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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Pharmacy Technician in Iron Mountain, Michigan


OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans? If you are not a current, permanent VA employee nationwide, you should apply to IM-11030547-21-RF.


This position is located in the Pharmacy Service of the Oscar G. Johnson VAMC, Iron Mountain, MI. The Pharmacy Technician carries out a full range of technical support functions such as processing and filling outpatient prescriptions, stock management, operation, maintenance, re-stocking and troubleshooting of automated dispensing equipment, patient and customer relations, and preparation and maintenance of various logs, records and reports. Major Duties: Processes refill requests, collates and prepares prescriptions for distribution. Fills prescriptions for medical supplies. Prepares substantially all bulk compounds in the pharmacy. Works in the unit dose drug distribution system, including packaging unit dose medications and filling unit dose cassette drawer as needed. Places barcode stickers on medications without a scannable manufacturer barcode and performs required monitors of barcode product labeling. Daily restocks and maintains inventory of Documed medications. Refills ATC canisters, checks expired dates, and reorders information on cards for file. Delivers medication carts to the floors per scheduled delivery times and delivers medications if needed before the next cart exchange. Aseptically prepares for dispensing: IV solutions and hyperalimentation using laminar flow hoods. Answers routine phone inquiries regarding patient prescriptions based on information available through the computer system. Replenishes Ward Stock to wards and clinics, and delivers all types of medications, including controlled substances and chemotherapy. Inventories controlled substances on a scheduled basis according to medical center policy, prepares and files reports, and notifies supervisor of any discrepancies. Aids controlled substance inspectors in conducting monthly inspections. Orders and maintains proper levels of supplies. Maintains pharmacy medication storage areas with special emphasis on proper storage and rotation of stock. Inventories inpatient wards and clinics for established levels of medications and IV fluids, restocking these areas as necessary. Aids in maintaining records of the transactions of the pharmacy as required by policies necessary to maintain adequate control and accountability of all medications and supplies. Maintains equipment and work area in a clean and orderly fashion. Provides on-the-job training to new employees, pharmacy students, and volunteers. Work Schedule: 7:30am-4:00pm, rotating shifts as required, including weekends, holidays, and off tours. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required


Conditions of Employment


BASIC REQUIREMENTS U.S. Citizenship: Must be a citizen of the United States. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. English Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in spoken and written English 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 the GS-6 level and above. A copy of your certification must be submitted with your application. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements listed above, you must meet the following GRADE REQUIREMENTS. GS-6 GRADE REQUIREMENTS: Must possess at least 1 year of Pharmacy Technician experience at the GS 05 level. Experience is defined as: 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, you must demonstrate the following technical 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. References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G28. Physical Requirements: Considerable periods of sitting, standing, walking, reaching, and pushing or pulling of carts are inherent in the position. Bending, stooping, and lifting of supplies is necessary, mostly under 50 pounds. The work is performed within the pharmacy and the medical center. The incumbent observes safety precautions while working with a variety of equipment. Work involves regular and recurring exposure to moderate risks or discomforts which require special safety precautions (e.g., risk exposure to caustic agents, flammable liquids when unpacking supplies or cleaning equipment). When stocking shelves, incumbent works with drugs and chemicals in which care must be taken in the event accidental contact is made to the skin, eyes and lungs. Incumbent follows guidelines for preparation, handling and administration of hazardous drugs and disposal of all pharmaceutical waste in compliance with medical center policy.


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.