The Oncology Infusion Technician is an integral part of the Cowell Family Cancer Center, working directly with pharmacists and other health professionals to assure quality, timely patient care. The Oncology Tech prepares sterile compounded products, including chemotherapy, assists pharmacists in the distribution of chemotherapy and non-chemotherapy medications to patients at CFCC, and is responsible for maintaining drug inventory in kits and ADCs. The Oncology Tech participates in the management of oncology investigational drugs and pharmaceutical patient assistance programs as required.
High school diploma or equivalent required
Current pharmacy technician license in the state of Michigan
Pharmacy experience preferred
Healthcare experience desired
Weekdays, evenings, weekends, and holidays as necessary
Repetitive use of hands and fingers (e.g., preparing IV admixtures, use of a computer keyboard); may require lifting and carrying of light loads (up to 40lbs), including boxes, equipment, unit-dose cassettes, and IV solutions, and stooping or kneeling (e.g., to pick up items from the floor, to remove and replace items on lower shelves, and to file documents in lower file drawers); walking or standing for long periods of time (4-8 hours) is often necessary; must be able to physically operate the equipment used for the job
Ability to perform work accurately with attention to detail within specified time periods; work cooperatively with health-system and pharmacy team; handle frequent interruptions and adapt to changes in workload and work schedule; set priorities and solve problems; respond quickly to emergency requests; communicate effectively (orally and in writing) and assist in meeting the pharmaceutical care needs of the patients.
Potential for exposure to infectious patients or materials and hazardous and toxic substances (including chemotherapy, cytotoxic drugs, and cleaning solutions); potential for sticks or cuts by needles and other sharp items; potential for musculoskeletal injuries if proper lifting and carrying techniques are not used.
POPULATIONS SERVED COMPETENCIES, INCLUDING AGE OF PATIENTS SERVED
Meets the pharmaceutical care needs of the patient in all ages (birth and above), includes care for the unborn
Under general supervision of the Ambulatory Pharmacy Coordinator, Ambulatory pharmacists, or Pharmacy Manager
Daily activities are set forth but not limited by a responsibility list and monitored by general and direct supervision from the staff pharmacists on duty.
All medications prepared or obtained for dispensing must be prepared under the supervision of and checked by a registered pharmacist.
Has daily working contact with many other health care personnel from various practices.
Maintain Pharmacy Tech II Sterile Products competency.
Consistently demonstrates good skills in all correspondence/communication – personal, telephone and electronic.
Willing and able to communicate electronically and to navigate in a CPOE system.
Refers all fielded questions requiring clinical expertise to a pharmacist.
Performs clinical data collection as directed by a pharmacist.
Maintains required drug inventory, storage and outdate management for day-to-day operations and fiscal inventory of medications in Oncology Pharmacy location(s).
Routinely monitors and maintains medication kits with adequate, in-date contents.
Maintains up-to-date drug information and competency for compounding of parenteral chemotherapy.
Orders and maintains adequate operational supplies for sterile product compounding, including but not limited to, closed-system components, IV tubing, IV solutions and adaptors, needles, syringes and other sterile compounding supplies.
Prepares patient treatment schedule for subsequent business day.
Functions in different technician roles within the sterile IV lab, including maintenance of compounding log and directing workflow within IV lab, IV compounding of both non-cytotoxic and cytotoxic doses, and all charging and crediting of pharmaceuticals dispensed.
Maintains batched quantities of parenteral pretreatment medications to maximize productivity and minimize patient delays.
Maintains an adequate supply of reconstituted multi-dose products based on current scheduled treatments and estimated use.
Performs a double check of the provider treatment order and any changes made per collaborative agreement policy of IV compounding label before admixture is initiated.
Prepares IV admixtures from prepared IV labels, using aseptic technique appropriate for a laminar flow hood. Compounding follows established procedures with final verification by a pharmacist.
Maintains IV preparation waste log for pharmacy buyer.
Maintains laminar flow hoods including routine daily cleaning and weekly decontamination, and monitoring of functional readings.
Documents hood readings and maintenance, room and refrigerator temperatures and kit and equipment checks as required.
Assists in maintaining all records required in monitoring productivity statistics and Quality Assurance programs.
Works with pharmacist to maintain investigational drug inventory, documentation and storage and communication with research nurses and research base.
Performs assigned nursing unit inspections according to regulatory requirements. (i.e. Pharmacy, nursing area, retail oncology pharmacy)
Assists in the training of new pharmacy personnel.
Periodically performs office duties, such as document maintenance and filing of patient records.
Maintain adequate office supplies for oncology pharmacy staff utilization.
Completes all mandatory in-service programs as required by Munson Healthcare.
Delivers or facilitates the delivery of sterile chemotherapy compounds to locations within the hospital or to outside facilities.
Assists with set-up of daily treatment deliveries for local oncology offices.
General housekeeping as required, to maintain a neat, clean, organized and professional work area.
Supervises outside cleaning staff.
Maintains a professional, collaborative work ethic.
Processes recall notices upon receipt involving stocked medications.
All other duties as assigned.
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