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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Pharmacy Technician - Inpatient Controlled Substance in West Palm Beach, Florida

Summary Controlled substance distribution is a critical responsibility for Pharmacy Service. Procedures and records must be maintained with meticulous detail. Losses and discrepancies can have significant consequences. Properly securing and accounting for controlled substances involves performing complex procedures over a range of functions. Responsibilities The duties of this position require a trustworthy, highly organized and accurate, individual who pays strict attention to detail. The incumbent in this position is trusted to manage, distribute, and account for the controlled substance inventory accurately and with minimal supervision. Incumbent is responsible for the accountability, using the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VISTA) Controlled Substance package, of all controlled substances that are dispensed from the main vault located in the inpatient pharmacy. Dispenses all controlled substances to the automated dispensing cabinets (Pyxis), located throughout the Medical Center and Extended Care Facility. Serves as a consultant to the Medical Center's Controlled Substance Coordinator as well as to nursing unit and ward managers. Works closely with the Pharmacy Service Controlled Substance Program Manager (CS PM) to ensure all procedures are in compliance with the VHA Handbook Controlled Substance and DEA directives. Responsible for reporting all controlled substance discrepancies to the CS PM, Inpatient Program Manager, Inpatient Supervisors, Associate Chief and Chief of Pharmacy. Main duties consist of the following: In this position, the incumbent will utilize experience and extensive knowledge to perform at a significantly higher level of accomplishment than is required at the Pharmacy Technician GS-6 level. A full range of technical and procedural duties will be performed in support of the Service operation. Skills utilizing the VA computerized data processing system will have been developed such that information will be accurately entered, modified or analyzed. Has comprehensive knowledge regarding the operation and/or care of the ScriptPro® or Optifill® automated system(s) and the VistA Controlled Substance package. Routinely fills Schedule II narcotic and controlled substance prescriptions for inpatients. Routinely fills Schedule III through Schedule V controlled substance prescriptions for inpatients. Maintains a correct, up-to-date running inventory balance of all narcotics and controlled substances stocked in the vault through use of the VistA controlled substance software; accountability is assured from the time drug is received into the vault to the time it is dispensed to the patient. Maintains appropriate stock levels of all controlled substances stored in the vault. Utilizes VistA and ScriptPro® software packages to expedite the ordering and dispensing process and to keep inventory current and sufficiently supplied and in-date at all times. Has comprehensive knowledge of the procurement of controlled substances and like knowledge of the formulary status of products stored in the controlled substances vault. Ensures proper storage of potentially perishable controlled substances and other drugs requiring special handing. Ensures that all expired or unusable controlled substances are removed from active vault stock, properly stored and destroyed. Maintains supply and inventory of prescription pads. Provides for the security of controlled substances by enforcing all access restrictions, immediately reporting and shortages or suspected diversions, and ensuring that controlled substances are properly secured and accounted for at all times. Prepares, monitors, evaluates, and analyzes drug usage reports of narcotics and other controlled substances, taking into account many varying factors, including types of patients, questionable circumstances or unusual trends. Communicates potential problems or deviations in normal use to the Outpatient Pharmacy Supervisor or pharmacist-in-charge. Has familiarity with various mailing processes with both UPS and USPS, including proper packaging, mailing technique, tracking, and also triage of mailed packages. Provides training, orientation, or other guidance to Nursing, Pharmacy, and Medical staff on administrative procedures, SOPs, and Medical Center policies as they apply to controlled substance use and accountability. Works effectively with the Controlled Substance Inspection Coordinator and narcotic inspectors to support the program and offer assistance and expertise when required. Conducts regularly scheduled inventories and interacts with controlled substance inspection officials. Ensures that inventories of Pharmacy. Performs other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Rotating Shifts (holidays and weekends included). Functional Statement: Pharmacy Technician (Controlled Substances) GS-0661-7 Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting (15-30 pounds); moderate carrying (15-30 pounds); use of fingers; both hands required; walking (4 hours); standing (4 hours); both legs required; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4: far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; ability to distinguish basis colors; ability to distinguish shades of colors; mental and emotional stability. 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. 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. Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates: Pharmacy Technician, GS-7 Experience: One year experience at the next lower level (GS-6) and must fully meet the KSAs at the next lower level. 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. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk: Demonstrate Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA) statements: 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. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-07. References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G28, Pharmacy Technician Qualification Standards 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: 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: 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.