The Pharmacy Technician Medication Reconciliation (Med Rec) functions at the highest level of clinical practice as a low-level practitioner working with a clinical pharmacist. The Med Rec technician works collaboratively as a member on an interdisciplinary inpatient team in active pharmacotherapy management for medication optimization for inpatients and patients transitioning to inpatient and assist in the educational mission of the Pharmacy Service. Major duties include but are not limited to: Contacts nursing homes for complete medication administration records. Contacts non-VA pharmacy for outside fill records. Updates non-VA medications to reflect patient over the counter and herbal medications. Attends code strokes as assigned. Prepares medications during codes at bedside for immediate administration per protocol. Completes all documentation in a professional and concise manner to accurately reflect care plans allowing for safe and efficient care throughout the care continuum. Contributes pharmaceutical guidance with development and review of evidence-based treatment protocols, criteria for use and new medication requests. Develops an efficient and thorough approach to retrieving, analyzing and providing timely oral and written professional responses to the health care team. Seeks out and recognizes best practices, understands how and applies these concepts to makes effective decisions that facilitate change and produce positive outcomes. Carefully executes each step in the dispensing process according to law, regulatory standards, VHA policies and standard of care to ensure safe and appropriate medication therapy. Deliver inpatient medications or stock to automated dispensing cabinets when visiting that area for a patient interview. Deliver medication lists or home medications for stretcher patients when visiting that unit. Field and triage inpatient central pharmacy phone calls as necessary Responsible for keeping abreast of changes in the pharmacy department and maintains an appropriate knowledge of VHA, DEA, FDA, OIG, TJC and other pharmacy regulations, policies and procedures. Adheres to dispensing guidelines for hazardous medications and disposal guidelines for all medications. May be required to assist in the duties of lower graded technicians in the case of emergency staffing requirements. Work Schedule: Four 10 hour shifts per week (40 hours); days worked will be discussed during interview. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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