Vanderbilt University Medical Center Pharmacy Technician in Nashville, Tennessee


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The Department of Pharmaceutical Services provides comprehensive pharmaceutical care services to Vanderbilt University Hospital (VUH), Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt (Children's Hospital), Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital (VPH) and The Vanderbilt Medical Group (VMG).

This patient-centered service is provided through the Patient Care Center organization and clinic structure.

The role of the Pharmacy is to promote safe and effective medication therapy for all patients and to provide oversight and leadership of the medication use system.

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  1. JobCode: 8545

  2. JobStream Description: Support/Technical


Performs tasks within the pharmacy in direct support of the ongoing duties and responsibilities of a pharmacist with occasional guidance. Tasks performed contribute directly to the preparation and/or dispensing of a final dosage form for administration to a patient and are directly supervised by a pharmacist. Provides customer service by answering phone requests and triaging calls to the appropriate person if they cannot answer the requested information. Applies departmental processes regarding inventory control.


  • Assiststhe pharmacist in the preparation, dispensing and/or distribution ofmedications.

  • Appliesdepartmental processes regarding inventory control.

  • Performsactivities as directed by Pharmacists &/or Pharmacy Managers inaccordance with federal, state and local laws/regulations and hospitalpolicies.

  • Deliversoutstanding customer service to both internal and external customers.

  • Operatescomputer systems and utilizes technology.

  • Theresponsibilities listed are a general overview of the position andadditional duties may be assigned.


    PHARMACEUTICAL DRUG PREPARATION, DISPENSING & DISTRIBUTION (NOVICE): - Possesses sufficient fundamental proficiency to successfully review, prepare, dispense and distribute prescribed medications. Where applicable, this includes being proficient in the general principles and techniques of asepsis utilized to compound sterile preparations (CSPs) to minimize the risk of contamination.

    DRUG INVENTORY & RECORDS MANAGEMENT (NOVICE): - Possesses fundamental proficiency working with drug inventory and records management. Demonstrates ability to maintain appropriate inventory levels of medications. Able to collect, organize and/or maintain evaluations of pharmacy or patient related information.

    PHARMACEUTICAL QUALITY ASSURANCE & COMPLIANCE (NOVICE): - Demonstrates working knowledge of the appropriate rules and regulations as they apply to the department and work areas. Maintains current understanding of rules and regulations and facilitates processes that support the application of various rules and regulations. Demonstrates knowledge of process improvement, quality assurance and/or programs. Understands the principles upon which the rules and regulations are based. Demonstrates a commitment to continuous quality improvement and supports compliance with a federal, state and local regulations as well as organizational policies and procedures.

    PHARMACEUTICAL COMPUTER LITERACY (FUNDAMENTAL AWARENESS): - Has demonstrated a basic understanding of computers or has successfully completed training for applications that are used to support medication use processes.


  • OrganizationalImpact: Performs tasks that are typically routine that may impact team'sperformance with occasional guidance.

  • ProblemSolving/ Complexity of work: Utilizes some discretion and research tosolve routine problems.

  • Breadthof Knowledge: Applies knowledge of standards, established processes andprocedure that apply to your own job.

  • TeamInteraction: Provides guidance to entry level co-workers.



  • DevelopsSelf and Others: Continuously improves own skills by identifyingdevelopment opportunities.

  • Buildsand Maintains Relationships : Seeks to understand colleagues priorities,working styles and develops relationships across areas.

  • CommunicatesEffectively: Openly shares information with others and communicates in aclear and courteous manner.


  • ServesOthers with Compassion: Invests time to understand the problems, needs ofothers and how to provide excellent service.

  • SolvesComplex Problems: Seeks to understand issues, solves routine problems, andraises proper concerns tosupervisors in a timely manner.

  • OffersMeaningful Advice and Support: Listens carefully to understand the issuesand provides accurate information and support.


  • PerformsExcellent Work: Checks work quality before delivery and asks relevantquestions to meet quality standards.

  • EnsuresContinuous Improvement: Shows eagerness to learn new knowledge,technologies, tools or systems and displays willingness to go above andbeyond.

  • FulfillsSafety and Regulatory Requirements: Demonstrates basic knowledge of conditionsthat affect safety and reports unsafe conditions to the appropriate personor department.


