Inpatient Pharmacy Technician

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Salem County, Virginia
Jun 13, 2019
Jun 19, 2019
Full Time


To provide complex assistance of a technical, specialized, and support nature to health care medical personnel with regard to the distribution of medication from automated dispensing cabinets within the facility. Responsible for major aspects within the Pharmacy Controlled Substances program to ensure on-going accountability and security of narcotics and all other controlled substances in coordination with Pharmacy Lead Diversion Technician and facility Controlled Substance Coordinator.
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Major duties and responsibilities include:
  • Actively assists & coordinates with the vendor, Information Technology service, BioMedical service & health care personnel in the setup & implementation of automated medication dispensing cabinets (ADCs) used in the medical center.
  • Coordinates daily restocking activities of all medications by Inpatient Pharmacy technicians. Assisting with ADC stocking if necessary.
  • Responsible for initial troubleshooting of hardware & software issues. When the complexity of issues require further assistance, the incumbent will contact & coordinate with vendor support staff or appropriate medical center services to resolve issues.
  • Uses available reports to monitor & maximize the efficient & effective use of medications contained in the ADCs. Responsible for performing & completing activities & reports designed to ensure quality assurance.
  • Interacts with Controlled Substances Inspectors in troubleshooting identified issues or problems. Keeps program directors immediately informed of any suspicious loss of narcotics.
  • Responsible for coordination of setup & maintenance of medications for anesthesia workstations.
  • Actively assists & coordinates with the vendor, Information Technology service, BioMedical service & health care personnel in the setup & implementation of Scriptpro Outpatient Dispensing System used in the pharmacy department.
  • Actively assists & coordinates with the vendor, Information Technology service, BioMedical service & health care personnel in the setup & implementation of Scriptalk audio prescription labeling system used in the pharmacy for blind veterans.
  • Actively assists & coordinates with the vendor, Information Technology service, BioMedical service & health care personnel in the setup & implementation of Eyecon Counting Devices used in the pharmacy for controlled substance inventory and dispensing.
  • Actively assists & coordinates with the vendor, Information Technology service, BioMedical service & health care personnel in the setup & implementation of Endicia postage system used in the pharmacy for prescription mailing.
  • Able to perform all the service specific functions of a GS-5 technician.
  • Provides support for other duties as assigned.
Preferred 3+ years inpatient pharmacy technician experience
Specialized Experience: Experience in hospital automation 3+ years
Work Schedule: Various tours including evenings and weekends
Financial Discloser Report:
Not required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination


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-06 and above.
Grade Determinations: GS-06
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 as astrick (*):

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
*1. Ability to evaluate, analyze workflow, and coordinate work activities.
2. Ability to independently gather, evaluate, and analyze data to generate reports and/or for other projects/statistical purposes.
3. Knowledge of pharmacy policies and procedures sufficient to train and orient new employees and other staff.
4. Comprehensive knowledge of the operation and care of specialized pharmaceutical equipment.
5. Comprehensive knowledge of the procurement and formulary process.
6. Comprehensive knowledge of the investigational drug policies and procedures.
7. Comprehensive knowledge of controlled substance policies and procedures, and the ability to identify and investigate discrepancies in these policies and procedures.
8. Comprehensive knowledge of, and ability to, analyze data in VA information systems.

References: VA Handbook 5005/15 Part II Appendix G28The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-06.

Physical Requirements: Employees are typically expected to work 40 hours per week. This may include nights, weekends and/or holidays as assigned. Principle duties require repetitive use of hands and fingers (e.g., use of a computer keyboard, opening/closing stock bottles, etc.). May require lifting and carrying light loads (up to 44 lbs.), including boxes, equipment, unit dose-cassettes, and IV solutions; stooping or kneeling (e.g., to pick up items from the floor, remove and replace items on lower shelves, and to file documents in lower file drawers, etc.); 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.


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 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 .

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, résumé, 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

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

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

  • Resume

VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: .

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist 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
  • DD-214/ Statement of Service
  • Disability Letter (Schedule A)
  • Disability Letter (VA)
  • Professional Certification
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • Transcript

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 schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

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.

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