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Job Title: Pharmacy Technician (Inpatient)
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: West Haven, CT
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 09/12/2018
Expire Date: 11/11/2018
Job Categories: Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical, Finance/Economics, Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Human Resources, Information Technology, Medical, Environmental, Nonprofit and Volunteer Services
Job Description
Pharmacy Technician (Inpatient)

Pharmacy technicians answer the telephones and answer questions from pharmacy and non-pharmacy personnel regarding drug distribution. The following duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Prepares medications by reviewing order, pick lists, restock lists for dispensing in medication carts, automated dispensing cabinets or for delivery. Performs final review of unit dose medications (prepared by another technician) to be dispensed to inpatient areas (unit dose carts).
  • Assists customers at the pharmacy window and answers the telephone. Responds to inquiries to best of technical expertise and refers any complex questions to a pharmacist.
  • Compounds sterile and non-sterile products by interpreting the provider'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 compounding process; and supplying the product for delivery.
  • Compounds low and medium risk compounded sterile products (CSP), including chemotherapeutic agents, according to current pharmaceutical practice standards (i.e. USP Chapter 797) to be delivered in the form of large volume, small volume, infusion syringe, etc.
  • Conducts regularly scheduled inventories per policy and interacts with controlled substance inspection officials.
  • Provides controlled substances training for technicians, pharmacists, inspectors, students, etc.
  • Removes outdated, expired, or excess inventory for return or destruction. Checks all items for hazardous waste and disposes of them in the appropriate bins.
  • Operates, maintains and cleans complicated pharmacy equipment.
  • Prepares and dispenses all medication orders and requests for controlled substances using VISTA and follows VA policies and DEA rules and regulations.
  • Consistently completes the monthly inspections of external medication storage areas and internal pharmacy areas and records any infractions that need correction in a timely manner.
  • Performs additional duties as assigned.
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, rotating shifts, including nights & weekends.
Position Description Title/PD#: Inpatient Pharmacy Technician
Compressed/Flexible: Not Available
Telework: Not Available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Basic Requirements:

a. Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with Chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)
b. Education or Experience. A high school diploma or equivalent; or at least 3 months experience.
c. Certification. Certification by the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) is required at grades GS-06 and above.
d. 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.

Grade Requirements:

(1) Creditable Experience. To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with the scope of pharmacy technician practice.

(2) Quality of Experience. To be creditable, pharmacy technician experience must be documented on the application and verified in an employment reference, or through other independent means.

(3) Part-time Experience. Part-time experience as a pharmacy technician is credited according to its relationship to the full-time workweek. For example, a pharmacy technician would receive 1 week of full-time credit for each 2 weeks of half-time work.

Grade Determination: GS-06

Specialized Experience:

In addition to the basic requirements, you must demonstrate at least one (1) year of experience at the next lower level, and must fully meet the KSAs at the next lower level: ability to operate and care for automated dispensing devices and equipment; knowledge of, and ability to perform, aseptic technique; knowledge of basic inventory procedures; and knowledge of pharmacy information systems. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the KSAs identified below for the assignment within their resume.

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and other Characteristics (KSAs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:
  • Ability to solve problems and make recommendations, e.g., troubleshoot operational problems and refer to appropriate actions.
  • Knowledge of the operation and care of automated equipment.
  • Knowledge of, and ability to follow, written instructions for compounding with aseptic technique for hazardous materials such as oncology agents.
  • Knowledge, and ability to perform, compounding with aseptic technique for routine sterile products.
  • Knowledge of policies and procedures for inventory management in specialized areas such as emergency carts.
  • Knowledge of the computerized prescription process demonstrated by the ability to input prescriptions and medication orders.
Assignments: Pharmacy technicians may be assigned to any area of the pharmacy including expanded distributive function assignments; for example assignment as team leaders for specific process improvement teams involving technical areas or performing more highly complex duties including preparation of oncology agents for clinical pharmacy specialists. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/15, PART II, APPENDIX G28 This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Must pass pre-employment examination.

Physical Requirements: Must be able to lift up to 40 pounds. Requires standing for long periods. Requires frequent movement within work areas, regular and recurring bending, stopping, sitting, and stretching. Requires manual dexterity and acute hearing. Must be able to distinguish colors.

None

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), etc.

  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • OF-306
  • VA Form 10-2850c
  • Disability Proof Document
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript


Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and 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 Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
Qualifications & Requirements
Basic Requirements:

a. Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with Chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)
b. Education or Experience. A high school diploma or equivalent; or at least 3 months experience.
c. Certification. Certification by the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) is required at grades GS-06 and above.
d. 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.

Grade Requirements:

(1) Creditable Experience. To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with the scope of pharmacy technician practice.

(2) Quality of Experience. To be creditable, pharmacy technician experience must be documented on the application and verified in an employment reference, or through other independent means.

(3) Part-time Experience. Part-time experience as a pharmacy technician is credited according to its relationship to the full-time workweek. For example, a pharmacy technician would receive 1 week of full-time credit for each 2 weeks of half-time work.

Grade Determination: GS-06

Specialized Experience:

In addition to the basic requirements, you must demonstrate at least one (1) year of experience at the next lower level, and must fully meet the KSAs at the next lower level: ability to operate and care for automated dispensing devices and equipment; knowledge of, and ability to perform, aseptic technique; knowledge of basic inventory procedures; and knowledge of pharmacy information systems. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the KSAs identified below for the assignment within their resume.

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and other Characteristics (KSAs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:
  • Ability to solve problems and make recommendations, e.g., troubleshoot operational problems and refer to appropriate actions.
  • Knowledge of the operation and care of automated equipment.
  • Knowledge of, and ability to follow, written instructions for compounding with aseptic technique for hazardous materials such as oncology agents.
  • Knowledge, and ability to perform, compounding with aseptic technique for routine sterile products.
  • Knowledge of policies and procedures for inventory management in specialized areas such as emergency carts.
  • Knowledge of the computerized prescription process demonstrated by the ability to input prescriptions and medication orders.
Assignments: Pharmacy technicians may be assigned to any area of the pharmacy including expanded distributive function assignments; for example assignment as team leaders for specific process improvement teams involving technical areas or performing more highly complex duties including preparation of oncology agents for clinical pharmacy specialists. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/15, PART II, APPENDIX G28 This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Must pass pre-employment examination.

Physical Requirements: Must be able to lift up to 40 pounds. Requires standing for long periods. Requires frequent movement within work areas, regular and recurring bending, stopping, sitting, and stretching. Requires manual dexterity and acute hearing. Must be able to distinguish colors.
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