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Pharmacy Technician II
Job Code:2019-05-017
Department:Pharmacy
FT/PT Status:Regular Full Time
Salary Minimum13.44
Salary Midpoint15.79
  
Position Closes:
Open Until Filled

Job Responsibilities & Qualifications:
PRIMARY FUNCTION:

The incumbent in this position serves as a Pharmacy Technician for the Cherokee Service Unit under the Cherokee Indian Hospital Authority. The incumbent for this position has prior and/or initial experience as a pharmacy technician. The incumbent is responsible for the provision of technical and support duties associated with the provision of pharmaceutical services to the patient population that is served by the organization.

JOB DESCRIPTION AND DUTIES:

The technician fully assists the pharmacist in the preparation and provision of medications in the fulfillment of patient care functions.

The technician will have responsibilities for inventory control, which include, but are not limited to, ordering of pharmaceuticals and supplies, management of stock, inventory maintenance, maintenance of appropriate records, and management of requisitions and requests.

The technician will participate in the provision of outpatient pharmaceutical services. This includes, but is not limited to: performing receptionist/clerical duties; performing data entry functions; preparing prescriptions for patient use; maintenance of appropriate records; and completing functions related to insurance and billing.

The technician will participate in the provision of inpatient pharmaceutical services which include: data entry responsibilities; preparation of intravenous admixtures; preparation of unit dose supplies; maintenance of appropriate records; and maintenance of medication inventories for patient use.

The technician will have responsibilities related to medication supply management including packaging, labeling, minor compounding, maintenance of appropriate records, and maintenance of adequate supplies to meet patient and hospital needs.

The technician will have other general department duties including: automated equipment maintenance and monitoring; department cleaning and organizing; professional interactions with pharmacy and hospital staff; proper monitoring of medication storage conditions and status; and maintenance of appropriate records related to pharmacy operation.

The technician will be responsible for other duties as assigned, in order to meet the mission of the pharmacy department to provide patient care.

More specific information related to job duties is available as a supplement to this job description.

JOB DESCRIPTION:

Basic knowledge of or posses the ability to obtain knowledge of:

Pharmaceutical nomenclature
Characteristics, strengths, and dosage forms of pharmaceuticals
Pharmaceutical Calculations
Pharmaceutical systems and metric/apothecary systems of weights and measures
Procedures and techniques involved in the care, storage, repackaging, bulk compounding, and distribution of pharmaceuticals
Sterile and aseptic procedures
Federal pharmacy laws and regulations, JCAHO and HIS standards
Operation of various types of pharmaceutical apparatus, equipment, automated technology, compounding techniques, and measurement of ingredients
Public relation skills
Valid driver’s license may be required

EXPERIENCE AND JOB TRAINING

General Experience

Ability to learn and/or knowledge of basic pharmacy process and systems, pharmaceutical drug names, calculations, and regulations.

Ability and/or knowledge to manage the ordering, receipt, accounting of, and proper storage of supplies.

Ability to work with a variety of people from various backgrounds.

Ability to exercise tack and diplomacy in order to gain the confidence, support, and cooperation of the individuals.

Any type of work that demonstrates the applicant’s ability to perform the work of the position, or experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the board subject area of the occupation.

Basic proficiency in position expected within 6 to 12 months of the date of hire.

Specialized Experience

Three to Five Years of specialized experience including experience as a pharmacy technician working in a hospital or retail pharmacy setting or in a pharmaceutical firm or laboratory.
For consideration for this position, certification by the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board as a Certified Technician.

SCHOOLING OR EQUIVALENT

Minimal required schooling:

High School graduate with diploma
Ability to perform basic mathematical calculations
Ability to operate a typewriter and/or keyboard for the production of documents, labels, and other printed materials.

Additional formal schooling may be required. See Specialized Experience.

CONTACT WITH OTHERS:

The position involves frequent contact with other individuals, especially health care professionals (physicians, allied health providers, nurses), support and clerical staff, other pharmacy staff, patients, and the general public. Contacts are numerous and, at times, can be under difficult circumstances or in difficult settings. Professionalism and tact are imperative for this position. Failure to act professionally can reflect poorly on the facility and department and contribute to unforeseen adverse effects on the organization. Utmost sensitivity is required when interacting with patients and their families.


CONFIDENTIAL DATA:

Much of the information processed in this position is considered highly confidential and of a sensitive nature. It must not be disclosed to other parties except within the performance of one’s duties. All information will be handled in accordance to the Cherokee Hospital’s guidelines and Federal Law. Improper handling of information can be detrimental to the operation of the organization and department and damage Pharmacy relations with its clients. Failure to maintain proper confidentiality of all records and improper disclosure of sensitive patient information can result in civil and criminal penalties.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACCURACY:

The individual in this position must perform the functions of the position with accuracy, correctness, and attention to detail at all times. Errors which occur in the performance of duties related to this position would be difficult to detect and can have adverse effects on the health of the individuals, groups, and families. Errors can place the pharmacy and organization at risk for substantial legal and financial liability. Undetected and resolved errors can result in a range of life threatening patient consequences. Errors in judgment and in filling and/or processing orders and prescriptions can result in serious injury or death to a patient. Therefore, attention to detail and accuracy in performing the functions of the position is essential.

MENTAL/VISUAL/PHYSICAL:

Job duties can be mentally, emotionally, and physically stressful at times.
The work requires balancing multiple priorities in a busy, rapid paced, work environment while attending to patient safety. The job is subject to frequent interruptions, which can cause distractions and potential for error.
Physical activities require the ability to walk, sit, reach, bend and lift.
The job requires visual acuity, manual dexterity, and the ability to speak and hear clearly.
Repetitive activities will occur with the use of typewriter and/or computer keyboards and preparation of pharmaceutical prescriptions

RESOURCEFULNESS AND INITIATIVE

The individual in this position will follow well defined procedures and guidelines in job duties with minimal supervision. He/she must be reliable, trustworthy, diligent, and responsive to supervision, and accept direction for all aspects of the job. He/she must maintain a high degree of motivation and work ethic. He/she must communicate and respond appropriately to various situations and changing priorities. Judgment and self-motivation are required to maintain accuracy, efficiency, and timely completion of duties. Must prioritize work and meet deadlines. Must demonstrate a high degree of patience and courtesy in interactions with patients and staff.

ENVIROMENT:

The work is performed in a health care environment within a clinic, hospital, emergency room, field clinic, and/or pharmacy setting.
Potential exposure to infectious and contagious disease can occur.
Lifting or moving of pharmaceutical supplies, equipment, and patients that weigh over 50 pounds is possible.
It may be necessary to work when administration leave is granted if patient care functions are required and/or if such care would be compromised.