This position functions primarily in both the inpatient and outpatient care of Pharmacy Service within the VA Medical Center in Dayton, OH. 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. Education or Experience: A high school diploma or equivalent; or at least 3 months experience. Certification. Certification by the National Pharmacy Technician Certification (PTCB) certification is required at the GS-6 level and above. 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: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates: GS-06 Level: Experience. One year experience at the next lower level (GS-5) and must fully meet the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) at the next lower level. Certification. PTCB certification is required at this grade level and above. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate 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: VHA Handbook 5005/15 Part II Appendix G28, Pharmacy Technician Qualification Standard The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-06. Physical Requirements: Some of the work involves extended periods of time standing, sitting or doing computer work. Duties regularly involve lifting/carrying of pharmaceutical supplies weighing up to 40 pounds, lifting to stock shelves, bending/stooping, and walking to various parts of the Dayton VA Medical Center grounds which may involve some minor exertion. Endurance of very stressful periods may be required due to uncontrollable workload demands. This position requires average agility and dexterity. Professional appearances per pharmacy dress code, attitude and demeanor are required. ["Major duties include but not limited to: Outpatient Functions Reads and interprets prescriptions, obtains proper medication or material in the proper strength and dosage form; determines proper amount and counts, pours, or measures the medications; affixes proper label; and records required data on Pharmacy's copy of prescription/order. Assists with inventory management and ordering of medications and supplies. Operates and maintains complicated pharmacy automated equipment. Answers questions from pharmacy and non-pharmacy personnel regarding drug distribution. Identifies basic therapeutic problems such as duplicate therapy with drugs in the same class and alerts the pharmacist to the possible need for clinical intervention. Maintains a training/education manual for the focus area assigned. Assists in training new or existing staff so that these competencies are maintained. As assigned by a rotating schedule assist in other patient care areas (including inpatient and clinical pharmacy services) to maintain the consistency of overall pharmacy services. Outpatient services may include such areas as outpatient prescription filling, answering the pharmacy phone, window prescription dispensing, narcotic vault assignments, mail processing, inspections or other areas that may develop from patient/pharmacy needs. Inpatient Functions Fills unit dose carts, and ward stock medications independently to be delivered to patients areas of use. Prepares inpatient drug orders including all medicinal dosage forms such as chemotherapy, intravenous admixtures, oral solids, etc., according to established procedures and protocols as assigned under aseptic technique. Inventories and replenishes emergency crash carts, paramedic blue bags, surgery carts, and other portable emergency kits as required. Compounds and/or reconstitutes oral or external medications (non-sterile). This includes calculating and converting to proper weights and measures the amount of drug or solution to be used. Conducts periodic ward inspection of patient care areas as assigned. Maintains, verifies, stocks, and replaces outdates in patient care area automated machines. Monitors refrigerator temperature on a daily basis in pharmacy. Inpatient services may include such areas as aseptic admixture preparation including cytotoxic agents, automatic and on-demand ward stock replenishment, maintenance and operation of automated prepackaging storage and dispensing equipment, assembly and documentation of controlled substance requests, and properly packaging with documentation of single unit of use medications. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 4-10hr shifts, hours tbd; occasional planned weekends; no scheduled weekends or holiday Compressed/Flexible: Available Telework: Not available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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