This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Basic Requirements: Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. English Language Proficiency. Medical Technologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Policy Education. 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. Grade Requirements GS-06 Experience. Must have 1 year of creditable experience equivalent to the full performance level (GS-5), which is directly related to the position to be filled. Your resume should demonstrate specialized experience that reflects your ability to complete the duties of GS-6 Pharmacy Technician. Examples of specialized experience include but are not limited to the following including receiving prescriptions from patients in writing or electronically from physicians; prepare prescriptions by counting, pouring, weighing, measuring, and mixing the medication if necessary; maintain patient profiles, prepare insurance claim forms, stock, and take inventory of medications; prepare medications for inpatients in various settings, including sterile product preparation. Certification. Certification by the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) is required. Knowledge, Skill & Abilities (KSA). You must demonstrate all of the following technical 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. References: VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G-28 Pharmacy Technician Qualification Standard Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting, carrying 15-44 lbs.; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordinating simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" Jaeger 1-4; depth perception; ability to distinguish basic/shades of colors; mental and emotional stability. Working closely with others. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement. ["The duties of this position include but are not limited to the following: Adequate stock of pharmaceuticals and supplies for the areas assigned is maintained by communicating with the procurement personnel for items that are below par levels or out of stock. Usage of medications is monitored, and par levels are adjusted accordingly. In addition, out of stock medications are communicated to the pharmacy supervisors and procurement staff at the time of discovery so that arrangements can be made to prevent delays in patient care. - All pharmacy areas are maintained according to facility and service level policies (e.g., separate areas for high alert medications, proper disposal of corrugated cardboard, etc.). Assigned monthly ward inspections are thoroughly and consistently performed within established timeframe, including inspection of investigational drug areas, if assigned. Outdated, deteriorated, and damaged medications are disposed of in the appropriate pharmaceutical waste containers or placed inside the return bin for credit processing according to policy and procedures for reverse distribution. Stock is rotated as necessary to utilize the shortest expiration date items first. Packaging supplies are monitored and restocked by alerting procurement staff in a timely manner. Refrigerators/freezers are monitored daily for adequate temperature control according to facility policies and procedures. Appropriate action is initiated and documented for out-of-range temperature, and problems are resolved in a timely manner to ensure no drug is wasted due to improper storage. Equipment problems are identified and concerns are brought to the immediate attention of the supervisor and/or Informatics/Automation personnel. Repackaging equipment is monitored daily to ensure safety and effectiveness. Sterile and non-sterile compounding medications are prepared and dispensed according to policies and procedures. Preparing and dispensing unit dose medications which includes but not limited to accurately filling patient cassettes, returning unused medications to stock, maintaining adequate unit-dose stocks, handles routine telephone inquiries, replenishing emergency carts, and double checks carts as directed by Pharmacy Supervisor or designee. Assembles various medication and supply kits for Pharmacist sign off. Prepackages a wide variety of pharmaceuticals, labeling them properly, documenting accurately and leaving them for final verification. Double checks packaging performed by other technicians. If applicable, performs automatic replenishment and processes requests for ward stock; performs record keeping for these activities. Manages ward stock which includes but not limited to inspecting ward stock supplies for unapproved items and outdates, performing necessary record keeping, screening all requests against the ward stock list, providing appropriate adjustments and/or communications/clarification, replenishing ward, clinics, and emergency stock drugs as accordance to policies and procedures. Work Schedule: Tour Varies Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Telework: Not Available This is not a virtual position."]
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