Pharmacy Tech Lead

Catholic Health Initiative Lexington , KY 40598

Posted 2 months ago


CommonSpirit Health was formed by the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and Dignity Health. With more than 700 care sites across the U.S., from clinics and hospitals to home-based care and virtual care services, CommonSpirit is accessible to nearly one out of every four U.S. residents.

Our world needs compassion like never before. Our communities need caring and our families need protection. With our combined resources, CommonSpirit is committed to building healthy communities, advocating for those who are poor and vulnerable, and innovating how and where healing can happen, both inside our hospitals and out in the community.


Job Summary

Performs the manual technical tasks involved with the proper storage, distribution, packaging and labeling of drugs, associated record keeping and patient charging systems. Works under the supervision of a Registered Pharmacist.

Follows proper procedures for the operation of equipment and use of supplies. Maintains and coordinates systems to ensure that pharmacy operations run efficiently on a day-to-day basis. Maintains and trouble-shoots Pyxis dispensing system.

Responsible for centralized compounding work using safe IV room practices, large volume end-product batching (IVPB, syringes, etc.), compounding total parenteral nutrition (TPN) and peripheral parenteral nutrition (PPN), and end-product quality assurance. Responsible for orientation and training of new technicians, daily work assignments and scheduling, and adjustment of staffing to ensure smooth operation and appropriate staffing.

Essential Functions

Monitors work performed and services provided by the Pharmacy to aid the pharmacist in organizing work efforts to maximize efficiency and productivity. Assists in the orientation and training of new pharmacy technicians as assigned by pharmacy supervisory staff.

Identifies and notifies manager of any subordinate whose performance is below standards or who is in violation of hospital/departmental policy. Performs routine non-technical maintenance and cleaning of all pharmacy computer systems. Assists the pharmacist in communicating with affiliated computer companies and implements activities dictated by these communications. Assists pharmacist in providing pharmaceutical care to include (but not limited to):Preparing, filling and distributing medication

Screening phone calls/orders and alerting the pharmacist to patient-specific data Pre-packages tablets, capsules and liquids into single-dose units. Prepares labels with medication name, strength, lot number and expiration date.

Obtains narcotics from Pyxis vault. Prepares narcotics for rounds and files required paperwork. Participates daily in narcotic audits on the units. Oversees and troubleshoots Pyxis console

Communicates changes to pharmacy staff

Serves as liaison between Pyxis and PharmacyManages Pyxis security, adding and deleting users

Trains staff on system changes and upgrades

Notifies vendor/CHI of system problems Maintains adequate levels of stock drugs in Pyxis dispensing system on nursing units Repackages and labels bulk oral solid and liquid drugs into unit-dose form under pharmacist supervision. Reconstitutes drugs and prepares compounds under pharmacist supervision.

Delivers medications, IV's and controlled substances on a daily basis to replenish inventory levels. Requires interpretation and judgment to assure accurate and practical inventory levels. Completes charges/credits daily for billing.

Checks and restocks patient care and special care stock supplies (i.e. emergency drugs to crash carts and heart carts) under pharmacist supervision. Performs duties in documented accordance with requirements of all regulatory and governing bodies. Safe handling/disposal / packaging for Transport of Pharmaceutical Waste/ Hazardous Materials/Bio- Hazardous Regulated Medical Waste. 1) Completes the Resource Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA) and Hazardous Waste education during employee orientation. 2) Tri -annually education for the D.O.T training. 3) is knowledgeable of the process for identifying the proper waste stream and uses the appropriate container to dispose of waste. 4) Knowledgeable regarding the process to contact the emergency response coordinator for hazardous waste/pharmaceutical release/spill clean-up. Other Duties as assigned


Education / Accreditation / Licensure (required & preferred):

  • High school/GED
  • Registered as pharmacy technician with the State Board of Pharmacy Examiners.
  • PTCB national certification. Certification not required for second year pharmacy students and/or licensed pharmacy interns.

Experience (required and preferred):

  • Three years pharmacy tech experience preferred
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Pharmacy Tech Lead

Catholic Health Initiative