  • DemonstratesAccountability: Takes responsibility for completing assigned activitiesand thinks beyond standard approaches to provide high-qualitywork/service.

  • StewardsOrganizational Resources: Displays understanding of how personal actionswill impact departmental resources.

  • MakesData Driven Decisions: Uses accurate information and good decision makingto consistently achieve results on time and without error.


  • GeneratesNew Ideas: Willingly proposes/accepts ideas or initiatives that willimpact day-to-day operations by offering suggestions to enhance them.

  • AppliesTechnology: Absorbs new technology quickly; understands when to utilizethe appropriate tools and procedures to ensure proper course of action.

  • Adaptsto Change: Embraces change by keeping an open mind to changing plans andincorporates change instructions into own area of work.

VUMC Benefits:

  • Pharmacy techniciancareer ladder

  • Reimbursement forpharmacy technician renewalcertification and TN licensure

  • Healthcare, Dentaland Vision Plan

  • 403(B)-RetirementPlan

  • TuitionReimbursements

  • Flex PTO

  • Flexible SpendingAccounts

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High School Diploma or GED (or equivalent experience) and < 1 year Graduation from ASHP accredited technician training program, or six months prior experience.

Licensure, Certification, and/or Registration (LCR):

  • Registered Pharmacy Technician Required

Additional Qualification Information:

  • Tennessee Board of Pharmacy Technician Registration. PTCB/CPT National Pharmacy Technician Certification. Per Pharmacy Department policy, all new hires are subject to pre-employment drug screening (post offer), as well as for cause and random drug screening during their tenure with Vanderbilt.

Physical Requirements/Strengths needed & Physical Demands:

  • Medium Work category requiring exertion up to 50lbs of force occasionally and/or up to 20 of force frequently and/or up to 10 of force continually to move objects.


  • Occasional: Sitting: Remaining in seated position

  • Frequent: Standing: Remaining on one's feet without moving.

  • Frequent: Walking: Moving about on foot.

  • Frequent: Lifting under 35 lbs: Raising and lowering objects under 35 lbs from one level to another

  • Frequent: Lifting over 35 lbs: Raising and lowering objects from one level to another, includes upward pulling over 35 lbs, with help of coworkers or assistive device

  • Frequent: Carrying under 35 lbs: Transporting an object holding in hands, arms or shoulders, with help of coworkers or assistive device.

  • Frequent: Push/Pull: Exerting force to move objects away from or toward.

  • Frequent: Bending/Stooping: Trunk bending downward and forward by bending spine at waist requiring full use of lower extremities and back muscles

  • Frequent: Balancing: Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling when walking, standing, crouching or maneuvering self, patient and equipment simultaneously while working in large and small spaces

  • Frequent: Climbing: Ascending or descending stairs/ramps using feet and legs and/or hands and arms.

  • Frequent: Kneeling:Bending legs at knees to come to rest on knee or knees.

  • Frequent: Crouching/Squatting: Bending body downward and forward by bending legs and spine.Reaching above shoulders: Extending arms in any direction above shoulders.

  • Frequent: Reaching above shoulders: Extending arms in any direction above shoulders.

  • Frequent: Reaching below shoulders: Extending arms in any direction below shoulders.

  • Frequent: Handling: Seizing, holding, grasping, turning or otherwise working with hand or hands.

  • Frequent: Fingering: Picking, pinching, gripping, working primarily with fingers requiring fine manipulation.

  • Frequent: Bimanual Dexterity: Requiring the use of both hands.


  • Continuous: Communication: Expressing or exchanging written/verbal/electronic information.

  • Continuous: Auditory: Perceiving the variances of sounds, tones and pitches and able to focus on single source of auditory information

  • Continuous: Vision: Clarity of near vision at 20 inches or less and far vision at 20 feet or more with depth perception, peripheral vision, color vision.

  • Continuous: Smell: Ability to detect and identify odors.

Environmental Conditions

  • Occasional: Pathogens: Risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens and other contagious illnesses.

  • Frequent: Chemicals and Gasses: Medications, cleaning chemicals, oxygen, other medical gases used in work area.

Job Pharmacy

Organization: Outpt Retail Pharm 201423

Title: Pharmacy Technician

Location: TN-Nashville-Vanderbilt Hospital (VUH)

Requisition ID: 1802335