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Pharmacy Technician (Inpatient and Outpatient)
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs | Los Angeles, California
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Job Description

The Pharmacy Technician of this position works within the inpatient and/or outpatientPharmacy and performs the full range of pharmacy technician functions in support of Pharmacy Service operations. The technician will perform duties include:

Operates and maintains automated dispensing units used for dispensing medications including controlled substance and ward stock medications.

Performs final review of medication to be dispensed to inpatient wards and/or fills unit dose carts independently with secondary review.

Receives and verifies drug deliveries; determines most appropriate storage area and ensures storage conforms to hospital and OSHA standards.

Conducts ward/clinic inspections for the proper storage of medications and documents filling on inspection report form.

Processes outdated unusable inventory for return to pharmaceutical manufacturers or prime vendor for either replacement or credit.

Assists in effecting drug recalls by checking applicable lots and informing appropriate personnel.

Performs substantially all sterile technical operations in the sterile solutions unit of the pharmacy, which serves all area of the hospital.

Receives reviews, interprets and prioritizes doctor"s order for IV medications, and informs the clinical pharmacist of any questionable order.

Strictly adheres to aseptic technique procedures and performs normal preventive maintenance for the special IV equipment such as the laminar air flow hood and etc.

Prepares sterile pharmaceuticals which are associated with a high degree of toxicity, and follows the strict aseptic procedures.

Utilizes knowledge of Federal and hospital and Pharmacy service regulations/policies concerning pharmaceutical practices in performing day to day functions.

Responds inquiries from professional staff and other health care, patients and outside parties, and refers professional-technician questions received to clinical pharmacists.

Work Schedule:The INPATIENT pharmacy provides service 24 hours a day, seven (7) days a week. The employee in this position will work five (5) days a week and may work evenings, nights, weekend, holidays, etc. for staffing coverage, and the shift is 3:30 pm to mid-night. Employees who work in the weekends and holidays, are entitled to receive weekend premium and holiday pay when worked.

Work Schedule: The OUTPATIENT The employees in this position will work five (5) days a week and require to rotate for staffing coverage. Employees occasionally rotate Saturdays and holidays, and who work in the weekends and holidays, are entitled to receive weekend premium and holiday pay when worked.

Monday through Friday (rotating 8 hour shifts of 8:00am-4:30pm, 9:00am-5:30pm, 10:30am-7:00pm)


Functional Statement Title/#:

Pharmacy Technician Inpatient 1285039

Pharmacy Technician Outpatient 1285034


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.

Certification: Certification by the National Pharmacy Technician Certification board (PTCB) is required at grades GS-6 and above (COPY OF CERTIFICATION REQUIRED).

Physical Requirements: Must pass pre-employment physical; see VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

English Language Proficiency: The Applicant must be proficient in spoken and written English.

GS-6 Pharmacy Technician:

Experience: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 grade level in Federal Service, that indicates the ability to acquire the particular knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the position. The specialized experience include: processing medication orders, controlled substance processing, inventory management and pharmacy information system, sterile product compounding and unit dose processing. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs.

Preferred Experience:

* Having experience working in an inpatient and/or outpatient pharmacy setting.


GRADE DETERMINATIONS: In addition to the basic requirements, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.

Certification: The National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) is required at grades GS-6 level and above.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

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.

5. Knowledge of the policies and procedures for inventory management in specialized areas such emergency carts.

6. Knowledge of the computerized prescription process demonstrated by the ability to input prescriptions and medication orders.

References: VA Handbook 5005 at http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Applicant must be able to distinguish basic colors and shades; requires moderate walking, standing, bending, or carrying of light items, or driving an automobile, etc. The functional Requirements: Heavy Lifting (45 lbs and over); Heavy Carrying (45 lbs and over); Straight Pulling (up to 1 hour); Pushing (1 - 2 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 3 hours); Standing (up to 3 hours); Repeated bending (up to 1 hour); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Hearing (aid permitted).

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
*OF-306

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:


*Cover Letter
*DD-214
*Other(Application of Associated Health Occupations VAF10-2850c, )
*Other Veterans Document
*Resume
*SF-15
*SF-50
*Transcript

All applicants must provide Application Package which includes:

1. Resume

2. Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire

3. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required).

4. Copy of your PTCB certification.

5. Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

NOTE: Failure to submit a complete application will result in loss of consideration. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmission, etc.

Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

Veterans" Preference:
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.


Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1770290.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.


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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.

Certification: Certification by the National Pharmacy Technician Certification board (PTCB) is required at grades GS-6 and above (COPY OF CERTIFICATION REQUIRED).

Physical Requirements: Must pass pre-employment physical; see VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

English Language Proficiency: The Applicant must be proficient in spoken and written English.

GS-6 Pharmacy Technician:

Experience: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 grade level in Federal Service, that indicates the ability to acquire the particular knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the position. The specialized experience include: processing medication orders, controlled substance processing, inventory management and pharmacy information system, sterile product compounding and unit dose processing. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs.

 

Preferred Experience:

· Having experience working in an inpatient and/or outpatient pharmacy setting.


GRADE DETERMINATIONS: In addition to the basic requirements, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.

 

Certification: The National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) is required at grades GS-6 level and above.

 

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

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.

5. Knowledge of the policies and procedures for inventory management in specialized areas such emergency carts.

6. Knowledge of the computerized prescription process demonstrated by the ability to input prescriptions and medication orders.

 

 

 

References: VA Handbook 5005 at http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc

 

 

About U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

To be eligibile candidates must: 

  • have graduated with a baccalaureate degree from a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State-accrediting agency and accredited by one of the following accrediting bodies at the time the program was completed by the applicant: The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). 

  • have successfully passed the NCLEX-RN exam and hold an active, unrestricted license by the start of the program, but have no RN experience. 

  • be able to work full time on day shift with preceptors and mentors.

  • sign a statement of commitment. 

  • have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.

  • Send cover letter & resume to Cynthia.Golden2@va.gov.

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