Most duties will be performed at the Tampa VAMC, although some work at other facilities may be required. The incumbent must possess one year of experience at the GS-5 level and demonstrate the associated functional knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) expected at the GS-6 level. This position functions is for a certified pharmacy technician at the Tampa VA Healthcare System. The incumbent is a highly functioning technician, who will perform a variety of complex technical skills and functions, which requires comprehensive knowledge of pharmaceuticals and pharmacy practices. Most duties will be performed at the Tampa VAMC, although some work at other facilities may be required (must be able to drive government vehicle/driver's license is needed). The incumbent is expected to accomplish all duties related to stocking, delivering, inventory, inspections, assembling ward orders, prescription assembly, controlled substances distribution, sterile compounding (including hazardous drugs), unit-dose drug packaging, dispensing, distribution, and any other function related to pharmaceutical practices. The incumbent performs all duties with limited supervision and is expected to maintain a high degree of accurate productivity and performance. Functions include but are not limited to the following: Follows USP 797 Guidelines for the compounding of all sterile preparations, including ophthalmic, cardioplegic, TPN, hazardous, large & small volume IV solutions, PCAs, etc. Correctly interprets physician orders, selects and measures appropriate ingredients, mixes ingredients in a safe and effective manner, inspects the final product for accuracy, suitability and elegance, labels the product, maintains records of the manufacturing process and supplies the product for pharmacist verification and delivery. Consistently displays competence with good manufacturing practices and sterile technique through demonstration and/or actual work performance. Performs review of medications prepared by another pharmacy employee to be dispensed to hospital areas, inventories and replenishes emergency trays. Trouble-shoots minor mechanical problems of all automated systems as they occur and coordinates resolution of more involved mechanical or software problems with Supervisor, vendor help desk, ADPAC, etc. as appropriate. Compounds and/or reconstitutes oral or external medications (non-sterile). This includes calculating and converting to proper weights and measures the amount of drug or solution to be used for final pharmacist verification. Appropriately restocks controlled substances items in automated secured cabinets (i.e. Pyxis) throughout medical center, as assigned. Completes all National, VISN, local, and Pharmacy mandatory trainings. Maintains PTCB Certification or alternative nationally recognized certification in addition to continued education required for continual licensure. Reports unresolvable discrepancies to immediate area supervisor for resolution. Assist in investigating, witnessing and resolving discrepancies. Manufactures products requiring compounding, whether made in large batches for more than one patient or in small batches to fill a single prescription or drug order. Verifies that the patient receives the correct prescriptions by using VA software (i.e. VISTA and barcode scanning) Supports automation by manually completing prescriptions not processed through the automation dispensing machine. Utilizes and comprehends the mail shipping programs used by the facility (i.e. USPS, FedEx, UPS, etc.) for overnight delivery of non-controlled and controlled prescriptions. Takes detailed messages for the pharmacists when a problem needs professional attention. Calls patients to arrange delivery of refrigerated prescriptions and verifies patients address. Uses equipment specialized programs (i.e. Exceptions Manager, Inventory, Reports, etc.) to assure proper utilization and resolve operational issues. Knows the basic procedures to run the automated prescription filling machines (i.e. ability to start-up and shut down machinery) Assures drugs and supplies are appropriately stored and secured according to USP and VA guidelines. Receives, checks, rotates, and places in stock all items received from pharmacy procurement section and identifies and reconciles any discrepancies to assure correct items have been received. Assures the appropriate storage of pharmaceuticals and supplies including the storage of controlled substances, poisonous materials, corrosive chemical, flammable liquids, and refrigerated items. Assembles prescriptions properly with the correct drug, strength, quantity, auxiliary labels and prescription labels. for window dispensing and mail delivery. Other duties as assigned. MUST possess current, active Certification by the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Work Schedule: Full Time, schedule could be rotational including evenings, weekends and holidays, contingent to service needs Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.