Pharmacy Technician-PRN
Description

The Pharmacy Technician is defined as someone who under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist, assists in the various activities of the pharmacy department not requiring the professional judgement of the pharmacist. The pharmacy technician completes many technical tasks throughout the pharmacy department to ensure safe and efficient storage, preparation, and distribution of medications to patient care areas. The Pharmacy Technician may occasionally assist in the training and supervision of pharmacy technician trainees and pharmacy students. All activities must be performed in accordance with established policies and procedures along with federal and state laws and regulations

Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and competency of aseptic technique and IV preparation using nationally recognized guidelines.
  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of the duties and responsibilities of his/her position, including standards of ethics governing pharmacy practice.
  • Understand pharmaceutical medical terms, abbreviations, and symbols commonly used in the prescribing, dispensing and charting of medications in the hospital.
  • Possess working knowledge of the general chemical and physical properties of medications to provide effective drug preparation and distribution to patient care areas.
  • Possess a working knowledge of the procedures and operations relating to the preparation, packaging, labeling, and billing of drug products.
  • Fill physician orders, medication kits and carts, and Pyxis machines based on needs with accuracy and timeliness under supervision of pharmacist.
  • Prepare parenteral admixtures and other sterile preparations safely, accurately, and using proper technique.
  • Completes through cleaning and sanitation of sterile compounding area per policy using nationally recognized guidelines.
  • Perform essential functions relating to drug purchasing and inventory control, including ordering, receiving, unpacking, and storing medications in proper locations.
  • Identify and replace unusable or expired medications in the pharmacy and all patient care areas at least monthly with appropriate documentation.
  • Complete monthly nursing unit inspections to ensure compliance with medication handling, storage, and use in patient care areas.
  • Perform functions associated with an institutional drug distribution system, such as medication deliveries, restocking, and repackaging of bulk medications into unit dose packages.
  • Perform the manipulative and record keeping functions associated with dispensing of medications, including report generation using computer technology such as Pyxis and Meditech.
  • Maintain an attendance record in such a way that reflects an attitude of support for the department’s function.
  • Maintain a responsible on-time record.
  • Perform computer entry pharmacy billing accurately and in a timely manner and has a working knowledge of the hospital billing procedures.
  • Assist the pharmacist in providing medication, drug information, and pharmaceutical services to patients, nurses, physicians, and other hospital personnel.
  • Maintain inventory of supplies and reorders them accordingly.
  • Accurately complete all logs, records, and other required documentation.
  • Remove and safely sequester all outdated, damaged, and recalled medications.
  • Complete all required ongoing hospital education and licensure continuing education requirements.
  • Continually collaborate and communicate with Director of Pharmacy any unusual drug use patterns on units, including controlled substance discrepancies.
  • Informs Director of Pharmacy of processes or steps needed to ensure and improve upon departmental quality and efficiency.
  • Collaborate with other technicians on task completion and training of new pharmacy employees.
  • Recognize the importance of correct dosage and proper dispensing of high alert medications.
  • Perform all aspects of patient care in an environment that optimizes patient safety and reduces the likelihood of medication errors.
  • Maintain established procedures concerning quality control, security of controlled substances, and proper disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous pharmaceutical waste.
  • Actively participate in maintaining the cleanliness of pharmacy.
  • Effectively communicate information to nursing, the pharmacists, and ancillary departments.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by pharmacist that do not require independent clinical judgment.


Requirements
  • High school graduate or completion of GED.
  • Certification from nationally recognized pharmacy technician certification organization (PTCB or NHA.)
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Ohio Board of Pharmacy license as a Certified Pharmacy Technician.
  • Can possess a valid Ohio Board of Pharmacy license as a Pharmacy Technician Trainee or Registered Pharmacy Technician with additional requirement to complete on the job training and successful completion of certification exam within 120 days of hire.
  • Minimum of 1 year of previous pharmacy technician expertise in retail or hospital setting.

Required Skills/Abilities:

  • Typing skills, filing, and clerical work.
  • Practical knowledge of basic math (including fractions and decimals) is essential.
  • Ability to act independently and analyze information accurately.
  • Quality focus and attention to detail.
  • Clear and effective verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills.
  • Strong computer skills to include Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and hospital electronic database and programs.
  • Highly motivated and willing to assume additional jobs and duties as needed.
  • Flexible to accommodate for needs during accreditation surveys, inspections, or other unscheduled events.

Physical Requirements:

  • Occasional sitting (around 3 hours per day)
  • Frequent standing and walking (3-6 hours per day)
  • Occasional hand and wrist deviations (side to side and up and down) 3-6 hours per day
  • Occasional lifting up to 50 pounds with assistance
  • Close eye work with normal color discrimination
  • Occasional (around 3 hours per day) exposure to hazardous chemicals (ex. Latex) or infections
  • Frequent (3-6 hours per day) handling of hazardous and non-hazardous drug products