This position functions primarily in the outpatient areas of Pharmacy Service. This is above the full performance level for pharmacy technicians. Employees at this grade level must be certified by the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. 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. Physical Requirements. See Below 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, this part. Grade Determinations: GS-6 Level 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 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. 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. Next Lower Level, GS-5: (One year experience Required) 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. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/15 MARCH 17, 2006 PART II APPENDIX G28 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-6. Physical Requirements: Work involves some sitting and lifting, pushing, or pulling of weights up to 50 pounds. The incumbent will be subjected to bending and stooping. Able to operate motor vehicle and able to work 8-10 hour shifts with compressed schedules. Willing to work some weekends and holidays. Able to carry 20 pounds for short distances. ["VA Careers - Pharmacy: https://youtube.com/embed/Fn_ickNBEws The incumbent prioritizes and coordinates outpatient pharmacy technician workflow within the department by organizing filling functions, functioning as a superuser for outpatient pharmacy automation as well as providing support to the controlled substance and procurement technicians servicing the department. General Duties: Coordinates, organizes, and supports the day-to-day filling of window, mail, priority mail, and controlled substance prescriptions in the outpatient pharmacy. This includes not only organizing and prioritizing workflow but also guiding and assisting the GS-5 Pharmacy technicians in that area as needed. Functions as a \"superuser' for outpatient pharmacy automation products such as ScriptPro, Q-Matic, and Endicia. Provides training, performs regular equipment maintenance, maintains records, and leads the troubleshooting and resolution of issues with pharmacy automation. Supports the procurement technicians with inventory control by updating and monitoring ScriptPro Inventory Manager (SIM), organizes and tracks pharmacy out of stocks and owes, and generally monitors medication and supply inventory levels in the department. Supports controlled substance technician including coverage of the filling and dispensing of controlled substances from the outpatient vaults as needed. Takes on assignments and higher complexity projects and tasks as directed by a pharmacy supervisor or manager. Performs all the duties of lower graded technicians as required or directed by a supervisor (refer to GS-5 Pharmacy Technician functional statement). Work Schedule: Primarily Monday-Friday 9am-5:30p with infrequent nights, weekends, holidays as required by staffing needs Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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