Pharmacy technicians primarily assist pharmacists in preparing and distributing medications, maintaining the drug inventory, maintaining patient records and facilitating preauthorization of medications. Pharmacy technicians work only under the supervision of a registered pharmacist except in preauthorization duties. They do not perform duties that can only legally be performed only by a registered pharmacist. Contributes to the effective operation of the Pharmacy Department.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Assists the Pharmacist in providing medication, drug information and pharmaceutical services to patients, nurses, physicians and other hospital personnel.
Prepares intravenous solutions and admixtures.
Maintains inventory of supplies and reorders them accordingly.
Assists in filling prescriptions.
Processes records of medications and supplies dispensed to patients or customers, computes charges and either enters them into the computer or forwards them to Information Systems.
Prepares select reports and MARs.
Receives and stores incoming deliveries of medication and supplies.
Participates in departmental and organizational performance improvement and CQI activities.
Assists the Pharmacists in providing pharmaceutical care for patients ranging in age from newborn to the elderly. Must be able to identify and understand that there are dosage variations between newborn, pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric patients, and know to consult with the Pharmacist if any doubts or questions arise.
Performs all aspects of patient care in an environment that optimizes patient safety and reduces the likelihood of medical/health care errors.
Maintains the Pharmacy Department in a clean and orderly manner.
Recognizes inappropriate dosing based on available dosage forms for various age groups.
Ensures compliance with USP <797>.
Must complete and pass Benefis Technician program within one year of start of employment required.
Low-risk compounding: The applicable media-fill test will be performed and passed annually, after the initial training and media-fill test is completed and passed.
Medium-risk compounding: The applicable media-fill test will be performed and passed annually, after the initial training and media-fill test is completed and passed.
High-risk compounding: The applicable media-fill test will be performed and passed semi-annually, after the initial training and media-fill test is completed and passed.
Interviews patients to obtain medication histories on admission and enters in "E.H.R." for review by pharmacist after initial training and demonstration of ability to perform work independently.
Coordinates and completes preauthorization of medications in outpatient arena in coordination with Provider, Nursing, Pharmacists and patients after initial training and demonstration of ability to perform work independently.
Procures and distributes medication orders per pharmacist request and fills medication kits (anesthesia trays, RSI kits) heart carts, crash carts, Automatic Dispensing Machine out of stocks.
Prepares starter packs for the ER, medications for cart fill, and completes routine Automatic Dispensing Machine fill
Compounds other extemporaneous medications as requested.
Delivers medications to patient areas as needed.
Rotates stock to ensure use before expiration date and identifies and replaces outdated and unusable medications.
Picks up requisitions and returned medications from patient care areas when on delivery rounds.
Performs unit inspections.
Administrative functions including answering the telephone and door.
Borrows and lends medications correctly.
Performs other pharmacy-related duties as requested or required.
Demonstrates ability to calculate figures and amounts relating to dosage calculations when filing various prescriptions ranging from the newborn to the elderly populations.
Demonstrates ability to apply common sense and understanding to carry out instruction furnished in written, oral and diagram form.
Demonstrates knowledge and skill ensuring that pharmaceutical preparations are sterile, properly packaged, labeled and stored, and not outdated.
Demonstrates ability to deal with problems involving several variables in particular situations.
Demonstrates organizational skills.
Adheres to dress code.
Completes annual educational requirements.
Maintains regulatory requirements.
Wears identification while on duty.
Maintains confidentiality at all times.
Attends department staff meetings as required within the department.
Reports to work on time and as scheduled; completes work in designated time.
Represents the organization in a positive and professional manner.
Actively participates in performance improvement and continuous quality improvement (CQI) activities.
Coordinates efforts in meeting regulatory compliance, federal, state and local regulations and standards
Communicates and complies with the Benefis Health System Mission, Vision and Values as well as the focus statement of the department.
Complies with Benefis Health System Organization Policies and Procedures.
Complies with Health and Safety Standards and Guidelines.
High School diploma or the equivalent.
License in the State of Montana as Certified Pharmacy Technician (PTCB) required.
As a not-for-profit community health system, Benefis is driven to provide the highest level of care. We serve nearly 230,000 residents across a 15-county region that is bigger than Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont combined. Benefis is the largest non-governmental employer in the Great Falls area, with more than 3,000 employees. Benefis has 530 licensed beds (that includes 146 beds in long-term care, 71 in assisted living and 20 beds at Peace Hospice of Montana) and partners with over 250 area physicians.
Our hospital has been recognized for its exceptional work in quality care by providing a wide range of programs and services to help you live the best life possible. We’re here to help you “Live well.”
Benefis Health System came about when two Christian-based hospitals became one. Our founders believed in providing good care to all in need, and trusted that this would be accomplished. The Benefis name was derived using Latin root words: "Bene-" meaning good, and "fis-" for faith and trust. It’s these same root words that make up such terms as ‘be...neficial’ and ‘confidence'. Benefis has been a trusted provider of care for more than 125 years. And our name speaks to our commitment: good care one can put faith in.
Benefis is consistently ranked among America’s top hospitals by the nation’s leading healthcare ratings organizations for a range of services, including cancer care, joint replacement, stroke treatment, wound care and home health.
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