Reports to: Director of Pharmacy
Pharmacy Technician - Inpatient
845 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94133
About this role
The pharmacy technician is a licensed personnel who possesses advanced pharmacy knowledge in hospital settings. Under direct supervision of a registered pharmacist, when assigned to an inpatient practice area, performs activities which primarily consist of drug distribution duties, pre-packaging, maintaining the inventory, refilling floor medications, checking for outdates, intravenous, hazardous and chemotherapy sterile compounding, record keeping (refrigerator temperature logs and hood cleaning), billing and housekeeping. Participates in pharmacy projects and initiative.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Preparation of drug orders
Outpatient pharmacy technicians:
- Process patient medication charges, including Medi-Cal and Outpatient charge.
- Filing prescriptions and patient profiles, and maintaining other pharmacy records.
- Assist the pharmacist in processing all drug orders.
- Assist the pharmacist in maintaining current records.
- Coverage of clerical duties, as needed.
- Process patient medication returns and credits.
Inpatient pharmacy technicians:
- Assist pharmacists in processing all drug orders including
Prepare patient cassettes.
- Replenish Automatic Dispensing Cabinets (ADCs) – daily scheduled replenishment during pm shift and replenishment as needed
- Retrieve return medication(s) from External Return Bin (ERB)
- Prepare IV solutions with additives, TPN, chemotherapy (training and competencies required).
- Collect laboratory data for medication therapy assessments by pharmacists.
- Prepare pre-operative medications for same day surgery
- Replenish medication trays from operation room.
- Maintain cleanliness of IV preparation area.
- Maintain temperature logs of refrigerators and freezers.
- Maintain inventory supplies including syringes, needles, Eqaushield, etc.
- Order vaccines and other medical supplies for clinics.
- Process patient medication returns and credits for outpatient medical therapy center (OMTC).
- Assist the pharmacist in transcribing drug orders and maintain current records.
- Process patient medication returns and credits.
- Delivery to nursing units.
Procurement and material management
- Ordering, maintaining, and controlling stock levels of drugs, parenteral solutions, forms, supplies, etc.
- Receive and verify shipments.
- Place items received in stock inventory.
- Maintain and update price listings.
- Check out-dates and return to manufacturer for credits.
- Assist in monitoring all aspects of quality control of the department and make necessary, appropriate entries.
- Maintain area, equipment, and facilities etc.
- Assist to teach all health professionals the requirements of different types of prescriptions and the appropriate form for filling.
- Participate in pharmacy orientation programs, training programs for pharmacy supportive personnel, pharmacy staff meetings, and in-service education programs.
- Attends and participates in other programs, committees, meetings, and functions required by the hospital or the pharmacy.
- Joins Board of pharmacy’s email notification list as required by BPC 4013 (d)(1)
- Follows Hospital and Department policies and procedures at all times, including but not limited to: Administrative Manual, Environment of Care, Human Resources, Infection Control, Corporate Compliance, Code of Ethics, etc.
- Attend, actively participate and complete in-services, training classes, mandatory classes, seminars/workshops, staff meetings, exercises and drills; reads all department communication and assigned materials.
- Customer Service – Provides excellent customer service and shows compassion to all patients, visitors and co-workers. Seeks feedback to ensure all needs are met. Anticipates and recognizes the concerns of others, even if those concerns are not openly expressed.
- Communication ¬– Keeps manager and team informed of progress, problems, development and plans. Gets along and interacts positively with co-workers and others.
- Accepts and performs other duties as assigned.
All non-pharmacist personnel shall work under the direct supervision of a registered pharmacist in all activities involved in the preparation and dispensing of medication, including the maintenance of appropriate records.
Be knowledgeable of:
Brand and generic names of medications.
- Technical terms dealing with chemicals, medical terminology, and pharmacy terminology.
- Computer entry skills.
- Graduated from a Pharmacy Technician Program or has obtained a minimum of one year of hospital pharmacy experience.
- Possession of a valid Technician Certificate issued by the California State Board of Pharmacy.
- In addition to all qualifications listed above, pharmacy technicians who cross cover for inpatient pharmacy should be knowledgeable of:
- Preparing intravenous solutions and their additives, total nutritional products and hyperalimentation, and chemotherapeutic agents (training and competencies required).
- Strong communication skills.
- Ability to take initiative, adapt to changing priorities, and work independently
- Strong time management and prioritization skills
- Ability to multi-task with a high level of efficiency and attention to detail
While performing the duties of this job, staff is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, talk and/or listen. He/she uses his/her hands to do computer work, write reports, do equipment set-up/cleaning/storage, clerical support, etc. He/she will be using the phone frequently. Good vision is needed to be able to read schedules, enter accurate data, etc. He/she must have good general health and demonstrate emotional stability so as to carry out the above-enumerated duties.
- Able to lift up to 30 pounds
- Use proper body mechanics when handling equipment
- Standing, walking and moving 50% of the day
Complies with Chinese Hospital Compliance Handbook including Code of Ethics and all statutes, regulations, guidelines applicable to federal and state programs. Responsibilities include, following the guidelines and reporting suspected violations of any statute, regulations, agreements or guidelines applicable to all healthcare programs.