Former Pharmacy Volunteer at New York Presbyterian
over 1 year ago
I worked in both the floors helping nurses and in the pharmacy. On the floors, a normal shift starts by doing rounds of the patients and asking them if they needed any help or if there was anything you can provide them with: magazine, water, ice chips, etc. After that I helped the nurses with paper work they needed filed or any other help. In the pharmacy, I would sift through the returns to put back on shelves or to properly discard the expirations. I would work on refilling returned crash carts and delivering them back when they were verified by the pharmacist. I would also help unpack the IV deliveries and place them in the shelves.
Pharmacy Intern and Lead User of Intelliguard at New York Presbyterian
almost 2 years ago
So there are different shifts each of which entails different responsibilities. BUT something to stress if that you are not LIMITED to those responsibilities. There are regular technicians and there are IV technicians which I am more of. For a regular tech your duties include but again are not limited to: filling patient med cassettes, filling patient labels, filling meds for omni cell and stocking omni cell and unpacking daily orders to the pharmacy. Duties that are shared among st all technicians include: unit dosing medications, non-sterile reconstitution, taking phone calls and organizing the stock room. As and IV technician your duties are slight different. You are limited to mostly batching and making patient specific IV compound. You work alongside and IV pharmacist and help them make IV drugs. Again Lead User of Intelliguard is not a job description nor a main responsibility but rather a title I earned as we were implementing the new Intelliguard system. My responsibilities are no different than that of others.