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Job Title:   PHARMACY AIDE
25260
8 Hour Evening Shift
Part-Time
20
Pharmacy Services

JOB DESCRIPTION:

Position Summary:
Under the supervision and direction of the Director of Pharmacy/staff pharmacist, fills routine orders for oral, IV medication and IV-admixtures.  Assists in inventory management of pharmaceutical products and performs assigned function on the computer.
 
Key Responsibilities/Essential Functions: 
  • Makes daily rounds to floors to determine patient requirements for the following twenty four hour period, returns discontinued IV preparations and other pharmacy material, enter necessary information into the computer for IV preparation, and post credits for discontinued IVs.                                                          
  • Accurately prepares large and small volume IVs in a timely manner and ensures that all preparations are correctly labeled and checked by a pharmacist before they are dispensed, as well as maintains a sufficient frozen product inventory to meet weekly requirements.             
  • Checks each unit at least daily before departure to ensure that all IV preparations are stored under proper conditions, and generate a weekly IV supply purchase order from Materials Management, as well as maintain sufficient IV-admixture inventory.                   
  • Cleans the IV hood, with log book documentation, twice daily, records daily freezer and refrigerator temperatures  in the log book, report any temperature variance to the Director of Pharmacy or Staff Pharmacist, and maintains records of IV hood culture, sensitivity studies and biannual certification contracted through an outside service.    
  • Restocks the IV room daily, maintain accurate quality control records for equipment that is used in measuring medications (amounts/volumes) for mixing IVs and preparing compounds, generate a computerized pick list, accurately fills and rechecks unit-dose cassettes using pick list, ensure that cassettes are properly labeled and delivered in a timely manner.                                                            
  • Informs pharmacist of any information or problems encountered when filling, rechecking, or exchanging cassettes, as well as ensures that there are no shortages of floor stock including narcotics, bacteriostatic saline, MOM, etc; according to policies and procedures for order checking and record keeping.                                                                                                    
  • Receives all in-coming orders from wholesalers and direct accounts; checks and records dating for out-dates management and places supplies in their appropriate location in the pharmacy, also delivers special orders to other departments and ensures deliveries are completed and signed invoices delivered to accounts payable in a timely manner.                              
  • Receives controlled substance inventory, reconciles the narcotics received with quantities listed on the invoice; reports any discrepancies immediately to the Director of Pharmacy, enters narcotics received into inventory, accurately recording the inventory and date on the DEA form and into the narcotic inventory log book, and returns out-dates or rejected supplies to the appropriate manufacturer or wholesaler, completes the necessary forms to ensure timely credit.                                                   
  • Charges "surgery sheets" on a daily basis; prepares the monthly accounting report for floor stock items issued to the various departments and delivers report to accounts payable.                                                                                     
  • Takes a weekly narcotic inventory of all automated dispensing machines in the hospital; reports any discrepancies that cannot be reconciled to the Director of Pharmacy or designee; completes a physical inventory of all items in each automated dispensing machine at least monthly; ensures that a current inventory list is attached to each machine for unit reference.     
  • Assists the staff pharmacist in the following activities: keeping bottles, vial drawers supplied; maintaining an adequate and orderly supply of plastic bags; filing orders and profiles; obtaining pertinent demographic information and recording this in patient and computer profiles; preparing first doses, participating in order entry, if requested and emptying pneumatic tubes.                                              
  • May perform other duties as assigned or requested

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

Qualifications:
 
Education and/or Experience

 

  • High school education or equivalent.
  • Previous hospital pharmacy experience preferred.

           
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.
  • Compassion for patients, family members, and others; along with a nurturing spirit to provide care during emotionally stressful situations.
  • Must display good verbal and written communication skills, and be able to professionally receive and follow oral instructions.

 
            Technical Skills

 

  • Basic Computer Skills

 
 
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

 

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers offered by the American Heart Association or CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer offered by the Red Cross received within 30 days from date of hire. (VCH-P)

 
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 accommodationsmay be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Light work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently. Required walking or standing to significant degree; or requires sitting most of the time but entails pushing and/or pulling of arm or leg controls.

 

  • Frequently required to sit in a stationary position.
  • Occasionally performs 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 able to detect and discern both loud and soft sounds such as phone calls and customer questions.
  • Constantly able to use hands and fingers to type, write, and file.
  • Frequently able to use near vision for viewing computer monitor and written materials.
  • Occasionally required to detect unusual odors that could indicate environmental issues.

Working Conditions:
 

  • Works in a medical-surgical hospital. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be exposed to patients with communicable diseases. May work around hazardous materials, including radiation, chemotherapy agents, and biohazards. May be exposed to blood, body fluids, fumes, or airborne particles, and sharp objects potentially contaminated with blood borne pathogens or other infectious agents.
  • Additionally makes site visits to banks, schools manufacturing plants and various other local businesses.
  • Well light, climate controlled work environment
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

 
Position Scope/Patient Population:

 

  • This position has direct patient contact that provides care to neonate, newborn, children, adolescent, adult, and geriatric

 
 Via Christi Health is an Equal Opportunity (EOE) and Affirmative Action Employer. We support diversity in the workplace.
               
Applicants with a disability that are in need of an accommodation to complete the Via Christi Health application process, contact the HR Customer Service Center at 1-877-389-8864 or e-mail hrservicecenter@viachristi.org.  The hearing impaired may contact Via Christi by calling the Kansas Relay Center at 1-800-766-3777.
 


 

 

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