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Req #: 183730
Job Location: UW Medical Center - Northwest
Job Location Detail: UW Medical Center- NORTHWEST CAMPUS PHARMACY 
Posting Date: 01/06/2021 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: $21.55-$31.56 Per Hour 
Union Position: Yes
Shift: Alternate Work Shift 

UW Medicine includes Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center - Montlake, UW Medical Center - Northwest, Valley Medical Center, UW Neighborhood Clinics, UW Physicians, UW School of Medicine and Airlift Northwest. UW Medicine - Northwest is a full-service, non-profit community hospital, offering comprehensive medical, surgical and therapeutic services.  With 281 beds, more than 1900 employees and a world-class medical staff, we provide innovative, technologically advanced care on a patient-friendly, easy-access campus just north of Seattle. We're proud of the acclaim we've received for our excellence in patient care and safety. Among the local, regional and national recognition we've received are: The Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award; The Emergency Medicine Excellence Award; The Stroke Care Excellence Award; Winner of the HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Patient Safety for the last three years in a row, were also one of the safest places to get care among the top 5% in the country.

UW Medical Center - Northwest has an outstanding opportunity for a PER DIEM/TEMPORARY, VARIED SHIFTS, PHARMACY TECHNICIAN.  The Pharmacy Technician performs assigned pharmacy services activities under the general supervision and control of a licensed pharmacist. Assigned responsibilities are consistent with the individual's training and experience.


Patient population includes adult, adolescent, geriatric, and neonatal patients depending on the practice location.  Must be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patient served
Effective verbal and written communication skills
Maintain a positive, direct, open communication line with members of the Northwest Hospital & Medical Center Medical Staff and their employees, hospital staff, patients and patient family members, and colleagues
Demonstrated skill in developing and maintaining positive interpersonal relationships with a diverse population
Up-to-date on new drugs, and drug treatment developments in the hospital setting as applicable to role
Support and participate in professional organizations
Ability to communicate and work effectively with the physical and emotional developments of all age groups


1. Engage in accurate and timely medication procurement, preparation and dispensing.
Restock drug storage areas
Refill automated drug dispensing devices in all hospital areas
Package medications into single unit doses.
Prepare patient specific doses as needed
Prepare non-sterile compounding products in accordance with USP standards
Handle and prepare oral hazardous drugs in accordance with USP standards

2.Promote appropriate, safe, and effective medication use through adherence to the UW Medicine/Northwest Hospital & Medical Center Pharmacy Department Policies and Procedures.
Troubleshoot technical questions related to work area responsibilities
Serve as a resource to nursing, pharmacy and medical staff for policies and procedures
Triage to the pharmacist any clinical inquiries requiring a pharmacists professional judgement

3.Medication control and security, includes but is not limited to:
Inspect and assist nursing units to maintain compliance with specified medication standards
Ensure secure and effective storage and dispensing of medications
Follow specified procedures related to controlled substances and maintain required documentation

4.Quality improvement, includes but is not limited to:
Actively participate in programs to assure continuous quality improvement
Participate in medication safety initiatives

5.Education and preceptorship, includes but is not limited to:
Train and provide mentorship to new pharmacy technicians, pharmacy interns, pharmacy students, and externs
Demonstrate effective teaching skills. Complete is not limited to.

Specialized Functions (as applicable based on training provided by department and Washington State Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission Approved Protocols):

1.Engage in IV admixture and other parenteral and sterile preparations.
Correctly perform sterile compounding duties in accordance with USP Standards as related to:
Materials staging (including handling of hazardous drugs)
Hand hygiene and garbing
Facility cleaning and disinfection
Use of automated compounding devices
Use of primary and secondary engineering controls
Pressure gradient, temperature and humidity monitoring
Document critical activities appropriately
Complete ongoing competency evaluations

2.Collect accurate patient home medications lists
Interview patients and/or their designated family/caregivers in hospital areas as assigned
Utilize patient records, ambulatory pharmacy records, clinic records, long term care facility records, information from previous hospital encounters or any other pertinent records
Consult with pharmacist as necessary regarding home medication lists.
Maintain required documentation and records

3.Participate in Tech Check Tech Program
Perform final check on medications under specific conditions
Check each unit dose item filled by another pharmacy technician or pharmacy intern to determine correct medication, dose, dosage form, quantity, and expiration date.
Complete ongoing competency evaluations

Completion of an accredited/approved pharmacy technician training program.
Licensure as a Pharmacy Technician in the State of Washington.

Pharmacy Technician Board Certification preferred.
Hospital experience preferred.


UW Medicine is committed to being a drug-free workplace. We require a pre-employment drug screen. The use of marijuana for medical purposes accompanied by a prescription, even if permitted by state law, will not be considered acceptable for purposes of explaining a positive lab test result for marijuana.

Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or

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