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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Inpatient Pharmacy Technician in Syracuse, New York

Summary The Inpatient Pharmacy Technician works in the inpatient section of Pharmacy Service, processing and filling inpatient medication orders (unit dose, IV admixture, ward stock, etc.) at the Syracuse VA Medical Center. Incumbent will ensure productivity is maintained at the established level for the program for which they are responsible. There are both GS06 and GS05 positions, depending on experience levels. Responsibilities VA Careers - Pharmacy: Unit Dose 1. Prepares individual unit dose medications to be dispensed to inpatient areas (unit dose carts), and/or fills unit dose carts for patient care. 2. The incumbent follows departmental policy & procedures when preparing & handling medications identified as hazardous per NIOSH regulations (i.e. Chemotherapy). 3. A pharmacist reviews all orders for therapeutic propriety, the technician reviews all orders for technical accuracy and convenes the order, if necessary, so that the item dispensed corresponds to the drug and dose ordered. 4. Ensures all medication is labeled appropriately to include Veteran-specific information, bar code, drug, dose, expiration, and lot number and where necessary auxiliary labels as required. 5. Maintains replenishment of pharmacy medication repackaging automation as required and follows established procedures. 6. Performs final review of medication when prepared by another technician, to be dispensed to inpatient areas (first dose medication and unit dose carts) and fills unit-dose carts independently without secondary review. Sterile Product Compounding/Extraneous Compounding 1. Responsible for preparation of complicated parenteral admixtures to be delivered in the form of large volume, small volume, infusion syringe etc., and for the manufacturing of parenteral nutrition admixtures under a sterile environment. Responsible for preparation of sterile pharmaceuticals which are associated with a high degree of toxicity (i.e. antineoplastic agents). 2. Interprets the medication order request, selecting and measuring appropriate ingredients, mixing ingredients in a safe and effective manner, inspecting the final product for accuracy, suitability and elegance, labeling the product, maintaining records of the manufacturing process and supplying the product for delivery only after a final check has been performed by a pharmacist. 3. Uses standard protocols to determine an accurate expiration date for each batch prepared. 4. Displays competence with good manufacturing practices and sterile technique through demonstration and actual work performance. Competency must be demonstrated with regard to both information about pharmaceuticals and chemicals, techniques used to handle and prepare these agents, appropriate handling and disposal of toxic materials, and technical information such as stability, incompatibilities, etc. 5. When compounding complex admixtures (parenteral nutrition, chemotherapy) manufacturing steps with ingredients are set up for clarification and approval by the pharmacist prior to completing each step in the manufacturing process. 6. Compounds and/or reconstitutes oral or external medications (non-sterile), following established compounding records. Ensures final check by pharmacist prior to product being released from the pharmacy. Ward Stock/Inventory Management 1. Fills automatic replenishment requests for ward or clinic stock. 2. Inventories and replenishes emergency code carts. 3. Replenishes and maintains pharmaceutical drug items stored in automated dispensing cabinets (ADC) (i.e. Pyxis or equivalent). Ensures par levels are maintained and drugs due to expire ware pulled in advance of the expiration date. 4. Performs ward inspections for all drug storage areas in the Medical Center. Accurately documents findings of inspection and notifies area manager and pharmacy supervisor of deficiencies. Ensures drugs due to expire are pulled from storage areas in advance of the expiration date. 5. Assists with inventory management and the ordering of medicines. Work Schedule: 730-1600, 0800-1630, 1000-1830, or 1230-2100 (day shift and night shift positions available) rotating weekends and holidays Compressed/Flexible: Not available Paid Time Off: 37-50 days of annual paid time offer per year (13-26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 11 paid Federal holidays per year) Selected applicants may qualify for credit toward annual leave accrual, based on prior [work experience] or military service experience. Parental Leave: After 12 months of employment, up to 12 weeks of paid parental leave in connection with the birth, adoption, or foster care placement of a child. Child Care Subsidy: After 60 days of employment, full time employees with a total family income below $144,000 may be eligible for a childcare subsidy up to 25% of total eligible childcare costs for eligible children up to the monthly maximum of $416.66. Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement) Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 21N36-A Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job. All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959. Must be proficient in written and spoken English. You may be required to serve a probationary period. Subject to background/security investigation. Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process. Must pass pre-employment physical examination. Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details. Qualifications Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. 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. English Language Proficiency. 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). Grade Determinations: --GS05 Determination-- Education or Experience: (a) Successful completion of four years post-secondary education with courses related to pharmacy (e.g., 48 semester hours of science, mathematics, pharmacy) or a bachelor's degree. OR (b) An associate's degree in pharmacy technician or technology (48 semester hours of concentrated pharmacy technician training). OR (c) One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. In addition to the education or experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: (a) Knowledge of basic pharmacy operations. (b) Knowledge of pharmaceuticals to perform duties in pharmacy functional areas. (c) Knowledge of pharmaceutical nomenclature (including generic, chemical and proprietary names of drug). (d) Ability to fill prescriptions. (e) Ability to use pharmacy information systems or basic pharmacy dispensing equipment with oversight. Assignments. Pharmacy technicians at this developmental level perform all duties expected of employees at lower grade levels; however, they are expected to exercise greater judgement, require less supervision and operate in accordance with all established policies and procedures. Pharmacy technicians at this grade level will fill orders and dispense/ deliver medications using automated systems. These technicians require oversight of assigned duties by full performance level technicians and or pharmacists. --GS06 Determination-- Experience-One year experience at the next lower level and must fully meet the KSAs at the next lower level. (a) Knowledge of Federal and state laws related to pharmacy practice. (b) Knowledge of preparation, storage and distribution of medication products including those requiring special handling and documentation. (c) Ability to use pharmacy information systems or operate pharmacy dispensing equipment. (d) Knowledge of basic inventory procedures. (e) Ability to communicate with patients and staff and direct questions to appropriate personnel. Assignments. Pharmacy technicians at the full performance level may fill orders, dispense/deliver medications using automated systems or provide technical customer service to Veterans related to prescription needs. Duties will include delivery of medications to floors/patients, filling medications for the pharmacist to review, checking for expired medications, answering phones with appropriate disposition, preparing sterile products (when applicable) and assisting with basic inventory management such as putting up stock and identifying when medications need to be ordered. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/159, PART II, APPENDIX G28, November 07, 2023 Physical Requirements: The In-patient Pharmacy Technician may be required to sustain extended periods of stretching, standing, sitting and reaching during his/her employment. This occasionally involves lifting moderately heavy items. The Inpatient Pharmacy Technician must possess average agility and dexterity and must be able to work adjusted schedules and rotating shifts as assigned. 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: 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: Additional Information Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. Selected applicants may qualify for credit toward annual leave accrual, based on prior work experience or military service experience. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. 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. Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process. If you are unable to apply online or need an alternate method to submit documents, please reach out to the Agency Contact listed in this Job Opportunity Announcement.