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Company: Mercy Cedar Rapids
Location: Cedar Rapids, IA
Career Level: Entry Level
Industries: Healthcare, Pharmaceutical, Biotech


This job supports Mercy's philosophy of patient centered care by performing a variety of technical and clerical duties for the hospital unit dose drug distribution system and intravenous admixture program under the supervision of a registered pharmacist. The Inpatient Pharmacy Technician II is responsible for filling patient-specific medication orders and automated dispensing machines with unit dose medications, delivering medications to the nursing unit, prepackaging bulk medications into unit dose packages, retrieving data from the computer system, and preparing intravenous medications.

  Job Duties
  • Maintains a working knowledge of pharmacy terminology, pharmacology, and pharmacotherapy.
  • Accurately and efficiently fills, labels, and delivers medications and assists in maintaining accurate inventory in automation.
  • Assists in receiving, un-packaging, sorting, and restocking of pharmaceuticals and supplies into their appropriate locations.
  • Routinely checks pharmaceutical expiration dates, replacing or properly disposing of outdated and unusable medications.
  • Refills automated dispensing machines to prescribed par levels and fills stock outs in a timely manner.
  • Packages medications into unit dose from bulk supply and ensures that packages meet quality standards.
  • Appropriately triages phone calls and takes detailed phone messages.
  • Keeps pharmacy automation areas clean, neat, well-organized, and continuously flowing.
  • Fills emergency kits and carts with medications accurately and in a timely manner.
  • Carries out basic calculations required for the preparation of compounded medications.
  • Maintains a sterile environment within all ISO 5 environments. Documents cleaning per policy. Properly disposes of all materials used in the preparation of compound sterile products.
  • Prepares all non-sterile, sterile, and hazardous medications according to recipes, policies and procedures, and in compliance with USP <795>, <797>, and <800>.
  • Completes and documents monthly unit inspections.
  • Maintains a working knowledge of and complies with pharmacy policy and standards of work and the laws, rules, and regulations that govern the distribution of medications; including those related to processing controlled substances.
  • Oversees accurate preparation of medications in accordance with standards for Tech-Check-Tech, if applicable.
  • Promotes effective working relations and works effectively as part of a team inter- and intradepartmentally to facilitate the department's ability to meet its goals and objectives. This includes working in different pharmacy department areas (e.g., HPCC, Inpatient, Employee Pharmacy) as necessary to meet patient care and business needs
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Ability to operate basic computer applications.
  • Ability to calculate dilution and dosing problems.
  • Ability to operate a variety of automation.
  • Ability to work efficiently and independently within scope of practice.
Professional Experience
  • At least 18 years of age, required
  • Twelve months of pharmacy experience, preferred.
  • Six months of inpatient hospital experience, preferred.
  • Twelve months of pharmacy experience, preferred.
  • High school diploma or equivalent, required.
  • Pharmacy Technician Diploma, preferred.
  • Associates in Arts (AA), Associate in Science (AS), Bachelor of Arts (BA), or Bachelor of Science (BS), preferred.
Licensure, Certification, Registration
  • Registration with the Iowa Board of Pharmacy Examiners as a Certified Pharmacy Technician or Technician trainee within 30 days of hire, required.  Note:  A Technician Trainee is an individual who has not previously worked as a Pharmacy Technician.
  • Nationally Certified by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) or by the ExCPT (NHA), required.  Technician Trainee must become a nationally certified technician within 12 months of registration with the Board of Pharmacy as a Technician Trainee, required.
  • Valid Drivers License required.
  • Must meet insurability requirements for purposes of utilizing Mercy vehicles - must be at least age 18 required.
  • Must provide and maintain a good driving record, documented at hire, by a copy of official driving record from the Iowa DOT.  To view your Iowa driving history, or print a non-certified copy, you can do that for free through the MyMVD website  New hires are responsible for providing this copy to Human Resources prior to hire.

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