Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Pharmacy Technician in Fort Harrison, Montana
Summary Pharmacy technicians provide various technical support services related to ambulatory patients. Pharmacy Technicians typically carry out the full range of technical support functions which include but are not limited to; processing and filling outpatient prescriptions for scheduled and nonscheduled federal legend drugs and medical devices, over-the-counter products and supply items; preparation and distribution of ward stock items; Responsibilities Unit Dose Medication Management: 1) Inventories and replenishes emergency carts for pharmacist review. 2) Operates and maintains complicated pharmacy equipment. 3) 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. 4) Assists in quality improvement activities by participating in medical center and service process assessment and action teams and continually seeks to improve services. 5) Responsible for the ward stock replenishment of oral, injectable and other medications into the Omnicell, and management of ward stock outdates. 6) Completes monthly ward inspections to ensure approved ward stock drugs are properly stored. Sterile Product Compounding 1) Responsible for manufacturing low and medium risk parenteral admixtures to be delivered in the form of large volume, small volume, infusion syringe, etc. 2) This involves interpretation of the physician's order, selecting and measuring appropriate ingredients, mixing ingredients in a safe and effective manner, inspecting the final product for accuracy, suitability and elegance, labeling the product, maintaining records of the manufacturing process and supplying the product for delivery. 3) Consistently displays competence with good manufacturing practices and sterile technique through demonstration, actual work performance and mandatory annual recertification. 4) Follows all procedures for maintaining annual competency, handwashing, glove box or IV room cleaning and certification, and use and disposal of appropriate PPE. Controlled Substances 1) Responsible for preparing and filling all inpatient and outpatient orders and requests for controlled substances. 2) Receives new stock and returned stock into inventory and ensures the accuracy of controlled drug records. 3) Conducts regularly scheduled inventories and cooperates with controlled substance inspection officials. 4) Monitors and analyzes orders and distribution patterns to identify questionable circumstances or unusual trends. Communicates potential problems to supervisor. 5) Provides controlled substance training for technicians, pharmacists, inspectors, students, etc. Outpatient 1) Prepackages tablets, capsules, liquids and ointments. 2) Courteously receives prescriptions and refill requests from veterans at the outpatient window and over the telephone. Answers telephone calls. Has the ability to answer routine inquiries from doctors, nurses and other professional staff. Directs more complex questions to the pharmacist on duty. 3) Reviews eligibility of veterans for window medication requests as required. 4) Opens mail separating refills and new prescriptions for processing by the appropriate personnel 5) Processes refill requests in the computer. 6) Prefills prescriptions for dispensing by a pharmacist. 7) Packs and wraps prescription and medical supplies for mailing to patients when volunteers are unavailable. 8) Collects, processes, tabulates and maintains information for the Pharmacy Ward Stock. 9) Participates in pharmacy's Quality Management program as assigned. Inventory Management 1) Involved in inventory management as required; specific duties vary by duty station. Work Schedule: 8 hours work schedule varies based on service needs. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications 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 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 require licensure/certification/registration must be removed from the occupation, which may also result in termination of employment. Certification. PTCB certification is required at this grade level and above Experience. One year experience at the next lower level, and must fully meet the KSAs at the next lower level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*): 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 Determination: Requirements for a GS-06 Required Experience. In addition to the basic requirements, one year of creditable experience equivalent to the GS-5 grade level, directly related to the position to be filled. This experience would include the following: 1. Ability to operate and care for automated dispensing devices and equipment. 2. Knowledge of, and ability to perform, aseptic technique. 3. Knowledge of basic inventory procedures. 4. Knowledge of pharmacy information systems. AND You must also be able Demonstrated the following: Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 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 5005/15 PART II APPENDIX G28 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). The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-6. Physical Requirements: Lifts up to 45 lbs. and stands and walks for five to eight hours a day. Education IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html. Additional Information Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.