Benefis Health Systems Pharmacy Assistant in Great Falls, Montana

Job Description

Pharmacy assistants assist pharmacists in preparing and distributing medications, maintaining the drug inventory and maintaining patient records. Pharmacy assistants work only under the supervision of a registered pharmacist. They do not perform duties that can only legally be performed by a registered pharmacist.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: General Responsibilities: Assists the Pharmacist in providing medication, drug information and pharmaceutical services to patients, nurses, physicians and other hospital personnel.

Prepares intravenous solutions and admixtures.

Maintains inventory of supplies and reorders them accordingly.

Assists in filling prescriptions.

Processes records of medications and supplies dispensed to patients or customers, computes charges and either enters them into the computer or forwards them to Information Systems.

Prepares select reports and MARs.

Receives and stores incoming deliveries of medication and supplies.

Participates in departmental and organizational performance improvement and CQI activities.

Assists the Pharmacists in providing pharmaceutical care for patients ranging in age from newborn to the elderly. Must be able to identify and understand that there are dosage variations between newborn, pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric patients, and know to consult with the Pharmacist if any doubts or questions arise.

Performs all aspects of patient care in an environment that optimizes patient safety and reduces the likelihood of medical/health care errors.

Maintains the Pharmacy Department in a clean and orderly manner.

Performs other pharmacy-related duties as requested or required.

Demonstrates ability to calculate figures and amounts relating to dosage calculations when filing various prescriptions ranging from the newborn to the elderly populations.

Demonstrates ability to apply common sense and understanding to carry out instruction furnished in written, oral and diagram form.

Demonstrates ability to deal with problems involving several variables in particular situations.

Recognizes inappropriate dosing based on available dosage forms for various age groups.

Must obtain CPHT within 18 months of start of employment.

Procures and distributes medication orders per pharmacist request.

Fills medication orders, medication kits (anesthesia trays, RSI kits) heart carts, crash carts, pyxis out of stocks.

Completes routine pyxis fill.

Prepares medications for cart fill.

Fills medication requisitions for nursing units and treatment areas.

Prepares intravenous admixtures and other sterile products.

Compounds other extemporaneous medications as requested.

Delivers medications to patient areas as needed.

Maintains adequate stock of medications and supplies.

Assists in ordering, receiving unpacking and storing medications and supplies in appropriate locations.

Rotates stock to ensure use before expiration date.

Identifies and replaces outdated and unusable medications.

Restocks medications.

Prepares starter packs for the ER.

Picks up requisitions and returned medications from patient care areas when on delivery rounds.

Performs unit inspections.

Administrative functions.

Enters charges and credits for patients.

Borrows and lends medications correctly.

Maintains logs, records and other required documentation.

Answers the telephone and door.

Keeps the pharmacy areas clean and organized.

Generates reports, pick lists and labels as required.

Compounded Sterile Preparations:

Demonstrates knowledge and skill ensuring that pharmaceutical preparations are sterile, properly packaged, labeled and stored, and not outdated.

Ensures compliance with USP <797>.

Low-risk compounding: The applicable media-fill test will be performed and passed annually, after the initial training and media-fill test is completed and passed.

Medium-risk compounding: The applicable media-fill test will be performed and passed annually, after the initial training and media-fill test is completed and passed.

High-risk compounding: The applicable media-fill test will be performed and passed semi-annually, after the initial training and media-fill test is completed and passed.


High School diploma or the equivalent.

MT License as Technician in Training.Pharmacy technician experience preferred.

Must not have criminal record or felony conviction

Must obtain National CPHT certificate from PTCB within 18 months of hire.

About Us

Benefis Health System

The medical and professional staff at Benefis is wholly committed to delivering award-winning, comprehensive patient care. With a patient community of nearly 230,000 and a vast service area, we are the major referral hospital for the northcentral Montana region. But if you take a closer look, you'll see that we're much more than a hospital. Benefis is an entire health system, including a cancer institute, bariatric institute, heart and vascular institute, orthopedic center, senior care center, home health, health and wellness facility and much more.

Great Falls

Great Falls, Montana, rest on the high plains along the Rocky Mountain Front and is centrally located between Glacier National Park to the north and Yellowstone Park to the south. Residents thrive on our wide-open spaces, small town feel and big city services. A warm welcome awaits you in Great Falls.

Date Posted: Posted 1 month(s) ago

Job Family: TECH

Location: Great Falls, Montana