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August’s Top Jobs: Pharmacists and Pharmacy Techs Needed for Travel Assignment in Oregon

If you’re a pharmacist or a pharmacy technician with a minimum of just one year of experience, take a look at a traveling assignment we have available at the Portland VA Medical Center.

MedPro Healthcare Staffing is looking for three (3) pharmacists and two (2) pharmacy technicians for this important travel assignment serving veterans of the U.S. Armed Services.

Both the pharmacists and the pharm techs must be licensed or certified in Oregon and you will need to be successfully credentialed and receive privileges to work from the Portland VA Medical Center. Pharmacists must have a bachelor’s or Pharm.D. degree from an accredited institution of higher learning.

If you’ve worked in a VA setting before, all the better, for your candidacy will rank higher than someone who has not worked in a VA setting.

All candidates must read and write English proficiently and all must have keyboarding skills of 25 wpm or higher, have basic computer navigation skills and be able to work efficiently with electronic medical records.

Both pharmacists and pharm techs will be required to comply with all federal and HIPPA rules and regulations. In addition, the Portland VA Medical Center takes patient safety and privacy extremely seriously and maintaining patient safety/privacy will be the pharmacists’/pharm techs’ top priorities.

If hired as a pharmacist, you will be responsible for dispensing prescriptions. You also will be checking prescriptions in in- and outpatient settings (IV, unit dose, discharge, etc.). You will be counseling patients regarding their medications. You will be working in tandem with other healthcare team members, providing them with patient drug information, etc.

If you’re hired as one of the pharm techs, you’ll be responsible for the preparation of prescriptions. Other duties may include cart fill, IV admixture (which may include preparing chemotherapy agents), compounding, etc. You’ll also be tasked with answering patient questions and concerns in person as well as on the phone.

While you should be able to work all shifts, your primary work hours will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. You may have to work 10-12 hour shifts, as well as weekends and holidays.

This is a longer-term assignment (length to be determined), and is scheduled to start October 1. If you do stay with the assignment for several months, you’ll likely be able to enjoy time off on several federal holidays such as New Year’s, MLK Jr. Birthday, President’s Day, etc., but you may be required to work on those holidays, depending on patient caseload and the needs of your department.

VA positions require extensive background and reference checks, so be prepared for extra scrutiny should you decide to pursue these exciting assignments where your pharmacy skills will be put to great use.

The job description is quite detailed, and we recommend you read it carefully before contacting a recruiter at MedPro Healthcare Staffing for more information. We look forward to hearing from you!