Acute Medication History Pharmacy Technician

Banner Health

Phoenix, AZ 85067

Posted 1 month ago

Job Description

**Primary City/State:**

Phoenix, Arizona

**Department Name:**

Acute Pharmacy

**Work Shift:**


**Job Category:**


**$1,000 SIGN-ON BONUS!**

Pharmacy careers are better at Banner Health. We are committed to developing the careers of our team members. We care about you, your career today and your future. If you’re looking to leverage your abilities – apply today.

Academic Center- Banner University Medical Center Phoenix is a nationally ranked academic medical center. BUMCP was recently ranked by U.S. News & World Report in the top 50 hospitals nationally for specialty care areas including Geriatrics, Nephrology and Urology. They also tied as the No. 2 hospital in Arizona along with Banner – University Medical Center Tucson. Our specialty services include advanced heart care, treatment for advanced lung diseases, organ transplantation, orthopedics, rehabilitation, concussion care and much more. Banner – University Medical Center is a Level I Trauma Center.

As an Acute Medication History Pharmacy Technician your job responsibilities will be to obtain medication histories for patients admitted to the hospital. You will verify medication lists from patients, families, physicians, retail pharmacies and enter into our electronic patient charts. You will be trained to work in the central pharmacy department to provide coverage as needed. This position works closely with ED Clinical Pharmacists, Technician Supervisors and the Medication History Team. You must be comfortable working independently and in stressful situations, have excellent communication and a strong attention to detail. This is a full time opportunity including rotating weekends and holidays. Enjoy a flat rate $1/hour weekend shift differential and an 18%-night shift differential when applicable.

*Excludes internal applicants.

Banner Pharmacy Services division provides excellent patient care across our entire continuum through convenient access, improved medication outcomes and innovative pharmacy practices. Banner Pharmacy Services will be recognized nationally as a clinical leader and trusted partner in proactively providing innovative pharmacy services through excellence in integration, care coordination, medication management and service to make a difference in people's lives. Banner is expanding its focus from being a hospital company to a clinical quality company focused on population health management. Clinical Pharmacy Services are also included in this robust new service line and are responsible for the management of the Banner formulary, development of standardized system wide clinical pharmacy services, and management of adverse drug event preventions. Clinical Pharmacy Services provides collaborative drug therapy management and educational interventions in patient care to optimize medication therapy, improve outcomes, promote wellness, and disease prevention.


This position, under the supervision of a pharmacist, is responsible for obtaining a patient’s complete medication history through communication with the patient, family, and/or other resources and documenting it into the medical record. Medication History technicians (MHTs) perform an important function in collecting an accurate and complete medication history from every patient they encounter. A complete medication history will include prescription medications, over-the-counter (OTC) products, herbal supplements, vitamins/minerals, and other similar products.


1. Identifies and prioritizes patients according to need for medication history collection. Reviews and collects proper information for interview prior to patient interaction.

2. Interviews patients to collect the medication history. Asks pertinent questions to ensure capture of all prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, and herbal/dietary supplements. As necessary, contacts family or other resources (e.g. outside pharmacy) to get a more complete medication history.

3. Documents medication history and allergies in the electronic health record according to established procedures. Tracks history collection through intervention documentation. As appropriate, notifies proper hospital staff of medication history completion.

4. Follows procedure for infection control, safe patient practices (e.g. using 2 patient identifiers), interpreter services, and contraindications to patient interview.

5. Maintains a safe and clean working environment by complying with all policies, laws, and regulations. Performs quality control activities such as monthly nursing unit inspections and pharmacy section checks in a timely manner.

6. Assumes the duties of the Acute Pharmacy Technician when needed and as appropriate. These duties may include, but are not limited to preparing, charging and crediting medications, restocking automated dispensing technology and compounding specialty medications and intravenous medications, to include hazardous and chemotherapeutic agents.


High school diploma/GED or equivalent working knowledge. Completion of a Pharmacy Technician Certification Program.

Requires Pharmacy Technician licensure and active Pharmacy Technician certification OR Pharmacy Intern licensure in the state of practice.

Minimum of two years pharmacy technician experience. Must have the knowledge of brand/generic names of drugs, including OTC’s and their strengths/uses, as well as knowledge of herbal/dietary supplements and their strengths/uses. Ability to complete moderate to difficult mathematical calculations using a hand-held calculator is required. Strong customer service focus, exceptional communication skills, strong attention to detail, prioritization capabilities, superior problem-solving skills, and ability to multi-task. Must have knowledge of computer software, particularly medication management information system software, Microsoft applications and Automated dispensing systems. Must demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills for interfacing with all levels of staff, physicians, patients, and other contacts.

Employees working at Banner Behavioral Health Hospital must possess an Arizona Fingerprint Clearance Card at the time of hire and maintain the card for the duration of their employment. Employees working at Banner MD Anderson or BUMC-P Whole Health Counseling must possess a State of Arizona Department of Public Safety Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card at the time of hire and maintain the card for the duration of their employment.


Previous community pharmacy technician experiences.

Additional related education and/or experience preferred.


Banner Health supports a drug-free work environment.

Banner Health complies with applicable federal and state laws and does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, or disability

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