Benefis Health Systems Pharmacy Technician in Great Falls, Montana

Job Description

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


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

Maintains patient profiles and charts by filing, cataloging, storing and purging prescription documents and in compliance with PBM/Medicare D requirements if applicable

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 or Patient Account Technician

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

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

Ensures compliance with USP <797> when applicable

Must obtain National Technician Certification within one year of start of employment.

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.

Procures and distributes medication orders per pharmacist request and fills medication kits (anesthesia trays, RSI kits) heart carts, crash carts, Automated Dispensing Machines stock outs. Chooses packaging appropriate to facility/client.

Prepares starter packs for the ER, medications for cart fill, and completes routine fill of Automated Dispensing Machines

Compounds other extemporaneous medications as requested.

Delivers medications to patient areas as needed.

Rotates stock to ensure use before expiration date and identifies and replaces outdated and unusable medications.

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

Performs unit inspections.and completes written reports as assigned

Administrative/customer service functions including answering the telephone, door and outpatient pickup areas.

Assists in Operation and Maintenance of all facets of Automation and associated Technology as needed.

Specializes in specific job functions as directed.

Borrows and lends medications correctly.

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, including fractionated doses and compliance packaging/labeling where applicable.

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

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

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

Demonstrates organizational skills, ability to prioritize and meet deadlines.


Education/Experience Requirements:

High School diploma or the equivalent.

License in the State of Montana as Certified Pharmacy Technician (PTCB) required.

Pharmacy technician experience preferred.

Technician Level - II must have 1 year experience (full time hours) as a pharmacy technician, in an integrated health system and demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills in two or more specialty areas in pharmacy operations.

About Us

Benefis Health System

The medical and professional staff at Benefis is wholly committed to delivering aware-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 14 day(s) ago

Type of Employment: Part-time

Job Family: TECH

Location: Great Falls, Montana