Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration PHARMACY TECHNICIAN (INPATIENT) - INTERMITTENT in Martinez, California

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Summary

NOTE:This is a TEMPORARY – INTERMITTENT appointment. Temporary appointments do not give the employee competitive status or reinstatement eligibility. A temporary employee does not serve a probationary period and is not eligible for promotion, reassignment, or transfer to other jobs. A Temporary-Intermittent appointment may be extended in increments of one year or less if employment totals less than 6 months (1040 hours), excluding overtime, in a service year. This position may be converted to a full-time permanent position without further competition.

SALARY: The salary posted on this announcement is for a full time work schedule. Actual salary will be based on hours worked.

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Responsibilities

Pharmacy Technician - Inpatient The Inpatient Pharmacy Technician functions primarily for the inpatient care areas of Pharmacy Service under the supervision of a registered pharmacist. The incumbent prepares and fills all inpatient orders and requests for controlled substances. He/she conducts regularly scheduled inventories and interacts with controlled substance inspection officials. The incumbent is responsible on a rotating basis for provision of medications to hospitalized patients using the unit dose, Pyxis system, and IV admixture preparation. He/she may also perform inventory inspection, restocking, and ordering functions as well as providing necessary drug supplies to ward drug stock areas. The incumbent reads and interprets prescriptions; obtains proper medication or material in the proper strength and dosage form; determines proper amount and counts, pours, or measures the medications; affixes proper label; and records required data on Pharmacy's copy of prescription/order. The Inpatient Pharmacy Technician compounds and/or reconstitutes oral or external medications (non-sterile). The incumbent runs pick list for filling unit medication. He/she is expected to answer questions from pharmacy and non-pharmacy personnel regarding drug distribution. The technician uses the AR/WS computer program to generate a list of ward medication needs. He/she prepares IV admixtures including TPN/PPN, piggybacks, and other sterile products following proper aseptic techniques within laminar hoods or biological safety cabinets. The incumbent delivers prepared IV medications to the appropriate ward or other location after checked by the pharmacist.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday (Shifts vary between 7:00 am - 7:00 pm) - Intermittent On Call: No Rotating Shifts: Yes Required to Work Holidays or Weekends: No Fair Labor Standards Acts (FLSA): Non-exempt Bargaining Unit Position: Yes Functional Statement Title: Inpatient Pharmacy Technician Recruitment/Relocation Incentives: Recruitment/Relocation incentives are not authorized for this position.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

Who May Apply
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U.S. Citizens and Current Permanent Federal Employees

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Requirements
Conditions of Employment
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Certification by the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

Physical Requirements: The work requires standing, walking for short periods of time, light carrying and lifting under 15 pounds; bending, reaching, and stooping. The work also involves working around machinery with moving parts and working closely with others. Both eyes required (Glasses Okay), Depth perception, Ability to distinguish basic colors and distinguish shades of colors, hearing (aid permitted).

REASONABLE ACCOMODATIONS: This Agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, you must notify the agency. This decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Qualifications

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • English Language Proficiency. Must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Certification: Certification by the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) is required at grades GS-6 and above. *Experience: *Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

*(1) 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.

(2) 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.

(3) Part-time experience. Part-time experience as a pharmacy technician is credited according to its relationship to the full-time workweek. For example, a pharmacy technician would receive 1 week of full-time credit for each 2 weeks of half-time work.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS: GS-6

In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates. One year of general experience that may have included experience in another medical field (Licensed Practical Nurse, Laboratory Technology, etc.). Successful completion of a course for medical technician, hospital corpsmen, medical service specialist, or hospital training obtained in a training program conducted by the Armed Forces of the U.S. Maritime Service under close medical and professional supervision is creditable on a month-for-month basis for general experience.

REFERENCES: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G28, available in the local Human Resources Office.

Education

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

Additional information

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

In Accordance with VA Handbook 5383 (VA Drug-Free Workplace Program) Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA

This position does not require completion of the OGE Form 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Report.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

You will be evaluated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) based on your application for this position.

  1. Knowledge of Pharmacy regulations, policies and procedures relating to the operation of Pharmacy Service.

  2. Knowledge of inpatient prescription dispensing practices, inpatient narcotic dispensing practices, and DEA regulations required to fill prescriptions.

  3. Knowledge of drug and medication brand names, generic and chemical names, general and special storage requirements, expiration date requirements, manufacturer and distributor sources, nomenclature, strength and dosage forms, applicable systems of weights and measures, and other related information.

  4. Skill in operation and care of specialized pharmaceutical dispensing equipment.

  5. Ability to evaluate the prescription record and all logs to see if and when a prescription was sent to a patient.

  6. Ability to provide excellent customer service and work effectively as a member of the health care team, including excellent communication skills with patients and health professionals.

Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

NOTE:The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.

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Required Documents

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

  • Other ( VA Form 10-2850c Appplication for Associated Health Occupations)

  • Resume

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:

  • Cover Letter

  • DD-214

  • Other Veterans Document

  • SF-15

  • SF-50

  • Transcript

VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (REQUIRED). (Available at the VA Forms Website: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/searchaction.asp?FormNo=10-2850&tkey;=&Action;=Search)* *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 2017863.

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.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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Benefits

A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

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  • Healthcare insurance
  • Pay and leave

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp.

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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How to Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must complete the View Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 to receive consideration.

  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

  2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

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Agency contact information
Terrill J. Cook
Phone

(916)843-2704

Fax

(916)843-7106

Email

TERRILL.COOK@VA.GOV

Address

VHA Northern California HCS Sacramento Department of Veterans Affairs 150 Muir Road Martinez, CA

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Next steps

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on "Application Status." For a more detailed update of your status, click on "more information." Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.

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Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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  • Financial suitability
  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/481587300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 10/11/2017 to 10/31/2017

Salary: $44,711 to $57,158 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 06

Work schedule: Intermittent

Appointment type: Temporary - Excepted Service Temporary NTE One Year