- Purpose of Job
Under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist, this role is to assist in the various activities of the pharmacy department not requiring the professional judgment of the pharmacist. Function in strict accordance with standard, written procedures and guidelines; Triages medication requests and determines priorities, of processes orders and notifies the pharmacist as appropriate. Manufactures, packages, and labels drug products as needed.
Performs aseptic compounding of parenteral admixtures and other sterile dosage forms. This includes the practice of aseptic technique, proper procedures for preparing all types of parenteral admixtures (excluding chemotherapy or other specialty solutions), preparation of the label and any control records, the proper technique for visual inspection of parenteral solutions, and the documentation of quality control.
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 preparation of medications for patients, the procedures that apply to record keeping and dispensing of controlled substances, non-formulary drugs, and the delivery and exchange of medications.
Participates in the training and/or orientation of new pharmacy employees. Interacts effectively with other members of the health care team on a regular basis. Maintains honest and attentiveness to the rights of patients. Maintains confidentiality of patient information. Performs other tasks as assigned.
To assist and shadow pharmacists while gaining knowledge of a working pharmacy.
- Job Requirements
- High School Diploma or General Educational Development (G.E.D.) required.
- Registration with the State of Nebraska DHHS as a Pharmacy Intern prior to start date.
- Admitted to a nationally recognized School of Pharmacy Program required.
- Age (per State of Nebraska) at least 18 years of age with no current drug or alcohol addiction/convictions of any drug related misdemeanor or felony.
- One year of employment as Intern or previous position within the pharmacy to transition from Intern I (33019) to Intern II (33020) required.
- Registration with the State of Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services as a Pharmacy Intern required or
- If upon employment, employee does not have State of Nebraska intern registration, then registration with the State of Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services as a Pharmacy Technician is required with the State of Nebraska Intern registration completed within 180 days of employment.
- Must possess certain demonstrated abilities and a thorough knowledge base, understanding, and level of proficiency to assure adherence to the procedures and objectives of pharmacy services. These abilities and knowledge include general basic chemistry, arithmetic, basic algebra, reading, and writing.
- Interpersonal Skills: To communicate effectively with hospital personnel, patients and the public through daily rounds, meetings, and formal presentations.
- Computer Skills: Microsoft Outlook, Word, basic.
- Analytical Skills: Must be able to interpret and evaluate medication request for triaging to pharmacist.
- Time Management Skills: Ability to prioritize time and tasks according to the needs of patients without prompting.
- Physical Requirements
- Weight Demands
- Medium Work - Exerting up to 50 pounds of force.
- 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.
- Not necessary for the position (0%):
- Occasionally Performed (1%-33%):
- Frequently Performed (34%-66%):
- Distinguish colors
- Repetitive Motions
- Constantly Performed (67%-100%):
- Not Related:
- Chemical agents (Toxic, Corrosive, Flammable, Latex)
- 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%):
- 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)
- Mechanical moving parts/vibrations
- Essential Job Functions
- Essential Functions I
Transfer of medication issues is communicated between the pharmacy team.
- ALL issues and pending transactions are communicated to staff for completion.
Sterile Compounding Management.
- Pass Low Risk Level Competency and manage FLOW of products.
- Pass Medium Risk Level Competency and mange FLOW of products.
Central Pharmacy Management.
- Answers telephone calls on a respectable level and completes necessary follow-up.
- Able to manage Unit Dose area, including Omnicell.
- Able to operate and manage Pharmacy equipment (carousel, UD packager, etc).
- Operates Controlled Substance system (CSM), manages associated paperwork, understands controlled substance policies.
- Crash Cart, other kits/trays (eg, perfusion, anesthesia, etc) addressed/filled prior to end of shift.
- Uphold customer service expectations, as defined in the Employee Standards of Behavior.
Patient Care Unit Management.
- Completes all Omnicell Pending and Loads prior to end of shift.
- ALL credits are checked per shift, returned to pharmacy, and put in proper location
Teamwork exhibited by actions.
- Completion of orders to point of delivery (visual inspections while staffing).
- Follows established policies and procedures for pharmacy operations.
- Respectful of pharmacist oversight of activities (feedback from pharmacists).
- Actions represent the best interest of the patient (observational).
- Follows all Safety Alerts: Code Red; Code Triage; Code Adam.
- Demonstrates ability to safely handle and deliver Hazardous Drugs.
IV Room Responsibilities:
- Pharmacy Interns will triage medication request and prioritize accordingly, of processes orders and notifies pharmacist accordingly.
- Compound, package and label drug products as needed.
- Performs aseptic technique, proper procedures for preparing all types of intravenous admixtures (may include chemotherapy or other specialty compounding).
- Preparation of proper labeling for said admixtures, proper technique for visual inspections of admixtures and documentations for quality control.
Main Pharmacy Responsibilities:
- Performs various duties associated with an institutional drug distribution system (batch runs). This includes but not limited to, the use of drug dispensing and compounding automation, viewing of medication orders in the Cerner computer system, the preparation of medication for patients.
- The procedures that apply to record keeping and dispensing of controlled substances, non-formulary drugs and the delivery and exchange of medications.
- Participates in the training and orientation of new pharmacy supportive personnel.
- Interacts effectively with other members of the Healthy System team on a regular basis while maintaining an honest and attentiveness to the rights of patients, maintains confidentiality of patient information.
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.
Methodist Health System