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UnityPoint Health Pharmacy Technician Specialist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

The Technician Specialist, under the direct supervision of a pharmacist is responsible for preparing intravenous admixture products as assigned. The Technician Specialist is expected to understand and support the Mission and Vision of St. Luke’s Hospital. The Technician Specialist is responsible for carrying out the philosophy and objectives as established by the Board of Directors and the Management Team. Foremost among these responsibilities are strictly adhering to detail in the performance of pharmacy procedures, solving practical problems, resolving conflict, and implementing constructive change.

The Technician Specialist reports to a designated Pharmacy Manager.

Essential duties and responsibilities

The Technician Specialist is responsible for providing timely and effective intravenous admixture products for the pharmacy and it’s customers. Customers include, inpatients and outpatients of all ages, physicians and other hospital departments. The Technician Specialist works cooperatively with the Pharmacists and the Pharmacy Managers to identify additional duties or change of duties that would enhance Pharmacy operation.

The Technician Specialist:

  • Maintains the required Pharmacy Technician registration to meet Iowa Board of Pharmacy regulations.

  • Responsible for receiving, preparation, labeling and and distribution of admixture products and maintenance and filing of associated records in accordance with hospital policy and procedures.

  • Strictly adheres to quality control procedures and consistently demonstrates attention to detail in following protocol fro product preparation.

  • Maintains knowledge of pharmaceutical terminology, drug dosages, dosage forms and drug names.

  • Demonstrates knowledge of computer programs used in the department. Exhibits the knowledge to troubleshoot common problems with automated dispensing machines (e.g. Pyxis).

  • Ensures acceptable service level by performing activities in an organized, productive and timely manner.

  • Communicates effectively with departmental staff, other hospital staff and customers to provide timely service, accurate information and reduce problems and minimize exceptions.

  • Utilizes reference materials as appropriate.

  • Communicates with the pharmacist or department manager (s) as necessary when problems or unusual circumstances arise.

  • Possesses and utilizes excellent telephone manners and rapport.

  • Provides answers to questions of routine pharmacy procedures and refers drug information questions to a pharmacist as appropriate.

  • Attends inservices, on the job training, and continuing education programs to meet developmental needs, certification requirements, and keep abreast of new technologies.

  • Attends at least 75% of required meetings.

  • Participates in quality improvement activities, including documentation, design, measurement, assessment and formulation of corrective action.

  • Promotes the development, preparation, implementation and attainment of departmental goals, policies and projects.

  • Assists with orientation and on - the - job training of new hires.

  • Serves on committees as assigned.

  • Provides technical leadership, motivation and guidance to peers and other pharmacy staff.

  • Is responsible for executing and monitoring professional practices in order to meet necessary standards, recommendations and requirements of voluntary and government agencies (i.e. JCAHO, Iowa Pharmacy Examiners, Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), State Board of Health, Occupational Safety and Health Administrations (OSHA).

  • Assists in maintaining adequate stocks of pharmaceuticals and supplies through established inventory management procedures, and cost effective utilization. Communicates unusual usage patterns to inventory or supervisory staff.

  • Understands and adheres to all safety practices while performing duties to minimize any risk of injury and / or exposure to hazardous material.

  • Performs pharmacy department area inspections and other cleaning duties as assigned.

  • Assists with inventory audits.

  • Is cross-trained to assist with Technician I responsibilities as assigned.

  • Is aware of hospital and department compliance requirements for federally funded healthcare programs (e.g. Medicare and Medicaid) regarding fraud, waste and abuse. Brings any questions or concerns regarding compliance to the immediate attention of department or hospital administrative staff.

  • Purposefully conducts all aspects of the job in an ethical manner in support of the hospital’s commitment to ethical behavior in all areas of personal and professional activity.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS: Must meet the qualification to practice as a Pharmacy Technician in the State of Iowa. Must demonstrate an aptitude and interest in pharmaceutical services. Experience with computer systems is desirable; medical terminology is helpful; previous technician experience is desirable. Must possess excellent communications skills. Must read, write, and speak fluent English.

MENTAL / COGNITIVE DEMANDS: Must be able to understand written, visual and other sensory stimuli. Must have the ability to analyze written and spoken English. Must be able to cope effectively with stressful situation, multiple tasks and time constraints. Must be able to logically solve problems and follow written and verbal instructions.

BEHAVIORAL DEMANDS: Must be able to work well with all customers and co-workers. Must demonstrate a cooperative, courteous and dependable working performance. Must possess high integrity and maintain confidentiality at all times.

Requisition ID: 2021-90048

Street: 1026 A Ave NE

Name: 1010 UnityPoint Health CR St Lukes Hospital

Name: Inpatient Pharmacy

FTE (Numeric Only; Ex. 0.01): 1.0

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Scheduled Hours/Shift: Overnights 2100-0700

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