Snr Pharmacy Technician, Cert at University of Iowa

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Location: Iowa City, Iowa

Job Description:

The University of Iowa Health Care, Department of Pharmaceutical Care, is seeking a Senior Pharmacy Technician, Certified to join our Acute Care Team. Under general supervision of a pharmacist, this position performs activities associated with supporting central pharmacy services including assisting with training programs, monitoring compliance with established policies and procedures, inventory control and special projects as assigned. Coordinates daily functions of Pharmacy Technician (Certified/Trainees) to meet service needs as identified by the pharmacist. Provides supervision to Pharmacy Technicians. Serves as in-charge person of work area in the absence of the pharmacist; determines priorities, and triages questions and needs. Provides orientation and on-the-job training of new technicians. Provides instruction, evaluates performance, and follows up on training needs. Provides input into technician performance evaluations. Assists with interviewing technician candidates and checking references, provides input on evaluation of technician candidates. Provides classroom instruction to new technicians in the absence of the Technician Supervisor/trainer. Coordinates maintenance of area equipment and facility, ordering supplies, and handling/disposition of records, as well as documentation of quality assurance activities. Assists with inventory management and medication recall activities. Checks products prepared by other technicians, as permitted by Iowa law. Assists with implementation of new services and/or development of new procedures. Maintains competency and performs all duties and responsibilities of Pharmacy Technician.

Duties to Include:

  • Assists with preparation and maintenance of aseptic technique training program
  • Maintain a current training manual that reflects policy and procedures related to aseptic technique
  • Responsible for initial aseptic technique training of new pharmacists and technicians
  • Assists with monitoring of aseptic technique competencies
  • Collect and evaluate data related to aseptic technique competence of staff pharmacists and technicians
  • Fingertip sampling
  • Hand hygiene
  • Chemotherapy preparation
  • Operator validation and observation
  • Gowning technique
  • Knowledge-based exams
  • Collect and evaluate data related to clean room cleaning activities
  • Participate in inventory management activities
  • Assist with ordering of supplies
  • Assist with ordering of medications
  • Consistently monitor usage patterns and adjust PAR levels accordingly
  • Maintain an inventory that will reduce waste
  • Incorporate strategies to reduce cost
  • Participate in vault audits
  • Assists with coordination of resources related to drug shortages
  • Communicate to staff necessary information regarding drug shortages
  • Coordinate supply chain
  • Facilitate implementation of new compounding procedures
  • Develop new forms and distribute information to staff
  • Optimize AcuDose inventory for medications in short supply
  • Serves as a resource for pharmacy informatics
  • Maintain working knowledge of pharmacy technology
  • Troubleshoot technology-related issues
  • Assist in troubleshooting automation-related problems
  • Orient and train new staff to pharmacy technology
  • Assists with training and orientation of new staff
  • Assist with preparing needed training and orientation materials
  • Assist with training and orientation of new staff
  • Assist with evaluation of training of new staff
  • Provide feedback regarding the evaluation of skill level of staff assigned to a given day on the schedule
  • Participates in orientation of pharmacy technicians, pharmacists, pharmacy residents, and senior pharmacy students on rotation in the department
  • Assists with evaluation and implementation of new products/technology
  • Assists with evaluation and implementation of new policy and procedures
  • Participate in piloting new programs
  • Assist with preparing training and orientation materials for new procedures
  • Assist with training and orientation of staff to new procedures
  • Assist with central pharmacy equipment modifications, reorganization, and additions to implement new policy and procedure
  • Assists with scheduling
  • Participates in schedule preparation in coordination with the technician supervisor
  • Other duties as assigned

  • Percent of Time: 100%

    Schedule: Work 8 hour shifts scheduled between the hours of 3:00 pm - 11:30 pm

    Location: Acute Care, Central Pharmacy

    Pay Grade: 11

    Benefits Highlights:

    • Regular salaried position located in Iowa City, Iowa
    • Fringe benefit package including paid vacation; sick leave; health, dental, life and disability insurance options; and generous employer contributions into retirement plans
    • For more information about Why Iowa?, click here

    University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics-recognized as one of the best hospitals in the United States-is Iowa's only comprehensive academic medical center and a regional referral center. Each day more than 12,000 employees, students, and volunteers work together to provide safe, quality health care and excellent service for our patients. Simply stated, our mission is: Changing Medicine. Changing Lives.®

    Minimum Eligibility Requirements:

    • High school graduation including a general mathematics course, or the equivalent.
    a. Four years of experience as a pharmacy technician including at least one year of experience as a Pharmacy Technician (Certified) or equivalent position, or
    b. Four years of experience in a position directly related to the natural sciences, or

    c. Four years post high school education in the natural sciences or related area, or years post high school education in the natural sciences or related area, or
    d. A combination of related experience and related post high school education to equal four years.

    • National certification as a certified pharmacy technician by a National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) accredited pharmacy technician certification program and examination is required. Must meet ongoing education requirements and maintain certification. An exception to the certification requirement is available to pharmacy interns who maintain registration as a pharmacy intern (per Iowa Administrative Code - Chapter 3, Pharmacy Technicians, Section 3.3) and have six months of experience as a Pharmacy Technician Trainee.
      Note: Per Board of Pharmacy Regulations (Iowa Administrative Code -- 657-Chapter 3, Pharmacy Technicians):
      1. Effective July 1, 2021, all pharmacy technicians must register with the Board of Pharmacy prior to commencement of employment in an Iowa pharmacy.
      2. Effective July 1, 2009, all pharmacy technicians must be certified by July 1, 2010.

    Desired Qualifications:

    • Ability to perform ratio/proportion equations.
    • Ability to prioritize tasks in time sensitive situations.
    • Previous work experience in an environment that included inventory maintenance activities.
    • Knowledge of windows-based computer programs.
    • Experience working in a team environment.
    • Previous work experience in healthcare.
    • Prefer National Career Readiness Certificate At Silver Level.

    Application Process: In order to be considered, applicants must upload resume (under submission relevant materials) that clearly address how you meet the listed required and desired qualifications of this position.

    Job openings are posted for a minimum of 10 calendar days. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM of the posting end date.

    Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check.

    Additional Information
    • Classification Title: Snr Pharmacy Technician, Cert
    • Appointment Type: Merit
    • Schedule: Full-time
    • Pay Level: 11
    Contact Information
    • Organization: Healthcare
    • Contact Name: Penni Berger
    • Contact Email:

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