The VA Montana Health Care System, Pharmacy Service is currently recruiting for one (1) Pharmacy Technician, GS-0661-06, at the Fort Harrison VA Medical Center, in Fort Harrison, Montana. 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: Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.) Education or Experience. A high school diploma or equivalent; or at least 3 months experience. English Language Proficiency. Pharmacy technicians appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with 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: GS-06 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 (*): Certification. PTCB certification is required at this grade level and above. 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. Assignments. Pharmacy technicians may be assigned to any area of the pharmacy including expanded distributive function assignments; for example assignment as team leaders for specific process improvement teams involving technical areas or performing more highly complex duties including preparation of oncology agents for clinical pharmacy specialists. 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. References: VA Handbook 5005/15 Physical Requirements: Physical movements involve completion of routine pharmacy functions which include but are not limited to: opening and packaging mail, restocking shelves, use of automation, computer work/typing, compounding sterile products, work with controlled substances and hazardous medications, and interactions (face-to-face and over telephone) with patients and staff. Certain tasks are repetitive in nature and require multiple steps performed in succession for success. 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. Complexity of mental processes involved may be extensive and challenging. ["Pharmacy technicians provide various technical support services related to inpatientand/or outpatients. Pharmacy Technicians typically carry out the full range of technicalsupport functions which include but are not limited to: Processing and filling outpatient prescriptions for scheduled and non-scheduled federal legend drugs and medical devices over-the-counter products, and supply items. Preparation and distribution of ward stock items. Inpatient preparation and distribution of unit dose medications and ward stock items and intravenous admixtures. Operation, maintenance, restocking and troubleshooting of automated dispensing equipment. Patient and customer relations. Any individual technician may be required to perform some or all of the functions; however, the relative percentages of time spent performing each specific function varies somewhat with the area of assignment. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, rotating 8 hour shifts between 7:30 am and 5:30 pm, including some weekends and holidays Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 52911-A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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