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Providence Health & Services Pharmacy Technician - SJH *Up to $10,000 Hiring Bonus, Variable Shift* in Chewelah, Washington


$10,000 Hiring Bonus for eligible external candidates who meet all conditions for payment – this is in addition to the fantastic benefits and compensation package offered by Providence that begin on your first day of employment.

Providence is calling a Pharmacy Technician (Pharmacy, Variable Shift, 0.9 FTE) to Providence St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chewelah, Washington. We are a community of caregivers delivering every day on our Mission to provide compassionate care that is accessible for all – especially those who are poor and vulnerable.

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In this position you will have the following responsibilities:

  • Manage the drug inventory:

  • Operate a defined drug re-ordering system (characterized by MIN/MAX levels) for the ordering of medications to assure adequate inventory is on-hand at all times.

  • Adjust drug inventory levels based on changes in usage, available storage space and/or contracts.

  • Monitor the pharmacy computer product database with current/accurate NDC#, AWP and other required fields.

  • Handle drug recalls per procedure, document actions taken and retain documentation in a drug recall notice file.

  • Conduct/arrange for an annual inventory to be performed each December 31 including preparing final inventory documentation reports.

  • Conduct and maintain a controlled substance inventory and related documentation annually. Separate CII medication documentation from CIII-V.

  • Organize and coordinate collection of expired medications. Process expired medications using a reverse distributor.

  • Frequently review wholesaler drug backorder and other drug backorder alerts via the internet. Communicate backorder status regularly to pharmacy management.

  • Purchase and receive medications:

  • Maintain a working relationship with the designated wholesaler and other direct medication suppliers.

  • Minimize non-wholesaler drug purchases to situations where supply is only available direct, or when direct purchase prices offer cost savings.

  • Order accurately using the wholesaler supplied ordering system. Oversee all drug orders placed by pharmacy staff and establish control mechanisms to limit unnecessary orders for drugs placed by pharmacy staff.

  • Reconcile all order paperwork for CII controlled substances using DEA 222 forms and follow all applicable laws and regulations.

  • Establish a system to identify items being “shorted” and notify pharmacy manager when appropriate.

  • Review GPO contracts and purchase drug products based on designated contracts. As contracts change, change drug items purchased to the contract item.

  • Manage a system for ordering, receipt and stocking of non-formulary items and emergency orders.

  • Maintain a borrow/loan system for drugs with local pharmacies.

  • Receive drugs by matching the drug and packing slip against the purchase order. Approve invoices for payment and send paperwork promptly to accounting.

  • Troubleshooting Pyxis problems:

  • Routine trouble shooting; orders not coming across to console correctly, drawer failures, drawer/cubie jam, fail counts, etc.

  • Funnels appropriate in-house concerns to Pharmacy Operations Supervisor or other member of Pharmacy Management.

  • Funnels technical concerns to the Pyxis Application Specialist, or Pyxis Applications Engineer.

  • Is usually the primary contact with Pyxis Customer Support.

  • Pyxis Inventory Management:

  • Periodic review of MedStation contents for usage and proper inventory management.

  • Evaluate drawer configurations for efficiency and proper stock management.

  • Managing standard stock inventories, ensuring that all medications on the approved override list are included in the appropriate machines in standard stock.

  • Review “Stock Out Bulletins” and review par levels to avoid future stock outs.

  • Monitoring medication expiration dates on a monthly basis as a minimum.

  • Review reports and perform weekly and monthly audits:

  • Ensure Pyxis printer has enough paper to print all batch reports.

  • Review reports including but not limited to: Refill, Stock Out, All Station Events, Charges and Credits, Loading and Unloading, Discrepancies.

  • Monitor performance of Bi-weekly narcotic inventory audit.

  • Additional audits or reports as designated.

  • Pyxis and controlled substance report management and retrieval:

  • Keep files neat and organized.

  • Maintain files in an easily retrievable system.

  • May assist in retrieving information during regulatory inspections or surveys.

  • Handle narcotic and non-narcotic discrepancies:

  • Initial person involved in investigating unresolved discrepancies.

  • Communicates effectively with nursing staff and leadership to aid in resolving issues.

  • Passes on issues that are out of scope of practice to the Pharmacist.

  • Educating staff members on the Pyxis System:

  • Training new pharmacy staff and other new Pyxis users for use of the MedStations.

  • Aid in training nursing staff when needed.

  • Provides care appropriate to the patient specific population:

  • Responds appropriately according to age related considerations and needs.

  • Incorporates knowledge of age related considerations into pharmacy technician and buyer activities.

  • Meet Behavior Standards and is team oriented:

  • Participates in staff meeting discussions.

  • Follows system standards of behavior.

  • Avoids loud language and distasteful remarks to peers.

  • Actively listens and shows concern.

  • Communication is regular, polite and informative.

  • Participates in Department Process Improvement projects and efforts. Positively represents the pharmacy department in interactions with other departments and staff members throughout the hospital:

  • Participates 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.

  • Attends continuing education events during the appraisal year, either in-house or an outside offering.

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

  • Accesses 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.

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

  • Consistently demonstrates 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:

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

  • Attends Environment of Care Skills Fair and participates in fire and disaster drills.

  • Contributes 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:

  • Uses calm and clear communication always.

  • Identifies themselves to callers as a technician.

  • Properly triages incoming calls.

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

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

  • Addresses safety needs as part of the Pharmacy Technician role, communicating as appropriate, with all members of the healthcare team.


Required qualifications for this position include:

  • Coursework/Training: Successful completion of a two year Pharmacy Technician program certified by the Washington State Board of Pharmacy -or- equivalent education/experience

  • 1 year practical experience in a hospital pharmacy, under the direction of a pharmacist, with ordering medications, handling medications and IV solutions and related tasks were performed

  • Experience troubleshooting automated medication dispensing machines, preferably Pyxis Systems, Pyxis Cubies, Pyxis Matrix drawers, Pyxis Carrousel drawers and Pyxis MedStations, Smart Remote Managers, etc.

  • Strong customer service experience

  • Successfully passing the PTCB examination offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB)

  • For Interns, WA State Pharmacy Intern License is required

  • Current Washington State Board of Pharmacy Technician registration and licensure

  • Current BLS certification or actively be in process of enrollment and certification

Preferred qualifications for this position include:

  • Coursework/Training in medical terminology and/or network applications

  • 1 year practical experience working with Pyxis products

  • Experience with purchasing and inventory control

About the hospital you will serve.

Providence St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chewelah, Washington, offers full-service acute care, skilled health care professionals and the latest in medical technology to the residents of Stevens County.

We offer comprehensive, best-in-class benefits to our caregivers. For more information, visit

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: Full-time

Shift: Variable

Job Category: Pharmacy Technician

Location: Washington-Chewelah

Req ID: 323891