Under the supervision of a pharmacist, the Oncology Pharmacy Technician Specialist must be able to perform complex compounding of chemotherapeutic agents, refill and load Pyxis, assist in managing Pyxis maintenance, including troubleshooting, and optimization of Pyxis inventory levels, precept Pharmacy Tech Students, participate in applied education of Pharmacy Students, assist in data collection, and policy revisions as necessary, assist with USP 797 and USP 800 compliance including cleaning of sterile compounding rooms, involved in departmental projects such as Pharmacy week, Health Fairs, etc, and perform various clerical duties as assigned.
The Oncology Pharmacy Technician Specialist agrees to support the goals, objectives, and proper function of the department and Tidelands Health in order to provide positive patient outcomes while maintaining patient confidentiality. The Oncology Pharmacy Technician Specialist will comply with the policies, laws, regulations, and standards that govern the practice of pharmacy as well as those of Tidelands Health. He/She will maintain an appropriate level of competency in order to perform the job duties as required by the department, Tidelands Health and any regulatory agencies. The Oncology Pharmacy Technician Specialist will assist Pharmacy Leadership in their duties to maximize the performance of the department and to implement and improve the pharmacy department, the hospital system, and the community at large. Duties delegated by leadership will be accurately and promptly completed.
In addition to the technician specialist’s responsibilities:
• Participates with nursing for daily huddles and will address all pharmacy, nursing, and patient issues.
Experience: Prior experience in sterile compounding pharmacy or infusion therapy pharmacy required. Prior specific experience with preparation and administration of sterile IV compounds required. Prior experience in oncology specialty infusion therapy preferred.
Education: High School graduate or equivalent with strong math/algebra, reading comprehension, and computer entry skills. Good human relations and oral/written communication skills required. Specialized training in
an accredited pharmacy Technician program is preferred.
Licenses/Certifications: State Certified with LLR/SC Board of Pharmacy or Nationally Certified Pharmacy Technician with SC Board of Pharmacy Registration. Certified Compounded Sterile Preparation Technician (CSPT) preferred.
Ability to work under direct or minimal supervision and handle stress appropriately required.
Ability to work cooperatively with health-system and pharmacy staff required. Ability to handle frequent interruptions & adapt to changes in workload and schedule required. Ability to adapt quickly & calmly to changing situations required. Ability to multi-task & problem-solve required. Ability to set priorities, makes decisions, and responds quickly to emergency requests required. Strong Patient/ Customer satisfaction skills required. Good computer skills required.
Must possess a basic knowledge of pharmaceutical clean room maintenance, sterile medication compounding, a working knowledge of USP 797 and USP 800 standards, as well as a basic knowledge of chemotherapeutic medications and treatment standards. Must be proficient in aseptic compounding technique. Must be able to don and doff PPE appropriately. Must have a strong background in medical terminology and be proficient in calculations.
Occupational Hazard: Potential for exposure to hazardous drugs (including chemotherapy and cleaning solutions). Potential for exposure to sharp instruments. Potential for musculoskeletal injuries if proper lifting and carrying techniques are not used. (Potential for exposure to infectious patients or materials is negligible.)
Physical Requirements: Medium Physical Agility Test (PAT) Rating
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently (activity or condition exists from 1/3 to 2/3 of the time) required to stand, sit, and walk; occasionally (activity or condition exists up to 1/3 of the time) to use hands, fingers; and frequently to talk or hear. The employee must exert 20 to 35 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 10 to 15 pounds of force frequently, and/or greater than negligible up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.