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Providence Health & Services Pharmacy Technician in Santa Monica, California


Providence is calling a Pharmacy Technician for Per Diem Variable Shift to Providence Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, CA.

We are seeking a Pharmacy Technician who will perform technical functions related to the drug distribution system under the supervision of a pharmacist.

In this position you will:

  • Customer service and teamwork responsibilities:

  • Accountability:

  • Take initiative to help others

  • Follow through on commitments

  • Own problems to assist customers

  • Communication/Professionalism:

  • Share information effectively with patients and co-workers

  • Listen well

  • Good verbal communications skills; communicates without appearing rushed

  • Interpersonal Abilities:

  • Resolve conflicts in an effective manner

  • Coordinate work with others

  • Delegate work appropriately to other team members when needed

  • Demonstrate respect for co-workers from all disciplines

  • Cooperate with other departments

  • Establish good rapport with medical staff

  • Compassion:

  • Tune into patient needs

  • Act in caring manner

  • Demonstrate patience in dealing with customer

  • Problem solving:

  • Use organizational knowledge and common sense

  • Be willing to learn

  • Consider others’ viewpoints in resolving issue

  • Schedule:

  • Maintain a flexible-staffing schedule, and is available to work a variety of rotating shifts

  • Position Specific Expectations:

  • Complete initial competency assessment requirements, including age specific competencies for all patients to whom pharmaceutical care is provided; successfully completes annual competency assessment exams

  • Prioritize work effectively

  • Contribute to quality improvement activities and helps implement change

  • Answer the telephone when needed (everyone's job)

  • Attend and participate in team meetings

  • Fill patient cassettes

  • Assist in the drug distribution process utilizing current automation equipment

  • Use appropriate and courteous phone etiquette

  • Perform other basic drug distributive functions as needed

  • Use of technology/computers:

  • Generate required reports

  • Utilize unit-dosing machine, fax machine, photocopier; familiar with basic maintenance of laminar flow hoods

  • Possess knowledge of USP 797 guidelines

  • Quality of work:

  • Perform job functions with minimum errors: filling medication orders, filling automated dispensing machines

  • Document on required forms

  • Leave workstation tidy and restocked

  • Productivity:

  • Complete tasks in timely manner

  • Perform required tasks in appropriate time frame

  • Be aware of workload and prioritizes effectively

  • Take initiative during slow times to assist others ex: prepare emergency trays, put away returns, check outdates, restock shelves, unit dosing, and any other department related activity

  • Resource Utilization:

  • Use resources effectively Examples: Recycles IV piggybacks, checks for discontinued medications prior to sending

  • Properly manage supplies; re-stocks and reorders medications when needed

  • Maintain appropriate par levels

  • Remove outdated medications

  • Development:

  • Perform/participate in team CQI activities/goal attainment

  • Participate in team administrative functions as directed (scheduling, ordering, minutes, QA reviews, etc.)

  • Prepare Intravenous solutions (Large volume IVs, IVPBs, TPNs adult and pediatric/neonatal)

  • Perform job functions with minimum errors: compounding IV medication orders and admixtures, including Neonatal starter TPNs, anti-infectives.

  • Follow sterile technique when compounding IV admixtures


Required qualifications:

  • Current California Pharmacy technician license

  • Ability to work cooperatively with many people

  • Ability to prioritize, organize, and coordinate work with others

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously

  • Ability to apply sound judgment

  • Ability to work independently but under the supervision of a pharmacist

  • Successful passing of a calculations test (80%).

  • Successful passing of an annual Sterile Compounding Competency

  • For Interns:

  • Full-time enrollment as a student in a school of pharmacy

  • Current California Intern Pharmacist license

  • CPR/BLS certification

Preferred qualifications:

  • Pharmacy Technician program degree

  • 1 year experience as a hospital pharmacy technician, or Completion of a technician training program, or Experience in a hospital pharmacy, with a demonstrated ability to learn technical skills

  • Proficient in mathematical skills

About the ministry you will serve:

Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California, is part of Providence Health & Services, an integrated, not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, medical clinics, home health services, affiliated services and educational facilities in the western United States. Founded in 1942, Providence Saint John’s Health Center enjoys a reputation for clinical excellence across many disciplines.

The 266-bed health center has a medical staff of more than 900 physicians, 1,800 employees and a host of volunteers who share a commitment to providing quality care for all.

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

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 Health & Services is a not-for-profit Catholic network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health care and services guided by a Mission of caring the Sisters of Providence began over 160 years ago. 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: California-Santa Monica

Req ID: 252348