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Pharmacy Technician

Location: Rhinebeck, New York US


Requisition Number: 8826

Position Title:

External Description:

Nuvance Health has a network of convenient hospital and outpatient locations — Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital, Norwalk Hospital and Sharon Hospital in Connecticut, and Northern Dutchess Hospital, Putnam Hospital Center and Vassar Brothers Medical Center in New York — plus multiple primary and specialty care physician practices locations, including The Heart Center, a leading provider of cardiology care, and two urgent care offices. Non-acute care is offered through various affiliates, including the Thompson House for rehabilitation and skilled nursing services, and the Home Care organizations.


Under direction of the Director of Pharmacy, the pharmacy technician assist in the preparation and distribution of medications, maintains drug inventory, and patient records. Pharmacy technicians work under the supervision of a registered pharmacist in providing safe and effective medication management for the patients at Vassar Brothers Medical Center (VBMC).

Responsibilities and Standards

Responsibilities I

Obtains right drug, in right dose, and in right quantity, as stated on medication label
Prepares medication in time for next delivery; or immediately if a STAT order as per policy
Organizes medications to be checked by the pharmacist on duty and delivered at time of next round
Ensures barcodes are visible, and affixes barcodes when necessary
Assists pharmacists in the overall operation of the IV room
Prepares & labels IV medications, when necessary
Follows department policies for preparation of I.V. products using aseptic technique and proper procedure for hand-washing and cleanliness
Medication delivery to all areas of VBMC, and offsite locations
Removes medications from patient care areas (i.e. discharged patients)
Refills Pyxis® med stations
Restocks IV room and clean room with appropriate medication and supplies
Documents refrigerator temperatures & outcome of any refrigerators previously out of bounds
Retrieves pharmacy returns and return to stock upon return to pharmacy
Replaces damaged, or missing Pyxis® cubies
Repairs failed Pyxis® pockets and drawers
Labels all outgoing medications with appropriate auxiliary labels in accordance with current pharmacy policies (i.e. Look Alike Sound Alike, High Alert, Hazardous, etc…)
Performs basic Pyxis® functions including loading and unloading medications, print basic reports, and troubleshooting
Triages incoming telephone calls and pharmacy window inquiries, and transfer medication-related questions to pharmacist, when appropriate
Affixes labels so that all applicable information including drug name, strength, solution, date of preparation, and expiration are visible
Disposes properly of sharps and bio-hazardous waste in accordance with hospital policy
Maintains narcotics in stock and places orders when necessary
Analyzes all controlled substances sheets for discrepancies or incompleteness and sends notification to respective nursing unit managers
Assists in the needs of the department on a daily basis including schedule adjustments and ad-hoc projects
Drugs returned from nursing units are placed back into main stock daily
Assists in the maintenance of proper stock for the department by documenting / communicating low stock items
Responsibilities II

Maintains CII Safe Reports as per policy
Returns all narcotics to the CII Safe as per policy
Immediately reports all controlled discrepancies to pharmacy management
Delivers controlled substances to nursing units
Files all controlled substance forms in the appropriate place, as per department policy
Prepares Narcotic IV products when necessary
Completes nursing units inspections in an accurate and timely manner, when assigned
Responsibilities III

Anticipates work flow to accommodate peak periods and slack periods
Works cooperatively with all staff
Demonstrates sound judgment consistent with training / academic background
Fosters a team environment.
Maintains efforts to improve patient satisfaction, lower costs, and improve quality within the department
Promotes and contributes positively to intra-departmental and inter-departmental relationships with no more than two complaints in a six-month period
Communicates clearly, concisely and courteously, both in person and over the phone, with department co-workers and employees of other departments

High School Diploma or equivalent
Minimum of six months to one year in hospital pharmacy or related job preferred.
Must pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) after 1 year of employment

Physical:Moderate physical activity (standing for long periods of time).

Mental:Excellent communication skills. Must be able to effectively communicate with management and staff


A Pharmacy Tech may focus on medical reconciliation and if so the responsibilities for I are replaced with:

Responsibilities I

·Assumes responsibility for the development of an accurate medication list for all patients in the ED; both those admitted and those not being admitted (especially level 1, 2, 3).

·Develops a list of current medications utilizing all available resources.

·Compares list with previous discharge reconciliation (when available).

·Clarifies all medication changes and last dosages with patient, family, and/or facility MAR.

·Verified all food, drug, and environmental allergies by the same sources.

·Makes necessary changes to medication list, enters, them accurately in the EMR resolving all discrepancies.

·Communicates any major changes to primary RN or attending physician

·Assists in the delivery of patient safety by utilizing an accurate medication list, application of pharmacology knowledge, and critical thinking skills

·Demonstrates knowledge of therapeutic actions, side effects and interactions of medications.

·Expedites medication reconciliation entry of the most critical patients by communicating effectively with ER physicians and nurses or utilizing yield icon on FirstNet.

Location: Rhinebeck-NDH 6511 Springbrook Avenue

Work Type: Full-Time

Standard Hours: 36.00

FTE: 0.960000

Work Schedule: Day 12

Work Shift: 9:45a to 10:15pm

Org Unit: 1148

Department: Pharmacy

Exempt: No

Grade: S4

EOE, including disability/vets.

We will endeavor to make a reasonable accommodation to the known physical or mental limitations of a qualified applicant with a disability unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business. If you believe you require such assistance to complete this form or to participate in an interview, please contact Human Resources at 203-739-7330 (for reasonable accommodation requests only). Please provide all information requested to assure that you are considered for current or future opportunities.

City: Rhinebeck

State: New York

Community / Marketing Title: Pharmacy Technician

Company Profile:

Health Quest and Western Connecticut Health Network have combined to form a new nonprofit health system. The name for the new health system will be Nuvance Health. The new health system was created to provide communities across New York’s Hudson Valley and western Connecticut with more convenient, accessible and affordable care.

EEO Employer Verbiage:

Location_formattedLocationLong: Rhinebeck, New York US

Job Number: 39168