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Pharmacy Technician

Methodist Health System Council Bluffs, IA

Job Description

  • Purpose of Job
    • Assists pharmacist in performing functions which do not require the exercise of professional judgment.
  • Job Requirements
    • Education
      • High school diploma with understanding of mathematical calculations.

    • Experience
      • Some experience in a hospital pharmacy preferred.
      • Must be 18 years of age.

    • License/Certifications
      • Registration by the Iowa Board of Pharmacy as a Pharmacy Tech (RPHT) within 30 days of accepting employment required.
      • Certification as Pharmacy Technician (CPHT) by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) or the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) within one year of starting employment required.

    • Skills/Knowledge/Abilities
      • Basic mathematical calculations, reading directions, basic keyboarding, manual dexterity and verbal communication.
      • Skilled in promoting positive relations when interacting with patients or other customers.
  • Physical Requirements
    • Weight Demands
      • Medium Work - Exerting up to 50 pounds of force.

    • Physical Activity
      • Occasionally Performed (1%-33%):
        • Climbing
        • Crawling
        • Kneeling
        • Sitting
      • Frequently Performed (34%-66%):
        • Balancing
        • Carrying
        • Crouching
        • Distinguish colors
        • Keyboarding/typing
        • Lifting
        • Pulling/Pushing
        • Repetitive Motions
        • Standing
        • Stooping/bending
        • Twisting
        • Walking
      • Constantly Performed (67%-100%):
        • Fingering/Touching
        • Grasping
        • Hearing
        • Reaching
        • 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%):
        • Biological agents (primary air born and blood born viruses) (Jobs with Patient contact) Blood or Body Fluid (BBF)
        • Physical hazards (noise, temperature, lighting, wet floors, outdoors, sharps) (more than ordinary office environment)
        • Equipment/Machinery/Tools
  • Essential Job Functions
    • Essential Functions I

      • Promotes positive relations when interacting with patients, visitors, families, physicians, customers and co-workers.
        • Greet, smiles and makes eye contact.
        • Introduces self by name.
        • Volunteers to help co-workers and other employees.
        • Addresses patients and others by surname.
        • Responds quickly to patients and/or other peoples' needs.
        • Knows and demonstrates the Standards of Compassionate Service and AIDET.

      • Computer input.
        • Enters charges and credits into computer system.

      • Omnicell Fill.
        • Pulls medications and delivers stock appropriately to automated dispensing machine (ADM) and accurately to prevent medication variances and outdated stock.

      • Recordkeeping and distribution of controlled substances.
        • Understands and properly carries out procedures for distribution, storage, charging, reconciling and recordkeeping of controlled substances in ADM and Non-ADM transactions.

      • Preparation of intravenous admixtures and solutions.
        • Understands and carries out proper procedures to maintain infection control and aseptic technique in the preparation of intravenous and irrigation solutions according to USP 797 standards.
        • Calculates correct amount of additive(s) and avoids incompatibilities.
        • Completes annual Media Fill test.

      • Maintaining work area for preparation of IV solutions.
        • Follows procedure for proper USP 797 cleaning of Biological Safety Cabinets and documentation of cleaning.
        • Maintains stock in IV room including additives and non-billable supplies with an awareness for back-up stock.

      • Handling and ordering stock.
        • Accurately order, check-in, price, and place into stock orders from various suppliers.

      • Packaging drug products and label preparation.
        • Follows proper procedure for packaging extemporaneous unit dose products, pre-packaging high volume drugs not available in unit dose, and preparing other extemporaneous labels according to standardized labeling policy.

      • Answering telephone.
        • Follows policy for handling incoming and outgoing telephone calls, handling all calls in a professional and courteous manner and referring callers to a pharmacist when needed.

      • Medication Reconciliation.
        • Interview patients and/or their families for the purpose of compiling an accurate and complete list of prescription, over-the-counter and herbal medications the patient was taking before admission to the hospital as well as verify patient's last doses, allergy information and preferred pharmacy.
        • Contact patient's physician's office and/or pharmacy for the purpose of compiling an accurate and complete list of patient's prescriptions, over-the-counter and herbal medications.

      • Nursing unit and/or floor inspections.
        • Follows proper procedure for monthly nursing unit and/or floor inspection and checking for outdated drugs in ADM, code carts and Pharmacy stock.
        • Completes inspections by the 20th of the month.

      • Filling Non-ADM medications for patients.
        • Follows proper procedure for filling as needed and scheduled medications for patients if not stocked in ADM.
        • Delivers these medications to the appropriate place in the nursing unit.
        • Will consult Pharmacist for items that should be loaded in ADM.

      • Restocking Pharmacy from back-up stock.
        • Follows proper procedure for restocking Pharmacy from supplies in Pharmacy back-up stock in a timely manner.

      • Training and orientation of new employees.
        • Participates in the training and/or orientation of new pharmacy employees.

    • 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 Compassionate Care/AIDET and company policies/procedures.

      • Other duties as assigned.

Job Details

Date Posted September 10, 2019
Date Closes November 9, 2019
Requisition 14853
Located In Council bluffs, IA
Work At Jennie Edmundson Memorial Hosp
Department Pharmacy
Shift Rotating
Hours Varied hours with one weekend every 5th week hours per week
SOC Category 00-0000.00

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