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Certified Pharmacy Technician - Medication History - Inpatient

Company: Ochsner Health
Location: Kenner
Posted on: June 3, 2021

Job Description:

This job assists with the medication reconciliation process by ensuring an accurate and complete home medication list is documented for admitted patients. Communicates with patients, families, caregivers, healthcare providers/practitioners, and pharmacists to obtain an accurate and complete medication history for patients. Identify discrepancies or problems with medication history information and notify a pharmacist to seek clarification or resolution. Ensure capture of prescription benefit information and document the home medication list in the electronic health record (EHR).

Full Time

12 Hour Shifts - 7 Days On/7 Days Off


Required – 1 year of college or completion of a para-professional pharmacy training program

Work Experience

Required – 2 years of experience as a Pharmacy Technician

Preferred – Experience taking patient’s medication history


Required – Certified Pharmacy Technician License in the State of Practice or National Certification

In possession of a work permit

Knowledge Skills and Abilities (KSAs)

  • Must have computer skills and dexterity required for data entry and retrieval of information.

  • Effective verbal and written communication skills and the ability to present information clearly and professionally.

  • Must be proficient with Windows-style applications, various software packages specific to role and keyboard.

  • Strong interpersonal skills.

Job Duties

  • Accurately obtains and clarifies patients' home/chronic medication list by contacting community pharmacies, physician offices and/or extended care facilities, interviewing patient and/or family members to ensure proper identification of doses and drugs including prescription medications, over the counter drugs and complimentary & alternative medications in a timely manner.

  • Utilizes the electronic health record to input patients’ home/chronic medication lists for the purposes of medication reconciliation under the supervision of a pharmacist.

  • Communicates discrepancies identified via the medication history process with the pharmacist and makes clarifications with the patient and prescribers as needed.

  • Accurately collects patients’ prescription benefit information.

  • Appropriately directs, triages or communicates to the appropriate caregivers or staff all questions or inquiries from patient or families that are outside the scope of taking the medication history.

  • Provides high quality customer service to patients, family members, and care team members.

  • Ensures capture of appropriate patient information necessary to generate safe and effective medication orders (i.e. allergies, height, weight).

  • Adapts behavior to the specific patient population, including but not limited to: respect for privacy, method of introduction to the patient, adapting explanation of services or procedures to be performed, requesting permissions and communication style.

  • Other related duties as required. 

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work only. They are not an exhaustive list of all required responsibilities, duties, and skills. Other duties may be added, or this description amended at any time.

The employer is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.

Physical and Environmental Demands
The physical essential functions of this job include (but are not limited to) the following:  Frequently exerting 10 to 20 pounds of force to move objects; occasionally exerting up to 100 pounds of force. Physical demand requirements are in excess of those for sedentary work. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Because the incumbent works within a healthcare setting, there may be occupational risk for exposure to hazardous medications or hazardous waste within the environment through receipt, transport, storage, preparation, dispensing, administration, cleaning and/or disposal of contaminated waste. The risk level of exposure may increase depending on the essential job duties of the role.

Keywords: Ochsner Health, Kenner , Certified Pharmacy Technician - Medication History - Inpatient, Other , Kenner, Louisiana

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