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Steward Health Care System Pharmacy Technician I, 40 hours per week, 3pm-11:30pm, e/o weekend in Stoughton, Massachusetts

Job Summary:

Working under the day to day supervision of the pharmacists and Pharmacy Leadership, the technician is responsible for the proper handling of medications. This includes but is not limited to: receiving, distribution, management of expiration dates, management of inventory in Pyxis, storage, repackaging, compounding, filling orders, delivering, and stocking. The job requires excellent communication skills and a desire to work in a fast-paced environment.

Works under the supervision of:

  • Pharmacy Leadership

  • Pharmacists

Ordering/ Receiving

  • Assists with receiving order from wholesaler

  • Scans in delivery

  • Properly inventories/stickers delivery to ensure all items are received

  • Confirms that each med is “scannable”. Involves pharmacist when appropriate

  • Helps to maintain proper stock levels of drugs, supplies and solutions by Informing in writing, the need for an item when it is getting low

  • Repackages medications from bulk to unit-dose when necessary

Compounding

  • Performs calculations for dosing, unit conversions, admixture volumes

  • Prepares clean room and sterile products area for daily use

  • Follows clean room policies and procedures

  • Prepares low and medium risk sterile and non-sterile compounds

  • Complies with Universal precautions and uses Aseptic technique when compounding

Inventory Management

  • Checks expiration dates in and outside the department

  • Credits and debits patients in Meditech if meds reordered or returned

  • Resolves missing medication issues

  • Performs monthly floor inspections to ensure integrity of medications on the units and in patient care areas.

  • Ensures all medications are properly labeled

  • Properly disposes of medications, hazardous substances, sharps

  • Properly identifies and returns expired meds eligible for credit

  • Assists in semi-annual inventory activities as needed

Fills Medication Orders

  • Receives labels and orders, and is able to accurately select proper drug, dosage form and strength

  • Accurately retrieves medications from ADC fill list

  • Neatly organizes filled meds for checking.

  • Accurately retrieves medications as requested at the window

  • Properly refills trays and kits including but not limited to: Code Trays, STEMI kits, anaphylaxis kits, “tackle boxes” in preparation for pharmacist to check.

  • Accurately fills OR Machines

Delivers medication

  • Performs routine rounds to patient care areas and units in timely manner

  • Delivers meds to proper location including but not limited to: ADC, Med Room or a nurse if requested.

  • Updates machines with current date for drug

  • Outdates meds in ADC at each delivery to machine

  • Returns meds from the floors when need

Fills Automated Dispensing Cabinet (ADC)

  • Under stands process of loading and unloading

  • Fills ADC accurately by consistent use of scanner when required

  • Loads meds in a neat precise manner without overfilling pocket

  • Is able to trouble shoot minor equipment issues with ADC

  • Is able to reboot equipment as needed

Communication

  • Uses exceptional customer service skills/communication to resolve issues

  • Answers phones and triages phone calls that need a pharmacists

  • Communicates well with nursing and other staff outside of the pharmacy department

Professionalism

  • Maintains a high degree of professionalism within and outside the department

  • Maintains excellent working relationships with others

  • Dresses professionally

  • Maintains a neat, clean and organized work area

  • Represents the Department of Pharmacy and acts as liaison if needed when outside the department

  • Complies with HIPAA policies

  • Supports the training of new staff

  • Manages time effectively and prioritizes accordingly

Maintains Logs

  • Responsible for the daily accurate documentation of logs including but not limited to : refrigerators, hood cleaning, eye wash

  • Reports any omissions or errors

Handle Controlled Substances

  • Understands the importance of excellent record keeping, accuracy and handoffs when dealing with Controlled Substances.

  • Immediately reports any concerns/discrepancies to pharmacist or supervisor

Knowledge and Skills

  • Written and oral communication skills

  • Basic math needed for compounding

  • Ability to work in a team environment

  • Ability to problem solve

  • Ability to provide a high level of customer service to patients visitors and staff

Licensure and Competencies

  • Is responsible for maintaining licensure CPhT and State registration as required

  • Is responsible for completing all educational modules including but not limited to: Steward University

  • Performs Gloved finger-tip and media fill test as required.

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