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Pharmacy Tech I - La Porte - PRN, Varied Shifts

2022-01-05
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  • Northwest Health - La Porte Northwest Health - La Porte

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  • Part Time

Job Description

To assist the Pharmacists in carrying out the functions and activities of the Pharmacy Department in order to provide pharmacy services for patients and other appropriate individuals and groups. Supports the pharmacy in the areas of inventory, preparation, distribution, and regulatory compliance. May require patient medication history completion and medication or supply procurement and management as needed. Possess knowledge of operating automated technology and multiple computer systems and software. Possess the ability to triage multiple tasks simultaneously.

To assist the Pharmacists in carrying out the functions and activities of the Pharmacy Department in order to provide pharmacy services for patients and other appropriate individuals and groups. Supports the pharmacy in the areas of inventory, preparation, distribution, and regulatory compliance.  May require patient medication history completion and medication or supply procurement and management as needed. Possess knowledge of operating automated technology and multiple computer systems and software. Possess the ability to triage multiple tasks simultaneously.

Education

  • High School Diploma or GED certificate required.

Licensure & Certification:

  • Indiana State Board of Pharmacy Technician or Intern/Extern licensure.

Experience: 

  • Previous hospital pharmacy technician experience preferred.

General Responsibilities: 

  1. Scope: Works with and under the direct supervision of the pharmacist staff in performing the routine duties in the hospital pharmacy. Fosters and maintains positive relationships with colleagues outside the department as well. Possess ability to understand drug orders.  Possess mathematical skills and knowledge of medical and pharmaceutical terminology. Possess knowledge of pharmaceutical inventory methodology. Shows strong follow-through and organizational skills to perform multiple concurrent tasks.
  2. Customer Service: Triages and answers phone calls in a positive and helpful manner. Acts as a departmental resource in troubleshooting and resolving all possible telephone requests such as: missing medications, refill requests, automated dispensing cabinet (ADC) stocking issues, etc. Knowledge of distinguishing pharmacist required questions and technician capable inquiries.
  3. Medication Management: Obtains and selects medications from inventory supply. Packages, labels, and dispenses medications according to Organizational, Indiana Board of Pharmacy and Drug Enforcement Agency requirements. Fills, updates, and delivers medication trays and kits to all appropriate areas in the hospital. Properly records replenishment logs as necessary. Precisely and accurately fills and processes medications for pharmacist verification and delivers completed orders to appropriate nursing station in a timely fashion. Appropriately understands and utilizes barcoding labeling system and techniques. Ensures every medication that leaves the pharmacy is properly and accurately barcoded.
  4. Regulatory: Ensures regulatory requirements for all areas of Medication Management and USP <797> and <800> is performed and record-keeping is maintained correctly.  Involved issuance and delivery of controlled substances throughout the hospital in accordance with DEA and Indiana State Board of Pharmacy Regulations. Conducts routine inventories on all controlled substances as required. Records quantities of controlled substances necessary to replenish stock according to established par levels.
  5. Automated Dispensing Cabinet (ADC) Utilization: Knowledge of procedures for operating automated technology. Efficient and accurately replenishes, loads, unloads, and maintains ADC inventory. Ensuring expiration dating and rotation of stock as required. Comprehension and processing of narcotic reconciliation within the ADCs. Ability to analyze and complete daily ADC surveillance reporting requirements.
  6. Intravenous Infusion Preparation: Use of appropriate hand hygiene as per USP <797> and <800> , CDC and hospital deemed guidelines. Understanding and skill in utilizing USP <797> and <800> aseptic techniques for sterile product compounding. Ability to compound parenteral nutrition, chemotherapy and other complex pharmaceuticals. Understanding beyond use dating and appropriate use and application of pharmacy expiration dating. Compliance with cleaning of hoods and ante IV room areas as designated by departmental protocol. Use of computer software to complete general crediting, batching and printing functions. Maintain compounding and batching logs as designated by manufacturer, hospital and USP <797> and <800> guidelines. Utilization of ordering and inventory mechanisms for maintaining intravenous inventory and supply stock levels.
  7. Adaptation: Possess ability to adapt to dynamic workflow and possible changes in hours relating to workflow requirements. Able to modify workflow as required by patient census and staffing. Maintain versatility in activities requiring frequent changes, as in compounding prescription and/or physician orders.
  8. Cognitive Time Management: Managing time pressures and deadlines. Initiating interpersonal contact. Focusing on multiple tasks simultaneously. Problem solving capabilities. Logical and abstract reasoning functions. Lifting, pushing and pulling or carrying up to forty pounds frequently. Overhead work required. Frequent or repetitive bending, twisting, reaching or stooping. Must be able to sit, stand or walk for extended periods. May be required to walk up stairs. Frequent hand held telephone use. Simple motor coordination. Dexterity for fine finger involvement in tasks. Possess the use of gloves for extended periods. Job Possess extended periods of computer and database use. Often Possess garbing in surgical scrubs or other personal protective equipment as necessary to work in a sterile area. Visual acuity to perform job functions. Ability to distinguish sounds and tones to perform job functions. Uses downtime as opportunity to perform essential duties required to complete on a reoccurring basis (i.e. stocking, batching, cleaning, audits, etc.)
  9. Communication Skills: Answers incoming calls from physicians, nurses and unit secretaries utilizing the knowledge of departmental and hospital processes and medication storage specifications, routes calls to appropriate pharmacist, buyer, area, or department. Conveys messages and responds to customers in an expedient, courteous and compassionate manner to ensure prompt and accurate resolution. Works with pharmacy staff to minimize the potential for medication errors. Performs routine quality audits such as: sterile technique, antimicrobial growth audits, outdates, unit inspections, and narcotic audits.
  10. Technical Skills: Maintains an awareness of the age-based needs of patients including, but not limited to, dosage forms, concentrations, and frequencies, and communicates all unusual medication/order requests to the pharmacist in a timely manner. Maintains knowledge of computer and dispensing systems and troubleshoots problems when they occur. Demonstrates a working knowledge of computer programs and application functions for numerous departmental systems.
  11. Operational Knowledge: Maintains equipment in order to ensure accurate and efficient functioning. Exhibits proficiency by following maintenance protocol, calibration protocol, correcting basic malfunctions, and by conducting basic troubleshooting. Maintains appropriate inventory levels of specific controlled substances. Is aware of controlled substance back orders via the organization utilized back order alerting and processing system. Ability to create and resolve discrepancies with the assistance of a pharmacist as a witness, either manually or electronically on an automated dispensing system.
  12. Patient Medication History Completion: May require completion of patient medication histories either as primary responsibility during a shift or in coverage of a vacancy. Ability to properly interview a patient regarding his or her medication regimen. Use of appropriate interviewing skills to obtain the correct medication data. Ability to communicate with different patient demographics. Utilizes outside resources like physi
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