Pharmacy Technician

Veterans Health Administration - Department of Veterans Affairs

***This vacancy is open to current permanent Federal employees of the United States Federal Government.*** To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 12/31/2021. Basic Requirements: U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. English language proficiency. Pharmacy technicians appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English. Must have a high school diploma or equivalent (proof of graduation or equivalent required) or at least 3 months of 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 as a pharmacy technician is credited according to its relationship the full-time work week. For example, a pharmacy technician would receive 1 week of full-time credit for each 2 weeks of half-time work. Grade Determination for GS-6: Experience. One year experience at the next lower level (GS-5), Examples of specialized experience include, but are not limited to: Experience working in the inpatient pharmacy setting or in compounding sterile preparations; Operate and care of dispensing devices; perform aseptic technique; perform inventory procedures and experience with pharmacy information systems. Must fully meet the KSAs at the next lower level. KSAs at the GS 5 Level are: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. Certification: PTCB certification is required at this grade level and above. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*): 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. Preferred Qualifications: One year experience compounding routine sterile products using aseptic techniques is preferred. References: For additional information, see VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G-28 Pharmacy Technician Qualification Standard This can also be found in the local Human Resources Office. Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting (45 pounds and over), Moderate lifting (15-44 pounds), Light lifting (under 15 pounds), Heavy carrying (45 pounds and over), Moderate carrying (15-44 pounds), Light carrying (under 15 pounds), Straight pulling (2 hours), Pushing, Reaching above shoulder, Use of fingers, Both hands required, Walking (up to 4 hours), Standing (prolonged), Repeated bending, Climbing, use of legs and arms (infrequent), Operation of crane, truck, tractor, or motor vehicle, Near vision correctable at 13″ to 16″ to Jaeger 1 to 4, Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other, Specific visual requirement (specify)*, Depth perception, Ability to distinguish basic colors, Hearing (aid permitted), Clear Speech, Emotional Stability, *Ability to read fine print on labels, Good Dexterity.
Pharmacy technicians function in various areas of the pharmacy, e.g. inpatient pharmacy, outpatient pharmacy and other patient care areas. Pharmacy technicians provide various technical support services within the pharmacy department.