Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Pharmacy Technician in Kansas City, Missouri
Summary This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT and will remain open until 09/02/2021. The initial cut off date for referral of eligible applications will be two (2) weeks from the open date. Eligible applications received after that date will be referred at regular intervals or as additional vacancies occur on an as needed basis until positions are filled. Responsibilities The incumbent serves as an Inpatient Pharmacy Technician, under the supervision of the Inpatient Pharmacy Supervisor or designee. The incumbent performs specialized technical duties of a distributive nature in the Inpatient Section of Pharmacy. Major duties include but are not limited to: Fills individual patient medication drawers according to the computer generated pick list. Selects proper medications, counts or measures proper quantities, places drugs in appropriate container(s), affixes labels to drug containers and records required dispensing information on prescription to provide accurate medications for patients. Fills all missing dose requests within one hour of receipt. Assists in filling controlled substances for inpatient areas and clinics in the absence of the controlled substance technician. Inventories and replenishes emergency carts with or without a second review. Reviews medications in the inpatient dispensing area and in patient care areas for outdates and pulls and returns outdated or unusable stock. Receives, fills and delivers ward stock orders (to include large volume IV's) in accordance with the ward stock policy and electronically enters orders to maintain drug accountability. Maintains records required for repackaging/unit dose bar coding to comply with safety and quality assurance mechanisms in pharmacy. Inspects all products for deterioration and proper pharmaceutical characteristics to ensure high quality products, using an extensive knowledge and experience of a large variety of compounded products. Selects proper medication, dose, strength, solution and admixes per established procedures, reconstituting as required to prepare IV medication, using strict aseptic technique, with reference to a pharmacist for final check. Responds to inquiries from professional staff, patients and outside parties to provide general information on drug availability, dosage forms and refers questions regarding therapeutics to the pharmacist. Maintains clean and orderly work areas by keeping stock and equipment in assigned places and all counters free of debris for optimal work environment in accordance with good manufacturing practices. Answers phones and inpatient window in a courteous, tactfully helpful, and understanding manner. Other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Shifts will be between the hours of 7:00am and 10:00pm Monday through Sunday on PRN basis- Schedule to be set by Supervisor. Functional Statement: Pharmacy Technician GS-0661-06 Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications To qualify for this position, applicants must meet basic requirements AND grade determination by the closing date of this announcement: 09/02/2021 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. Candidates must possess a high school diploma, or equivalent; OR at least three (3) months experience. Candidates must be certified by the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) is required for this position. (Must be submitted with application. Copies can be obtained through www.ptcb.org). English Language Proficiency. Pharmacy Technicians appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Chapter 2, Section D, paragraph 5a. Preferred Experience: Inpatient experience, Controlled Substance experience, Automated Dispensing Cabinets, IV Compounding Grade Determinations: GS-06 Level: Candidates must have one year of experience at the next lower level (GS-5), have a current, active PTCB Certification -AND- must fully meet the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities as determined from your supporting documents: 1. Ability to solve problems and make recommendations, e.g., troubleshoot operational problems and refer for appropriate actions. 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 Pharmacy Technician Qualification Standard 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 Kansas City VA Medical Center 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. 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. 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.