The Inpatient Pharmacy Technician enters pertinent drug and clinical information into the patient's medication profile for subsequent review by a pharmacist for accuracy. Incumbent also reads and interprets inpatient unit-dose medication orders. They obtain medication in the proper strength and dosage form; determine proper amount; affix appropriate labels according to established unit-dose procedures and protocols, and dispense medication into unit-dose patient cassettes, or, after pharmacist verification, to the appropriate patient care area.
The incumbent reads, interprets and performs relevant calculations for intravenous piggybacks, large volume parenterals, and unit of use syringes. They prepare sterile admixture products, including chemotherapy, in accordance with current USP 797 standards. They affix proper labels, and, after pharmacist verification, dispenses to appropriate patient care area. They also calculate, compound and/or reconstitute oral or external medications (non-sterile).
The incumbent also assists with inventory management and ordering of medicines. During inventory manager's absence, they coordinate and provide acting inventory manager with daily inpatient inventory needs. This also includes, ensuring emergency carts are replenished and prepared for pharmacist review.
The incumbent is responsible for monitoring temperature of Pharmacy's refrigerators and maintains temperature logs as necessary. They assist supervisor in training new pharmacy technician staff. They also provide training to existing staff so that competencies are maintained. The incumbent answers and triages telephone calls to the appropriate sections and/or staff.
WORK SCHEDULE: Full-time evening shifts: Rotation through all shifts, plus weekends & holidays. Full-time varied Shifts: Rotation through all shifts plus weekends and holidays.
Functional Statement #: 903200
NOTE: This position is a NAGE Bargaining Unit position.
NOTE: This position is covered by locality-based comparability pay.
NOTE: Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized.
NOTE: Selectee may be required to work at any Boston Healthcare System campus, as needed.
NOTE: This position is in the Excepted Service.
NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will recommend the grade and salary for new appointments. For internal selectees being promoted, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy
NOTE: Veterans' preference does not apply for other current permanent Federal agency employees
NOTE: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.
NOTE: Incomplete applications will not be considered.
NOTE: Current and former Federal employees must submit copies of their most recent SF-50, (Notice of Personnel Action). The SF-50 must identify the position title, series, grade, step, tenure and type of service (competitive or Excepted). In some cases, more than one SF-50 may be required to show a higher grade previously held.
NOTE: You must include VA form 10-2850c in your application package to be considered for this vacancy.