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Location: Mercy Medical Center - Cedar Rapids
Department: Pharmacy
Schedule: Full Time
Shift: Evening Shift
Hours: Rotating
Requisition #: 5873
Job Details:
      • This position 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 I 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/Position Specific Duties

      • Maintains a working knowledge of pharmacy terminology, pharmacology, and pharmacotherapy.
      • Accurately and efficiently fills, labels, and delivers medications.
      • Processes controlled substance medications and paperwork in a precise manner.
      • Assists in maintaining an accurate inventory in the 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      • Routinely checks pharmaceutical expiration dates, replacing or properly disposing of outdated and unusable medications.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.
      • Prepares all compounded sterile products according to recipes, policies and procedures, and in compliance with <797>.
      • Properly disposes of all materials used in the preparation of compound sterile products.
      • 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.
      • Responsible for intra-departmental communication.
      • Promotes effective working relations and works effectively as part of a team inter- and intra-departmentally to facilitate the department's ability to meet its goals and objectives.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    • Ability to operate basic computer applications.
    • Ability to calculate dilution and dosing problems.
    • Ability to operate a variety of automation.

    Professional Experience

    • 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 (PCTB) or by the Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ICPT), required.
      • Technician Trainee must become a nationally certified technician within 12 months of registration with the Board of Pharmacy as a Technician Trainee, required.

    Physical Activity Requirements

    • Constant = 67-100% of workday
      • Reaching
      • Standing
      • Walking
      • Fingering
      • Repetitive motion
      • Grasping
      • Handling
    • Frequent = 34-66% of workday
      • Lifting
      • Talking
      • Hearing

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