Pharmacy Technician Trainee, Outpatient Pharmacy

Job Description

At UC Health, we're proud to have the best and brightest teams and clinicians collaborating toward our common purpose: to advance healing and reduce suffering.

As the region's adult academic health system, we strive for innovation and provide world-class care for not only our community, but patients from all over the world. Join our team and you'll be able to develop your skills, grow your career, build relationships with your peers and patients, and help us be a source of hope for our friends and neighbors.

UC Health is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of employment.

Pharmacy technicians assist pharmacists in preparing and distributing medications, maintaining the drug inventory, and maintaining patient records. Pharmacy technicians trainees work only under the supervision of a registered pharmacist. They do not perform duties that can legally be performed by only a registered pharmacist.

Responsibilities

Procures and distributes medication orders per prescriber request, pharmacist request, or prearranged work assignment according to established policies, procedures, and protocols:
  • Accepts new written, faxed or electronic prescription orders from a prescriber or a prescriber's agent
  • Enters information into and retrieves information from a database or patient profile
  • Prepares and affixes medication labels
  • Counts and pours dangerous drugs into containers prior to dispensing by a pharmacist
  • Prepares non-sterile compounds
  • Prepares intravenous admixtures and other sterile preparations (including chemotherapy and parenteral nutrition) safely and accurately using appropriate techniques while under supervision
  • Delivers medications and supplies to patient care and ancillary areas accurately per established schedule

Maintains adequate stock of medications and supplies according to established policies and procedures:
  • Assists in ordering, receiving, unpacking, and storing medications and supplies in the pharmacy inventory
  • Rotates stock to ensure use before expiration Identifies and replaces outdated and unusable medications
  • Restocks medication and IV dispensing areas within the pharmacy accurately within specified time periods
  • Repackages bulk medications in unit-dose packages safely and accurately per established procedures using appropriate techniques

Contributes to the effective operation of the department:
  • Picks up orders, requisitions, and medications for return from patient care areas when on delivery rounds
  • Enters charges and credits for patient medications accurately
  • Generates reports, and pick lists as required
  • Answers the telephone, identifying self and department; directs calls to appropriate personnel
  • Answers requests at the window/door and makes stat deliveries to patient care and ancillary areas when requested
  • Organizes and prioritizes work assignments
  • Maintains logs, records, and other required documentation accurately; files documentation in appropriate locations
  • Demonstrates good oral and written communication
  • Keeps pharmacy areas clean, neat, and well-organized; keeps pharmacy equipment clean

Participates in the quality improvement activities of the department:
  • Completes and documents all assigned medication storage area inspections at least monthly; identifies and replaces outdated and unusable medications
  • Collects data, conducts quality monitors, and completes documentation as assigned

Meets hospital and department standards of performance:
  • Maintains a neat, professional, and well-groomed appearance; observes pharmacy dress code; wears identification badge at all times
  • Performs work within specified time frames; adapts positively to frequent interruptions and changes in workload and/or work schedule
  • Works cooperatively with all staff members; voices concerns and suggestions to appropriate to appropriate persons in a positive manner
  • Fosters a team environment by providing orientation and training to new team members; assists coworkers in tasks, as time permits

Completes required training program to demonstrate competency in the following:
  • Packaging and labeling of drugs
  • Pharmacy terminology
  • Basic calculations
  • Quality control procedures
  • State and federal statutes, rules, and regulations regarding pharmacy technician duties, pharmacist duties, pharmacy intern duties, prescription or drug order processing procedures, drug record-keeping requirements, patient confidentiality, security requirements, and storage requirements.


Qualifications

Education: High school diploma, minimum required. College courses desirable but not required.

License and Certification: Current pharmacy technician registration by the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy. Must obtain a certified technician certificate within one year of hire. All technicians must maintain registration and certification throughout their employment with the UC Health Pharmacy Department.

Experience: No experience required. One to two years equivalent experience, preferred.

Required Skills and Knowledge: Ability to perform work accurately with attention to detail within specified time periods; work cooperatively with health-system and pharmacy staff; handle frequent interruptions and adapt to changes in workload and work schedule; set priorities and solve problems; respond quickly to emergency requests; communicate effectively (orally and in writing), and assist in meeting the pharmaceutical care needs of the patient populations served by the organization.