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Pharmacy Technician

Company: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Grand Junction
Posted on: October 29, 2018

Job Description:

Duties
Major Duties:

  • Repackage Bulk Pharmaceuticals
  • Assemble Drugs and Supplies
  • Receive/Store/Order Pharmaceuticals
  • Perform Bulk Compounding
  • Prepare Sterile or Intravenous Additive Solutions
  • Set Up Prescriptions for Final Check
  • Assist in Pharmacy Phone Triage Help Desk insuring timely and accurate information
  • Operate and maintain complicated Pharmacy equipment
  • Identify basic therapeutic issues such as duplication of therapy, known incompatibilities, stability concerns and brings to attention of Pharmacist
  • Conduct periodic inspections of medications for assigned storage areas
  • Coordinate receipt and appropriately disperses stock into designated storage areas.
  • Ensure bar-coding or other electronic tracking is completed in all aspects of inventory control. Includes scan ability on receipt, on individual packaging to the clinic/ward, and in automated equipment.
  • Assist in inventory management including, but not limited to, removal of medications inappropriate for use, recalled medication removal, monitoring unusual or excessive demand. Assists in inventory control in assigned areas for point of care automation such as Pyxis, Pharmacy Emergency Cache, and narcotics vaults.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Rotating Shifts
    Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
    Recruitment/Relocation, PCS and AVO: Not Authorized

    Basic Requirements:
    Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)

    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.

    Grade Determinations: GS-6

    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 (*):

    Certification. PTCB certification is required at this grade level and above.

    Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
    • 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. Assignments. Pharmacy technicians may be assigned to any area of the pharmacy including expanded distributive function assignments; for example assignment as team leaders for specific process improvement teams involving technical areas or performing more highly complex duties including preparation of oncology agents for clinical pharmacy specialists. 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.

      References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G28

      Physical Requirements: Applicants must meet physical standards for the position. The work is normally completed in an indoor office setting. Incumbent is required to stand, bend, stoop, lift, and kneel for long periods of time. He/she must also be able to lift heavy objects, climb ladders and stairs, and maintain self-control in difficult and stressful situations. A physical examination prior to placement is required. This is a designated drug testing position. After appointment, you will be subject to random testing for illegal drug use.

      Keywords: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Grand Junction , Pharmacy Technician, Healthcare , Grand Junction, Colorado

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