The Inpatient Pharmacy at Wade Park is responsible for controlling and providing medications to patients and health care providers in a variety of formulations and preparations (i.e. unit dose, IV admixture, ward stock, controlled substance, outpatient prescriptions, etc), providing information, assistance, and pharmacy maintained equipment training to staff, health care providers and patients, and managing allocated resources as efficiently as possible. The Inpatient Pharmacy serves the inpatients and staff at Wade Park 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and provides outpatient prescription services to patients upon discharge from the inpatient wards and the Emergency Department when the outpatient pharmacy is closed. As a result, the Wade Park Inpatient Section is responsible for more diverse and complex services than any other Pharmacy Service section. The incumbent functions primarily in Pharmacy Service in the Inpatient Section at the Wade Park facility, and is primarily responsible for facilitating the operational efficiency of the department. The Lead Technician possesses advanced knowledge of the technical operations of virtually all aspects of pharmacy service. This position helps organize and develop efficient workflow and staffing solutions for the inpatient pharmacy. Other specific functions of the position includes: Oversees the pharmacy technicians and effectively addresses issues that arise in the Inpatient Pharmacy section. This includes full-time, part-time and intermittent support personnel assigned to the area, as well as work- study students and/or volunteers. Plans, sets priorities, assigns and schedules all non-pharmacist work to support the overall function of the Inpatient Section. Modifies and adjusts priorities, personnel assignments, and schedules to meet the needs of the section in response to changes in availability of resources or new program requirements as directed by Inpatient Pharmacy Management. Ensures that the crash cart medication trays are updated in a timely manner and the crash carts are recorded appropriately and accurately. Conducts and documents assigned portions of annual training and competency assessments for the inpatient pharmacy staff. Completes and submits all documentation to the Administrative Officer for Pharmacy Service in a timely manner. Maintains training files, spreadsheets, checklists, etc. as required by VHA directive and The Joint Commission (TJC). Also reviews assigned competencies and training documents to ensure all training is up to date. Re-trains staff members who do not satisfy the expectations of annual competencies or who demonstrate a deficiency in a specific technical skill set. Helps oversee all automated pharmacy equipment and technology including: Scheduling maintenance and repairs. Training current and new employees. Monitoring proper use of these systems by pharmacy employees. Remain in good standing with the requirements of Compounding Sterile Preparations (CPS) Program: Maintains proficiency in core competencies for compounding sterile preparations as required by USP General Chapter and Pharmacy Service Policies and Standard Operating Procedures. Maintains proficiency in core competencies for handling hazardous drugs (HDs) as required by USP General Chapter and Pharmacy Service Policies and Standard Operating Procedures Accurately prepares hazardous and non-hazardous CSPs, including chemotherapy, in compliance with the principles and standards of USP General Chapters and Accurately documents all compounding activities. Accurately documents environmental quality control monitoring, cleaning, and other assigned tasks in a timely manner. Develops and implements procedures for technical and administrative duties of job. Oversees quality control assessments of bar-code print clarity and accuracy. Establishes, monitors, and enforces procedures to ensure that each item dispensed for inpatient use is clearly and accurately bar-coded.\ Ensures that pharmacy technicians, students, interns, externs, and volunteers are adequately trained to perform assigned duties, and that they understand overall section goals and the objectives of work assigned to them. Receives feedback from pharmacy staff and addresses issues immediately and appropriately. Issues that cannot be resolved immediately, and issues requiring follow-up action, will be discussed with an Inpatient Pharmacy Manager. The incumbent will prepare Reports of Contact (ROC) for disciplinary issues that need to be addressed by Inpatient Pharmacy Management. As an experienced pharmacy technician, works alongside other technicians, students and volunteers in the section, coaching, mentoring, assisting and/or training them in proper performance of their duties. Incumbent will serve as the timekeeper for inpatient pharmacy. Incumbent required to staff regularly, and as needed, to ensure no disruption of inpatient pharmacy services. Incumbent will also assist and serve as the backup to the solutions technician, when needed. Provides input to Inpatient Pharmacy Management on performance of all technicians, interns, and students, prior to completion of mid-year progress reviews and the final ratings of record. Work Schedule: Sunday through Saturday (Alternating Weekends) Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 599005100
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