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Job Title: Pharmacy Technician (Inpatient)
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: San Francisco, CA
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 09/12/2018
Expire Date: 11/11/2018
Job Categories: Customer Service and Call Center, Finance/Economics, Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Information Technology, Installation, Maintenance, and Repair, Medical, Nonprofit and Volunteer Services
Job Description
Pharmacy Technician (Inpatient)
Work Schedule: On Call Basis. Hours and work days to be determined by the Service to meet the needs of the unit. NOTE: Shifts may vary depending on patient care needs.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required

Pharmacy technicians technical support functions which include but are not limited to: processing, filling and delivery of discharge prescriptions for scheduled and non-scheduled federal legend drugs, over-the-counter products and supply items; inpatient preparation and distribution of unit dose medications, ward stock items, and intravenous admixtures including cytotoxic chemotherapy; operation, maintenance, re-stocking and troubleshooting of automated dispensing equipment; interviewing patients to obtain medication histories; medical chart reviews to compile medication lists; contacting outside pharmacies, nursing facilities and inpatient facilities for medication information; entering progress notes; patient and customer relations. The incumbent may be required to perform some or all of the functions; however the relative percentages of time spent performing each specific function varies with the area of assignment and needs of the service.

The major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited:
  • Reviews outpatient medication profile on admission to hospital and verifies over-the-counter (OTC) and herbal medications with patients.
  • Interviews patients and/or caregivers regarding medication use, medication allergies and immunization status. Documentation of obtained information will be completed in electronic progress notes.
  • Interprets printed prescription label and determines drug, strength and dosage to be dispensed.
  • Processes prescriptions by obtaining correct stock, counting or measuring correct amount of medication, placing medications in proper containers and affixing prescription and ancillary labels.
  • Reviews orders for technical accuracy and converts the order, if necessary, so that the item dispensed corresponds to the drug and dose ordered.
Basic Requirements:
  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Education or Training. A high school diploma or equivalent; OR at least three (3) months experience.
  • Certification. Certification by the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) is required at grades GS-6 and above. [NOTE: YOU MUST SUBMIT A COPY OF YOUR CURRENT CERTIFICATION WITH THE APPLICATION PACKAGE]
  • Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
  • English Language Proficiency. Pharmacy technicians appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in both spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).
Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates:

GS-6 Pharmacy Technician:
A) Experience: One (1) year of progressively responsible assignments and experience equivalent to the GS-5 level which demonstrates knowledge, skills, and abilities that are directly related to the specific assignment and fully meets all of the performance requirements for the GS-5 Pharmacy Technician.
B) Certification: PTCB certification is required at this grade level. [NOTE: YOU MUST SUBMIT A COPY OF YOUR CURRENT CERTIFICATION WITH THE APPLICATION PACKAGE]
C) In addition to meeting the basic requirements and grade determinations, applicant must demonstrate the following:
  • Ability to solve problems and make recommendations, e.g., troubleshoot operational problems and refer for appropriate action.
  • 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.
References: VA Handbook 5005/16, Part II, Appendix G28 Pharmacy Technician Qualifications Standard, dated March 17, 2006, http://vaww.va.gov/OHRM/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5005.pdf

NOTE: 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.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-6.

Physical Requirements: Employees are typically expected to work varying work schedules. This may include nights, weekends and/or holidays as assigned. Principle duties require repetitive use of hands and fingers (e.g., preparing IV admixtures, use of a computer keyboard, etc.). May require lifting and carrying light loads (up to 44lbs.), including boxes, equipment, unit dose-cassettes, and IV solutions; stooping or kneeling (e.g., to pick up items from the floor, remove and replace items on lower shelves, sitting, walking, or standing for long periods of time (4-8 hours). Normal ranges of hearing and vision are required to perform work and communicate effectively; must have the visual ability to distinguish between basic colors and shades of color. An ability to perform tasks requiring rapid mental and muscular coordination functions simultaneously is necessary. Must be physically capable of operating various types of equipment used for the job.

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All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document(s):

  • Resume (Required for ALL applicants)
  • Transcript(s) (Copy of transcript if using education to qualify)
  • DD-214 (if applying as a Veteran)
  • Other Veterans Documents (if applicable - e.g., VBA Letter)
  • SF-15 (if Veteran claiming 10% or more compensable disability)
In addition to the above documents, applicants may also submit the following documents as applicable:
  • VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (Required if selected)
  • Cover Letter (Optional)
  • OF-306 Declaration of Federal Employment (Required if selected)
  • Non-Award SF-50 (VA and other Federal Agency Employees)
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), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

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:
  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Education or Training. A high school diploma or equivalent; OR at least three (3) months experience.
  • Certification. Certification by the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) is required at grades GS-6 and above. [NOTE: YOU MUST SUBMIT A COPY OF YOUR CURRENT CERTIFICATION WITH THE APPLICATION PACKAGE]
  • Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
  • English Language Proficiency. Pharmacy technicians appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in both spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).
Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates:

GS-6 Pharmacy Technician:
A) Experience: One (1) year of progressively responsible assignments and experience equivalent to the GS-5 level which demonstrates knowledge, skills, and abilities that are directly related to the specific assignment and fully meets all of the performance requirements for the GS-5 Pharmacy Technician.
B) Certification: PTCB certification is required at this grade level. [NOTE: YOU MUST SUBMIT A COPY OF YOUR CURRENT CERTIFICATION WITH THE APPLICATION PACKAGE]
C) In addition to meeting the basic requirements and grade determinations, applicant must demonstrate the following:
  • Ability to solve problems and make recommendations, e.g., troubleshoot operational problems and refer for appropriate action.
  • 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.
References: VA Handbook 5005/16, Part II, Appendix G28 Pharmacy Technician Qualifications Standard, dated March 17, 2006, http://vaww.va.gov/OHRM/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5005.pdf

NOTE: 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.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-6.

Physical Requirements: Employees are typically expected to work varying work schedules. This may include nights, weekends and/or holidays as assigned. Principle duties require repetitive use of hands and fingers (e.g., preparing IV admixtures, use of a computer keyboard, etc.). May require lifting and carrying light loads (up to 44lbs.), including boxes, equipment, unit dose-cassettes, and IV solutions; stooping or kneeling (e.g., to pick up items from the floor, remove and replace items on lower shelves, sitting, walking, or standing for long periods of time (4-8 hours). Normal ranges of hearing and vision are required to perform work and communicate effectively; must have the visual ability to distinguish between basic colors and shades of color. An ability to perform tasks requiring rapid mental and muscular coordination functions simultaneously is necessary. Must be physically capable of operating various types of equipment used for the job.
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