The NY Harbor VA Healthcare system - Manhattan location is currently recruiting for 1 Pharmacy Technician that performs routine pharmacy functions including receiving prescriptions/orders from patients in writing or electronically from physicians. Prepare prescriptions by counting, pouring, weighing, measuring, and mixing the medication. Maintain patient profiles, stock, and take inventory of medications. Prepare medications for inpatients in various settings, including sterile product prep. Pharmacy Technicians may be assigned to any area of the pharmacy depending on the needs of the service, assignments include but not limited to expanded distributive function assignments. Some major duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to: The incumbent(s) in the assigned pharmacy area perform a variety of complex technical pharmacy functions (including but not limited to ordering, preparing, compounding and dispensing of medications) requiring knowledge of pharmaceuticals, intravenous solutions and pharmacy practices. The incumbent(s) will assist the procurement technician in all respects of pharmaceutical and supply order initiations, receiving shipments of goods, ensuring compliance with storage requirements and inventory control through perpetual analysis. Incumbent must apply sound principles of inventory management in the replenishment of stock and during the ordering process, taking into account price differential of substitution products, par levels and total order cost. Incumbent(s) can be assigned to assist with supply purchasing and if so, will be held accountable for: Incumbent(s) provide information and contributes his/ her pharmaceutical knowledge regarding alternative sources of supply, therapeutically equivalent drugs and identification of drugs, generic names and pharmaceutical manufacturers. DHCP applications for ordering/drug accountability purposes. Responsible for all ongoing inventories of drug products and supplies and cost-effective turn over must be consistently identified and maintained. Determines, establishes, and modifies, as necessary appropriate ordering intervals, inventory levels, most efficient/effective ordering quantities, sources of supply, etc., based on current financial conditions in pharmacy, seasonal variations in drug usage, changing patterns of medical practice, delivery time requirements, urgency of medical need, alternative sources of availability, etc. Incumbent(s) assure that supplies/medications are restocked/maintained in a safe, convenient and economical manner; advises warehouse and nursing personnel on the proper storage conditions of drugs (i.e. refrigeration, protection from light, etc.) Ensures that drugs and chemicals are properly shelved and that the oldest stock will be used first, being extremely cognizant of drugs with short expiration dates. Incumbent(s) must be able to handle emergency deliveries, pick up new orders and replenish needed supplies on his/her own initiative, or as directed by the lead/supervisor technician or the pharmacist. Ability to perform record keeping functions associated with the unit dose/IV distribution system, prepacking, compounding, dispensing, floor stock and automatic replenishment. Incumbent(s) function in all areas of the pharmacy department (inpatient, outpatient, etc.), Completely preparing unit dose cassettes for distribution to the wards; interpreting all prescribed drug orders; screening orders for appropriateness and duplications; entering orders correctly and completely into the computer system; preparing orders carefully, accurately and completely according to the policies and regulations; performing automated stock replenishment; preparing unit dose medications; performing deliveries and patient cassette exchanges; preparing crash cart trays; be able to answer requests for drugs or information accurately and completely; bagging and packaging orders for mail and other pharmacy related duties as assigned. All clinically oriented distribution activities and tasks are closely supervised by the operating pharmacist. Ability to perform basic mathematical skills in order to calculate dosages, prepare complex solutions and make appropriate adjustments in the ingredients of the compound preparations based on quantity needed. incumbent(s) utilize his/ her knowledge of all types of expressions of concentration, calculates and converts to proper weights and measures all medications necessary. Visually checks the finished containers for contamination, foreign particles and appropriate labels. Incumbent(s) independently works in all activities of this centralized intravenous admixture service, where he/she receives and reviews physician's order forms and is responsible for the preparation of all products prepared in the I.V. Room. All orders and preparations will be checked by a licensed pharmacist prior to dispensing. Incumbent(s) will work in a clean environment; in a Laminal Flow Clean Air Hood/Aseptic Compounding isolator. Primary function of working in the IV room will involve careful measurement and strict adherence to aseptic technique during the preparation process. Incumbent(s) will collect weekly microbiology specimens for testing by the microbiology laboratory to ensure continuing sterility of final products and keep all the necessary logs. Work Schedule: Rotating Shifts 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.