The incumbent of this position works within the inpatient pharmacy and performs the full range of pharmacy technician functions in support of Pharmacy Service operations. These functions include processing medication orders, controlled substance processing, inventory management, sterile product compounding, and unit dose processing. The inpatient pharmacy provides services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so the incumbent may work evenings, nights, weekends, holidays, etc. Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following: Utilizes knowledge of VHA, GLAHS, and Pharmacy Service regulations and policies concerning pharmaceutical practices in performing day to day functions. Performs duties involved in all facets of unit dose drug distribution, in all areas of the inpatient pharmacy. Prepares and fills clinic/ward order requests including those for controlled substances. All dispensing is documented in the VISTA program. Conducts controlled substance inventories and maintains inventory records. Assures medical center inspectors complete all assignments and notifies chairman of Controlled Substance Committee of any delinquent situations. Maintains good work flow patterns to keep outpatient prescription waiting time to an average of 30 minutes or less. Establishes and maintains appropriate ordering intervals and inventory levels based on budget, , seasonal variations in drug usage, changing patterns of medical practice, etc. Modifies ordering intervals and inventory levels as needed to ensure proper levels of supplies. Receives and verifies drug deliveries. Determines most appropriate storage area and ensures storage conforms to VA and OSHA standards. Conducts ward inspections by inspecting clinic areas for proper storage of medications and documents findings on inspection report form. Uses specialized equipment to package and/or dispense medications and provides required equipment maintenance. Serves as an effective preceptor/instructor for trainees (students, technicians, volunteers) conducting on-the-job training, orientation and in-services. Performs final review of medication to be dispensed to inpatient wards and/or fills unit dose carts independently without secondary review. Receives, reviews, interprets, and prioritizes doctor's orders, continuing medication record, continuing medication treatment, PRN and one-time medication records, per the urgency of the medication request, for clinical pharmacist's review/screening/checking. Triages patient inquiries. Transcribes medication orders and/or updates patient medication profiles and patient location records, for clinical pharmacist checking. Selects/prepares medications in proper dosage sizes, forms, quantities, and delivers to patient care/ward/clinic locations, after clinical pharmacist checking. Fills unit dose medications from storage bins to individual patient drawers, transferring cassettes from pharmacy to medication carts on the nursing station as assigned. Responds appropriately to inquiries from professional staff, patients, and outside parties, other health care professionals, and refers professional-technical questions received to clinical pharmacists. Provides information and answers questions both in person and on the telephone (includes the GLA Pharmacy Call Center) regarding Pharmacy Service policies and procedures, drug availability, delivery times, drug costs, prescription status, tracking of prescriptions, and other pharmacy-related issues. Performs substantially all sterile technical operations in the sterile solutions unit of the pharmacy, which serves all areas of the hospital. Based on usage rates, the incumbent maintains levels on bulk intravenous fluids that are stocked in assigned areas. The incumbent receives, reviews, interprets, and prioritizes doctor's orders for IV medications, informs the clinical pharmacist of any perceived questionable orders, prepares labels, selects IV additives and containers, calculates the amount of medications to be used, mixes and/or prepares IV medications, checks prepared IV admixture for particulate matter and affixes labels to containers for clinical pharmacist checking. Strictly adheres to aseptic technique procedures and performs normal preventive maintenance for the special IV equipment, such as the laminar air flow hood and data processing hardware. Prepares complicated and uncomplicated parenteral admixtures in the form of large volume, small volume, infusion syringes, ophthalmic and other complex pharmaceuticals (e.g. total parenteral nutrition). Stores, packages, labels, and prepares research drugs maintaining and managing appropriate investigation drug dispensing records. Stores, packages, labels, inventories controlled substance medications to the wards or clinics utilizing administration records (10-2638). Follows all established Controlled drug procedures to maximize accountability of medications dispensed from the narcotic vault. Prepares sterile pharmaceuticals which are associated with a high degree of toxicity, such as chemotherapy (cytotoxic agents) following strict aseptic procedures, to assure the cytotoxic medications are prepared safely and accurately. Work Schedule: All shifts, all days, including weekends and holidays Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Pharmacy Technician/000000 Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.