Technician I, Nuclear Pharmacy
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Business Segment: Pharmaceutical Segment
Business Unit: Nuclear Pharmacy Services
Cardinal Health's pharmaceutical segment operates the world's largest network of nuclear pharmacies and is expanding its positron emission tomography (PET) agent manufacturing capabilities. For over a quarter of a century, the Nuclear Pharmacy Services business of Cardinal Health has set the standard for the radiopharmaceutical industry. This business is responsible for manufacturing, dispensing and delivering products that aid in the early diagnosis and treatment of disease. Nuclear Pharmacy Services, whose network of over 150 pharmacies fills 65% of radiopharmaceutical unit doses nationwide, has consistently demonstrated leadership through innovation and a commitment to excellence. Because of this commitment, our customers and their patients benefit from the latest, safest, most efficient methods of dispensing radiopharmaceuticals.
Job Family Summary
What Nuclear Pharmacy contributes to Cardinal Health
Nuclear Pharmacy is responsible for providing radiopharmaceuticals and other drugs to medical care providers under highly regulated State and Federal guidelines; may also consult with or advise physicians and nuclear medicine technologists on the safe and efficacious use of radioactive drugs for diagnosis and therapy
Job Family Descriptors
What is expected of you for success in your role
Demonstrates basic knowledge of radiopharmaceutical compounding and dispensing procedures
Follows basic radiation safety principles as outlined in the corporate radiation safety manual
Follows established guidelines for the dispensing of routine prescription orders, under the direct supervision of a registered pharmacist
Follows established guidelines for delivery routing
Assists in non-dispensing activities
Follows established guidelines for the operation of survey meters, dose calibrators and wipe test analyzers, under direct supervision
What is expected of you and others at this level in Pharmacy Operations for functional success
Works to understand complex functional situations by paying attention to the details of the tasks at hand and by breaking them down into smaller pieces
Proactively develops and maintains broad knowledge of the technical disciplines in own functional area(s); applies broad knowledge of trends and best practices in a manner that ensures exceptional performance and results.
Ensures that customers have a positive experience; commits to meet or exceed customer expectations.
Jointly develops practical implementation plans that consider cultural sensitivities with other accountable parties.
Measures and evaluates the effectiveness of protocols, programs or deliverables; compares measurement results to standards and takes immediate action to close gaps identified.
Accountabilities in this role
Under the immediate direction of a qualified licensed Staff Pharmacist, you will be trained to draw, dispense, and package radiopharmaceuticals in accordance with the regulations of the State Board of Pharmacy.
Many of your duties will include
After completing a 90 day probationary period for evaluation, you will be enrolled in our Nuclear Pharmacy Technician (NPT) training program. This will entail completing 10 self-study modules, under the supervision of a pharmacist that will cover such topics as radiopharmaceutical drugs, health physics, radiation safety, decay calculations, and Department of Transportation (DOT) labeling. Upon completion, you will then be enrolled in the next available NPT training class conducted on site at our corporate headquarters in Dublin (Columbus), OH. This weeklong class will cover in greater detail all the material that was previously studied through the self study modules. With successful completion of the class and an exam at the end of the week, you will have earned your certification as a Nuclear Pharmacy Technician.
- Prepare prescriptions by typing labels and obtaining Staff Pharmacist approval
- Draw doses into either a syringe or vial
- Perform quality assurance tests on instruments and radiopharmaceuticals in accordance with Federal, State, company and manufacturer’s guidelines
- Receive, document, and store incoming and outgoing pharmaceuticals according to the Department of Transportation and company guidelines
- Maintain computer inventory and records to ensure proper utilization of materials and accounting for Rx drugs
- Assist and/or perform in the labeling of blood cell products
- Perform general laboratory and facility clean up
- May perform clerical and administrative services including maintenance of daily records, preparation of receipts, report preparation, and maintenance of billing records
- Make deliveries to accounts with company vehicles as needed
Hours are typically 4:00 am - 12:30 pm Monday through Friday. May include weekends, holidays and on call responsibilities. Candidate must be flexible to work various shifts and days based on business need.
High school diploma or equivalent strongly preferred
Must currently hold a Florida State Pharmacy Technician license/registration or a National Pharmacy Technician certificate
Strong verbal and written communication skills required
Strong customer service skills required
Valid driver's license and good driving record required
Ability to lift 75 lbs required
Flexibility to work various shifts as required
Comfortable working in a nuclear environment required
Comfortable with repetitive tasks required
Intermediate computer skills required
Ability to work weekends or be in a weekend rotation required
Ability to work on call or be in an on call rotation required
Ability to work holidays or be in a holiday rotation required
Past IV experience preferred
Past experience drawing doses into a syringe or vial a plus
Cardinal Health - 9 months ago
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