The New Jersey Healthcare system is currently recruiting for one Lead Pharmacy Technician. Must possess the skills to perform a full range of technical pharmacy duties as well as associated administrative duties. Coordinating the tasks and duties associated with ward stock dispensing, Crash Cart maintenance, bulk IV distribution, ward inspections, technician staffing assignments, and acting as a technical expert in maintaining the Omnicell Dispensing Machines. The incumbent is expected to carry out duties in an independent manner. Functions in the capacity of a Pharmacy Technician in any area of competency as staffing requirements dictate. The employee assists the pharmacy management in providing optimal pharmaceutical care and timely customer service in accordance with the mission, vision and goals of the VANJHCS. Reads and interprets prescriptions, obtains proper medication or material in the proper strength and dosage form; determines proper amount and counts, pours, or measures the medications; affixes proper label; and records required data on Pharmacy's copy of prescription/order. After a final check by a pharmacist, dispenses medication in ambulatory care or discharge situations. For unit-dose medications, performs final review of medication (prepared by another technician) to be dispensed to inpatient areas (unit-dose carts), and/or fills unit-dose carts independently without secondary review.Compounds sterile products, both uncomplicated and complicated, and those associated with a high degree of toxicity such as chemotherapeutic drugs. The incumbent consistently displays competence with good manufacturing practices and sterile technique. Depending on the protocol manufacturing steps may be completed without need for certification by another person. Is competent to perform Sterile Compounding meeting USP 797 and USP 800 requirements. Compounds and/or reconstitutes oral or external medications (non-sterile) without a second review. This includes calculating and converting to proper weights and measures the amount of drug or solution to be used. Is competent to perform Sterile Compounding meeting USP 795 requirements. Performs final verification of simple non-sterile compounds prepared by lower level technicians. Dispenses ward stock according to par levels. Rotates stock and checks expirations dates when delivering stock. Dispenses controlled substances in accordance with all policies and laws governing the receipt, storage and control of these drugs when called upon to do so. Conducts monthly ward inspections of patient care areas. Provides oversight and QM of all ward stock inspections throughout the medical centers. Assures that all inspections are completed and turned in by all staff within the required timeframe. Inventories and replenishes emergency carts without a second review. Responsible for updating and changes to the carts in conjunction with the inpatient supervisor. Responsible for training and updating staff on any cart changes. Collects drug use evaluation data for quality improvement purposes working in conjunction with the inpatient supervisor and QM pharmacist. Operates automated dispensing equipment such as the Omnicell, TCGRx and Optifill to accomplish dispensing function. Responsible for training and oversight of other technician staff regarding operation and maintenance of equipment. Monitors inventory needs in-patient care areas, relays this information to the appropriate Pharmacy personal. This also includes placing stock in proper storage areas, rotating stock on shelves, and removing/replacing outdated items.Performs all the duties of lower graded technicians when required. Assists in other patient care areas as deemed necessary to maintain the consistency of overall pharmacy services. Responsible for planning, organizing and reviewing work of technicians assigned to the area so that work schedules are met. Reassigns staff as required to meet schedules.Responsible for developing schedules based on workload and staffing. Maintains record of productivity and accuracy for each employee in the section for review by the supervisor. Alerts supervisor to potential problems with staffing or individual failures. Conducts random audits to all areas of responsibility to ensure compliance with regulations and PAR level set by pharmacy service based on usage. Assess workload volume throughout the day, identifying backlogs and makes staffing adjustments as needed to meet organizational goals. Encourages pharmacy technicians to report actual and/or potential medication errors or adverse events and participates in quality improvement initiatives to promote patient safety. Conducts training sessions for all applicable employees, both within the Pharmacy and outside the Service, on the policies and procedures of the Pharmacy. Ensures that monthly Ward Inspections are completed and that findings are reported to each applicable supervisor for follow-up. Reports potential problems with timeliness or quality of the inspection to the supervisor. The incumbent will be a subject matter expert for TJC Standards of medication storage. The incumbent will be thoroughly familiar with internal and VA policies and procedures for medication dispensing and can disseminate this information to others as required. Work Schedule: Rotating Shifts Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 598937300
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