Under the direct supervision of a Maryland-licensed pharmacist and in coordination with other technicians, the Senior Pharmacy Technician is responsible for various support activities and duties within the Pharmacy Department by assisting in the timely preparation, packaging, distribution and delivery of medications; as well as, oversight of supportive operations and resources. The Sr. Pharmacy technicians function in accordance with standard written procedures, guidelines and state and federal regulations. The major job responsibilities of this position are: drug distribution, technician leadership, customer service, quality improvement, orientation and training, and projects.
Essential Job Duties:
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Obtains and maintains appropriate knowledge and understanding of the AAMC Department of Pharmacy processes, policies and procedures as outlined during initial training and ongoing competency assessments with emphasis on hazardous medication handling.
Follows guidelines the ensure proper compliance with regulatory guidelines designed to ensure safe and accurate preparation of sterile pharmaceutical compounds (e.g. USP<797)
Performs evaluation of upcoming treatments and orders medications from supplies to maintain predominantly a "just-in-time" inventory
Fills/compounds medication labels and packages medications in a timely fashion for final check by a pharmacist, and assures delivery via designated hospital system to appropriate location;
Uses appropriate pharmaceutical-medical terms, abbreviations, and symbols common to pharmacy practice.
Answers phone calls courteously and follows up appropriately.
Carries out the calculations required for the usual dosage determinations and solutions
Performs the essential functions relating to inventory management; communicating medication needs and/or changes in utilization patterns.
Participates in the orientation and training of pharmacy staff, as necessary. Provides clear and accurate instructions, demonstrates the required scope of activities, and reviews the new employees/or trainees work for accuracy, following all department guidelines. Acts as a resource for all new employees; helps co-workers.
Identifies and/or involved with opportunities for improvement or key Departmental initiatives (i.e. ideas, expense reduction, projects, task or project lead) and participates in at least one departmental or interdepartmental committee or performance improvement project using LEAN principles annually. Participation in one leadership development class annually. Identifies and/or involved with opportunities for improvement or key Departmental initiatives (i.e. ideas, projects, task or project lead).
The minimum level of education and experience for this position includes:
High School Diploma or equivalent.
Two years' experience as a pharmacy technician.
Understands Pharmacy Regulations pertaining to delegated pharmacist tasks.
Able to apply knowledge and skills to the AAMC hospital-practice setting; able to work well with others (teamwork), able to perform tasks according to established procedures, accurately and efficiently; attentive to addressing customer service needs; able to process/trouble-shoot inquiries from other departments and assumes responsibility for assigned tasks.
Possess abilities and a thorough knowledge base, understanding, and level of proficiency to assure adherence to standard procedures applicable to pharmacy services in the hospital setting.
Keyboard skills and math proficiency with metric calculations are required.
Computer Skills required; proficiency in navigating the Microsoft Windows PC environment; ability to learn Hospital/Pharmacy PC applications.
Basic math skills to calculate doses (solids and liquids), concentrations, and compounding calculations.
Knowledge of medications, trade/generic name, dosage forms and usual doses of the top 100 meds; ability to learn or look-up information about trade/generic names, dosage forms and usual doses of meds contained on AAMC Formulary.
Able to communicate effectively, speak, write and comprehend English.
Able to work cooperatively with hospital and pharmacy staff in order to meet Departmental and Hospital objectives.
Able to adapt to and handle frequent interruptions and changes in workload and work schedule to meet patient care needs.
Pharmacy Services. Prior IV admixture experience.
Current Technician or Pharmacy Student Registration from the Maryland Board of Pharmacy; in good standing.
National Pharmacy Technician Board Certification (PTC-B). Previous experience/competency in Hospital or Infusion. Preferred Qualifications:
Working Conditions, Equipment, Physical Demands:
There is a reasonable expectation that employees in this position will not be exposed to blood-borne pathogens.
Physical Demands - Medium
Medium work. Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 30 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
The physical demands and work environment that have been described are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The above job description is an overview of the functions and requirements for this position. This document is not intended to be an exhaustive list encompassing every duty and requirement of this position; your supervisor may assign other duties as deemed necessary.