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Pharmacy Technician Inpatient Job in PALO ALTO, CA

Pharmacy Technician Inpatient Job in PALO ALTO, CA

Vacancy No. VK-17-SF-1853263-OCA-BU-R Department Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Salary $44,268.00 to $53,718.00 Grade 06 to 06
Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 11/22/2016 Close Date 9/30/2017
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Pharmacy Technician (Inpatient)

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

3 vacancies in the following location:

  • Palo Alto, CA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Tuesday 11/22/2016

Closes Saturday 9/30/2017

  • Salary Range
    $44,268.00 to $53,718.00 / Per Year
  • Series & Grade
  • Supervisory Status
  • Who May Apply
    United States Citizens
  • Control Number
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Job Overview

Job Overview


 Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1853263

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 Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) consists of three inpatient facilities located at Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Livermore, plus seven outpatient clinics in San Jose, Fremont, Capitola, Monterey, Stockton, Modesto, and Sonora. These facilities provide some of the world's finest medical care and cutting-edge technology.

VAPAHCS is a teaching hospital with an affiliation with the Stanford University School of Medicine which provides a rich academic environment including medical training for physicians in virtually all specialties and subspecialties. Our Health Care System operates over 800 beds, including three nursing homes and a 100-bed homeless domiciliary - all to serve more than 67,000 enrolled Veterans.

You can learn more about VAPAHCS by visiting http://www.paloalto.va.gov/about

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.

Current VA and/or Federal employees should apply under announcement VK-17-SF-1852609-OCA-BU-R.

***NOTE: Declining to be interviews, failure to respond/accept interview attempts, or failure to report for a scheduled interview will be considered as a declination for further consideration for employment against this vacancy.***


Work Schedule: Multiple shifts based on assignment including holiday/weekend rotations.

Functional Statement Title/#: Pharmacy Technician (Inpatient)/000000


VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) has immediate openings for MULTIPLE Inpatient Pharmacy Technicians at the Palo Alto Division.  These technicians will work various shifts depending upon the scheduled shift assignment.

This Pharmacy provides pharmaceutical care services to our 300-bed acute care hospital division (Intensive Care Units, OR/Recovery Room, Medicine, Surgery, Sub-Acute Medicine/Long Term Care, Hospice, Spinal Cord Injury, Polytrauma, Psychiatry, Emergency Department) with centralized operation for Unit Dose, Ward Stocking and Sterile Compounding medication preparation and dispensing.   We have a fully integrated computer system including online provider order entry, documentation of medication administration using barcode technology, and automation of the unit dose distribution system.  These technicians will assist in providing distributive pharmacy services to patients at the Palo Alto Acute Care Division.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

a) Unit Dose Responsibilities:  filling and delivering new, STAT or missing medication orders; restocking point of care machines; performing  cart-fills and cart exchange; replenishing crash cart medications and emergency kits; repackaging bulk items (oral solids and liquids); filling orders using pharmacy automation (Robot Rx, Med Carousel, PacMed); performing optimization of automation; and conducting monthly ward/clinic inspections. 

b) Sterile Compounding Responsibilities: preparing IV admixtures, piggybacks, syringes, TPN, and chemotherapy doses based on patient specific orders using sterile technique in the laminar flow hood in accordance with USP 797; performing all necessary pharmaceutical calculations; and cleaning and restocking the IV room.

c) Controlled Substance Responsibilities: selecting controlled substance medications, counting the correct number of drugs, and loading into the assigned point of care machine on wards and clinics.  This also includes conducting required daily inventory, maintaining perpetual inventory of all controlled substances, and receiving inventory into the computerized system with an Accountable Officer.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No
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Department Of Veterans Affairs

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration



Phone: (650)694-6000


Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Department of Veterans Affairs
Palo Alto Health Care System
Mountain View

Fax: (478)757-3144

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

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