at Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration in Wilmington, Delaware, United States
Summary The primary functions of the USP Compliance Clinical Pharmacy Technician include responsibility for maintaining all aspects of compliance with current USP 795, 797, & 800 requirements in the Pharmacy. On-site certification of sterile compounding competency shall be completed prior to performing assigned Sterile Compounding functions. This position functions both in the Inpatient and Outpatient Pharmacy settings, as well as throughout the VA Medical Center as appropriate for patient care. Responsibilities The Compliance Pharmacy Technician must be well-versed in all aspects of sterile and non-sterile pharmaceutical compounding. On daily basis, incumbent will be primarily responsible for cleaning of cleanroom suite and all ISO class environment, maintaining inventory and stocking IV room with necessary supplies (wiping all the materials in before stocking). Further, compliance technician will be responsible for decontamination and disinfecting of clean room suite on daily, weekly or monthly basis per protocol. In addition, maintenance of all compliance logs, monthly sampling of compounding areas, and annual certification of competence for other Pharmacy staff participating in compounding activities from both the inpatient and outpatient areas will be primary duty of the incumbent. Compliance technician will assist in all aspects of biannual certification and documentation of the reports. Incumbent also must be able to perform training and participate in the competency evaluation of other Pharmacy staff that perform such duties. For compliance with USP 800, proper labeling, storage and return of expired hazardous drugs must be routinely performed. b. Although the primary assignment of work schedule and tours may be in Inpatient Pharmacy service area, the incumbent will be trained and expected to function and maintain competency in both Inpatient and Outpatient areas as needed and assigned. As deemed necessary by the Pharmacy Supervisor(s) in order to meet the needs of the service; the incumbent may be assigned to work in any Pharmacy service area, may be assigned any duties, and may be periodically asked to volunteer or be assigned to work irregular shifts, weekends, holidays, or be called back in for emergencies. Other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday – Friday, 7 am – 3:30 pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications 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. Physical Requirements. See Below English Language Proficiency. Pharmacy technicians appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part. Preferred Experience: Knowledge of USP 795, 797, and 800 related compliance standards Grade Determinations: GS-6 Level 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 (*): Certification. PTCB certification is required at this grade level and above. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 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. Assignments. Pharmacy technicians may be assigned to any area of the pharmacy including expanded distributive function assignments; for example assignment as team leaders for specific process improvement teams involving technical areas or performing more highly complex duties including preparation of oncology agents for clinical pharmacy specialists. 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. Next Lower Level, GS-5: (One year experience Required) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 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. 4. Knowledge of pharmacy information systems. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/15 MARCH 17, 2006 PART II APPENDIX G28 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-6. Physical Requirements: Work involves some sitting and lifting, pushing, or pulling of weights up to 50 pounds. The incumbent will be subjected to bending and stooping. Able to operate motor vehicle and able to work 8-10 hour shifts with compressed schedules. Willing to work weekends and holidays. Able to carry 20 pounds for short distances. Education IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html. Additional Information Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee’s credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 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. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.