The Rotational Inpatient Pharmacy Technician is a highly trained technician responsible for coverage of various positions in the inpatient pharmacy, including IV sterile compounding, controlled substance dispensing, triage for internal phone calls, unit dose medication packaging and distribution. The incumbent is responsible for delivering excellent customer service, will use appropriate judgment and skills to complete technical functions, and provide cross coverage in multiple areas. 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: None Required. 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. Certification: For positions above the full performance level, the employee must pass a national certification exam and hold an active national certification through either: Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB), Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT). OR National Healthcareer Association (NHA), Certified Pharmacy Technician (ExCPT) 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. For occupations which require an active credential (licensure/certification/registration) at all grade levels, at the discretion of the appointing official, an employee may be reassigned to another occupation for which he/she qualifies if a placement opportunity exists. For occupations which require an active credential (licensure/certification/registration) in assignments above the full-performance level only, at the discretion of the appointing official, an employee may remain at an appropriate lower grade level in the occupation when both of the following apply: the credential is not a requirement and a placement opportunity exists." Grade Determinations: Pharmacy Technician GS-7 Experience: Candidates must possess one year of experience at or equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-6), which includes, but know limited to: Knowledge of Federal and state laws related to pharmacy practice; Knowledge of preparation, storage and distribution of medication products including those requiring special handling and documentation; Ability to use pharmacy information systems or operate pharmacy dispensing equipment; Knowledge of basic inventory procedures; and Ability to communicate with patients and staff and direct questions to appropriate personnel. AND Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs). In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: Knowledge of pharmacy technician principles, practices, concepts and theories providing for sound independent work. Knowledge of the computerized prescription process and input of prescriptions and medication orders or electronic equivalent. Ability to resolve pharmacy/medication issues with other members of the healthcare team, Veterans and external customers. Ability to train developmental pharmacy technicians and students. Ability to dispense medication or sterile products following all regulations, policies and procedures to ensure safe medication distribution. Ability to troubleshoot automated dispensing equipment (ADE) or technology platforms/databases. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/15 PART II APPENDIX G28 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-7. Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting (15-44lbs), use of fingers, standing, specific visual requirements, depth perception ["Major Duties: Maintains competence in all operational aspects of pharmacy distribution services including equipment maintenance, materials handling, automation, distribution, labeling, packaging, documentation, controlled substance accountability, and unit dose management. Demonstrates knowledge of policies and procedures related to IV compounded sterile preparation (CSP), aseptic technique, USP 797 /800 requirements, controlled substance management, and unit dose medication distribution. Prepares IV medications and other CSPs, including hazardous drugs, using proper aseptic technique. Performs accurate product selection, dosage calculations, and compounding of agents utilizing written procedural guidelines. Maintains competence in appropriate preparation, beyond use dating (BUD) and disposal. Properly utilizes Personal Protective Equipment, needles, syringes, various drug reservoirs, and advanced knowledge of specialized techniques and procedures required for the safe handling of cytotoxic agents including negative pressure technique, hazardous waste disposal, and cytotoxic spill response. Utilizes pharmacy equipment appropriately in support of compounding CSPs (ie BAXA TPN compounder, BD IV Prep) and ensures correct procedures are followed. Applies safe handling when working with hazardous materials and can reference the Material Safety Data sheets. Conducts regular physical inventory of medications/supplies to ensure necessary stock levels are maintained and communicates with procurement staff regarding any issues. Triages internal phone calls in inpatient pharmacy, referring to a pharmacist when appropriate. Prints, labels, and transports unit dose medications, IV prepacks, and bulk items for inpatient distribution. Participates in the monitoring of refrigerator temperatures utilizing available software (ie Viewpoint) as assigned. Inventories, replenishes, and changes out Emergency Crash Carts. Responsible for controlled substance inventory management, handling, disposal, and distribution while adhering to Federal law, FDA, VA, and DEA regulations. Conducts regular controlled substance inventories. Resolves discrepancies as necessary and reports any such discrepancies to pharmacy management. Ensures controlled substance stock is in date and properly stored and secured according to policy, USP and manufacturer recommendations. Assists and complies with all controlled substance inspectors and promptly compiles reports when requested. Demonstrates the ability to troubleshoot when automated equipment malfunctions. Requests service and assistance from the supporting vendor. Assists with the training, orientation and re-training (if needed) of employees in the Inpatient Pharmacy according to the Pharmacy Department competencies, policies and procedures. Works and communicates effectively with others while remaining courteous, tactful, and understanding when interacting with others, even in potentially difficult/volatile situations. Effectively organizes workload, solves problems, and achieves established goals Completes monthly ward inspections and any required mandatory training and education. Work Schedule: Full Time, Rotational; Days, Evenings, Weekends and Holidays Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 000000 Recruitment Incentives: Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required **Applications will be reviewed on a bi-weekly basis until the closing date of this open continuous announcement, as long as vacancies exist.** A recruitment incentive has been authorized for highly qualified applicants."]
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