The Pharmacy Technician functions primarily in the patient care areas in Pharmacy Service. Please note: This is a temporary appointment not-to-exceed (NTE) 2 years. - Reads and interprets prescriptions, obtains proper medication or material in the proper strength and dosage form. Determines proper amount and counts, pours or measures the medications; affixes proper label, and records required data on Pharmacy's copy of prescription/order. After a final check by a pharmacist, dispenses medication in ambulatory care, pass or discharge situations. For unit-dose medications, performs final review of medication (prepared by another technician) to be dispensed to inpatient areas (unit-dose carts), and/or fills unit-dose carts independently without secondary review.- Inventories and replenishes emergency carts without a second review. - Collects drug use evaluation data for quality improvement purposes. - Operates and maintains complicated pharmacy equipment. - Compounds and/or reconstitutes oral or external medications (non-sterile) without a second review. This includes calculating and converting to proper weights and measures the amount of drug or solution to be used. - After prescription/order(s) are reviewed by a pharmacist for therapeutic propriety, reviews orders for technical accuracy and converts the order, if necessary, so that the item dispensed corresponds to the drug and dose ordered. - Enters correct drug, strength, dosage form, and quantity into the patient's medication profile (DHCP or otherwise). Someone authorized to verify accuracy subsequently reviews the medication profile for accuracy. - Performs final verification of simple, non-sterile compounds prepared by lower level technicians. - Answers questions from pharmacy and non-pharmacy personnel regarding drug distribution. Identifies basic therapeutic problems such as duplicate therapy with drugs in the same class and alerts the pharmacist to the possible need for clinical intervention. - Assists in total quality improvement activities by participating in medical center and service process assessment and action teams and continually seeks to improve services. - Monitors medications of veterans assigned to Health Maintenance Clinic on a daily basis to assure they have a proper supply of medications to set up meds, as well as monitor compliance on a monthly basis. - Conducts monthly ward inspection of patient care areas. - Maintains, verifies, stocks, and replaces outdates in patient care area Sure Med machines. - Monitors inventory needs in-patient care areas, relays this information to the Materials Management Pharmacy Technician. Orders inventory needs during his/her absence. This also includes placing stock in proper storage areas, rotating stock on shelves, and removing/replacing outdated items. - Monitors refrigerator temperature on a daily basis in-patient care area. - Performs all duties of lower graded technicians, if required. - Assists in other patient care areas as deemed necessary to maintain the consistency of overall pharmacy services. - Preparing and filling all inpatient and outpatient orders and requests for controlled substances.- Receives new stock and returned stock into inventory by ensuring the accuracy of controlled drug records. - Conducts regularly scheduled inventories and interacts with controlled substance inspection officials.- Is authorized and executes authority to initiate and complete all orders for controlled drugs, including local requirements, VACO directives, DEA requirements (including completing DEA forms), and other state and local requirements that apply. - Monitors and analyzes orders and distribution patterns to identify questionable circumstances or unusual trends. Communicates potential problems to supervisor. - Provides controlled substance training for technicians, pharmacists, inspectors, students, etc. Work Schedule: 8:00 am to 4:30pm Monday - Friday with occasional late shift (1130am to 8pm) and occasional Saturday (8am to 4pm) 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.