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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Pharmacy Technician in Wichita, Kansas


The Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center is seeking to fill one full-time Pharmacy Technician (Overnight) position in Wichita Kansas. Salary range: GS-06: $38,921.00 - $50,598.00/annum Work Schedule(s): 10pm - 6:30am Sunday through Thursday Bargaining Unit: Covered

FLSA: Non-exempt


Pharmacy Technician responsibilities include receiving, filling, compounding, and distributing medication orders, daily operation and maintenance of automated equipment, participation in inventory control, and collection of data for reports/statistical purposes. Pharmacy Technician duties include but are not limited to: Medication Management System:

1) Repackages liquids, tablets, capsules, etc., into specified quantities and various size containers.

2) Ensures the correct use of tablet and capsule counting and packaging machines, labeling machine to repackage a wide variety of pharmaceuticals from bulk stock containers into smaller containers or unit dose forms, and to make and apply appropriate labels.

3) Determines quality based on discoloration, expiration dates, etc., and decides if product is acceptable for use.

4) Ensures that information such as generic name of drug, manufacturer's name, lot number, control number, shipment number, etc., are properly recorded on inventory records and on labels.

5) Assembles and packages drugs and supplies for distribution.

6) Receive verification from pharmacist prior to dispensing to inpatient floors or patients

7) Delivers medications to wards, out-patient departments, procedural areas, etc.

8) Correctly packages, for shipment by mail, or truck, drugs being sent to patients or to VA clinics.

9) Effectively uses knowledge of special packing techniques for various medications e.g., liquids, flammables, hazardous materials, and narcotics.

10) Ensure adherence to the postal regulations governing shipment.

11) Receives supplies, checks for shortage, tampering, breakage, deterioration, or expiration.

12) Selects proper storage area for medications.

13) Communicates medication ordering needs to responsible inventory managers to help maintain inventory levels established to smoothly manage medication needs throughout the medical center.

14) Keeps storage and work areas clean

15) Follows standardized formulas and procedures in weighing, measuring and mixing bulk quantities of routinely used solutions, ointments, or powders.

16) Completes manufacturing steps without certification by another employee.

17) Interprets the medication orders; selects and measures appropriate ingredients using a wide variety of formulae and recipes not otherwise available from manufacturers.

18) Manufactures all products requiring compounding. Compounds products involving variations from standard formulae.

19) Mixes ingredients in a safe and effective manner; inspects the final product for accuracy, suitability and elegance; labels the product correctly; maintains records of the manufacturing process; and supplies the product for delivery.

20) Uses either standard protocols or judgment to determine an accurate expiration date for each batch prepared

21) When assigned to IV admixture duty area will apply rigid aseptic techniques in preparing sterile solutions (utilizing USP 797/800 compounding standards)

22) Uses proper sterile technique to ensure the solution is not contaminated and potentially harmful to the patient.

23) Prioritizes drug orders according to established pharmacy procedures.

24) Reads medication orders, retrieves repackaged, labeled container, or bulk stock container and measures proper amounts into a dispensing container for Pharmacist to perform a final check of the work

25)Reads individual orders and determines kind, strength, and dosage of drug to be dispensed

26) Assists in Pharmacy Phone Triage Help Desk insuring timely and accurate information

27) Operates and maintains complicated Pharmacy equipment

28) Identifies basic therapeutic issues such as duplication of therapy, known incompatibilities, stability concerns and brings to attention of Pharmacist

29) Conducts periodic inspections of medications for assigned storage areas

30) Performs all other duties as assigned Materials Management System Functions

1) Coordinates receipt and appropriately disperses stock into designated storage areas

2) Ensures bar-coding or other electronic tracking is completed in all aspects of inventory control. Includes scan ability on receipt, on individual packaging to the clinic/ward, and in automated equipment

3) Assists in inventory management including, but not limited to, removal of medications inappropriate for use, recalled medication removal, monitoring unusual or excessive demand. Assists in inventory control in assigned areas for point of care automation such as Pyxis, Pharmacy Emergency Cache, and narcotics vaults Position Description/PD#: 00000/Functional Statement

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required


Conditions of Employment


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: 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. Pharmacists must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d). Education. A high school diploma or equivalent. Certification. Certification by the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) is required at grades GS-6 and above. GS-06 Requirements: you must have one year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade (05) which includes receiving/filling/distributing medication orders, daily operation and maintenance of automated equipment, participation in inventory control, and collection of data for reports/statistical purposes and requiring minimal supervision. In addition, candidate must demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 1. Ability to solve problems and make recommendations, e.g., troubleshoot operational problems and refer for appropriate action.

  1. Knowledge of the operation and care of automated equipment.

  2. Knowledge of, and ability to follow, written instructions for compounding with aseptic technique for hazardous materials such as oncology agents.

  3. Knowledge, and ability to perform, compounding with aseptic technique for routine sterile products.

  4. Knowledge of policies and procedures for inventory management in specialized areas such as emergency carts.

  5. 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 Standards. Physical Requirements: Physical movements involve completion of routine pharmacy functions which include but are not limited to significant computer work/typing, prescription order entry and processing, contact of patients (both face to face and via phone). Certain tasks are repetitive in nature and require multiple steps performed in succession for success. The incumbent should be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds without significant difficulty. Incumbent must be able to stand or sit in one place for considerable time during completion of complex tasks. Complexity of mental processes involved is extensive, demanding, and challenging. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-06.


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

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 view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.