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Poudre Valley Hospital employs pharmacy technicians as Pharmacy Admission Specialists (PAS). The PAS team is responsible for interviewing patients about the medications they take at home, verifying the information, and updating the electronic health record. PAS undergo a two week training and orientation period. There are regular adjustments to the process and education is ongoing to keep the team up to date on standard work.
The job description requires that the Pharmacy Admission Specialist have at least a high school diploma or GED. A minimum of 2 years’ experience as a retail or hospital pharmacy technician or pharmacy technician certification and 1 year of experience as a retail or hospital pharmacy technician is also required.
In order to perform the tasks involved in compiling a medication list for reconciliation, the PAS must be able to speak, read and write in English. The PAS must have basic computer literacy which includes being able to type information into the electronic health record. The PAS must be able to conduct face to face interviews with patients who are being admitted to the hospital. The PAS must be able to use the telephone and fax machine to obtain patient medication information. Pharmacy Admission Specialists must be able to manage time effectively. They must be able to work independently and as part of a team. Each team member must also be familiar with common drug names and be knowledgeable enough about the medications to ask pertinent questions of both the patient and those from whom they receive verifying information.
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