The Lead Pharmacy Technician functions in all areas of the Inpatient Pharmacy, various storage areas, clinics, wards, offices, and other patient care areas depending upon the area of assignment of the incumbent or a registered pharmacist in the absence of a supervisor. Preferred Experience: Possess a current Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) with an understanding of the goals, objectives and performance measures associated with Inpatient Pharmacy Operations. Pharmacy IV room operations and inpatient experiences preferred. 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. 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 grades GS-6 and above. Grandfathiering clause English Language Proficiency: Pharmacy technicians appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English. Grade Determinations: GS-7 Level: 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. Certification: PTCB certification is required at this grade level and above. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 1. Ability to evaluate, analyze workflow, and coordinate work activities. 2. Ability to independently gather, evaluate, and analyze data to generate reports and/or for other projects/statistical purposes. 3. Knowledge of pharmacy policies and procedures sufficient to train and orient new employees and other staff 4. Comprehensive knowledge of the operation and care of specialized pharmaceutical equipment. 5. Comprehensive knowledge of the procurement and formulary process. 6. Comprehensive knowledge of investigational drug policies and procedures. 7. Comprehensive knowledge of controlled substance policies and procedures, and the ability to identify and investigate discrepancies in these policies and procedures. 8. Comprehensive knowledge of, and ability to, analyze data in VA information systems. Assignments. 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. Pharmacy technicians at this grade level may be assigned as a supervisor; lead technician in a particular area of the pharmacy; a controlled substance technician; an investigational drug technician; a procurement/inventory management technician; a clinical pharmacy technician; or similar assignment with this level of complexity. The GS-7 level is for select, complex pharmacy technician positions, as established by each health care facility. To be advanced, employees must meet all of the following standards, provided the standard is part of their assignment. References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G28. Pharmacy Technician Qualification Standards. Physical Requirements: Employees are typically expected to work forty hours per week. This may include evenings, midnights, weekends and/or holidays as assigned. Principle duties require repetitive use of hands and fingers (e.g., preparing IV admixtures, use of a computer keyboard, etc.). May require lifting and carrying light loads (up to 44Ibs.), including boxes, equipment, unit dose-cassettes, and IV solutions; stooping or kneeling (e.g., to pick up items from the floor, remove and replace items on lower shelves, and to file documents in lower file drawers, etc.); sitting, walking, or standing for long periods of time (4-8 hours). 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. An ability to perform tasks requiring rapid mental and muscular coordination functions simultaneously is necessary. Employees must be physically capable of operating various types of equipment used on the job. Employees may be required to work at various pharmacy locations as assigned. ["VISN 12 is committed to fostering and sustaining an environment which celebrates diversity, provides equitable opportunities for employment and promotion, and supports inclusiveness in our culture. Together, we strive to create and maintain working and learning environments that promote professional growth and teamwork, and are inclusive, equitable and welcoming. We embrace our differences as individuals and unite as a team toward a common goal: to serve our nation's Veterans. Major Duties and Responsibilities: A. Supervisory Pharmacy Technician. The incumbent works closely with the Inpatient Pharmacy Supervisory Pharmacist to coordinate and lead work activities and delegate job assignments to the pharmacy technicians in the inpatient and/or specialty areas of the Inpatient Pharmacy. The incumbent works with the Inpatient Pharmacy Supervisor, Pharmacy Department Head, Associate Chief, Pharmacy Operations, Business Manager/Program Specialist, IV Room Pharmacy Manager, IV Pharmacy Technician Lead, Chemo Pharmacy Technician, and other staff on general planning, organizing and assigning of functions in order to meet significant changes in inpatient pharmacy workload, work priorities and deadlines. The incumbent supervises pharmacy technician work at the GS-6 levels. The incumbent conducts employee counseling, interviewing applicants, assessing employee competencies and identifying education and training needs. The incumbent hears and resolves complaints from employees, referring group grievances and more serious unresolved complaints to a higher-level supervisor or manager. B. Inpatient Activities. Fill prescriptions and medical supplies for mail and window. Fills any automated dispensing devices. Prepares compounded prescriptions and labels in accordance with accepted standards. Reviews and records all monitoring parameters (refrigerator temp, expiration dates, manufacturing, pre-pack) C. Controlled Substance. Maintains all inventory control records for controlled substances. Performs data collection and data tracking for controlled substances. Collects this data reviewing statistical information and evaluating for accuracy and reviewing appropriate reports from automated dispensing equipment to monitor for waste, diversion or abuse and reports such findings to the supervisor. Assists in FHCC Controlled Substance Inspection program. Monitors for expiration and destruction of controlled substances and removes immediately from inventory. Provides training to technicians, nursing staff, pharmacists, and controlled substance inspectors as needed. Maintains record retention files for Inpatient Pharmacy activities. Work Schedule: 8-1630, weekends, holidays Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Pharmacy Technician - Inpatient Lead/PD000000Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for those who have served in our nation's military and for their families, caregivers, and survivors" - 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 whole health care to Veterans?Readying Warriors and Caring for Heroes! This position is located within Surgical Services at the CAPT James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC) in North Chicago, IL. The FHCC is a first-of-its-kind partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), and Department of Navy (DoN)/Department of Defense (DoD). It is larger than just a single facility, but rather it is a fully-integrated medical care facility with a single combined VA and Navy mission. The combined mission of the FHCC means active duty military and their family members, military retirees, and eligible veterans receive health care at this facility.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. Join the FHCC team of energetic, career-minded professionals! For additional information, click onhttp://www.lovell.fhcc.va.gov/index.asp.