This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT and will remain open until September 30, 2023 or until all positions are filled. A qualification review will be conducted appoximately every 2 weeks and qualified candidates will be referred to the Services upon their need for recruitment. A recruitment or relocation incentive may be paid to a Highly Qualified candidate. 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 directly related to the position to be filled. Certification: Certification by the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) is required at grades GS-6 and above. English Language Proficiency: Pharmacy technicians appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Policy. Grade Determinations, In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates: Pharmacy Technician, GS-6 Experience: One year experience at the next lower level and must fully meet the KSAs at the next lower level. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities, In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs : Ability to solve problems and make recommendations, e.g., troubleshoot operational problems andrefer for appropriate action. Knowledge of the operation and care of automated equipment. Knowledge of, and ability to follow, written instructions for compounding with aseptic technique for hazardous materials such as oncology agents. Knowledge, and ability to perform, compounding with aseptic technique for routine sterile products. Knowledge of policies and procedures for inventory management in specialized areas such as emergency carts. Knowledge of the computerized prescription process demonstrated by the ability to input prescriptions and medication orders. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/15 PART II APPENDIX G28, dated March 17, 2006. This position is announced above the full performance level at the GS-6 level. Physical Requirements: The work involves standing for prolonged periods of time, lifting or carrying of pharmaceutical supplies, including bending and stooping to include the transporting of mail collection container to mailroom. Moderate lifting may be required (up to 40 lbs.). ["If you ARE a current, permanent federal employee, please apply on announcement CBST-11850429-23-ARS. Duties of the Pharmacy Technician-Outpatient include, but are not limited to: Prepares substantially all bulk compounding in the pharmacy, packaging and labeling all products for which there are master formula cards. This involves selecting and measuring appropriate ingredients, mixing ingredients in a safe and effective manner, inspecting final product for accuracy, suitability, and pharmaceutical elegance. Provides finished product for dispensing by pharmacist. Properly maintains records related to compounding activities. Technician refers unusual bulk compounding problems to pharmacist. Operates the computer at the OptiFill II Manual Pick station. Scans patient medication totes and determines kind, strength and dosage of drug to be dispensed. Technician sets up prescriptions by obtaining correct stock container, counting or pouring correct amount of medication and placing medication in smaller container or by selecting proper prepackaged drug and annotates the bulk bottle lot number and company name of theprescription label. After the prescription has been filled, it is sent for a final check and verification by a pharmacist prior to dispensing. Monitors working area inventory needs and restocks inventory and supplies as needed daily. Refers problems encountered with equipment, labels, medications, etc., to the OptiFill operator. Maintains, verifys, replenishes and replaces outdated medications in OptiFill and other patient care area automated dispensing machines when assigned. Technician will be assigned to the turn-in window, which will require requesting two patient identifiers, review of prescription for legible patient name and social security number, legible provider name, and appropriate documentation for non-formulary medications. Technician will rotate to the dispensing window and must obtain proper identification and electronic signature capture of any Veteran receiving medications, especially narcotics, and will ask for two patient identifiers when dispensing medication bags. Technician also explains the refill policy, where to send co-payments and instructs Veterans on use of automated telephone system for ordering refills. Receives and processes incoming telephone inquiries from Veterans and their beneficiaries in a friendly and caring manner, directing any in-depth questions to a pharmacist. Advises the patient on problem resolution and screens/triages calls for problems that should be referred to a pharmacist or other clinical healthcare team member for follow-up. Requires knowledge of policy and procedures for refills, new prescriptions, partial refills, non-formulary medications and a general ability to direct calls to appropriate personnel and/or service when not a pharmacy issue. Monitors and helps address inappropriate prescription refill requests, inappropriate 90-day prescription fills, and excessive monthly supply quantities. Incumbent must be able to work in, and have knowledge of, the prosthetic area of the Outpatient Pharmacy and fill patient prescriptions for window pick up and/or mailing in the absence of the prosthetic technician. Technician inspects assigned shelves monthly for outdated medications and provides report to supervisor. This work is subject to a very limited supervision by a pharmacist. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm, or 7:30am-4:00pm; Rotating shifts with some weekends and holidays Telework: Not Available. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 580-00077-F Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: May Be Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required."]
OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for those who have served in our nation's military and for their families, caregivers, and survivors" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate whole health care to Veterans?Readying Warriors and Caring for Heroes! This position is located within Surgical Services at the CAPT James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC) in North Chicago, IL. The FHCC is a first-of-its-kind partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), and Department of Navy (DoN)/Department of Defense (DoD). It is larger than just a single facility, but rather it is a fully-integrated medical care facility with a single combined VA and Navy mission. The combined mission of the FHCC means active duty military and their family members, military retirees, and eligible veterans receive health care at this facility.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. Join the FHCC team of energetic, career-minded professionals! For additional information, click onhttp://www.lovell.fhcc.va.gov/index.asp.