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Providence Pharmacy Technician I *Per-Diem* in Olympia, Washington


Providence is calling a Pharmacy Technician I (Per-Diem/On-Call, Variable) to work in the Pharmacy at Providence Centralia Hospital in Centralia, WA

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The Pharmacy Technician I will perform duties relating to the filling and dispensing of unit dose, IV and chemotherapeutic medications from the pharmacy to the nursing units and other ancillary departments in a prompt, safe and accurate manner. Performs all duties in a manner that promotes teamwork and reflects the Sisters of Providence Mission and Philosophy.

In this position you will:

  • Accurately fills medication stock requisitions for departments and clinics

  • Repackage liquids, injectables and oral medications using proper labeling procedure and following legal requirements

  • Fill and prepares medications and IV solutions accurately

  • Deliver medications in a timely manner and to the proper nursing area as established by urgent priority and/or workflow schedule

  • Consistently uses aseptic technique when compounding IV solutions

  • Demonstrate competency in IV admixture and provides supportive documentation

  • Fill outpatient medication orders legally and accurately when called upon

  • Accurately documents controlled drug transactions including obtaining appropriate initials/signatures as needed

  • Provide for a clean IV room work area by cleaning all work surfaces and equipment regularly

  • Report to work as scheduled and on time per system policy; Time away from work is approved and taken in accordance with established system policies

  • Follow all related policies and utilizes Kronos timekeeping system correctly

  • Maintain confidentiality of all information related to patients, medical staff, employees, and as appropriate, other information

  • Access patient information only when authorized or in the course of patient care

  • Does not share patient information with others except as required to provide patient care

  • Demonstrate knowledge of hospital confidentiality policies, applying knowledge in day to day practice

  • Consistently demonstrate and incorporates principles of safety and infection control in daily activities as outlined in Environment of Care, Infection Control, and Exposure Control manuals. Maintains knowledge of work-appropriate aspects of environment of care program

  • Use protective equipment and takes appropriate precautions whenever there is potential for contact with blood, body fluids and/or chemicals

  • Attend Environment of Care Skills training and participates in fire and disaster drills

  • Participate in Department Process Improvement projects and efforts

  • Positively represent the pharmacy department in interactions with other departments and staff members throughout the hospital

  • Participate in departmental QA/QI activities through data collection and evaluation, participates in problem solving activities and reports required data to the Pharmacy Manager or designee

  • Contribute to maintaining effective communications by properly screening and referring phone calls, referring all drug information requests to the pharmacist and by treating all callers with respect and courtesy

  • Use calm and clear communication always

  • Identify themselves to callers as a technician

  • Properly triages incoming calls

  • Identify role and responsibility in complying with facility and unit specific safety and security policies, plans and procedures

  • Identify potential or actual unsafe situations in patient or office environment, providing appropriate interventions to rectify situation

  • Address safety needs as part of the Pharmacy Technician Level A role, communicating as appropriate, with all members of the healthcare team


  • Be responsible for the accuracy and timeliness of medication distribution functions to patient care areas

  • Accurately deliver medications to correct locations

  • Place refrigerated medications in refrigerator

  • Rotate medications so medications expiring earliest are used first

  • Record expiration dates and medication quantities correctly in the ADM

  • Inform nursing staff of special situations and delivery of stat medications

  • Return expired or discontinued medications to the pharmacy for proper disposal

  • Fill and deliver stock outs

  • Coordinate with responsible pharmacist to assure continuous infusion medication having active orders are sufficiently supplied

  • Be responsible for inventory control and drug stock management for specified area

  • Monitor product outdates and removes outdated products from the pharmacy shelves and unit medication rooms

  • Stock IV room with appropriate supplies and solutions

  • Correctly places items in their proper locations


  • Be responsible for completing training and staff development materials within assigned time limit

  • Learn from corrective education opportunities

  • Read and follow department and hospital policies

  • Complete health stream lessons

  • Complete Pharmacy Learning Activities

  • Complete required competency checklists

  • Correct errors made in preparation or distribution of medications


  • Maintain National Pharmacy Technician Certification

  • Pass a Washington State Board of Pharmacy approved national standardized certification examination for pharmacy technicians

  • Maintain National Pharmacy Technician Certification by completing continuing educations requirements


  • Be responsible for providing staff performance feedback to pharmacy leadership for annual evaluation

  • Complete customer service feedback form on staff working in area

  • Provide continuous feedback on staff’s performance, both positive and growth opportunities, for “just in time” training/re-training of staff

  • Be responsible for professional interaction/communication to other health care /allied health providers, promoting positive relations with pharmacy department

  • Demonstrate effective communication style

  • Demonstrate respectful communication style

  • Act as a liaison for pharmacy

  • Be responsible to be aware of drug supply issues especially as they pertain to (selection and quantity) to meet patient needs on a day by day basis

  • Communicate drug supply issues to pharmacist

  • Identify and communicate shortages timely

  • Assist with implementation of any alternative strategy plan


Required qualifications for this position includes:

  • Successful completion of a Pharmacy Technician Level A training program certified by the Washington State Board of Pharmacy -OR- equivalent education/experience

  • Active WA Pharmacy Technician license from the Washington State Department of Health (PHTECHL)

  • Current Pharmacy Technician National Certification from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) with in 90 days of hire

  • Experience with telephone call prioritization

  • Experience with stressful/urgent need situations

  • Three (3) months of Practical experience in a hospital pharmacy under the direct supervision of pharmacist

  • Experienced in IV admixture/aseptic techniques

Preferred qualifications for this position includes:

  • One (1) year of Hospital pharmacy experience

About the hospital you will serve:

Providence Centralia Hospital in Centralia, Washington is a 127-bed, not-for-profit hospital providing emergency, diagnostic, cancer, birthing and surgical services. It consistently receives high scores on accreditation surveys by the Joint Commission, the Washington Department of Health (DOH) and the Washington Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS).

We offer a full comprehensive range of benefits — see our website for details —

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Our Mission

As expressions of God’s healing love, witnessed through the ministry of Jesus, we are steadfast in serving all, especially those who are poor and vulnerable.

About Us

Providence is a comprehensive not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health care and services continuing a more than 100-year tradition of serving the poor and vulnerable. Providence is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Providence does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, sexual identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.

Schedule: On Call

Shift: Variable

Job Category: Pharmacy Technician

Location: Washington-Olympia

Req ID: 347475