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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Pharmacy Technician in Phoenix, Arizona

Summary The Phoenix VA Healthcare Network is recruiting for a Pharmacy (Controlled Substance) Technician to provide the technical and ancillary support to the professional staff to fill controlled substance outpatient prescription. The incumbent will provide significant technical expertise and support of the pharmacy operation and enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the staff ensuring controlled substances are purchased, dispensed, accounted for, and secured appropriately at all times. Responsibilities The major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: At least one year of operational experience working in Pharmacy as a filling technician is highly desirable. Routinely fills Schedule II through Schedule V narcotic and controlled substance prescriptions for outpatients and Arizona State Nursing Home. Routinely prepares controlled substance prescriptions for mailing and ensures accurate documentation of shipping. Utilizes VistA controlled substance packages to account for each dose of controlled substance from the time it is received into the vault to the time it is dispensed to the patient, and to expedite the ordering and dispensing process and to keep inventory current, sufficiently supplied, and in date at all times. Prepares monitors, evaluates, and analyzes drug usage reports of controlled substances, taking into account many various factors, including the type of patients, questionable circumstances, or unusual trends. Communicates potential problems or deviations in normal use to the supervisor or pharmacist-in-charge. Orders and maintains appropriate stock levels of all controlled substances stored in the vault, and ensures that all expired or unusable controlled substances are removed from the active vault stock, properly stored and destroyed. Issues and maintains inventory of prescription pads. Responsible for all security pertaining to controlled substances including reporting discrepancies promptly to supervisors and VA Police. May be called upon to provide assistance in the pharmacy as needed. Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday- 8 hour shifts that may vary between 8 am and 6 pm to meet operational needs of the department. 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. A high school diploma or equivalent; or at least 3 months experience. [EVIDENCE OF THIS EXPERIENCE MUST BE DOCUMENTED IN YOUR RESUME and/or A COPY OF YOUR DIPLOMA MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH YOUR APPLICATION] Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met for this position. Pharmacy Technician, GS-7 Experience. One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*): *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. Certification: Certification by the National Pharmacy Technician Board (PTCB). 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, Pharmacy Technician, Qualification Standard, GS-0661, Veterans Health Administration. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-07. Physical Requirements: The work requires the regular and recurring use of a computer monitor and prolonged periods of sitting. However, based on the secondary duty assignments, the work may require regular and recurring physical exertion, involving standing for prolonged periods of time, lifting/carrying of pharmaceutical supplies weighing up to 40 pounds and bending/stooping. 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.

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