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Pharmacy Technology Specialist

Methodist Health System Omaha, NE
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Job Description

  • Purpose of Job
    • To perform various data functions associated with an institutional drug distribution system. The Pharmacy Technology Specialist's primary role is supportive to the Pharmacy Technology Coordinator or the Information Technology Department.

      The position requires the ability to work with a multiplicity of databases relating to pharmaceuticals and medications, supplies and finance.

      Specific activities include informatics oversight of the automated dispensing systems and the interrelationship to pharmacy personnel; financial analysis of daily charges, the charge master and quarterly pricing update management; barcode scanning triaging and solution assessment; Cerner interface for PharmNet and other applications that are included within the Cerner catalog billing question triage for the department/hospital/public. Additionally, the position requires mastering the use of all software, hardware and automated systems of the department to a level of 'expert'.

      Performs various functions associated with an institutional drug distribution system. This includes, but is not limited to, the use of drug dispensing and compounding automation, the viewing of medication orders in the pharmacy computerized system, the procedures that apply to record keeping and dispensing of controlled substances, non-formulary drugs, the delivery and exchange of medications, the acquisition of pharmaceuticals and the documentation associated with this acquisition.

  • Job Requirements
    • Education
      • Associate's Degree in Computer Science or healthcare related field required.
      • Minimum of 3 years pharmacy experience in lieu of degree considered.

    • Experience
      • Minimum of 1 year experience with pharmacy automation or information application/maintenance required.
      • Certified Pharmacy Technician experience preferred.

    • License/Certifications
      • Registration with the State of Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services as a Pharmacy Technician (RPHT) at the start of employment required.
      • Certified by Nebraska Board approved state or national pharmacy technician certification program (CPHT) within one calendar year of state registration or within 9 months of start date, whichever is sooner.

    • Skills/Knowledge/Abilities
      • Interpersonal Skills: Ability to communicate effectively with hospital personnel, patients and the public.
      • Computer Skills: Skill in the use of Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel software applications.
      • Analytical Skills: Ability to analyze medical literature, outcome and safety data, and financial information.
      • Must be able to interpret and evaluate patient specific information to formulate patient care plans.
      • Management Skills: Ability to work alone with minimal supervision.
      • Time Management Skills: Ability to prioritize time and tasks according to the needs of patients and the Department of Pharmacy without prompting.
  • Physical Requirements
    • Weight Demands
      • Medium Work - (exerting up to 50 pounds of force for one person), or up to 100 pounds of force with assistance from a second person with the ability to meet Medium Work Weight Demands. A cabinet with a height of greater than 60 requires two individuals to move.

    • Physical Activity
      • Occasionally Performed (1%-33%):
        • Climbing
        • Crawling
        • Kneeling
        • Sitting
        • Crouching
      • Frequently Performed (34%-66%):
        • Balancing
        • Carrying
        • Distinguish colors
        • Keyboarding/typing
        • Lifting
        • Pulling/Pushing
        • Repetitive Motions
        • Standing
        • Stooping/bending
        • Twisting
        • Walking
        • Reaching
        • Fingering
        • Touching
        • Grasping
      • Constantly Performed (67%-100%):
        • Hearing
        • Seeing/Visual
        • Speaking/talking

    • Job Hazards
      • Not Related:
        • Explosives (pressurized gas)
        • Electrical Shock/Static
        • Radiation Alpha, Beta and Gamma (particles such as X-ray, Cat Scan, Gamma Knife, etc)
        • Radiation Non-Ionizing (Ultraviolet, visible light, infrared and microwaves that causes injuries to tissue or thermal or photochemical means)
      • Rare (1-33%):
        • Chemical agents (Toxic, Corrosive, Flammable, Latex)
        • Mechanical moving parts/vibrations
      • Occasionally (34%-66%):
        • Hazardous drugs (primary as drugs) requiring compounding.
        • Biological agents (primary as drugs) requiring compounding.
        • Physical hazards (noise, temperature, lighting, wet floors, outdoors, sharps) (more than ordinary office environment)
        • Equipment/Machinery/Tools
  • Essential Job Functions
    • Essential Functions I


      • Pharmacy payroll management.
        • Monitors departmental staffing and completes appropriate entries into Kronos, as needed.
        • Accurately completes payroll, PTO, FML in required time, as needed.
        • Addresses any issues dealing with staff to assure accurate compensation, as needed.

      • Vendor software management.
        • Supports multiple vendor software systems to meet the needs of the user by completing necessary tasks in an accurate and timely manner.
        • Communicates and troubleshoots directly with vendors to assure operations of key medication management systems.

      • Automation technology systems management.
        • Understanding of the automation technology hardware and software and the associated interfaces to each system.
        • Work with pharmacy, nursing, and Information Technology (I.T.) staff to troubleshoot and resolve issues involving the medication management process.

      • Pharmacy charging system management.
        • Reviews and reconciles drug costs and patient charges.
        • Identifies and provides follow-up for potential issues with patient charges.
        • Maintains medication database and documentation system for billing.

      • Reference training manual and development management.
        • Maintains reference materials to programs or systems to provide maintenance and means of inquiry by documenting the functionality.

      • Informatics excellence.
        • Tests code to ensure functionality by following prescribed test environment rules.
        • Maintains barcode medication administration database and resolves and provides follow-up for any issues related to barcode scanning.
        • Maintains and updates project plans under the direction of the Pharmacy Informatics Coordinator and Pharmacy Operations Coordinator to ensure completion in an accurate, timely manner.
        • Works independently or with a group on assigned projects or requests.

      • Customer service excellence.
        • Resolves problems to ensure Health System customer needs are met by troubleshooting, identifying problems and defining and implementing solutions.

      • Understanding of all supportive areas for medication management process.
        • Have a working knowledge and understanding of ordering and medication procurement.
        • Have a working knowledge and understanding of the medication use process, including, but not limited to unit dose, IV room, controlled substances processes.

      • Teamwork exhibited by actions.
        • Completion of orders to point of delivery (visual inspections while staffing).

      • Hospital-wide
        • Actions represent the best interest of the patient (observational).
        • Follows all Safety Alerts: Code Red; Code Triage; Code Adam.

    • Essential Functions II


      • Participates in mandatory in-services and/or CE programs as mandated by policies and procedures/external agencies and as directed by management.

      • Follows and understands the mission, vision, core values, Employee Standards of Behavior and company policies/procedures.

      • Other duties as assigned.

Job Details

Date Posted October 10, 2017
Date Closes December 9, 2017
Requisition 6987
Located In Omaha, NE
Work At NE Methodist Hospital
Department Pharmacy
Shift Daytime
Hours 6a-6p (Rotating on call, mornings, evenings, weekends) hours per week
SOC Category 00-0000.00
Location