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Pharmacy Technician Chemotherapy/Oncology

Philadelphia, PA

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Pharmacy Technician (Chemotherapy/Oncology)
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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Pennsylvania (PA)
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This position functions primarily in the Chemotherapy/Oncology and the Inpatient Pharmacy sections of the Pharmacy Service:
Receiving, reviewing and preparing physician's orders for cytotoxic and non-hazardous medications including pre-medications and investigational drug agents.
Performing accurate product selection, dosage calculations and compounding of agents utilizing kardexes, package literature, written procedural guidelines and application of specialized knowledge.
Completing all necessary forms and records for investigational drug products per specific protocol for individual study.
Communicating regularly with nursing staff on wards and in clinic areas regarding treatments and administration times of doses to ensure quality of care and reduce waste.
Maintaining/updating the patient's current profile and other required records using D.H.C.P. /C.P.R.S., treatment card file system or other means as required for use in house and outside the hospital.
Maintaining a daily perpetual log of prepared products to track actual drug usage and workload for monthly data compilation.
Stocking and maintaining the Pharmacy Service oncology (and Inpatient) Pharmacy preparation area(s), reviewing anticipated inventory needs and notifying the supply technician in a timely manner of products required.
Ensuring that the Pharmacy Service oncology (and Inpatient) Pharmacy preparation area(s) and equipment stored there are clean, maintained and in good working order, communicating any needs to the appropriate supervisor or service.
Assisting with training of pharmacy staff and students in safe and aseptic handling techniques within the area and proper methods used the dispensing and recording of research prescriptions.
Communicating all treatments and anticipated treatments to appropriate staff to ensure continuation of quality of care during other tours.
Assisting assigned Clinical Pharmacist with revisions and filing of study protocols, references, and reports.
Ensuring, upon daily completion of oncology duties, report to immediate supervisor for assignment in other areas within Pharmacy Service.
Ensuring adherence to all policies and procedures for the safe handling, dispensing and disposal of cytotoxic drug agents.
Work Schedule:
Variable - Minimum every other weekend. Will rotate between weekend days/evenings (7am - 3:30pm, 2:30pm - 11pm) & holidays included based upon Service needs
Financial Disclosure Report:
Not required Basic Requirements
U.S. citizenship.
A high school diploma or equivalent; or a least 3 months experience.
National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB)
English Language Proficiency:
Pharmacy technicians appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English.
Preferred Experience:
Preferred experience working with an acute care (hospital) setting.
3 years Chemotherapy/IV compounding experience.
Grade Determinations:
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 course 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-06 level; or at least 1 year of experience at the next lower level that demonstrates the core competencies (KSAs) described at the GS-5 level. In additional, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: 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.
VA Handbook 5005/15 Part II Appendix G28. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
Physical Requirements:
Able to lift at least 30 pounds.None
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB)
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).
Cover Letter
Other Veterans Document
Veterans' Preference:
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 ****.

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