Job Overview

Summary

 Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1863149

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.

The VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) consists of three inpatient facilities located at Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Livermore, plus seven outpatient clinics in San Jose, Fremont, Capitola, Monterey, Stockton, Modesto, and Sonora. These facilities provide some of the world's finest medical care and cutting-edge technology.

VAPAHCS is a teaching hospital with an affiliation with the Stanford University School of Medicine which provides a rich academic environment including medical training for physicians in virtually all specialties and subspecialties. Our Health Care System operates over 800 beds, including three nursing homes and a 100-bed homeless domiciliary - all to serve more than 67,000 enrolled Veterans.

You can learn more about VAPAHCS by visiting http://www.paloalto.va.gov/about

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.

Current VA and/or Federal Employees should apply under VK-17-SF-1863073-OCA-BU-R.

***NOTE: Declining to be interviews, failure to respond/accept interview attempts, or failure to report for a scheduled interview will be considered as a declination for further consideration for employment against this vacancy.***

Duties

THIS IS AN OPEN AND CONTINOUS ANNOUNCEMENT WITH A CLOSING DATE OF SEPTEMBER 30, 2017

·         The initial cut-off date is December 22, 2016.

·         Applications will be referred every two weeks thereafter.

·         Applications will remain on file for 3 months.

Work Schedule: Rotating Shifts, multiple duty locations varying between Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Livermore, CA.

Functional Statement: Pharmacy Technician (Inpatient/Outpatient All Systems Floater) / 000000

***RELOCATION INCENTIVE/RECRUITMENT INCENTIVE/MOVING EXPENSES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED***

VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) has an immediate opening for an Inpatient/Outpatient Pharmacy Technician to work as All System Floating Technician.  This technician will be scheduled to cover vacancies, vacations, maternity leave, and other extended leave of technicians at any of the pharmacies within the VA Palo Alto Health Care System (Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Livermore, San Jose, Monterey).  The shift scheduled will be determined upon the location and position that is being covered.  Schedules are posted in advance.

Pharmacy Service provides pharmaceutical care services to our 300-bed acute care hospital and clinics at the Palo Alto Division (Intensive Care Units, OR/Recovery Room, Medicine, Surgery, Sub-Acute Medicine/Long Term Care, Hospice, Spinal Cord Injury, Polytrauma, Psychiatry, Emergency Department); the 600-bed extended care hospital and clinics at the Menlo Park Division; and the 90-bed extended care hospital and clinics at the Livermore Division.  All pharmacies have centralized operation for Unit Dose, Ward Stocking, Sterile Compounding, and Outpatient medication preparation and dispensing.   We have a fully integrated computer system including online provider order entry, documentation of medication administration using barcode technology, and automation of the unit dose distribution system. 

The duties of this position include, but are not limited to:

·     Filling and delivering new, STAT or missing medication orders and restocking point of care machines; performing cart-fills and cart exchange and replenishing crash cart medications and emergency kits.

·     Repackaging bulk items (oral solids and liquids) and replenishing pharmacy automation (Robot Rx, AccuDose, Med Carousel, PacMed).

·     Performing optimization of automation and conducting monthly ward/clinic inspections.

·     Preparing IV admixtures, piggybacks, syringes, TPN/PPN, and chemotherapy doses based on patient specific orders using sterile technique in the laminar flow hood in accordance with USP 797 and performing all necessary pharmaceutical calculations.

Additional duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Outpatient Responsibilities: filling outpatient prescriptions (to include controlled substances) for patients being seen in the Emergency Department, clinics and being discharged from the hospital; restocking, cleaning and maintaining the Parata Max robot; providing dispensing window service to Veterans and staff picking up prescriptions; and providing customer service to Veterans on the Pharmacy Telephone Care program.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No