<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />Inpatient technicians typically carry out a limited range of technical support functions including but not limited to: processing, filling, and distributing outpatient prescriptions for non-scheduled federal legend drugs and medical devices, over the counter products and supply items, and distributing scheduled federal legend drugs; inpatient preparation, distributing unit dose medications, ward stock items and intravenous admixtures; stock management, and patient and customer relations.<br /> Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br />Duties include, but are not limited to: <ul> <li>Have working knowledge of drug use and dosage forms available to be able to screen drug orders for propriety and assist the pharmacist in solving potential drug related problems.</li> <li>Have working knowledge of hospital computer system(s), specifically the applicable VISTA, CPRS, and Class III software applications and processing options.</li> <li>Has a thorough knowledge of the operation and basic daily maintenance and minor repair of automated dispensing equipment.</li> <li>Requires a mastery of aseptic technique used in the preparation of pharmaceuticals for parenteral administration,</li> <li>Intermediate technical working knowledge of various administration routes for various parenteral pharmaceuticals and the special preparation considerations that must be taken into account in their preparation, handling, storage, distribution and disposal.</li> <li>Technical working knowledge of equipment and supplies used in the preparation of intravenous admixtures including but not limited to horizontal laminar flow hoods, admixing pumps, needles, syringes, various drug reservoirs, etc.</li> <li>Knowledge regarding chemical and physical compatibilities is essential for the proper preparation of parenteral pharmaceuticals.</li> <li>Requires a technical knowledge of hazards of cytotoxic chemotherapeutic agents, including the dangers posed to those who prepare, deliver, administer, and/or receive treatment with these agents.</li> <li>Knowledge of safe handling of cytotoxic agents, hazardous waste disposal, and cytotoxic spill response is necessary.</li> <li>Knowledge of all aspects of drug characteristics and nomenclature including generic/chemical and brand names, dosage forms, various systems of weights and measures, drug product codes, drug interchangeability and therapeutic equivalence, characteristics of drug packaging, various uses for drugs, VA and regulatory agency requirements for drug storage, and special requirements for storage, distribution and handling of various classes of drugs..</li> </ul> <strong>Work Schedule:</strong> 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday<br /> <strong>Fi</strong><strong>nancial Disclosure Report:</strong> Not required <br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Not required<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> None <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job</li> <li>Designated and/or random drug testing may be required</li> <li>Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959</li> <li>You may be required to serve a probationary period</li> <li>Subject to a background/security investigation</li> <li>Must be proficient in written and spoken English</li> <li>Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br />To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 06/10/2019.<br /> <strong>Basic Requirements</strong>: <ul> <li><strong>United States Citizenship:</strong> Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.</li> <b>Education or Experience. </b>A high school diploma or equivalent; or at least 3 months experience. </li> <b>Certification. </b>Certification by the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) is required at grades GS-6 and above.</li> <b>Physical Requirements. </b>See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. </li> <b>English Language Proficiency. </b>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. </li> <b>Creditable Experience. </b>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.</li> <b>Quality of Experience. </b>To be creditable, pharmacy technician experience must be documented on the application and verified in an employment reference, or through other independent means. </li> <b>Part-time Experience. </b>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.</li> </ul> <strong>Grade Determinations</strong>: <br /><br /><b>GS-6</b><br /><br />(a)<b> Experience.</b> 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 (*):<br /><br />(b) <b>Certification. </b>PTCB certification is required at this grade level and above. <br /><br />(c) <b>Demonstrated</b> <b>Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities</b><br /><br />1 . Ability to solve problems and make recommendations, e.g., troubleshoot operational problems and refer for appropriate action.<br /><br />2 . Knowledge of the operation and care of automated equipment.<br /><br />3 . Knowledge of, and ability to follow, written instructions for compounding with aseptic technique for hazardous materials such as oncology agents. <br /><br />4 . Knowledge, and ability to perform, compounding with aseptic technique for routine sterile products. <br /><br />5 . Knowledge of policies and procedures for inventory management in specialized areas such as emergency carts. <br /><br />6 . Knowledge of the computerized prescription process demonstrated by the ability to input prescriptions and medication orders. <br /><br />(d)<b> Assignments.</b> 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. <br /><br /><strong>References:</strong> VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G28.<br /><br />The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-06.<br /><br /><strong>Physical Requirements: </strong>Requires moderate lifting of 15-44 pounds, use of fingers, climbing, use of legs and arms, periods of standing and walking. Normal ranges of hearing and vision are required to perform work and communicate effectively/ must have the visual ability to distinguish between basic colors and shades of color. Must be physically capable of operating various types of equipment used for the job. <br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br /><strong>IMPORTANT: </strong>A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.<br /><br /><strong>Note: </strong>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 . <br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br />This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.<br /><br />It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.<br /><br />This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application . <br /><br /><b>How You Will Be Evaluated</b><br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /><br /><strong>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.</strong><br /><br /><strong>NOTE:</strong> 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 recommend grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.<br /><br />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. <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Other <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> Yes <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br />To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:<br /><br /><ul><li>VA Form 10-2850c AND copy of current PTCB showing expiration date.</li><li>Resume</li></ul><br /><br />VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http: www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search . <strong>REQUIRED AT TIME OF APPLICATION</strong><br /><br />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.<br /><br /><ul><li>Cover Letter</li><li>DD-214</li><li>OF-306</li><li>VA Form 10-2850c AND copy of current PTCB showing expiration date.</li><li>VA Letter</li><li>Resume</li><li>SF-15</li><li>SF-50</li><li>Transcript</li></ul><br /><br /><strong>Veterans' Preference:</strong> 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 . <br /><br /><b>If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:</b><br /><br />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 . <br /><br />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.