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    NOTE: If you are a federal employee, you should apply on Job Announcement BH-17-146R-CB-1943441-BU

    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 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. 

    For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.

    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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    Major Duties:

    a.   Primary responsibility for telephone triage, management of inquiries, and timely response to requests.

    b.   Processing of mailed refill requests.

    c.    Answers routine inquiries from medical staff or veteran patients on the availability of drugs and dosage forms, or prescription status.  Refers appropriately those questions having to do with drug reactions, rational therapy, and requests for formulary additions, etc. Maintains a working knowledge of the facility and clinical programs, including drug formulary issues.

    As time permits and as assigned:

    d.     Performs all functions related to the accurate packaging and labeling of outpatient prescriptions, inpatient medication orders and ward stock under the direct supervision of a registered pharmacist.

    e.     Performs computer manipulations that are required to complete the principle duties of the position.

    f.      Transports medications from the pharmacy to nursing units and ward-stock locations as required.

    g.     Prepackages medications in unit of use form when required.

    h.     Conducts general maintenance and housekeeping tasks associated with work areas as assigned.

    i.       Prepares and packages prescription medications for mail-out.

    j.       Responsible for operation and general maintenance of all equipment used in assigned activities and reports malfunctions promptly to management so that service or repairs may be ordered.

    k.      Maintains familiarization with the regulations and safe handling requirements governing the handling of poisonous materials, corrosive chemicals, flammable liquids and perishable biologicals and drugs, and/or hazardous substances.

    l.       Inputs patient and prescription information into the computer system.  Maintains familiarity with all aspects of the ADP/CPRS system related to pharmacy operations.

    m.     Assist with training of new technicians and technicians requiring additional or new training.

    n.       Required to perform supervised tasks and be proficient after basic orientation and specialized training.

    o.      Have a strong sense of personal responsibility and be able to assume leadership for technical tasks.

    p.       Recognize and assure that the special security requirements, handling and controls involved with drugs to assure accountability are not compromised.

    q.       May be assigned to any areas to perform supervised tasks as determined by the Pharmacy Supervisor, Chief of Pharmacy, or any other supervising pharmacist.

    r.        Backup for inpatient and outpatient controlled substance processing with supervision.

    s.        Extemporaneous compounding. 

    Additional responsibilities/requirements for GS-6 classification:

    In addition to the basic requirements/responsibilities, has the responsibility for specialized technical functions including sterile product compounding, inpatient and outpatient controlled substance processing, complex extemporaneous compounding, and performance improvement activities.  Functions as a technical resource person and is responsible for taking leadership related to the accomplishment of all technical tasks.  May lead or be assigned special projects to improve pharmacy systems and processes. 

    Technicians with GS-6 classification will have the following additional duties:

    t.        Responsible for processing parenteral admixtures including hyperalimentation, adhering to sterile procedure and technique as required. This task involves interpretation of the physician order, selection and measurement of appropriate ingredients, mixing ingredients in a safe and effective manner, inspecting the final product for accuracy, labeling the product, and maintaining records of the manufacturing process according to standard protocol prior to final check by a pharmacist. Will also stock and perform maintenance of the sterile product preparation areas as required by standard protocol and regulation.

    u.       Responsible for controlled substance processing for all inpatient and outpatient orders and requests for controlled substances prior to final pharmacist check. Authorized to conduct or assist with regularly scheduled inventories of controlled substances by inspection teams. Is responsible to immediately report any questionable circumstances or irregularities to the pharmacy supervisor or chief.

    v.       Assist pharmacists with the collection of data required to conduct drug use reviews or performance improvement activities.

    w.      On a time and need available basis, is able to and will perform duties of technicians at the same or lower grade level.

    Work Schedule: Generally Mon-Fri, 8:00 am-4:30 pm.  Rotating days/evenings, with rotating weekend and holiday involvement.
    Functional Statement Title/#: Pharmacy Technician GS-6 

    Location: Hot Springs, SD, VA Black Hills Health Care System, Pharmacy Service Line

    Travel Required

    25% or less - Between VA Black Hills HCS Facilities

    Supervisory status


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