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    The Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center provides health care to Veterans living in America's fifth-largest metropolitan area, including the city of Philadelphia and six surrounding counties in Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey.

    More than 90,000 Veterans are enrolled for health care at Crescenz VAMC, with nearly 60,000 receiving care in 2009.  Affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania and numerous other allied health schools and colleges, the Crescenz VA Medical Center offers comprehensive surgical, medical and psychiatric care to include special emphasis programs, alcohol and drug dependence treatment, and rehabilitative care.

    It also has the distinction of being awarded several National Research Centers of Excellence including Parkinson's Disease Research, Education and Clinical Center (PADRECC); Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC); Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP); Center of Excellence for Substance Abuse Treatment and Education (CESATE) and Regional Sleep Center.  It is one of 21 Polytrauma Rehabilitation network sites and is home to the National Center for Homelessness among Veterans.

    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.

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    This is the full performance level for inpatient pharmacy technicians.  Employees at this grade level serve as staff pharmacy technicians receiving some guidance from more experienced staff members, especially for more complex patients and procedures.

     Major duties include:

    *Delivers completed medication orders, medication carts and prepared IV solutions to appropriate wards or clinics on a minimum hourly basis, and per facility policy recommendation for Stat, Now and Routine orders

    *Reads and interprets orders/prescriptions, obtains proper medication or material in the proper strength and dosage form; determines the proper amount and counts, pours, measures and labels the medication and does the appropriate record keeping.  After final check, dispenses the medication to an inpatient area, ward or unit-dose cart and fills the unit-dose carts with minimal supervision. Inventories and replenishes emergency carts with minimal supervision.

    *Gathers stock and fills ward stock requests or replenishes automated dispensing units without secondary review and assures the dispensed items are entered into the computer system. Basic knowledge of daily operations and maintenance of various Pharmacy equipment routinely used by technical staff.

    *Working knowledge of hospital computer systems for review of the patient's electronic medical record including adequate typing skills to complete data entry documentation and other quality improvement purposes.

    *Collects unused medications or IV solutions and returns them to the Pharmacy, either returning the items to stock or isolates for destruction (as appropriate) after performing all necessary documentation and record keeping functions in the computer system.

    *Packs/repacks medications required for filling orders and stock requests, including affixing readable bar-codes on applicable medication as needed.

    *Compounds and/or reconstitutes oral or external medications (non-sterile) without a second review.  This includes calculating and converting t(o proper weights and measures) the amount of drug or solution to be used.

    *After prescription/order(s) are reviewed by a Clinical Pharmacist for therapeutic propriety, reviews orders for technical accuracy and converts the order, if necessary, so the item dispensed properly corresponds to the drug and dose ordered.

    *Enters correct drug, strength, dosage form, and quantity into the hospital computer system for subsequent verification by authorized personnel

    *Responds to inquiries on drug distribution from Pharmacy and non-Pharmacy, and identifies basic therapeutic problems such as, duplicate therapy, and alerts the Clinical Pharmacist to the possible need for clinical intervention.

    *Assists in continuous quality improvement activities by participating in medical center and service process assessments and action teams, and continually seeks to improve services.

    * Conducts timely monthly ward inspections in assigned patient care areas (and other areas as needed) to ensure appropriate storage conditions and drug accountability;  accurately documents medication sstorage and expiration dates.

    *Maintains, verifies, inventories, and replaces expired/damaged items Inpatient care areas and automated dispensing cabinets. Assist with the training of pharmacy students, pharmacy interns, and other personnel in departmental functions according to policy and procedure.

    *Monitors inventory in Inpatient care areas, and relays this information to the Pharmacy Procurement Technician.  Receives and distributes inventory in the absence of or assistance to the Procurement Technician. This includes placing stock in proper storage areas, rotating stock on shelves (as per policy) and removing/replacing/documenting expired/damaged items.

    *Monitors the medication refrigerator temperature on a daily basis in assigned Patient Care Areas.

    *Assists with Outpatient Pharmacy section workload and staffing: Window and Mail-Out Prescription Processing/Filling, Customer Service, Telephone Triage; as deemed necessary to maintain the consistency of overall Pharmacy services.

    *Performs other duties as assigned.

    Work Schedule:Variable - Minimum every other weekend. Will rotate between weekend days/evenings (7am -3:30pm, 2:30pm – 11pm), holidays & occasional weekdays included.
    Functional Statement Title/#:Functional Statement - Inpatient Pharmacy Technician GS-05

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

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    Open to current, permanent, eligible employees of Veterans Affairs and all Federal Agencies

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