Summary Pharmacy Technicians provide various technical support services within the pharmacy department. This position involves providing services related to inpatient and/or ambulatory patients. GS-6 Pharmacy Technicians typically carry out the full range of technical support functions. Responsibilities Requirements Conditions of Employment null 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 Proficiency: Pharmacy Technicians must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 2, Section D, paragraph 5a. Certification: Certification by the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) is required at grades GS-6 and above. Basic Requirements: Education or Experience - A high school diploma or equivalent; or at least 3 months experience. 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). Grandfathering Provision. The following is the standard grandfathering policy for all Title 38 hybrid qualification standards. Some of these provisions may not apply to this occupation. Please carefully review the qualification standard to determine the specific education and/or licensure/certification/ registration requirements that apply to this occupation. All persons employed in VHA in this occupation on the effective date of this qualification standard are considered to have met all qualification requirements for the title, series and grade held, including positive education and licensure/certification/registration that are part of the basic requirements of the occupation. For employees who do not meet all the basic requirements required in this standard, but who met the qualifications applicable to the position at the time they were appointed to it, the following provisions apply: Such employees in an occupation that does not require a licensure/certification/registration, may be reassigned, promoted, or demoted within the occupation. Such employees in an occupation that requires a licensure/certification/registration, may be reassigned, promoted up to and including the full performance (journey) level, or demoted within the occupation, but may not be promoted beyond the journey level or placed in supervisory or managerial positions. Such employees in an occupation that requires a licensure/certification/registration only at higher grade levels must meet the licensure/certification/registration requirement before they can be promoted to those higher grade levels. Employees who are appointed on a temporary basis prior to the effective date of the qualification standard may not have their temporary appointment extended or be reappointed, on a temporary or permanent basis, until they fully meet the basic requirements of the standard. Employees initially grandfathered into this occupation, who subsequently obtain additional education and/or licensure/certification/registration that meet all the basic requirements of this qualification standard must maintain the required credentials as a condition of employment in the occupation. If an employee who was retained in an occupation listed in 38 U.S.C. § 7401(3) under this provision leaves that occupation, the employee loses protected status and must meet the full VA qualification standard requirements in effect at the time of reentry to the occupation. Preferred Experience: PTCB Certification and 1 year of pharmacy experience. Grade Determinations: GS-6: One year of experience equivalent to the GS-5 grade level that demonstrates the following KSAs: 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, and 4) Knowledge of pharmacy information systems. In addition, you must demonstrate the following technical KSAs: 1) Ability to solve problems and make recommendations, e.g., troubleshoot, operational problems and refer for appropriate action. 2) Knowledge of the operation and care of automated equipment. 3) Knowledge of, and ability to follow, written instructions for compounding with aseptic technique for hazardous materials such as oncology agents. 4) Knowledge, and ability to perform, compounding with aseptic technique for routine sterile products. 5) Knowledge of policies and procedures for inventory management in specialized areas such as emergency carts. 6) Knowledge of the computerized prescription process demonstrated by the ability to input prescriptions and medication orders. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G28, Pharmacy Technician Qualification Standard, dated March 17, 2006. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-6. Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting, moderate carrying, straight pulling, pushing, reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, both hands required, walking, standing, kneeling, repeated bending, climbing, ability to distinguish basic colors, ability to distinguish shades of colors, hearing (aid permitted), good vision (glasses permitted), and emotional/mental stability. Education null Additional Information null
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