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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
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Reads and interprets prescriptions, obtains proper medication or material in the proper strength and dosage form; determines proper amounts and counts, pours, or measures the medications; affixes proper labels; records required data on Pharmacy's copy of prescription/order. Prepares prescriptions per established procedures and protocols, and dispenses the medication after a final check by a pharmacist. Provides phone coverage for the Pharmacy ensuring timely and accurate information is given to the veteran. Provides patients education on pharmacy topics such as the process to request refills and drug information sheets. Relays clinical patient questions to the pharmacist. Operates and maintain pharmacy equipment as assigned. Answers questions from pharmacy and non-pharmacy personnel regarding drug distribution. Identifies basic therapeutic problems such as duplicate therapy with drugs in the same class and alerts the pharmacist to the possible need for clinical intervention. Conducts periodic inventory inspection of assigned pharmacy and non-pharmacy medication areas with completed reports. Maintains perpetual inventory of controlled substances, and work in the pharmacy vault as assigned. Completes any repackaging of medication following pharmacy policies, including unit-of-use medications. Processes mail-out prescriptions. Monitors and documents refrigerator temperature within the pharmacy. Ensures that clinic areas are following policy as it relates to their refrigerator logs. Inventories and replenishes assigned patient care areas. Stocks Omnicells according to par levels set by the Chief of Pharmacy or designee. Performs all other duties as assigned.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm (subject to change at the discretion of the agency)
Telework: This position has been determined to be not suitable for telework.
Bargaining Unit Status: AFGE
Functional Statement Title: Pharmacy Technician
Financial Disclosure Report:
is not required for this position.
Note: The Professional Standards Board (a peer review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.
: 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 of experience
Certification by the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) is REQUIRED at the GS-6 level. (Please Note: Failure to provide proof of your PTCB Certification at the time of application will result in disqualification from being considered at the GS-6 level).
Physical Requirements: See VA directive and Handbook 5019.
English Language Proficiency: Pharmacy technicians must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).Preferred Experience:
- Recent experience in Hospital Pharmacy with outpatient clinic services
- Military Pharmacy Experience
- Experience with pharmacy automation (Pyxis, Omincell, Optfill, unit dose packaging automation) and computer informational systems.
- Good Written and Oral communication skills.
Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates:
(a) Education or Experience. Successful completion of a 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree that included at least 24 semester hours of courses related to pharmacy or pharmacy technology; successful completion of pertinent specialized training courses in pharmaceutical and pharmacy services while serving in the Armed Forces is creditable on a month-for-month basis up to the 1 year of experience required for the GS-5 level; or at least 1 year of experience at the next lower level that demonstrates the core competencies (KSAs) described at the GS-4 level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
(b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
1. Ability to operate and care for automated dispensing devices and equipment.
2. Knowledge of, and ability to perform, aseptic technique.
3. Knowledge of basic inventory procedures.
4. Knowledge of pharmacy information systems.
(c) Assignments. This is the full performance level for pharmacy technicians. Employees at this grade level serve as staff pharmacy technicians receiving little guidance from more experienced staff members for more complex patients and procedures, and require minimal supervision.
(a) 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 (*):
(b) Certification. PTCB certification is required at this grade level and above.
(c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
1. Ability to solve problems and make recommendations, e.g., troubleshoot operational problems and refer for appropriate action.
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, dated March 2006, and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-6. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-5 to GS-6.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-06. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-05 to GS-06
Walking, bending, stooping, sitting and standing for long periods of time are required. Lifting, moving, stacking or otherwise manipulating packages weighing up to 45 pounds may be required. Electronic data entry, and reading and working with figures for prolonged periods may also be required.None
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: ****.
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit ****.