Pharmacy Assistant
State of Montana - Deer Lodge, MT

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Job Listing Detail

Position Title:
Pharmacy Assistant
*Applications must be received by Midnight Mountain Time on the closing date.

Listing Number: 10260-1381 &
gt;" For more information contact:

State Agency:
600 Conley Lake Road
Deer Lodge , MT 59722
Phone: (406)846-1320 2202
Fax: (406)846-2950
TTY: Montana Relay Service at 711

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Local Montana Job Service Workforce

Position Number(s):


Deer Lodge

Job Status:
Full-Time Permanent


Date Posted:

Closing Date:


Montana State Prison



Bargaining Unit:


State Application Required:

$11.17 - $13.96

Salary Unit:

Additional Salary Information: Full-time state employees are also provided paid health, dental and life insurance, plus Public Employee's Retirement System, 15 working days annual leave, 12 days sick leave per year, paid holidays, and up to 15 days military leave with full pay per year.

Training Assignment: This agency may use a training assignment. Employees in training assignments may be paid below the base pay established by the agency pay rules. Conditions of the training assignment will be stated in writing at the time of hire.

Applicant Pool: If another department vacancy occurs in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may be used for the selection.

Special Information: If you are looking for an opportunity for career advancement and living and working in beautiful Montana, the Dept. of Corrections can offer you a great work environment with benefits.

Learn more about Montana at - Montana's Official State Website ; learn more about the Department of Corrections at .
The Montana Department of Corrections is committed to adopting forward thinking correctional practices aimed at offender personal growth and successful reintegration into the community. Upon employment, successful completion of Basic Pre-Service training for prison employees is required. Montana State Prison is tobacco free. All employees are TB tested annually.
Required materials are:
ยท State of Montana Employment Form
Online applications are encouraged; however, for applicants choosing not to apply online, please note the State of Montana Employment application form is required. Complete application materials must be submitted by closing date of job posting. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Application materials are accepted via on-line, email, fax, postal mail, or dropped off at nearest Montana Job Service.

All applicants that are screened through for interviews will be required to complete a Criminal Background Authorization form before the interview is scheduled. Applicants will be notified via email regarding this form and how to submit it.

Successful applicant(s) will be subject to:
Criminal History Background Check
Driving Record Check
Duties: Manages and directs the daily processing of medication orders. Ensures that physicians and other providers are following the current medication formulary by checking provider orders and bringing non-formulary orders to the attention of the specific provider. Establishes and maintains patient records including lists of medications taken by particular inmates. Receives written prescription or refill orders and verifies that the information is complete and accurate. Transcribes orders accurately and safely to ensure the inmate receives the correct medication and the correct dose. Coordinates and schedules the processing and delivery of patient orders with the contract pharmacy on a daily basis. Prepares blister packs from the contract pharmacy and assists in the delivery of the prepared pack. Ensures inmates transferring to other facilities or discharging from the prison leave with an adequate supply of medication by coordinating with Contract Placement Correctional Services staff and Institutional Probation and Parole Officers. Must be able to identify any problems immediately and suggest or develop procedures to correct deficiencies, especially those that involve life-sustaining medications. Manages the inventory and supply of medications by receiving, storing and inventorying pharmaceutical supplies. Ensures an adequate supply of medication for each patient by checking supply on a regular basis, completing forms necessary to order additional supplies and checking all medications received from the pharmacy for accuracy. Maintains an adequate supply of stock medications to ensure that there is a sufficient supply for emergency situations and to ensure newly arrived inmates are maintained on current critical medications until the inmate?s prescription order can be processed through the mail-order pharmacy. Maintains proper storage and security conditions for drugs by ensuring access to medication room is in accordance with established security procedures and medications are inventoried and accounted for. Coordinates the delivery of medication from the backup pharmacy provider in situations where the mail order pharmacy does not supply a medication or the medication is needed immediately. Maintains accurate records of all orders and reconciles the monthly pharmacy invoice to ensure the Department of Corrections is being billed correctly. Must maintain an accurate inventory and supply or all prescription and non-prescription medications and coordinate with contract pharmacy in regular audits of medication process. Monitors the medication delivery system as part of the Continuous Quality Improvement process by compiling monthly/quarterly reports reflecting quality of service, barriers to care and suggestions for improvement. Creates and maintains a written tracking system and computerized data base utilizing flow charts, graphs, check sheets, to assist the Director of Nursing or designated nursing supervisor in monitoring the delivery of medication. Assists with general administrative support duties including responding to inmate questions regarding medication delivery or problems and drafting letters and correspondence.

Competencies: Must be able to follow detailed procedures and ensure accuracy in documentation and data; concentrate on routine work details and maintain a system of records; display enthusiasm and promote friendly group working environment, work closely with other departments and public businesses as necessary; support group decisions and solicit opinions from co-workers; display team spirit. Ability to clearly present information through the spoken or written word; read and interpret complex information is necessary. The ability to be thorough in completing work tasks and be careful and exact about details and to arrange things in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules is required. The incumbent must possess the ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, including the ability to solve the identified problem. The ability to quickly make sense of, combine and organize information into meaningful patterns and understand the implication of new information for both current and future problem solving and decision-making is desirable. Determining how a process should work and how changes in conditions, operations and environment will affect outcomes is required. The ability to effectively manage one?s time and to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information is required.

Education/Experience: The above knowledge, skills and abilities are typically acquired through a combination of education and experience equivalent to a 1 year job-related college or technical training in the medical assistant, pharmacy aide, or medical records and one - two years experience of job related experience.

Supplemental Questions: None Required

Additional Materials Required: None Required

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