The VA Black Hills Health Care System (VA BHHCS) is located in the beautiful Black Hills of Western South Dakota. South Dakota has No State Income Tax, has been named one of the Happiest and Safest States in the nation, is home to Top Ten Scenic Drives and Top Ten National Forests, features an Outdoor Life's Top City for Outdoor Enthusiasts and hosts the legendary annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
VA BHHCS is where we live and work in rural small town settings, only minutes from Rapid City's shopping, dining, cultural, and entertainment venues. We offer rich history, including Mammoths and Prehistoric Civilizations, the 7th Cavalry, Deadwood, and Mount Rushmore. Hiking, fishing, rock climbing, canoeing, water skiing, golf, snowmobiling, hunting, camping, downhill and cross country skiing, motorcycling--the opportunities are endless. The Black Hills includes stunning landscapes such as Black Elk Peak, Bear Butte, the Badlands and the Needles Highway. When it's time for civilization, you'll find the Black Hills hosting local and national theatre groups, movie companies, national pow wow competitions, international dance troupes, symphony orchestras, and a variety of entertainers. Sports enthusiasts will find auto races, college sports, semi-pro hockey, and some of the best in rodeo.
VA BHHCS is a multi-campus health care system, with approximately 1100 employees, providing primary care, acute medicine, surgery, behavioral health, nursing home and domiciliary care from medical centers located at Fort Meade and Hot Springs, South Dakota as well as a staffed Community Based Outreach Clinic in Rapid City and numerous contracted and staffed clinics in Western South Dakota, Northern Nebraska and Eastern Wyoming.
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The primary responsibilities of the Compounded Sterile Products (CSP) Lead/ Pharmacy Clinical Technician includes ensuring compliance with United States Pharmacopeia (USP), making chemotherapy and functioning in the capacity of a GS-6 pharmacy technician.
This position will assist pharmacy management in ensuring the pharmacy program meets the USP standards and maintenance of cleaning procedures for all pharmacy sterile compounding sites, managing competencies relating to the practice of compounding sterile products, educating staff, administering testing (gloved fingertip sampling, media fill testing, etc.), maintaining current and forthcoming USP standards for sterile compounding, maintaining environmental quality control procedures, communicating results/issues to pharmacy management and providing inventory management for pharmacy sterile compounding sites.
Specific clinical work assignments may include participation in daily activities of making chemotherapy, pharmacy coordinated anticoagulation clinics, laboratory value monitoring, medical chart/action profile, poly-pharmacy reviews, medication utilization monitoring, appointment scheduling, telephone logistical support, and supplemental patient education communication. These pharmaceutical care activities include ambulatory care services such as outpatient prescription processing and dispensing of prescriptions, centralized unit dose and IV admixture programs for inpatient beds, and functions in the capacity of a GS6 pharmacy technician in any area of competency as staffing requirements dictate. The incumbent assists pharmacy management in providing optimal pharmaceutical care and timely customer service. The incumbent operates on a broad delegation of authority with independence of action. This technician functions under the supervision of the Clinical Pharmacy Specialist assigned to the Clinic a daily basis. This position requires candidate to be certified by National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board.
Location: The position is located in the Pharmacy Service Line at Fort Meade, SD.
Work Schedule: 80 hours biweekly.
Functional Statement Title/#: CPS Clinical Pharmacy Technician GS-0661-7
This position is not required to file a financial disclosure report.
50% or less - Travel may range from 25% to 50% of the time between VA Black Hills HCS Facilities
Who May Apply
This job is open to…United States Citizens
Questions? This job is open to 1 group.
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Conditions Of Employment
- Must pass pre-employment examination
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English
- Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
- Background and-or Security Investigation required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Moderate Lifting (15-44 lbs); Moderate Carrying (15 - 44 lbs); Pushing (1 2 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 3 hours); Standing (up to 8 hours); Kneeling (up to 1 hour); Repeated bending (up to 1 hour); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Ability to distinguish basic colors' ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing (aid permitted); mental and emotional stability.
· U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
· Certification. National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) is required.
· Grade Determinations: GS-7 Pharmacy Technician.
(a) Experience. One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-6).
(b) Assignment. Pharmacy technicians may be assigned to any area of the pharmacy including expanded distributive function assignments; for example assignment as team leaders for specific process improvement teams involving technical areas or performing more highly complex duties including preparation of oncology agents for clinical pharmacy specialists. 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.
(c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. Candidates must demonstrate the KSAs below:
(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 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.
Ability to communicate tactfully and effectively, both orally and in writing, in order to meet program objectives. This may include preparing reports in various formats and presenting data to various organizational levels.
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.
Education. A high school diploma or equivalent; or at least 3 months experience.
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It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
How You Will Be Evaluated
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Background checks and security clearance
To apply for this position, you must submit a complete application package which includes:
- Occupational Questionnaire
- CV or Resume. This must include starting and ending dates of employment, month and year, hours worked per week, and salary information.
- VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (required). Available at the VA Forms website: https://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf
- Copy of Certification
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The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, December 14, 2017 to receive consideration.
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Agency contact information
Stacie A. Kehn
AddressVHA Black Hills HCS
113 Comanche Road
Fort Meade, SD 57741
Current Federal employees should apply under BH-17-463R-SV-2024262-BU
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 2024263
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