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Job Title: Outpatient Pharmacy Technician
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Amarillo, TX
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 11/07/2017
Expire Date: 01/06/2018
Job Categories: Agriculture, Forestry, & Fishing, Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical, Customer Service and Call Center, Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Information Technology, Internet/E-Commerce, Medical, Web Technology, Nonprofit and Volunteer Services
Job Description
Outpatient Pharmacy Technician

This job is located at the Amarillo Health Care System in Amarillo, Texas. Pharmacy Technicians perform a wide variety of complex procedures and activities on a rotating basis. Pharmacy technicians may be assigned to any area of the Outpatient Pharmacy including expanded distributive function assignments (i.e. filling of controlled substances). The incumbent performs varied technical duties in the Outpatient Pharmacy under the direction of his/her Supervisor or Staff Pharmacist. Technical duties consists of, but are not limited to:

Customer Service and Teamwork

- Displays a cooperative attitude and will effectively work together with staff to implement the organization's mission and goals.

- Ensures productivity is maintained at the established level for the program for which he/she is responsible.

- Ensures relationships with management, co-workers, patients, volunteers, students, and the public are consistently courteous, respectful, and cooperative in nature.

- Provides customer service concerning prescription status, medication availability, co-payment charges and mailing status.

- Handles telephone inquiries, call center log requests, receives and replies to questions from patients concerning co-pay referring to the Medical Care Cost Recovery (MCCR) policies and procedures as needed.

Distributive Functions

- Reads and interprets prescriptions, obtains proper medication or material in the proper strength and dosage form.

- Determines proper medication amounts and counts, pours, and measures medication.

- Affixes proper labels and records required data as necessary. After a final check by pharmacist, dispenses medication in ambulatory care, pass or discharge situations.

- Enters new and refill prescription data which may include correct drug strength, dosage form, and quantity into patient's medication profile.

- Monitors inventory needs in outpatient pharmacy areas, relays this information to the Pharmacy Procurement Specialist. This also includes receiving/placing stock in proper storage areas, rotating stock on shelves, and removing replacing outdated items.

- Operates, maintains, and fills/refills complicated pharmacy automation equipment.

- Compounds and/or reconstitutes oral or external medications (non-sterile) following standardized formulas, recipes and procedures in weighing, measuring and mixing bulk quantities of routinely used pharmaceuticals.

- Conducts monthly ward inspection of assigned patient care/Pharmacy storage areas assuring proper storage, stock and drug expiration.

- Repackages prescriptions for mailing through UPS and USPS and tracks packages mailed by regular mail, certified mail or UPS.

- Assists in total quality improvement activities.

Work Schedule

Full Time, rotating schedule. Weekends, holidays, and overtime may be required to meet the demands of patient care.

Functional Statement Title

Outpatient Pharmacy Technician

***This is a Bargaining Unit position***

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

Citizenship: Citizen of the United States. (Non citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with Chapter 3, Section A, paragraph 3g, this part).

English Language Proficiency: Pharmacy Technician appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with Chapter 2, Section D, paragraph 5a.

GRADE REQUIREMENTS:

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.

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.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates:

GS-5 Level

Education or Experience: Successful completion of a 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree that included at least 24 semester hours of courses related to pharmacy or pharmacy technology; successful completion of pertinent specialized training courses in pharmaceutical and pharmacy services while serving in the Armed Forces is creditable on a month-for-month basis up to the 1 year of experience required for the GS-5 level; OR applicants must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience that equipped them with the particular Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) to perform successfully the duties of this position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower level (GS-4) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Experience mustinclude basic knowledge of processing and filling prescriptions, operating and maintaining dispensing equipment, maintaining files, operating pharmacy information systems, and preparing sterile compounds under supervisor. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs:

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

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.

If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.

Physical Requirements: If you are selected for this position, you may be required to undergo a physical examination if the physical requirements are different from the position you now occupy. This position involves sitting, standing, lifting and walking. Requirements include: heavy lifting (up to 45 lbs. and over); moderate carrying (15-44 lbs.); repeated bending (up to 2 hours); straight pulling (up to 1 hour); pushing (up to 1 hour); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; use of both hands.

The following documents are REQUIRED.

- CV or Rsum (complete with experiences most relevant to the position, including name and address of employer, job title, starting and ending dates (month and year), average hours worked per week, and a description of your duties. (REQUIRED).

- YOU MUST INCLUDE VA Form 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSDERED FOR THIS VACANCY - Application for Associated Health Occupations (required). Available at the VA Forms website: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=10-2850&tkey=&Action=Search

- Copy of most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) (Required if you are a current/former federal employee). The SF-50 must indicate proof of status (for example, you were a career or a career-conditional employee) and should identify your position, title, series, grade, step, tenure, and type of service (Competitive or Excepted).

- Responses to the questionnaire.

Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, etc. You will not be contacted for additional information.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is TAG:VacancyID.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

Qualifications & Requirements

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

Citizenship: Citizen of the United States. (Non citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with Chapter 3, Section A, paragraph 3g, this part).

English Language Proficiency: Pharmacy Technician appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with Chapter 2, Section D, paragraph 5a.

GRADE REQUIREMENTS:

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.

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.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates:

GS-5 Level

Education or Experience: Successful completion of a 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree that included at least 24 semester hours of courses related to pharmacy or pharmacy technology; successful completion of pertinent specialized training courses in pharmaceutical and pharmacy services while serving in the Armed Forces is creditable on a month-for-month basis up to the 1 year of experience required for the GS-5 level; OR applicants must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience that equipped them with the particular Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) to perform successfully the duties of this position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower level (GS-4) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Experience mustinclude basic knowledge of processing and filling prescriptions, operating and maintaining dispensing equipment, maintaining files, operating pharmacy information systems, and preparing sterile compounds under supervisor. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs:

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

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.

If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.

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