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Pharmacy Technician Specialist

Req #:  218808
Facility:  Advocate Medical Group
Department:  Pharmacy
City:  Libertyville
Posting Budget Status:  Day
Shift Type:  Registry
Posting FTE:  0

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Advocate Medical Group

Pharmacy Cancer Center

Pharmacy Technician Specialist

PRN or Registry

Crystal Lake, IL and Libertyville, IL

Will cover (a) team member PTO (2-5 week days per month) and (b) surge days at AMG Crystal Lake (Tuesday and Wednesday)



 Provides high level patient care services a majority of the time which includes, but is not limited to, medication history collection, IV therapies, chemotherapy preparation, dispensary operations, specialty drug therapies, and/or operating room pharmacy services. Acts as a system resource for physicians, nurses, pharmacists and support staff inquiring about the feasibility and possibilities associated with prescribing and dispensing complex and compounded products.


 ACCOUNTABILITIES AND JOB ACTIVITIES: A. Performs services and functions within assigned area(s) where complex pharmaceutical processes require the utilization of advanced skills and knowledge beyond those obtained as a Pharmacy Tech. Works in atypical environments such as sterile compounding and IV labs, operating rooms, or medication history.   0 % B. Under the supervision of the pharmacist, performs a variety of the following based on the primary environment; compounds prescription medication requiring the calculation of appropriate concentrations and amount of ingredients, compounds both non-cytotoxic and cytotoxic doses and prepares IV admixtures in the sterile IV lab, dispenses and monitors appropriate concentrations and dosages of medication(s) in the operating room.   % C. Operates appropriate equipment and utilizes technology to build compounding products in prescription processing software, maintains and creates compounding logs and records, utilizes aseptic technique appropriate for a laminar flow hood, and compiles accurate and complete medication lists under the guidance of licensed pharmacist, registered nurse or provider.   % D. Offers quality or process improvement ideas and techniques based on specialized skills to provide the best and accurate care for patients, to providers, and in support of the pharmacist and clinical staff. Provides input on enhancements, workflow changes, operational advancement opportunities and system wide standardization programs.   % E. Reviews and adheres to Aurora’s policies/processes and local, state and federal regulations for complete documentation of receipt, preparation, dispensing, return and destruction of controlled substances. Keeps abreast of new regulations and impact to the organization and/or caregiver training and education.   % F. Maintains inventory control including the ordering of ingredients, products and supplies at the appropriate level. Communicates with providers and patients regarding ordering and receiving of products.   % G. Acts as a system resource for physicians, nurses, pharmacists and support staff inquiring about the feasibility and possibilities associated with prescribing, pricing and dispensing medication and/or compounded products.   % H. With department leadership, develops, coordinates and modifies the staff training, orientation and technical guidance program to ensure consistency and best practices.   % I. May perform data entry and/or third party billing functions including: data entry of customer demographics and third-party information, obtaining prior authorizations from appropriate third-party carriers, maintaining files of prior authorization, investigating and correcting errors in submission to third parties and handling private insurance, workers compensation, and thirdparty insurance coverage and prescription-related issues.   % J. May provide price quotes for products and prescription billing for physicians. Coordinates prescription coverage for patients.   % K. Must be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served. Must demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and possess the ability to assess data reflective of the patient's status and interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patient's requirements relative to his/her age-specific needs, and to provide the care needed as described in the department's policies and procedures. Age-specific information is developed further in the departmental job standards.  



SKILLS (Typing, shorthand and special machinery) Demonstrates proficiency and knowledge of complex pharmaceutical equipment and techniques. Demonstrates accurate admixture/dilution of chemotherapy following hospital policy and procedure. Demonstrates practical knowledge of handling of controlled substances with proper accountability, record keeping requirements, and operation of C-11 Safe. Knowledge of medications and their properties. Excellent communication and organizational skills. Possess strong mathematical skills. Exceptional customer service, problem resolution and process development skills. Must have high attention to detail and demonstrates ability to work independently, maintain confidentiality, and take initiative.  Proficient computer skills including experience with prescription processing software (PDX or similar software), Microsoft office applications, electronic health information records, and electronic mail.  Previous experience in billing third-party insurance.


EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE (Degrees, years in profession) Education Required: High School Graduate. Experience Required:  Typically requires 3 years of experience in providing services as a Pharmacy Technician having exposure with sterile product compounding, IV medication preparation and/or operating room services.  CERTIFICATION (License, CPA) Pharmacy Technician certification (CPhT) issued by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. SPECIAL JOB CHARACTERISTICS (List any features of the working conditions that might require accommodation for an employee. This may include physical or other requirements of the job such as necessary travel, unusual work hours, lifting, climbing and environmental abnormalities such as adverse, hazardous or unpleasant conditions.) Must be able to stand up majority of the workday. Will occasionally lift and carry up to 10 lbs, and rarely lift and carry up to 25 lbs. Lifts, carries and/or pushes/pulls various items (bags, boxes, carts, etc.) while utilizing proper technique. Must have functional speech, vision, and hearing. Will be exposed to chemical hazards; therefore, must have the ability to wear protective clothing as needed. Operates all equipment necessary to perform the job. This job description indicates the general nature and level of work expected of the incumbent. It is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities required of the incumbent. Incumbent may be required to perform other related duties. 


About Advocate Health Care


Advocate Health Care, named among the nation’s Top 5 large health systems based on quality by Truven Analytics, is the largest health system in Illinois and one of the largest health care providers in the Midwest. Advocate operates more than 250 sites of care, including 12 hospitals that encompass 11 acute care hospitals, the state’s largest integrated children’s network, the state’s largest emergency and Level I trauma network, one of the area’s largest home health care companies, and the region’s largest medical group. Advocate Health Care has 4 teaching hospitals and is a not-for-profit, mission-based health system affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Church of Christ.