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Pharmacy Technician

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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Lexington , KY 40502

Posted 5 months ago



The duties of the position are performed in all areas of the Inpatient/Outpatient Pharmacy located at the VAMC Lexington, Kentucky. The incumbent is a rotating, generalized pharmacy technician, who, under the authority of the Chief of the Pharmacy Service, is directly involved in all aspects of the preparation and dispensing of drug orders and prescription items

The duties of the technician in the Outpatient Pharmacy include but are not limited to:
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 the Pharmacy's copy of the prescription/order and in the ScriptPro and Vista software when appropriate. After a final check by a pharmacist, prepares the medication for dispensing at the pick-up window or mailing.
Compounds and/or reconstitutes oral or external medications (non-sterile).
Operates and maintains complicated pharmacy equipment to include ScriptPro Central, Omnicell, and Q-matic automation.
Answers questions from pharmacy and non-pharmacy personnel regarding drug distribution process.
Maintains, verifies, stocks, and replaces outdates on shelves and automated machines.
Monitors inventory needs and relays this information to the appropriate Pharmacy personal.
Works independently in pharmacy mail areas. The duties of the technician in the Inpatient Pharmacy include but are not limited to:
Reads and interprets medication orders, obtains proper medication or material in the proper strength and dosage form; determines proper amount and counts, pours, or measures the medications; prepares the medication for delivery and routinely delivers medications and supplies to patient care areas.
Re-packages medication in the most ready to use form (unit dose) according to established procedures and protocols.
Fills unit-dose carts independently without secondary review.
Properly fills and records ward stock replenishment requests in patient care areas.
Operates and maintains pharmacy equipment to include Next RX, Med Cache, Omnicell, and ATC Profiler.
After medication order(s) are reviewed by a pharmacist for therapeutic propriety, reviews orders for technical accuracy and notifies pharmacist of any discrepancies.
Answers questions from pharmacy and non-pharmacy personnel regarding drug distribution process.
Maintains, verifies, stocks, and replaces outdates on shelves and automated machines.
Monitors inventory needs and relays this information to appropriate personnel. Other duties:
Conducts periodic ward inspection of patient care areas.
Collects drug use evaluation data for quality improvement purposes as required. Work Schedule: Rotating Shifts Mon-Sun, 7-3:30, 8-4:30, 9:30-6, 3-11, Weekends and Holidays

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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Conditions of Employment

You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to a background/security investigation
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process


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.

See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
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. Grade Determinations:
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.

References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G28, Pharmacy Technician Qualification Standards.

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-6.

Physical Requirements:
Work may involve prolonged standing and/or walking.

Working involves lifting of weights up to 40 pounds. Incumbent will be subject to bending and stooping. Transportation of goods from pharmacy to pharmacy will be required.


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: . 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: .

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 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 .

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. Your application, resume, C.V., 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.

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.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required


Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1.Resume or CV (Required)
This should include the following information:
a. Work history: Starting and ending dates of employment (month and year), hours worked per week and salary information).
b. Education: name and location of college, dates attended, and type and date of any degree earned.
c. Licenses and/or certificates earned.
d. To ensure you are properly rated, you must make certain the required experience and competencies are listed in the specialized experience and qualifications section is addressed in detail in your resume.
2.VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: . (Required).
3.Any related licensures or certifications as required by the position (PTCB certification). (Required)

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

Cover Letter
Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)
10-2850c; license
Other Veterans Document

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire.

You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit .

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 .
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.

This job originated on . For the full announcement and to apply, visit . Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

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Pharmacy Technician

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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration