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Pharmacy Technician II

Job Ref: 27336

Talent Area: Pharmacy

Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital
Houston, TX 77070

Area/Department: Pharmacy

Employment Type: Regular

Job Type: PRN

Organization: Houston Methodist

Work Shift: AS NEEDED

Work Week

This PRN position is scheduled to work every other weekend, plus weekdays as needed, during various shifts & hours

Company Profile

Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital opened its doors to Northwest Houston in December 2000. In May 2010, a major expansion on the 52-acre campus doubled the size of the hospital, bringing more expertise, more state-of-the-art technology and more specialized care to the community. With 312 licensed beds, 15 operating rooms and over 1,800 employees, Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital was specifically designed to provide comprehensive, personalized care for the community.

Job Summary

JOB SUMMARY:  The Pharmacy Technician II is an experienced Pharmacy Technician who provides day-to-day comprehensive pharmacy services that range from routine to advanced functions. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: controlled substance management, chemotherapy compounding, unit dose dispensing technology, satellite operating room and intensive care unit pharmacy assignments, medication histories, and advanced medication compounding. Helps manage data collection and training new employees, residents, and interns.  May perform other functions normally associated with a Pharmacy Technician I.




1.  Promotes a positive work environment and contributes to a dynamic, team focused work unit that actively helps one another to achieve optimal department results.   Collaborates with other health care professionals as needed for problem resolution and/or achievement of identified patient specific goals.

2.  Proactively supports and assists with training new employees and all other pharmacy learners (e.g. residents, interns, students and volunteers).


1.  Assists with optimizing the safety and efficiency of pharmacy operations and to support the workflow needs of the pharmacy department.

2.  Contributes in departmental efforts to resolve drug related problems and maximizing patient care.

3.  Presents or assists in-services for pharmacy staff as directed by Pharmacy Management. Participates in workgroups, committees, and continuing education activities for technical staff.


1.  Performs advanced technician services to ensure efficient and safe medication distribution with activities that include but are not limited to: controlled substance management, chemotherapy compounding, unit dose dispensing technology, satellite Operating Room and intensive care unit pharmacy assignments, medication histories, and advanced medication compounding.

2.  Provides support to the workflow, and reports problems to the appropriate parties. Accurately documents and completes paperwork for assigned role/function.

3.  Reports “near misses” and inputs errors promptly into PSN to improve processes and identify trends.  Contributes to identification of corrective actions and improvement activities, and to meeting departmental and hospital targets for quality and safety.

4.  Collects and reports data related quality improvement and productivity projects to optimize patient safety in a routine and timely manner.


1.  Uses resources efficiently; does not waste supplies. Recommends solutions in achieving departmental objectives.

2.  Self-motivated to independently manage time effectively and prioritize daily tasks.


1.  Assists Pharmacy Management in planning, developing, implementing, and monitoring new pharmacy programs and services that address medication related errors and safety initiatives.

2.  Identifies simple process improvement opportunities in the medication distribution process.

3.  Seeks opportunities to expand learning beyond baseline competencies with a focus on continual development as a Pharmacy Technician II.





  • High School Diploma or equivalent education (examples include: GED, verification of homeschool equivalency, partial or full completion of post-secondary education, etc.) ; two years of college preferred



  • At least 2 years experience as a Pharmacy Technician in a hospital setting; may consider a  Pharmacy Technician with at least one year experience as a Houston Methodist Pharmacy Technician I



  • Texas Pharmacy Technician Registration; or Pharmacist Intern Licensure
  • Completion of the 40 hours Sterile Compounding and Aseptic course from an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) approved training program within 90 days of employment *
  • ACPE approved IV certification within 90 days of employment *

          *See manager for details and tracking certification information



  • Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills and competency assessments; must demonstrates theses skills and competencies within 90 days of employment
  • Proficient in performing accurate calculations required for usual dosage determinations.
  • Must be proficient in at least three pharmacy work areas
  • Possesses proficient computer knowledge; operates multiple computer systems to include, Hospital / pharmacy related software, drug preparation pumps/devices, packaging and labeling machines, automated drug dispensing equipment, prescription balances, and portable data processing units
  • Exhibits strong interpersonal and team player skills with all levels of the healthcare team and assures delivery of excellent customer service to all patients, visitors, physicians and co-workers
  • Adapts to multiple ongoing priorities with minimal supervision including, organizing work flow and actively participating in problem-solving
  • Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or security
  • Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles

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