Req ID: 164840
Company: Nova Scotia Health
Location: Eastern Zone, Cape Breton Regional Hospital
Department: PHAR Pharmacy Procure & Distribution CBR
Type of Employment: Permanent Hourly FT (100% FTE) x 1 position(s)
Status: UNIFOR Healthcare Position
Posting Closing Date: 22-Sep-23
Nova Scotia Health is the largest provider of health services in Nova Scotia, with some specialized services also offered to clients throughout Atlantic Canada. We’re on a mission to achieve excellence in health, healing and learning through working together, which is reflected in the hospitals, health centres and community-based programs we operate across the province. Our passionate team of professionals provides a variety of high-quality inpatient and outpatient services including academic, tertiary, and quaternary care, as well as continuing care, primary health care, public health, and mental health and addictions. Join a diverse team of innovators, collaborators and creative thinkers today.
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Reporting to the Pharmacy Operations Manager, the Registered Pharmacy Technician will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the hospital’s automated pharmacy dispensing systems, including those internal to pharmacy and those used on nursing units and in service areas. The RPhT monitors proper functionality and use of the system, oversees user access control, provides user support, coordinates maintenance activities and troubleshooting, and may perform minor maintenance when required. The RPhT responsible for automation coordinates the installation of new components and supports/facilitates upgrades and expansion of the system. The RPhT will also advise management on system needs and requirements for resource support.
Assists pharmacists, PPAs, nursing and other staff in the safe, effective, and efficient operation of the automated medication distribution process, including, but not limited to, Automated Dispensing Cabinets, Controlled Substance Vaults, Carousels, Automated Tablet Packagers, and the physician order scanning system.
Coordinates setup, new builds, installations, and expansions (hardware and software).
Performs physical inspections, troubleshooting, of equipment and coordinates any necessary repairs or upgrades.
Regularly reviews inventory of units with drug utilization review and inventory optimization and manages inventory of units, including regular review and adjustment of PAR levels.
Manages the user database, including addition and removal of user accounts.
Establishes, reviews, and oversees distribution of required reports, i.e., med override reports, cycle count and discrepancy reports.
Coordinates audits, including those related to med safety standards.
Develops the training program for Pharmacy staff, both for new staff and re-certification of current staff.
Collaborates with partners to support the development of the required training for those disciplines, i.e., nursing, anesthesia. May participate in delivery.
Develops and reviews Standard Operating Procedures for automation activities as required.
Participation as a member of the multi-disciplinary team/committees to address system issues, develop and review relevant policy and procedure, and contribute to planning and implementation of system components
We would love to hear from you if you have the following:
- Graduate of an accredited Pharmacy Technician Program
- Licensure and registration in Nova Scotia as a Pharmacy Technician (NSCP) required
If there are no candidates who meet the above qualification, candidates actively pursuing Pharmacy Technician licensure within the Province of Nova scotia will be considered
If there are no candidates who meet the above qualification, Pharmacy Practice Assistants may be considered
- Drug administration by injection technical permit (Pharmacy Technician) an asset
- Experience as a pharmacy technician/pharmacy practice assistant, preferably in a hospital, an asset
- Knowledge of sterile technique and special precautions used with chemotherapy are an asset
- Experience in unit dose drug distribution systems, automation technology, decentralized medication dispensing cabinets, an asset
- Knowledge of medical terminology, inventory control and record keeping
- Demonstrated good decision making and problem solving skills
- Demonstrated ability to perform mathematical calculations related to medications
- Knowledge of the law and regulations pertaining to the receipt, storage and distribution of prescription and narcotic drugs
- Basic typing skills or computer/keyboard experience; skills in Microsoft Office Suite, Excel, etc.
- Effective communication and interpersonal skills
- Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred
Please ensure your resume is up to date and includes all relevant education, experience, training, and certifications.
- Permanent / 100% FTE / 75 Hours Bi-weekly
Registered Technician: $24.84 - $27.56 Hourly
(Pharmacy Practice Assistants: $23.07 - $26.14)
Successful candidates may be eligible for our benefits package which includes health, dental, travel, long-term disability, and life insurance coverage as well as a defined benefit pension plan.
$$ - Registered technicians may be eligible for a signing/relocation bonus if they are successful.
Once You've Applied
Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.
This is a Healthcare bargaining unit position. Preference is given to bargaining unit employees for unionized positions. Employees are encouraged to view their seniority hours and dates in their SuccessFactors online profile. Successful applicants changing unions, bargaining units or employment status, are advised to seek clarification regarding their seniority, benefits, and vacation entitlement and/or usage, prior to accepting the position.
Preferred candidates must be able to demonstrate proof of primary series of COVID -19 vaccine at time of hire.
Nova Scotia Health is committed to being a workforce that is free of discrimination, values diversity and is representative, at all job levels, of the people we serve. We encourage all qualified applicants who self-identify as Indigenous, Black/African Nova Scotian, Persons of Colour, Foreign Nationals/Newcomers, Persons with Disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ to apply and self-identify.