for compounding with aseptic technique for hazardous materials such as oncology agents. Knowledge, and ability to perform, compounding with aseptic technique for routine sterile products. Knowledge of policies and procedures for inventory management in specialized areas such as emergency carts. Knowledge of the computerized prescription process demonstrated by the ability to input prescriptions and medication orders. References: VA Handbook 5005/16, Part II, Appendix G28 Pharmacy Technician Qualifications Standard, dated March 17, 2006, http://vaww.va.gov/OHRM/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5005.pdf The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-6. Physical Requirements: Employees are typically expected to work varying work schedules. This may include nights, weekends and/or holidays as assigned. Principle duties require repetitive use of hands and fingers (e.g., preparing IV admixtures, use of a computer keyboard, etc.). May require lifting and carrying light loads (up to 44lbs.), including boxes, equipment, unit dose-cassettes, and IV solutions; stooping or kneeling (e.g., to pick up items from the floor, remove and replace items on lower shelves, sitting, walking, or standing for long periods of time (4-8 hours). Normal ranges of hearing and vision are required to perform work and communicate effectively; must have the visual ability to distinguish between basic colors and shades of color. An ability to perform tasks requiring rapid mental and muscular coordination functions simultaneously is necessary. Must be physically capable of operating various types of equipment used for the job. ["Pharmacy technicians provide various technical support services related to patient care. These technical support functions which include but are not limited to: processing, filling and delivery of discharge prescriptions for scheduled and non-scheduled federal legend drugs, over-the-counter products and supply items; inpatient preparation and distribution of unit dose medications, ward stock items, and intravenous admixtures including cytotoxic chemotherapy; operation, maintenance, re-stocking and troubleshooting of automated dispensing equipment; interviewing patients to obtain medication histories; medical chart reviews to compile medication lists; contacting outside pharmacies, nursing facilities and inpatient facilities for medication information; entering progress notes; patient and customer relations. The incumbent may be required to perform some or all of the functions; however the relative percentages of time spent performing each specific function varies with the area of assignment and needs of the service. Functions:\nMedication History Management: a. The incumbent shall support the medication reconciliation process for inpatients under the supervision of an assigned clinical pharmacist. For assigned patients, routinely reviews outpatient medication profile on admission to hospital and verifies over the-counter (OTC) and herbal medications with patients. Review focus shall be on OTC, herbal, and other medication documentation, prescription duplication, therapeutic duplication, prescription noncompliance, allergies and adverse drug reaction.\nb. For assigned patients, the incumbent contacts non-VA facilities to collect or confirm medication lists.\nc. For assigned patients, the incumbent interviews patients and/or caregivers regarding medication use, medication allergies and immunization status. Documentation of obtained information will be completed in electronic progress notes.\nd. The incumbent will adhere to facility policies for infection control, including hand hygiene, and patient privacy.\ne. The incumbent will communicate, complete notes and follow-up on requests in a timely manner based on the needs of the acute care team and assigned clinical pharmacist. Discharge Medication Management: a. The incumbent interprets printed prescription label and determines drug, strength and dosage to be dispensed. Processes prescriptions by obtaining correct stock, counting or measuring correct amount of medication, placing medications in proper containers and affixing prescription and ancillary labels.\nb. The incumbent provides timely deliveries for discharge prescriptions to patient care areas. Bags are reviewed prior to delivery to ensure that the correct prescriptions are delivered to the correct patient. Verification of patient identification is performed according to facility policy. Unit Dose Medication Management: a. The incumbent fills patient unit dose carts independently without a secondary review utilizing order copies or pick lists. Reviews and coordinates orders and pick lists to provide proper dosage making corrections as required. Inputs, updates and edits pick list to provide accurate dispensing record.\nb. The incumbent maintains unit dose cart inventories. Conducts monthly ward and unit dose cart inspections. Provides proper labeling of stock in wards and clinics. Routinely monitors expiration dates of all stock and reports shortages and out of stock conditions as they are discovered.\nc. The incumbent determines prepackaging needs for unit dose medications. Properly packages, labels, documents and verifies accuracy of finished product.\nd. Operates and maintains automated pharmacy equipment. VA Careers - Pharmacy: https://youtube.com/embed/Fn_ickNBEws Work Schedule: Variable\nTelework: Not Authorized\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 000000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nPCS Appraised Value Offer (AVO): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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