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Job Title:   PHARM TECH ENTRY LEVEL
23366
8 Hour Variable Shift
Full-Time
40
Pharmacy Services

JOB DESCRIPTION:

Via Christi Health's rich history of serving the people of Kansas and the surrounding region dates back more than 100 years to the healing ministries of our founding congregations. Today, Via Christi Health is the largest provider of health care services in Kansas. We serve Kansas and northeast Oklahoma through our doctors, hospitals, senior villages and health services.

Position Summary:
Responsible for accurate, efficient and timely preparation and distribution of medications and parenteral admixtures to inpatients and outpatients.  Under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist, performs non-judgmental aspects of pharmacy practice. Assists with billing support.
 
Key Responsibilities/Essential Functions:
Other duties may be assigned.  Regular and reliable attendance is an essential function of the job.

  • Accurately reads and interprets labels and fills first doses of medications.
  • Independently uses inpatient pharmacy computer system to print labels, reports, fill lists, billing, etc.
  • Fills 24 hour automated dispensing cabinet medications or surgery trays.  Accurately restocks automated dispensing cabinets, following policies regarding bar code scanning, expiration dates, etc.
  • Extemporaneously packages bulk medications into unit dose packages, includes accurately calculating expiration dates as mandated by regulatory agencies.
  • Accurately fills floor stock requisitions.
  • Prepares large and small volume parenteral products using aseptic technique to maintain sterility.
  • Answers phone by the fourth ring properly (identifying department, stating name) and courteously.
  • Uses appropriate judgment when answering and triaging phone calls.
  • Prepares non-sterile compounding products.
  • Delivers controlled drugs, sterile products and automated dispensing cabinet medication carts to patient care areas.
  • Returns medication to stock and rotates stock so that nearest expiration date is used first.
  • Accurately and efficiently checks assigned inventory stock locations for outdated medications each month.
  • Accurately and efficiently checks assigned liaison floor stock locations.
  • Accurately and efficiently refills code blue emergency medication trays.
  • Accurately and efficiently restocks surgery supply cart stock to par levels.
  • Sends medications to patient care areas via pneumatic tube and transportation services.
  • Follows all departmental policies and completes assigned duties in a timely manner.
  • Completes competencies within assigned time frame.
  • Attends staff development and education programs.
  • Suggests opportunities for improvement to pharmacy services.

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

Education and/or Experience

  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required. 

Behavioral Skills

  • A personal presence which is characterized by a sense of honesty, integrity and caring with the ability to inspire and motivate others to promote the philosophy, mission, vision, goals and values of Via Christi Health.

Technical Skills

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel)
  • Demonstrate ability to perform basic mathematical calculations.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

  • Must be registered with the Kansas State Board of Pharmacy (http://www.accesskansas.org/pharmacy/).
  • Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) required within one year of initial employment.

Physical Requirements:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Frequently required to lift or move items weighing up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift or move up to 100 pounds.
  • Frequently able to stand and walk on hard and soft surfaces.
  • Frequently perform activities that require stooping, bending and reaching, squatting, balancing, and trunk twisting throughout the day.
  • Constantly able to communicate verbally and in written form.
  • Frequently required to sit in a stationary position.
  • Frequently able to detect and discern both loud and soft sounds such as verbal orders, phone calls and equipment alarms.
  • Frequently able to use hands and fingers to pinch and manipulate while filling prescriptions and writing.
  • Specific vision abilities that are required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus .
  • Occasionally required to detect unusual odors that could indicate environmental issues such as smoke.

Working Conditions:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts and fumes or airborne particles.  The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, toxic or caustic chemicals, and risk of electrical shock.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Position Scope/Patient Population:

  • Involved in the care of all patients, from neonatal to geriatric.  Must be knowledgeable in all aspects of drug therapy and familiar with resources to find necessary information.  Must be able to solve medication related problems in complex patients.  Must be able to interact well with healthcare personnel.


Via Christi Health is an Equal Opportunity (EOE) and Affirmative Action Employer. We support diversity in the workplace.
 

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