Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Pharmacy Technician (Midnight) in Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Summary

Functions as a pharmacy technician in the 24-hour Pharmacy Service; fully trained and familiar with departmental procedures and policy guidelines in inpatient pharmacy.

Experience in IV compounding, including hazardous drug compounding, as well as in cart-fill and inpatient pharmacy is preferred.

Work Schedule: 8:00 PM - 7:30 AM (Seven days on/seven days off; including holidays and weekends) Fi*nancial Disclosure Report:* Not required

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Responsibilities

General Duties:

  • Checks assigned wards and/or other areas where drugs are stored for proper storage conditions, expired drugs, unapproved items, etc.
  • Uses Readiness Rounds Software to documents activities as applicable.
  • Assures that inspections are completed every month as assigned, working with supervisor to work out any difficulties in meeting this goal.
  • Answers phone inquiries and independently troubleshoots problems and answers questions in a timely manner. Questions requiring a Pharmacist intervention are properly triaged using problem solving skills, directed to the appropriate party while documenting the interventions when necessary.
  • Assists with the orientation/documentation and training of new pharmacy personnel/students when assigned by a Supervisor or his/her designee.
  • Informs the pharmacists and their respective supervisor of patient care issues if/when problem solving activity does not appropriately or completely resolve the issue in question.
  • Assists in receiving and proper storage of medications and supplies when directed by a Supervisor or his/her designee. Receives, checks and properly stores medications and medical supplies. Signs wholesaler invoices as required to document receipt of product. Stocks IV room when assigned to that area. Assists in the procurement technicians when assigned and informs them of potential supply/ inventory issues both verbally and digitally.

Inpatient Duties: * Using aseptic technique, prepares sterile products (IVPB, Large Volume Parenteral) to be checked by a pharmacist. Demonstrates competence in the preparation of low and medium risk sterile products as outlined in USP 797 requirements. After appropriate training period, demonstrates competence to prepare chemotherapy products, following safe medication practices and guidelines for protection from hazardous drug exposure. * Delivers medications, IV solutions and ward stock items to their proper locations in a timely manner. Receives, interprets, fills and delivers ward stock orders to proper wards and clinics. Delivers medication to patient specific "nurse server" or automated dispensing cabinet locations as applicable. * Repackages medications from bulk containers into unit dose packaging according to packaging procedures. * Delivers, receives, and documents transactions according to the policy for controlled substances.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

6

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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
Qualifications

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 02/25/2019. 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. * English Language Proficiency. Pharmacy technicians appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA regulations.

Preferred Experience: Experience in IV compounding including hazardous drug compounding. Experience in cart-fill and inpatient pharmacy.

Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates: Possess ONE (1) year experience at the next lower level, and fully meet the knowledge, skills and abilities (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 as: 1. The 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

One year of experience at the next lower grade level of GS-5:. 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. Creditable Experience. To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with the scope of pharmacy technician practice. Part-time Experience.Part-time experience as a pharmacy technician is credited according to its relationship to the full-time workweek. **For example, a pharmacy technician would receive 1 week of full-time credit for each 2 weeks of half-time work.

Quality of Experience. To be creditable, pharmacy technician experience must be documented on the application and verified in an employment reference, or through other independent means.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G28 PHARMACY TECHNICIAN QUALIFICATION STANDARD

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-06.

Physical Requirements:See VA Directive and Handbook 5019

Education

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.

Additional information

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.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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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.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Other

Drug test required

Yes

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Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • Resume
  • SF-50

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.

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.

  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • OF-306
  • Other
  • Other Veterans Document
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript

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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How to Apply

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 02/25/2019 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10417480.

  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

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.

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Agency contact information
Mitchell Underwood
Phone

734-222-7411

Email

Mitchell.Underwood@va.gov

Address

Ann Arbor VA Medical Center 2215 Fuller Road Ann Arbor, MI 48105 US

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The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/523787500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 02/07/2019 to 02/25/2019

Service: Competitive

Pay scale & grade: GS 6

Salary: $40,733 to $52,948 per year

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time