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Pharmacy Technician- Inpatient

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs




Oregon (OR)

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Duties include, but are not limited to:

Processes all applicable orders and requests in a timely fashion.

Operates and maintains automated dispensing devices and equipment.

Utilizes basic inventory management principles and practice, including but not limited to ward inspections, expiration dating, cycle counts, narcotic vault inventory, and emergency carts.

Operates pharmacy communication systems in accordance with local pharmacy policies (i.e., Communicator, Pagers, Telephones).

Utilizes pharmacy computer programs as applicable.

Solves problems and makes recommendations as appropriate, e.g., troubleshoot operational problems and refer for appropriate action.

Completes mandatory trainings and education in a timely fashion.

Complies with area specific policies and procedures including but not limited to Green Environment Management System (GEMS), drug formulary, drug recall and shortages.

Understands the different disposal GEMS processes for medications and hazardous wastes.

Maintains knowledge of pharmacy nomenclature (i.e., generic, trade, and Latin names), drug characteristics (i.e., strengths, dosage forms, storage requirements), systems of weight, measure and conversion.

Maintains appropriate files and records for prepacking, IV compounding and other preparations as applicable.

Performs required cleaning of the various areas and equipment of the pharmacy as assigned.

Performs and maintains records for routine ward inspections and checks for outdates as applicable.

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.

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.

Preferred Experience:

Applicants for the GS06 grade must be able to demonstrate a minimum of one year IV admixture


Grade Determinations

: (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.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.

(d) 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.


VA Handbook 5005/15, PART II, APPENDIX G28. A copy may be obtained at the local Human Resources Office.

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-06. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-06

Physical Requirements:

The work requires regular and recurring physical exertion, involving standing/sitting for prolonged periods of time, lifting/carrying of pharmaceutical supplies weighing up to 50 lbs, and bending/stooping.The work may entail repetitive wrist movement while using various size syringes, vial cap removal, and typing.


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: . REQUIRED FOR ALL APPLICANTS!!

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).


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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Company Profile
The Veterans Health Administration is home to the United States’ largest integrated health care system consisting of 152 medical centers, nearly 1,400 community-based outpatient clinics, community living centers, Vet Centers and Domiciliaries. Together these health care facilities and the more than 53,000 independent licensed health care practitioners who work within them provide comprehensive care to more than 8.3 million* Veterans each year.

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