The Pharmacy Technician (Inpatient) position serves as the subject matter expert in medication dispensing to the inpatient areas of the medical center. This position is located at the Thomas E. Creek VA Medical Center in Amarillo, Texas within Pharmacy Service. 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. 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: GS-6 Experience. One year experience at the next lower level GS-05, and must fully meet the KSAs at the next lower level GS-05. 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. Certification. PTCB certification is required at this grade level and above. Preferred Experience: IV Certification Previous VA experience Experience working in a hospital pharmacy IV Chemotherapy certified References: VA Handbook 5005 Part II, Pharmacy Technician Qualification Standard, Appendix G28, Dated 3/17/2006. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-06. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-06. Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds; Moderate carrying, 15-44 pounds; Use of fingers; Walking (<2 hours); Standing (8 hours); Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing (aid may be permitted); Emotional/mental stability; Typing & computer use. ["Duties may include but are not limited to: Reads and interprets pharmacy orders (unit does, compounded sterile products, outpatient medications), obtains proper medication or material in the proper strength and dosage form; determines proper amount and counts, pours and withdraws or measures the medications; affixes label; records required data. After final check by a Pharmacist, dispenses medication in acute, extended care areas, and outpatient areas. Performs final review of emergency code carts and/or inventories and replenishes emergency code carts independently. Collects drug use evaluation data for quality improvement purposes. Operates, maintains, and troubleshoots complicated Pharmacy equipment. Reconstitutes oral or external medications (non-sterile). This includes calculating and converting to proper weights and measures the amount of drug or solution to be used. May enter correct drug, strength, dosage form, and quantity into the patient's medication profile. Answers questions from Pharmacy and non-Pharmacy personnel regarding drug distribution. Identifies basic therapeutic problems such as patient allergies, 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; continually seeks to improve services by following local policies and procedures that assures compliance with all VA, FDA, DEA, TJC, and OID recommendations and regulations. Maintains, verifies, stocks, removes and replaces outdates in patient care areas. Monitors inventory needs and relays this information to the Pharmacy Procurement Specialist. Prepares medications to be packaged through the pre-packing machine for dispensing to patients. Orients, trains, and/or instructs employees and students from TTUHSC SOP/AC (or other schools) in specific tasks as assigned. Performs all duties of lower graded technicians, if required. Work Schedule: Rotating shifts to include: 7:00am-3:30pm; 8:00am-4:30pm; 8:30am-5:00pm; 9:30am-6:00pm; 12:30pm-9:00pm Telework: Not available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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