Under the direction of a registered pharmacist, performs pharmacy-related functions in compliance with department policies and procedure, to provide optimal pharmaceutical care to patients. Prepares parenteral injections and admixtures after successful completion of Lurie Children’s pharmacy cleanroom training program. Prepares parenteral injections, cytotoxic agents and IV admixtures at least 50% of the scheduled shifts; or works at least 25% of the scheduled shifts per quarter (three months) in an IV cleanroom and successfully completes cleanroom competencies as required. Actively supports the hospital and department's continuous quality improvement and customer service goals individually and as an effective team member. Maintains certification from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) or is currently enrolled in an accredited Doctor of Pharmacy program.
- Selects, prepares and/or compounds non-intravenous and intravenous medications for new medication orders, medication carts and outpatient prescriptions when applicable. Prepares cytotoxic agents when necessary.
- Performs the measurements and completes the mathematical calculations necessary for preparing products.
- Ensures that medication dosages and/or prescriptions are labeled properly and meet established standards.
- Follows all pharmacy controlled medication policies and procedures.
- Prepares parenteral medications and large volume parenterals, following strict aseptic technique in the manipulation of ampules, vials, syringes, bottles and bags.
- Cleans hoods and calibrates pumps according to established procedures and complies with necessary quality assurance procedures
- Monitor drug inventories, order drugs and supplies as needed. Receive drugs and stock shelves. Notify pharmacy purchaser of unusual drug usages.
- Prepackages bulk medications into unit dose packages as needed
- Fills medication carts and delivers medications to patient care areas according to the established schedule. Checks unit medication refrigerators and medication carts for expired and unused medications. Notifies pharmacists of returned doses. Returns usable stock to inventory. Discards expired and unusable medications appropriately.
- Fills automated dispensing machines in patient care areas to maintain adequate supplies. Fills pharmacy code trays, anesthesia trays, seizure kits, and other stock items as necessary for both inpatient and outpatient areas.
- Participates in quality assurance and quality improvement activities of the department. Inspects stock of assigned areas according to established schedule to ensure that medications are stored properly and are in date. Completes all quality assurance logs and records as required.
- Maintains the physical appearance of the department. Ensures cleanliness of all pharmacy equipment.
- Triages telephone calls and electronic pharmacy information system messages. Effectively communicates messages to co-workers. Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills.
- Assists with the work activities and training of pharmacy technicians and students on aseptic technique and cytotoxic agent preparation.
- Participates in peer evaluation and evaluation of other pharmacy employees
- Takes on and maintains responsibility for special projects assigned by the Pharmacy Technician Lead and/or Pharmacy Manager.
- Provides inservices and/or continuing education (C.E.) programs to other pharmacy technicians.
- Adheres to all hospital, departmental and regulatory policies and procedures.
- Successfully completes code-training and competencies prior to working in critical care areas.
- Performs job functions adhering to service principles with customer service focus of innovation, service excellence and teamwork to provide the highest quality care and service to our patients, families, coworkers and others.
- Rotate through various work areas of the pharmacy and work rotating shifts, weekends and holidays.
Education: High school diploma required or GED equivalent required. Completion of two years of college with at least one general mathematics course preferred.
Job Related Experience: One year of hospital or home infusion pharmacy experience required; OR minimum of six months of Lurie Children’s cleanroom experience with leadership assessment of competency.
Licensure: Licensure as Registered Pharmacy Technician in the State of Illinois. Certification by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).
- Work requires good aseptic technique and strong mathematical skills in order to perform calculations, make dilutions and maintain records. Must have data entry skills or ability to learn computer data entry.
- Must have good interpersonal and communication skills to function within the team concept and interact with tact and courtesy with all hospital employees and customers.
- Must be able to follow instructions accurately and be capable of following well organized work routine.
- Must successfully complete an annual validation of aseptic techniques and cytotoxic agent handling, including handling of multiple-dispensed sterile bulk products.
- Must be able to read, write and speak English.
- Must have computer data entry skills or ability to learn computer data entry.