Under general supervision, fills orders for unit doses, pre-package
pharmaceutical, intravenous admixtures, DEA Controlled substances, floor
stock, supplemental medications, emergency kits, investigational drugs, and
general stock requisitions. Performs various related pharmacy duties
including such quality management activities as drug product recalls,
nursing unit inspections and pharmaceutical care audits.
1. Prepares medication orders for an assigned patient population.
Fills patient medication bins based on physician orders and
patient profiles approved by the pharmacist through the pharmacy
computer system, in accordance with departmental procedures.
2. Enters Admissions, Discharges and Transfers (ADTs) into computer
system for proper medication order processing.
3. Packages, and labels medications into unit doses for inspection
and approval by the pharmacist according to departmental Quality
Control Standards. Checks refrigerator for stability and accurate
labeling of all refrigerated medications.
4. Prepares sterile intravenous medications ("mini-bags," syringes,
large volume parenterals, Patient Controlled analgesia
medications, and chemotherapy) using proper aseptic technique.
5. Picks up and delivers pharmacy documents and pharmaceuticals from
various departments and patient care locations.
6. Maintains appropriate inventory levels of drugs and
pharmaceutical supplies in the Pharmacy department and in-patient
care areas. Stores incoming merchandise in proper locations as
7. Informs the supervisor/pharmacist of stock needs and stock
shortages. Checks and replenishes floor stock and supplemental
medications to assigned nursing stations.
8. Completes appropriate pharmacy stock requisition forms for
replacement of medications. Orders IV solutions and
pharmaceutical supplies from Materials Management as needed.
9. Processes drug recalls when required in accordance with
departmental policy and procedure.
10. Produces various computer reports from a variety of pharmacy data
bases. May run standard reports and back-up procedures relative
to the pharmacy computer system. May compile queries of data
bases in order to address specific questions.
11. Documents all vital information regarding DEA Controlled
substances requests. Performs random audits of the DEA
distribution and control system as specified in departmental
12. Performs monthly inspections of nursing stations; completes
inspection reports and documents problems observed and corrective
actions taken as necessary.
13. Assists in the care and maintenance of departmental equipment and
supplies such as Laminar Flow Hoods, biological safety cabinets,
computers and printers, packaging equipment and manufacturing
14. Insures proper functioning of Pharmacy refrigerators and
freezers, checking for adequate temperature levels and that
cleaning standard are maintained according to departmental
15. Performs routine maintenance; contacts Facilities Maintenance or
Biomedical Engineering, as needed, to perform more complex
16. Assists the pharmacist in training UMMS Pharmacy Aides on
operating machines for dose preparation and related duties as
17. Assists the pharmacist with investigational drug studies by
preparing study documents and distributing study drugs and
supplies. Prepares doses of investigational drugs upon request of
authorized physician and/or pharmacist.
18. Labels all study medications according to required standards,
such as, dose, expiration date, method of administration,
19. May perform the duties of UMMS Pharmacy Aide as needed.
20. Attends and participates in in-service training and various
educational programs to enhance professional growth and
Note: The intent of this list of primary duties is to provide a
representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities of
this job. Incumbents perform other related duties assigned. Specific
duties and responsibilities may vary based upon departmental needs.
EDUCATION: Completion of a high school level course work with attainment of
a high school diploma or possession of a State High School Equivalency
Certificate (GED) is required. Education at the college level is preferred.
EXPERIENCE: A minimum of one year of equivalent experience requiring a
familiarity of generic and trade names of pharmaceutical products.
CERTIFICATION: Employees in this job class must be certified and
registered with the Maryland Board of Pharmacists within the first six
months of employment
General knowledge of generally accepted pharmacy principles, practices and
procedures, pharmaceutical generic and trade names, general mathematics,
personal computers, is required. General knowledge of PC computer software
applications, such as, spreadsheet, database, word processing, data entry
is required. Ability to operate various types of pharmacy equipment, such as,
laminar flow hood is required. Ability to use a CRT to access patient/drug
information systems is required. Ability to stand and/or walk for extended
periods of time while performing pharmacy service support duties. Ability
to lift; store and carry supplies and equipment. Ability to communicate effectively
orally and in writing, to interact effectively with medical, nursing and
various allied health staff in order to successfully provide optimal
OTHER: Except for qualifications established by law, additional
related experience and formal education in which one has gained the
knowledge, skills, and abilities required for full performance of the
work of the job class may be substituted for the education or
experience requirement on a year-for-year basis with 30 college
credits being equivalent to one year of experience.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Candidates selected for employment may be subject to medical inquiries
and/or medical examinations to determine ability to perform the job.
Employees in this job class may be subject to pre-employment and random
drug testing. Overtime, weekend, on-call and shift work may be required in