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The Lead Pharmacy Technician in the Infusion section of Pharmacy Service directs the technical functions of the Infusion pharmacy to ensure regulatory compliance is following in the preparation of a sterile IV solutions, patient specific IV medications and chemotherapy preparation for administration to the Veteran population by the inpatient pharmacy at Eastern Colorado VA system. 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 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. 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. 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. GS-07 Grade Determinations: 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: Ability to evaluate, analyze workflow, and coordinate work activities. Ability to independently gather, evaluate, and analyze data to generate reports and/or for other projects/statistical purposes. Knowledge of pharmacy policies and procedures sufficient to train and orient new employees and other staff. Comprehensive knowledge of the operation and care of specialized pharmaceutical equipment. Comprehensive knowledge of the procurement and formulary process. Comprehensive knowledge of investigational drug policies and procedures. Comprehensive knowledge of controlled substance policies and procedures, and the ability to identify and investigate discrepancies in these policies and procedures. Comprehensive knowledge of, and ability to, analyze data in VA information systems. Assignments. 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. Pharmacy technicians at this grade level may be assigned as a supervisor; lead technician in a particular area of the pharmacy; a controlled substance technician; an investigational drug technician; a procurement/inventory management technician; a clinical pharmacy technician; or similar assignment with this level of complexity. The GS-7 level is for select, complex pharmacy technician positions, as established by each health care facility. To be advanced, employees must meet all of the following standards, provided the standard is part of their assignment. Preferred Experience: Handling compounded sterile products - hazardous and non hazardous and experience leading a group of staff (making schedule, coordinating workflow) References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II Appendix G-28, Pharmacy Technician Qualification Standard GS-661, Veterans Health Administration. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-07. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-07. Physical Requirements: Employees are typically expected to work forty hours per week. Principle duties require repetitive use of hands and fingers (e.g., preparing IV admixtures, filling prescriptions, use of a computer keyboard, etc.). May require lifting and carrying light loads (up to 44lbs.), including boxes, equipment, and IV solutions; stooping or kneeling (e.g., to pick up items from the floor, remove and replace items on lower shelves, sitting, walking, or standing for long periods of time (4-8 hours). Normal ranges of hearing and vision are required to perform work and communicate effectively; must have the visual ability to distinguish between basic colors and shades of color. An ability to perform tasks requiring rapid mental and muscular coordination functions simultaneously is necessary. Must be physically capable of operating various types of equipment used for the job. ["Duties include, but are not limited to: Administrative Duties: a. The incumbent is responsible for planning, directing, coordinating, and controlling the technician workflow of Infusion pharmacy.\nb. The incumbent coordinates and assures completion of technician workload. The incumbent provides first line coordination and oversight for the infusion service including staff work assignments, sick leave coverage and any customer service issues.\nc. The incumbent observes technician staff, seeks methods to improve the general workflow and makes recommendations when appropriate in a framework that is conducive to good performance and high morale.\nd. The incumbent identifies areas to enhance Infusion pharmacy operating efficiency, personal proficiency and improve veteran/patient care and employee satisfaction\ne. The incumbent is responsible for the reliable operation of the automated dispensing systems, such as IVX and independently resolves various questions and problems which arise that might affect the infusion service.\nf. The incumbent is responsible for maintaining stock control and ensuring that drugs and supply items are on hand in sufficient quantities to meet demands.\ng. The incumbent provides feedback on performance of personnel assigned. Provides input to the supervisor of all aspects of performance to include recognition of outstanding performance, disciplinary problems, reassignments and training needs of technical personnel. Technical Duties:\na. The incumbent is responsible for the orientation and training of newly assigned personnel in the Infusion services area of the pharmacy. Assures that technical training forms are completed following training. Assists the Compounded Sterile Products (CSP) Supervisor to ensure all yearly competencies are performed as appropriate.\nb. The incumbent identifies, provides or makes provisions for developmental and training needs of employees. The Lead Technician will coach and mentor all new staff to ensure all established protocols and best practices are followed.\nc. The incumbent is responsible for ensuring timely performance of a satisfactory amount and quality of work by section personnel. This includes spot checking the work in progress to ensure work is being performed pursuant to instructions. Makes on the spot corrections to ensure work meets prescribed standards (e.g., accepting, amending or rejecting work).\nd. The incumbent instructs all technical personnel as to the proper maintenance, and safety requirements of equipment used in the infusion area. Monitors equipment and gets feedback as to any problems or maintenance required. Is responsible for notifying the CSP Supervisor of necessary repairs or maintenance of equipment.\ne. The incumbent assures availability of pharmaceuticals in a manner which avoids preventable shortages, outages or conditions of excessive stock. Communicates all low inventory levels which require immediate action directly to the procurement staff.\nf. The incumbent will be expected to work shifts in the Infusion room and able to complete the full range of technical support functions in all areas of the IV service of pharmacy. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:30am-4:00pm\nCompressed/Flexible: Not Available\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 554-55894-O\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.