Pharmacy Practice Assistant, Pharmacy

IWK Health Centre - Halifax, NS (30+ days ago)

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Department/Program: Pharmacy, Pharmacy
Type of Employment: Permanent Hourly FT (100% FTE) x 1 position(s)
Req ID: 70343
Union Status: Healthcare Bargaining Unit
Compensation: $21.6344 - $25.3657/hour
Posting Date: May 20, 2020
Closing Date: June 3, 2020
Start Date: ASAP

The IWK Health Centre is an internationally recognized and respected academic health sciences centre located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, providing tertiary and primary care for two million women, children, youth and families across the Atlantic region. The IWK is committed to a workplace where our staff, physicians, learners and volunteers reflect the patients, families and communities that we serve. We seek and encourage applicants who reflect our broad diversity, and we are committed to reducing barriers to employment and career growth.

Position Summary

Reporting directly to the Pharmacy Operations Manager, and with professional accountability to the Pharmacy Practice Leader, the Pharmacy Practice Assistant will provide technical support in the handling and distribution of medications including the dispensing of inpatient and outpatient prescriptions, medication order entry, ward stock maintenance including automated dispensing cabinets, manufacturing of sterile and non-sterile pharmaceuticals, including TPN, chemotherapy, hazardous drugs, unit dose packaging, on-call services, materials management activities, reporting of statistics and costs, quality assurance, meeting with patients and gather medication related information to create best possible medication history, assisting Pharmacists in the implementation and monitoring of the patient medication care plan. Providing instruction to patients on medication related tools and devices. Precepting Pharmacy Technician students and provide orientation to Pharmacy students.

Hours of Work

75 hours bi-weekly; days, evenings, weekends, holidays, and on call on rotation.

Graduate of a recognized Pharmacy technician/technology program required (accredited program preferred).Candidates with commensurate experience and education will be considered.
Licensure or eligible with Nova Scotia College of Pharmacists as a Pharmacy Technician is an asset.
Two years as a hospital pharmacy technician/pharmacy practice assistant experience, an asset.
Current successful completion of a Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Basic Life Support Level (BLS) Program within the last 12 months, or successful completion of a BLS Renewal Challenge Certificate, required.
Demonstrated ability to perform mathematical calculations related to medications.
Knowledge of the law and regulations pertaining to the receipt, storage and distribution of medications, including Controlled Substances.
Knowledge of medical terminology, inventory control and record keeping
Basic typing skills or computer/keyboard experience; skills in Microsoft Office Suite, Zoom, Skype, Webex
Experience in unit dose drug distribution systems, automation technology, decentralized medication dispensing cabinets, an asset.
Meditech experience, an asset.
Knowledge of sterile technique and special precautions used with hazardous drugs an asset.
Knowledge of USP Chapter <797> Standards, NAPRA Standards, Accreditation Standards and CSHP Compounding Guidelines for Pharmacies are assets.
Competencies identified by the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) 2014:
Ethical, Legal and Professional Responsibilities
Patient Care
Product Distribution
Practice Setting
Health Promotion
Knowledge and Research Application
Communication and Education
Intra and Inter-Professional Collaboration
Quality and Safety

Competencies identified Horizon Health Network:
Attention to Detail
Planning and Prioritizing Work
Interpersonal Skills
Teamwork and Collaboration
Competencies in other languages are an asset; French preferred.

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