Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Clinical Pharmacy Technician in Ann Arbor, Michigan
Summary Primary duties consist of managing inventory, filling prescriptions, compounding sterile and non-sterile products including chemotherapeutic agents, stocking supplies, maintaining research records, closing out inactive studies, performing general administrative functions, performing clinical support functions including patient/family interviews, and medication reconciliation completion. Responsibilities Duties include but are not limited to the following: Participates in medication distribution such as preparing medications for research participants, identifying the correct treatment and product assignment. Prepares prescriptions with correct medication, quantity, labeling, and required patient information for final check by pharmacist. Works closely with Investigational Drug Service and Emergency Department Pharmacists to support clinical and operational needs. Maintains strict accountability of all investigational drugs and records all dispensing activity in inventory records. Delivers medication throughout the medical center. Operates, maintains, and cleans complicated Pharmacy equipment. Maintains stock and supplies for Investigational Drug Pharmacy and other areas as assigned. Maintains a roster of scheduled research participants and prioritizes daily tasks in order to assure efficient distribution of medications Performs filling of protocol materials and updates in pharmacy regulatory binders Assists in generating and maintaining Investigational Drug Service Pharmacy data and records. Maintains the cleanliness and organization of the Investigational Drug Service Pharmacy and all compounding areas. Read and accesses information from research protocols, manuals, and policies. Demonstrates competences in handling blinded dosage forms to ensure participant safety and research integrity Ensures that a signed consent form has been obtained and that all compounded products and prescriptions are checked by a Pharmacist prior to delivery to a research participant. Compounds sterile and non-sterile and low and medium risk products while ensuring aseptic technique and safe handling practices. Compounds may include hazardous and chemotherapeutic agents. Follows USP 795, 797, and 800 standards. Assigns accurate beyond-use dates for each compounded product. Handles controlled substances and completes documentation according to VA policy and DEA rules and regulations. Receives Investigation Drug Service shipments and orders from study sponsors according to local and study procedures. Prepares and maintains required purchasing records according to VA regulation and policy. Assists in monitoring and appropriate disposition of recalled medications. Monitors and records temperature data for all medications storage areas required by policy. Removes and documents outdated or unneeded inventory according to hospital policy and Sponsor policy, or at the direction of the Investigation Drug Pharmacist. Completes return or destruction of products, as indicated. Disposes of hazardous items per policy. Provides care based on patient physical, psychosocial, educational, safety and related criteria. Provides medication reconciliation services including patient/family interviews, contacting providers, and reviewing electronic medical records under the supervision of a pharmacist. Assists with training pharmacy residents and students Maintains up-to-date BLS Certification, PTCB Certification, and CITI Program Certification Provides administrative functions including billing, enforcement of pharmacy policy and procedures, and technical support of pharmacy operations. Acts as a liaison between Pharmacy Service and other health care providers. Participates in mandatory training activities Performs any duties and special projects deemed necessary by the Associate Chief and Chief, Pharmacy Service, for the proper operation of the Pharmacy Service. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday - 4 hours per day. This is a part time position working 20 hours per week, during the day. Please note: Schedule may be discussed during interview. Compressed/Flexible: No Telework: No Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Pharmacy Technician, GS-661 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications 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 Board (PTCB) is required at grades GS-6 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. Grade Determinations: GS-7 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 (*): Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities *1. Ability to evaluate, analyze workflow, and coordinate work activities. . 2. Ability to independently gather, evaluate, and analyze data to generate reports and/or for other projects/statistical purposes. 3. Knowledge of pharmacy policies and procedures sufficient to train and orient new employees and other staff 4. Comprehensive knowledge of the operation and care of specialized pharmaceutical equipment. 5. Comprehensive knowledge of the procurement and formulary process. 6. Comprehensive knowledge of investigational drug policies and procedures. 7. Comprehensive knowledge of controlled substance policies and procedures, and the ability to identify and investigate discrepancies in these policies and procedures. 8. Comprehensive knowledge of, and ability to, analyze data in VA information systems. Assignments. 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. Pharmacy technicians at this grade level may be assigned as a supervisor; lead technician in a particular area of the pharmacy; a controlled substance technician; an investigational drug technician; a procurement/inventory management technician; a clinical pharmacy technician; or similar assignment with this level of complexity. The GS-7 level is for select, complex pharmacy technician positions, as established by each health care facility. To be advanced, employees must meet all of the following standards, provided the standard is part of their assignment. Determinations concerning placement of positions at this grade level shall take into consideration the skill mix and the availability of supervision in the work unit. Although these positions are under the supervision of a pharmacist, employees in such settings successfully and consistently demonstrate the exercise of independent technical judgment (without the need for readily available supervision) as well as comprehensive and thorough working knowledge of the most complex or difficult practices and procedures. Such individuals may also serve as leaders or co-leaders in a Pharmacy Service or for a specific unit or section. References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G28 Physical Requirements: The work involves regular and recurring physical exertion including walking, bending, prolonged standing, stooping, lifting and carrying packages weighing up to 50 pounds. Dexterity is required for the operation of Pharmacy equipment. 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 This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. 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. As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required exception from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.