Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Pharmacy Technician in Charleston, South Carolina
The Inpatient Pharmacy Technician provides various technical support services within the pharmacy department and may function in various areas of the pharmacy. These areas may include but are not limited to; inpatient pharmacy, outpatient pharmacy, IV room, various storage areas, offices and patient care areas.
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The technician will effectively perform a full range of inpatient drug distribution duties. These include, but are not limited to:
- Assist the inpatient pharmacy IV program, stocking medication carts, delivering medications to the floors, Omnicell and OR/Clinic replenishment, monitoring expiration dates of pharmacy stock and nursing units, replenishing crash carts, and ScriptPro prescription processing for emergency room outpatient services as well as providing care for the veterans being admitted from the emergency room.
- Assist the pharmacist in prioritizing, processing and delivery of all IV and PO doses to maintain the consistency of overall pharmacy services both to inpatients and emergency room patients.
- Assist with the stocking of drugs, solutions, supplies and will be responsible for ordering IV and irrigation solutions for the pharmacy.
- The technician collects data for quality improvement purposes.
- Responsible for processing and filling orders for scheduled and non-scheduled federal legend drugs and supplies, including the preparation of IV admixtures.
- Process controlled substances for Omnicell and fill outpatient controlled prescriptions as required.
- Responsible for training of technicians, or students assigned to employee tour.
- Assist with procurement of pharmaceutical supplies as needed and works closely with patients and healthcare staff to meet the needs of the customer.
- Provides overnight coverage for the planned annual leave of midnight inpatient pharmacy technician. Will rotate weekend coverage.Performs all duties of lower graded technicians if required. Although these positions are under the supervision of a pharmacist, employees in such settings successfully and consistently demonstrate the exercise of independent technical judgment (without the need for readily available supervision) as well as comprehensive and thorough working knowledge of the most complex or difficult practices and procedures. Such individuals may also serve as leaders or co-leaders in a Pharmacy Service or for a specific unit or section.
- Work Schedule: Multiple VacanciesMonday-Friday, 6:00 am-2:30 pm, 7:00 am-3:30 pm, 8:00 am-4:30 pm, 9:00 am-5:30 pm, 10:00 am-6:30 pm, 11:00 am-7:30 pm, 12:00 pm - 8:30 pm, 1:00 pm-9:30 pm, and 2:00 pm-10:30 pm. (Overtime/Weekend/Holiday/Shift - Required). .Fi*nancial Disclosure Report:* Not required
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0661 Pharmacy Technician
- Pharmacist Technicians
- Pharmacy Technicians
- Technicians, Pharmacist
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to a background/security investigation
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 04/26/2019.
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. * Specialize Experience:One year experience Demonstrating Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: * - Ability to operate and care for automated dispensing devices and equipment. * - Knowledge of, and ability to perform, aseptic technique. * - Knowledge of basic inventory procedures. * - Knowledge of pharmacy information systems. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs: 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. 7. Knowledge of pharmaceuticals. 8. Certification by the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). 9. Knowledge of the standards related to distribution and control of scheduled and non-scheduled drugs. This includes, but is not limited to, the standards established by DEA, FDA, VA, the State (Territory or District of Columbia, if appropriate), and JCAHO. 10. Ability to communicate orally and in writing with a wide variety of individuals. This would typically include beneficiaries, professionals in other health care disciplines, and health related groups in the community. Grade Determinations:GS-6: PTCB certification and at least one year experience at the next lower level and candidates must fully meet the KSAs at the next lower level. These include: Ability to operate and care for automated dispensing devices and equipment; Knowledge of and ability to perform aseptic technique; Knowledge of basic inventory procedures; Knowledge of pharmacy information systems.
References:VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G28, Qualification Standards, dated March 17, 2006.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-06.
Physical Requirements:Ability to do limited physical exertion. Physical activities will include walking and lifting (less than 40 pounds).
IMPORTANT:A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Note:Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.
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If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
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.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
- Required Documents
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
- VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations
VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/searchaction.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey;=&Action;=Search. (REQUIRED AT TIME OF APPLICATION)
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 (current/former Federal employees), etc.
- VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations
- VA Disability Rating Letter, DD214 (Member 4 copy)
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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 04/26/2019 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10476546.
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NOTE: Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). HCP are individuals who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations where patients receive care or who come into contact with VA patients as part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to, VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers (CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary units, Vet centers and VA-leased facilities. HCP include all VA licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, paid and unpaid, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee basis employees, VA contractors, students, researchers, volunteers, and trainees who work at these facilities. HCPs that are unable to receive or otherwise decline a flu shot will be expected to wear a face mask throughout the influenza season.
Agency contact information
Ralph H Johnson Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center 109 Bee Street Charleston, SC 29401 US
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/530553500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Open & closing dates: 04/12/2019 to 04/26/2019
Pay scale & grade: GS 6
Salary: $37,223 to $48,385 per year
Appointment type: Permanent
Work schedule: Part-Time - 20 Hours