The Oklahoma City Pharmacy Service is recruiting for five, (5) Pharmacy Technicians that have the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board, PTCB, certification to work at the Oklahoma City VA. The Pharmacy Service is offering a monetary Recruitment Incentive up to 5% of the annual salary of eligible candidates. 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. English Language Proficiency. Speech-language pathologists must be proficient in spoken and written English. 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. Loss of Credential. An employee in this occupation who fails to obtain licensure/certification/ registration within the required time frame, or who fails to maintain the required licensure/certification/ registration must be removed from the occupation, which may also result in termination of employment. GS-6 Grade Determination requirements: Experience: One year experience at the next lower level, and must fully meet the (GS-5) KSAs at the next lower level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following (GS-6) technical KSAs. AND Certification. PTCB certification is required at this grade level and above. GS-5 (lower level experience requirements) GS-5 Education. Successful completion of a 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree that included at least 24 semester hours of courses related to pharmacy or pharmacy technology; successful completion of pertinent specialized training courses in pharmaceutical and pharmacy services while serving in the Armed Forces is creditable on a month-for-month basis up to the 1 year of experience required for the GS-5 level; OR at least 1 year of experience at the next lower level that demonstrates the core competencies (KSAs) described at the GS-4 level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: GS-5 KSAs 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. AND GS-6 Technical Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities, KSAs. 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. References: VA Handbook 5005/3, Part II, Appendix G28 The full performance level of this vacancy is a GS-6. Physical Requirements: The incumbent must be a mature, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations. Extensive walking, standing and pushing carts about the work unit. Regular and recurring bending, lifting, stooping, stretching, lifting. Mental clarity and ability to convert medications to the correct dosing. ["The following duties for the Pharmacy Technician, include, but are not limited to: Reads & interprets prescriptions from the pharmacy automation and the electronic health record. Reviews prescription orders for technical accuracy. Prepares medications & ensures orderable item matches item being dispensed w/ regard to drug, strength, quantity or appropriate supply item. Uses Optifill to batch & label outpatient medications. .Maintains highly sophisticated pharmacy equipment includes cleaning procedures & maintenance of Optifill, TCGRx, ScriptTalk, Kirby Lester counting machines and office equipment like printers. Assists inventory processes that include but are not limited to inventory counts, medication ordering, stocking, checking for outdates, pulling outdates, pulling recalled medication, med room inspections, or any other activity related to VA medication supply Accurately interprets the electronic health record. Is able to confirm prescription information in pharmacy automation software. Able to execute refills or other technician duties within the VA electronic health record. Accurately enters/updates patient information in in the VA electronic health record. Accurately enters notes into the electronic health record using pharmacy templates/blank forms. Comprehends & participates in procurement activities, inventory management, narcotic dispensing, mental health programs, secure messaging, overnight mail, partial fills, window dispensing, administrative reports, prescription review, incident reports, etc. Prioritizes workload to work by assigned deadlines. Able to work in an organized manner & maintains clean workstation. Maintains adaptability & flexibility for various emerging roles/responsibilities in medication distribution system; Important w/ regard to new equipment, assignments, & changes in pharmacy workflow. Maintains appropriate phone etiquette & professionalism. Able to work independently. Accurately collects & clarifies patient information. Capable of synthesizing patient information to identify basic therapeutic, distributive/medication related problems. Understands when to alert/ask pharmacists for clarification/assistance. Communicates information accurately. Fills medication \"to be mailed\" according to description provided in medication distribution section. Ensures prescription label matches mailing label & maintains accuracy in other software/paper systems. Able to transport mail containers to pickup destinations, restock supplies, lift mail bags/containers. Assists w/other medication distribution activities as directed. Fills controlled substance (CS) medication according to description provided in medication distribution section. Matches hardcopy prescriptions to prescription labels according to current federal/state requirements. Monitors prescription orders for dispensing accuracy & communicates potential problems to supervisor. Performs equipment maintenance as directed. Able to clean the CS area/others as needed. Medication Management System: i.e. Assists the pharmacist w/ problem solving, patient care/medication issues. Assists in quality improvement projects on an individual/team basis to improve pharmacy service. Assists to complete required pharmacy reporting obligations. Maintains pharmacy security; includes pharmacy physical security & electronic records security. Maintains accountability for tour of duty; includes being on time & ready at the start of shift, & returning on time from lunch/breaks/meetings/activities, etc. Performs other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: This position may be required to rotate through the following tours including, but not limited to 7:00am-3:30pm, 8:00am-4:30pm, 10:30am-7:00pm, 12:30pm-9:00pm, 3:30pm-12:00am (midnight) or any other tour deemed appropriate based on the needs of the service. Needs of the service are based on a 24/7 facility Compressed/Flexible: Not Available Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: PD53043-O Relocation/Recruitment Incentive: Relocation/Recruitment incentive may be authorized for the highly qualified applicant Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Available Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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