Under the direct supervision of Oncology Nursing Staff or Prescriber, the Chemotherapy Technician’s primary responsibilities are mixing hazardous (chemotherapy) and other medications for oncology patients in an infusion clinic setting.
1. Prescriptions are promptly read and appropriate information entered into the computer system to generate accurate labels, profiles and charges (may be done by nursing staff.)
2. Prepares chemotherapy and related medications for oncology patients, including proper labeling and mixing of medications using specialized equipment in a sterile environment.
3. Complies with all institutional safety standards for patient and personal protection, including, but not limited to, use of PPE, knowledge of hazardous waste disposal and spills.
4. Consults with charge nurse or prescriber regarding any concerns, including but not limited to, dosing, drug interactions related to age, allergy, disease state, food or another medication.
5. Promptly and accurately delivers medications to patient care areas as needed.
6. Maintains a sanitary, safe and sterile (where required) working environment.
7. Ensures the prompt and accurate removal of recalled and outdated stock (monthly).
8. Monitors medication supplies and maintains an adequate inventory for all designated areas and notifies nurse manager of drug shortages.
9. Accurately and promptly processes drug wholesaler orders, direct purchase orders and pharmacy office supply orders. Includes verification of all line items received with corresponding order, purchase order and invoice records for wholesaler and internal requisitions.
10. Complies with institutional policies and procedures for maintaining confidentiality including, but not limited to electronic records and disposal of hard copies.
11. Performs other related duties, including special projects, as required or requested. Performs as a back-up to staff absences and vacancies, as necessary or feasible.
12. Performs all other duties as assigned.
1. Performs, as directed, safety compliance and uses Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), as needed.
2. Participates in Quality Assessment (QA) and Quality Improvement (QI) programs, as directed.
3. Ensures compliance with The Joint Commission and all other Federal, State and Regulatory Agencies.
4. Responds promptly and sincerely to customer’s needs, requests and concerns via all communication forms using easily understood language and refraining from using inappropriate language and non-verbal gestures.
5. Maintains positive working relationships as a team player through problem solving issues, speaking positively about others, listening attentively and observing the Patient Bill of Rights and Confidentiality.
6. Increases customer service knowledge, skill and ability by participating in department and institution-wide specific programs.
7. Incorporates National Jewish’s identity (Science Transforming Life®) into daily functions. Speaks positively about the institution, provides customers with prompt service, maintains a clean and safe working environment, dresses appropriately based upon National Jewish safety standards, and departmental policies and wears an ID badge visibly.
Knowledge and Skills
Must have knowledge of medical terminology and strong background in basic mathematics. Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills. Effective computer knowledge. Excellent command of the English language, both written and verbal.
High school diploma or equivalent required.
Certification and Licensure
Pharmacy Technician Certification required. Chemotherapy Technician Certification is highly preferred.
A minimum of two (2) years of recent pharmacy experience, required.
- or - Any equivalent combination of Education and/or Experience
Position is in a clinical environment. Frequent requirements may include: reading and comprehending medical literature, including basic interpretation of disease processes, medical charts, and instructions. Communication includes ability to chart basic information. Communication with interdisciplinary team as well as with differing ages and levels of maturity, understanding of patient and family, taking and recording telephone messages. Manual dexterity, manipulating equipment such as automated dispensing machines and IV hoods. May have the need to assist a patient by moving or lifting. Considerable physical demands, requiring lifting up to 25 pounds. Also may involve pushing wheelchairs, opening doors and cabinets and reaching for objects. Occasionally will need to crawl in order to retrieve a fallen object for a patient. Other requirements include: sitting while completing paperwork, kneeling, and squatting. Incumbent may be scheduled to work an alternate schedule to accommodate essential business needs routine travel by foot or automobile to alternate work/meeting locations, possibly during inclement weather.
Inside environmental conditions may include: The potential of coming into contact with blood borne pathogens and hazardous drugs (chemotherapy). Has frequent exposure to infectious diseases. Occasionally, may encounter radiation from portable radiology procedures. May come into contact with various fumes/odors. Also may encounter contaminated biological and hazardous waste from infectious patients. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be provided to each employee when needed as determined by policy. Utilization of PPE is mandatory.