Pharmacy Intern
Arkansas Children's Hospital - Little Rock, AR

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Position Summary
The Pharmacy Intern has the educational and training background to fill medication orders and works under the supervision and direction of a pharmacist as stated in the Arkansas State board of pharmacy regulations and hospital policies as an intern. The Intern provides IV admixture and other medication related activity assistance to pharmacists and other health care professionals in the medication delivery system. Interns communicate problems with current medication order preparation and delivery, they help distribute new orders or medication related problems to staff pharmacist. Technicians prepare new & refill medication doses which include oral, injectable, IV solutions, floor stock request and other supply needs. Interns are responsible for delivering medications to the patient’s nursing unit and help in returning unused medication doses. Interns may charge and crediting medications, they communicate with other hospital employees to appropriately handle medication related issues. Interns follow aseptic clean procedures during medication preparation procedures. Interns assure that needed medications and supplies are inventoried, ordered, and stocked. They help with the daily operation aspects and organization of their assigned areas to help make sure that it operates effectively and efficiently. Participate in assigned quality assurance activities and help with medication management, drug information, and can help with patient monitoring under the supervision of a pharmacist. Substitutes in technician role when assigned and acts as role model for support staff.

Position Duties

Medication Preparation and Distributive Activities
  • Prepares medications and IV's, fills order request, cart fills and refills efficiently and accurately. Prioritizes needs appropriately, fills emergency request. Repackages and labels medications appropriately. Completes assigned duties. Process orders and safely prepares and distribute medications. Investigates and processes missing doses of medications. Processes medication orders and doses in a safe, efficient and in a timely manner. Prioritizes medication orders appropriately. Answers phone in a professional manner, provides information and helps problem solve to improve patient care. Problem solves on missing medications, processes debits and credits accurately .
  • Processes IV Admixture orders, Controlled substance IV admixture and parenteral nutrition preparations. Follows aseptic and clean procedures when processing sterile and not sterile medication orders. Is knowledgeable of 797 standards.
  • May work with a staff pharmacist to provide drug information and help in medication reconciliation responsibilities.
  • Performs IV Admixture pump set up and documentation.

Performs other Duties as assigned
  • Processes emergency drug replacement packs and drug boxes
  • Maintains drug storage areas to assure that items are labeled and stored in a clean and orderly manner, provides feedback on usage and any problems or issues with stocking. Checks and cleans expired medication area, updates lot numbers and expiration dates.
  • Provides Intern assistance to the outpatient pharmacy as needed.

Quality Assurance
  • Performs assigned monthly station check and other special projects as assigned.
  • Attends and participates in meetings. Submits recommendations and provides feedback for improvements or alerts for possible patient safety issues
  • Has a good knowledgeable of and follows policies and procedures. Serves as a role model, helps train new employees, provides feedback on progress. Observes legal limitations and follows departmental procedures

Position Qualifications

Education Requirements

High school diploma or general education degree (GED)

Experience Requirements

6 months pharmacy technician experience

Certification/License/Registry Requirements

Pharmacy Intern License: (AR) Candidate must possess at time of hire

Pharmacy Technician Registration: (AR) Candidate must possess at time of hire

Physical Requirements

Physical Activity - Stand

Physical Activity - Walk

Physical Activity - Sit

Physical Activity - Use hands to touch, handle, or feel

Physical Activity - Reach with hands and arms

Physical Activity - Climb or balance

Physical Activity - Stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, twist, or bend

Physical Activity - Talk or hear

Physical Environment - Inside Office Environment / conditions

Physical Environment - Toxic or caustic chemicals

Physical Environment - Work in a confined area

Lifting/Pushing/Pulling Weight - Up to 10 pounds

Lifting/Pushing/Pulling Weight - Up to 25 pounds

Lifting/Pushing/Pulling Weight - Up to 35 pounds

Lifting/Pushing/Pulling Weight - Up to 50 pounds (Manage safely with assistance of equipment or another person)

Lifting/Pushing/Pulling Weight - Up to 100 pounds (Manage safely with assistance of equipment or another person) * This position may require a fitness for duty evaluation

Lifting/Pushing/Pulling Weight - More than 100 pounds (Manage safely with assistance of equipment or another person) * This position may require a fitness for duty evaluation

Noise Level - In general, the noise level for this position is considered to be:

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