Pharmacy Technician or LPN

Location
Hot Springs, SD
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Jan 27, 2018
Closes
Feb 26, 2018
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
This position can be filled as a LPN or a Pharmacy Technician. Pharmacy Technicians need to apply under Vacancy Announcement CARZ-10124006-18-SV-038.
The position's primary duties will be to triage and take action as appropriate on telephone requests from all pharmacy customers including Veterans, caregivers, nurses, providers, and external customers such as nursing homes. They must process patient's requests appropriately, applying knowledge of pharmacy practice, VA regulations, and hospital procedure, seeking assistance from clinical staff for urgent concerns. To assure that patients receive quality care in a timely fashion, the LPN must maintain a working knowledge of all pharmacy systems and processes. Possibility of commute between duty stations on an occasional basis. Valid state issued drivers license required.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 7:00 am - 3:30 pm or 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Functional Statement Title: Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) GS 6.This position can be filled as a LPN or a Pharmacy Technician. Pharmacy Technicians need to apply under Vacancy Announcement CARZ-10124006-18-SV-038.
Basic Requirements:

* U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
* Must be a graduate of practical or vocational nursing approved by the appropriate State accrediting agency and/or the National League for Nursing at the time the program was completed by the applicant.
* Must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).
* Must have a full, current, active and unrestricted license as a graduate licensed practical or vocational nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States or District of Columbia.
* Must pass a pre-employment examination if selected.
Preferred Experience:
* Broad knowledge base with experience in a variety of patient care settings and with diverse patient population.
* Demonstrated skill in performing multiple tasks, managing assignments, and expediting oral and written communications
* Demonstrated ability to interact with others effectively and appropriately, presenting a professional image of the service and the VA.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
GRADE DETERMINATIONS:
GS-6: Completion of at least 1 year of qualifying experience at the GS-5 level or equivalent, fully meeting all performance requirements for the GS-5 LPN/LVN:
* Technically proficient in initiating, performing and completing assigned duties in providing care to variable patient populations.
* Knowledge and ability to appropriately carry out assigned patient care based on the patients' conditions; to use judgment in selecting the appropriate order and sequence of procedures and treatments; and to accurately recognize, report and record relevant patient information. Completed work should need only a general review by a registered nurse (RN) or physician (MD/DO) for appropriateness and conformity with established policies/procedures.
* Ability to observe, identify and respond to the patient's needs for care, including medication, equipment-assisted care and patient/family education. In organizing and delivering care, the LPN/LVN recognizes and considers emotional, cultural, spiritual, socio-economic, and age-related factors.
* Prepares and administers prescribed medications (oral, topical, subcutaneous, intramuscular and/or intravenous) and performs treatments according to established policies/procedures. Observes for physical and/or emotional changes in patient's condition from prescribed medications/treatments, promptly and accurately documenting noted changes, and reporting any deviations from normal to RN or MD/DO
* Knowledge and ability to recognize urgent or emergent patient care situations, seek assistance of the RN and/or MD/DO, and initiate appropriate emergency interventions as directed
* Knowledge and understanding of human behavior, patient motivations and reactions to situations, and ability to appropriately utilize this knowledge in working effectively with patients, family members, and other staff
* Establishes constructive relationships with individual patients and their families to elicit feelings and attitudes, and to promote positive relationships, communication and socialization skills. Fosters an environment of respect for individual patient and family rights to privacy and dignity in all aspects of care delivery. Effectively incorporates knowledge and understanding of established customer service standards in all interactions with patients, family members, and/or other internal/external customers
* Knowledge and skill in performing support duties for complex diagnostic tests and/or specialized practices or procedures, which include preparing the patient, assisting in the diagnostic examination, preparing and handling specialized instruments or other specialized equipment, and monitoring the patient's condition before, during, and following the procedure. Serves as a preceptor in orienting, educating, and training less experienced LPNs/LVNs or NAs/HTs related to support duties for these more complex, specialized tests/procedures.
* Actively seeks out educational opportunities to enhance nursing knowledge and skills, sharing new knowledge gained with other staff to improve and advance nursing practice.

References: VA Handbook 5005/3, Part II, Appendix G-13 Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting (15-44 lbs.) Moderate Carrying (15-44 lbs.); Walking (up to 6 hours); Standing (up to 6 hours); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Hearing (aid permitted) Hearing (aid permitted) and ability to see/read computer screens. Extended periods of sitting. This position is sedentary in nature. Possibility of commute between duty stations on an occasional basis. Valid state issued drivers license required.

Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process. To apply for this position you must submit a complete application package which, in addition to the on-line questionnaire, includes the following required documents:
1. Resume listing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed. (required)
2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations. Available at the VA Forms website: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=10-2850&tkey=&Action=Search. Must be signed and dated. (required)
3. Copy of license
4. Copy of your transcripts (required). A list of classes is NOT acceptable. Name of college, type of degree and date conferred are all required.
5. DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty. Must be the Member 4 or Member 2 copy of the DD214 that shows Character of Service. (if applicable)
6. Documentation of Service-Connected disability: Service-Connected disability letter and SF-15 Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (if applicable) http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/sf15.pdf (if applicable)

Failure to submit any of the required documents may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted to support your status eligibility.
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s), which may not be required for all applicants (if applicable):

*DD-214 - If claiming Veteran's Preference
*Other Veterans Document - VA Rating Letter
*SF-50 - If current Federal Employee
*Cover Letter - Optional
*OF-306 - Optional
*SF-15 - Optional
*Transcript - optional

Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, etc. You will not be contacted for additional information.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.