Pharmacy Technician for USP 797 Compliance/Sterile Product Compounding Program/Oncology (External)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Manchester, New Hampshire
Internal Number: 657005100
This Pharmacy Technician position is located in Pharmacy Service at the VA Manchester Healthcare System. This position is full-time at 40 hours per week. 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. English Language Proficiency: Pharmacy technicians appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English. 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). IN ADDITION TO THE BASIC REQUIREMENTS APPLICANTS MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING: GS-7 (a) Experience: 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 (*): (b) 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 (c) 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. Determinations concerning placement of positions at this grade level shall take into consideration the skill mix and the availability of supervision in the work unit. Although these positions are under the supervision of a pharmacist, employees in such settings successfully and consistently demonstrate the exercise of independent technical judgment (without the need for readily available supervision) as well as comprehensive and thorough working knowledge of the most complex or difficult practices and procedures. Such individuals may also serve as leaders or co-leaders in a Pharmacy Service or for a specific unit or section. Preferred Experience: 3 years knowledge of USP, aseptic technique, sterile product compounding and handling hazardous drugs References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G-28. Pharmacy Technician Qualification Standard, GS-661 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-7. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-7. Physical Requirements: Principle duties of this position require repetitive use of hands and fingers (e.g., preparing prescriptions, use of a computer keyboard, etc.). May require lifting and carrying light loads (up to 44lbs.), including boxes, equipment, medical supplies, stock boxes etc.; 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). Ability to operate automation. Normal ranges of hearing and vision are required to perform work and communicate effectively. An ability to perform tasks requiring rapid mental and muscular coordination functions simultaneously is necessary. Must be physically capable of operating various types of equipment used for the job. ["The incumbent is the technical specialist in the area of sterile product preparation and compounding, including hazardous, i.e. chemotherapeutic, and non-hazardous agents, and collaborates with oncology providers, nurses, and patients in a clinic setting to design and implement patient centric chemotherapy regimens. The incumbent applies specialized knowledge of chemotherapy drugs, pharmacy practice, the principles of compounding sterile products, VA regulations, and medical center policies and procedures to fulfill job responsibilities. The incumbent utilizes high level technical skills to complete the functions and tasks of the sterile products compounding preparation areas to assure compliance with USP Chapter 797 standards. Responsibilities also include training of all new personnel in aseptic technique and sterile compounding principles and procedures, ongoing evaluation of personnel competency, assuring annual refresher training and competencies, including media-fill testing are completed for all employees working in sterile compounding areas, and assuring environmental monitoring is completed and results are tracked and trended As required and assigned, the incumbent is expected to accomplish all duties normally performed by general pharmacy technicians related to auto-replenishment stocking, delivering, inventory, inspections, outpatient prescription filling, controlled substances distribution, and unit-dose drug packaging, dispensing, and distribution. A more detailed description of this position is available in the Human Resources Management Service. VA Careers - Pharmacy: https://youtube.com/embed/Fn_ickNBEws Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8AM-430PM\nCompressed/Flexible: Not Available\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required This position is covered by the locality rate. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized. Current and former Federal employees must submit copies of their most recent SF-50, (Notice of Personnel Action). The SF-50 must identify the position title, series, grade, step, tenure and type of service (Competitive or Excepted). In some cases, more than one SF-50 may be required to show a higher grade previously held. This position is in the Excepted Service. Veterans' preference does not apply for other current permanent Federal agency employees."]
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