Pharmacy technicians may be assigned to any area of the pharmacy including expanded distributive function Assignments, IV admixtures, ward stock replenishment; for example, assignment as team leaders for specific process improvement teams involving technical areas or performing more highly complex duties including preparation of oncology agents for clinical pharmacy specialists. The incumbent performs duties, which require specialized skills and knowledge of technical pharmaceutical work and understanding of the routines and procedures of the Pharmacy Service. Assigned duties may include, but are not limited to the below statements: Pharmaceutical nomenclature; Latin abbreviations; common chemical symbols; metric and apothecary systems of weight and measures/intravenous admixture terminology; common laboratory or quality assurance tests. Basic pharmaceutical calculations; temperature conversions; weight/weight, weight/volume, volume/volume problem solutions; system conversions; percentage, etc. Pharmacy techniques; liquid and solid measurement; compounding capsules, ointment, creams and solutions; aseptic technique; simple intravenous admixture compounding. Pharmacy equipment such as zebra labeling machines, rapid syringe fillers; calculators, typewriter (automatic and manual), Fast-Package unit dose packaging equipment, laminar flow air hoods (vertical and horizontal), Automated Dispensing Cabinet (ADC), computers, TPN compounders, ScriptPro, and carousels. Prescription filling; and filing of patient prescriptions, label generation from ScriptPro, product selection and count and final setup of prescriptions for Pharmacist professional review. Other miscellaneous skills and duties required are: Supplies receipt, proper storage, stock rotation; nursing station inspection, drug prepackaging and record maintenance; typing skills; packaging of prescriptions; effective and tactful verbal communication; effective membership in team setting and other duties as may be assigned. IV Admixtures (35%): Performs and coordinates all sterile solution operations, including: total and peripheral parenteral nutrition solutions; antineoplastics, etc. This may require original approaches including screen for common physiochemical incompatibilities, mathematical solutions and calculations, order of mixing determining sequential equipment arrangements, base manufacture and sterilization, sterile field application, multiple drug reconstitution and filtering steps including base solution additions and monitoring of the final product for established quality control standards USP Chapter 797 & 800. The incumbent shall understand and perform all aspects of the Service's Quality Assurance Program. Accurately physicians' orders including entrance of appropriate information on data processing equipment, prepare highly toxic antineoplastic solutions utilizing great care and progressive isolation techniques. The highest degree of accuracy is required in all work performed. The incumbent will precept and assist in the training of newly hired technicians in aspects of filling and dispensing of medications, aseptic technique, pharmacy calculations, automated dispensing cabinet, and computer applications. The incumbent will maintain quality control of N department including assessment of aseptic technique and equipment operations. Ward Stock (10%): Retrieves and fills ward and clinic pharmacy supply orders for a wide variety of items stocked in the Pharmacy. Screens all requests against the ward stock list, providing appropriate adjustments and/or communications/ clarification as required. Makes routine tours of areas serviced, consulting with ward staff for par levels. Maintains adequate supplies of ward stock drugs, correctly packaged in accordance with Quality Assurance standards. Perfo1m nursing station inspections including, completing and filing ward inspection form documenting on ward inspection log and communicating problems to ward and Supervisor. Unit Dose Filling (35%): Distribution: Selects products with care as to appropriate form, strength, numbers and other parameters for final professional verification. Maintains records of doses supplied. Accurately returns unused medications to stock, maintains adequate unit dose stocks, handles routine telephone inquiries and nurse communication forms, maintains adequate unit dose stocks, loads, unloads, refills automated dispensing cabinets and other duties routine to the function. Incumbent maintains computer patient profile record for dispensing of medications. The incumbent is responsible for accurate qualitative and quantitative checks of automated dispensed medications checks in conformance with the Service's Quality Assurance Program. Any discrepancies identified are recorded and corrected before medication release. Results are reported when appropriate. Incumbent will precept and assist in training of newly hired technicians in automated dispensing, delivery inventory control and computer applications, and nursing station inspections. Work Schedule: Full-time schedule on a rotational basis to include weekends, holidays, evenings, and overnights.
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