NANA Regional Corporation Pharmacy Technician in Tacoma, Washington

Pharmacy Technician

Description

Do you want the opportunity to apply your skills to solve meaningful challenges? Would you like to contribute to a team where your work will make a difference and your expertise is valued? Are you passionate about providing great customer service?

AGS specializes in compliant, innovative, and efficient detention management, health services, and records and document management services. AGS safeguards some of the most demanding missions facing key federal agencies including the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Air Force.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Maintains clinical professional skills via continuing education opportunities.

  • Must perform assigned duties in a fast paced, fluid environment. Adaptability and flexibility are required.

  • Treatment of persons throughout the life span (infancy through geriatrics).

  • Interpretation and translation activities within the scope of the employees’ duties.

  • Performs all duties related to preparation and dispensing of medication orders.

  • Reads individual prescriptions and determines the name of the drug, strength, and dosage of drugs to be dispensed. Correlates instructions on the prescription with pharmacy policy limitations and notes such on the prescription.

  • Sets up prescriptions by obtaining the correct drug stock, counting the correct amount of medication, and placing this medication in smaller containers. After the prescription has been filled, all contents and the label are set aside in order for a final check by a pharmacist.

  • Consults with the Clinical Services Manager or clinical pharmacist directly to clarify a prescription problem. This indicates that the technician has the knowledge and experience to recognize a problem in which a physician or a pharmacist must be contacted to clarify or change a medication order.

  • Required to use judgment and experience to determine when a pharmacist is to be immediately alerted to a therapeutic problem.

  • When the technician is asked to act on dispensing instructions from a prescription, they can act and prioritize the requests.

  • The technician has sufficient experience with the type of requests and their critical nature to be able to know when to proceed and when to immediately alert a pharmacist for follow-up.

  • Sets up medications needed for new orders and arranges for a pharmacist to check all preceding steps.

  • Receives supplies and checks receipts against requisitions.

  • Checks for shortages, breakage, deterioration and expiration dates. Discrepancies found are reported to the pharmacist.

  • Performs computer entry of vouchers or invoices into various program applications for monitoring pharmacy expenditures and generating reports. Determines appropriate stock levels as well as the critical nature of different drugs and the consequences of being short on these supplies.

  • Consults with a pharmacist to prevent inventory problems and prepares requisitions accordingly.

  • Withdraws outdated drugs, determines proper disposition (destruction or credit returns) and prepares necessary paper work to initiate proper action.

  • Places supply orders through mandatory government and non-government sources, which include data entry into computer applications for figuring the total dollar value and generating a quarterly report, and determine the kind of packaging and shipping required for such items.

  • Makes necessary changes to quantities requested depending on stock levels to avoid total depletion and notifies a pharmacist of any discrepancies found in the requisition.

  • Packages bulk drugs, which include liquids, tablets, capsules, ointments and creams, etc. into specific quantities and various size containers.

  • In order to repackage the various forms of drugs, operates various types of equipment such as tablet and capsule counting machines and labeling machines.

  • Records all prepackage information including lot number, expiration date, manufacturer, current date, initials (incumbent), and sets them aside for final check by a registered pharmacist.

  • On a daily basis checks the medicine cabinet and all areas of the clinic where night pharmacy service is available. Responsible for refilling any missing pharmacy drugs or supply items used during the night.

  • Inspects and logs the temperature of all refrigerators that contain any type of pharmaceutical reports problems.

  • As directed, or in conjunction with a pharmacist, conducts orientations, for new staff, to the pharmacy section of the clinic.

  • Keeps staff appraised of changes in protocols, drug recalls, etc. that may affect patient safety.

  • Utilizes a personal computer to enter and tabulate data for the monthly workload record.

  • Manipulates data spreadsheet software in order to provide statistical analysis of the workload. Prepares quarterly reports, which identify trends in usage, peculiarities, and discrepancies.

  • Collects daily as required or works with a pharmacist to provide workload data, tabulates onto workload sheets, prepares figures for entry into a statistical program, and enters data into that program.

  • Is familiar with the statistical program that has been designed specifically for this location as well as others for basic spreadsheet capabilities and uses standard techniques.

  • Is fully familiar with all aspects of the program to include adding new patients, doctors, and drugs to the databases as well as editing prescriptions and querying the program for data related to drug usage and workload statistics.

  • Adds new patients to the pill line and updates current patients when orders are renewed. Prepares computer generated medication administration record (MAR) for patients on the pill line.

  • Adds new patients to the Isoniazid tuberculosis prophylaxis directly observed therapy (DOT) list (if separate from the regular pill line).

  • Clean equipment and work areas in the pharmacy.

  • Must pass initial Security Investigation by ICE prior to first day on duty and maintain clearance for the duration of time on the contract.

  • Adheres to the policies, procedures and Residential Standards as prescribed by ICE/IHSC

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Work assignments range in difficulty from simple repetitive tasks requiring no special knowledge or skills to assignments requiring the application of an intensive knowledge of (1) pharmaceutical nomenclature, (2) formulas, strengths, and dosage forms of drugs; (3) pharmaceutical systems of weights and measures; (4) operation and care of a variety of pharmaceutical equipment; (5) receipt, storage, and order of pharmaceuticals, bulk compounding, preparation of sterile solutions, and setting up prescriptions for a final check by a pharmacist.

  • Maintains pharmacy technician certification via a national or local pharmacy board.

  • Knowledge of computer entry, ability to work with and analyze numbers. Knowledge and dexterity with computer application programs to facilitate management operations in a clinical environment.

  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural and multi-language environment and be able to work through translation services if not fluent in a language the patient understands.

  • Continuous BLS (CPR) certification.

  • Knowledge and proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite Applications.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

  • Required to walk unaided at a normal pace for up to 10 minutes and maintain balance.

  • Required to respond to any medical emergency within 4 minutes where a fast walk or jog may be necessary to provide assistance.

  • Required to perform CPR/emergency care standing or kneeling.

  • Must have the ability to assist sick, injured or aging detainees or staff exiting the building during an emergency (may require lifting, dragging, wheeling, or carrying someone who weighs significantly more than self).

  • Must be able to see, hear, and smell with or without the use of aides if necessary (exceptions on a case by case basis).

  • Must easily alternate between kneeling and standing.

  • Must be able to lift, push, or carry 30 pounds.

  • Must perform the duties in a stressful and often austere environment without physical limitations.

  • Must be capable of standing on hard services (cement floors) for long periods of time.

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  • We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for the position; however, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

We are Equal Opportunity Employers. Prospective employees will receive consideration without discrimination because of race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

We are committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with physical and/or mental disabilities. If you have a physical and/or mental disability and are interested in applying for employment and need special accommodations to use our website to apply for a position please contact, Recruiting Services at job-assist@akima.com or 571-353-7053. The dedicated email and telephonic options above are reserved only for individuals with disabilities needing accessibility assistance. Please do not use the dedicated phone number above to call on the status of your job application if you do not require accessibility assistance or an accommodation. Reasonable accommodation requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

In order for our company to stay compliant with government regulations, please apply on line. Please DO NOT email resumes or call in lieu of applying online unless you have a physical and/or mental disability and need assistance with the online application.

Job: Healthcare

Primary Location: US-WA-Tacoma

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: Day Job

Req ID: AGS00442