Vanderbilt University Medical Center Pharmacy Technician Trainee in Nashville, Tennessee

Pharmacy Technician Trainee

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Department/Unit Summary

The Department of Pharmaceutical Services provides comprehensive pharmaceutical care services to Vanderbilt University Hospital (VUH), Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt (Children's Hospital), Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital (VPH) and The Vanderbilt Medical Group (VMG).

This patient-centered service is provided through the Patient Care Center organization and clinic structure. The role of the Pharmacy is to promote safe and effective medication therapy for all patients and to provide oversight and leadership of the medication use system.

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Performs tasks within the pharmacy in direct support of the ongoing duties and responsibilities of a pharmacist with occasional guidance. Tasks performed contribute directly to the preparation and/or dispensing of a final dosage form for administration to a patient and are directly supervised by a pharmacist. Provides customer service by answering phone requests and triaging calls to the appropriate person if they cannot answer the requested information. Applies departmental processes regarding inventory control.


  • Assists the pharmacist in the preparation, dispensing and/or distribution of medications.

  • Applies departmental processes regarding inventory control.

  • Performs activities as directed by Pharmacists &/or Pharmacy Managers in accordance with federal, state and local laws/regulations and hospital policies.

  • Delivers outstanding customer service to both internal and external customers.

  • Operates computer systems and utilizes technology.

  • The responsibilities listed are a general overview of the position and additional duties may be assigned.


  • Organizational Impact: Performs clearly defined tasks and methods described in detail to achieve standardized solutions that impact own performance with regular guidance.

  • Problem Solving/ Complexity of work: Follows a well established process to solve routine problems where solutions are clearly prescribed.

  • Breadth of Knowledge: Has basic job knowledge of systems and procedures that are common to own job.

  • Team Interaction: Individually contributes to the team.

VUMC Benefits:

  • Pharmacy technician career ladder

  • Reimbursement for pharmacy technician renewal certification and TN licensure

  • Healthcare, Dental and Vision Plan

  • 403(B)-Retirement Plan

  • Tuition Reimbursements

  • Flex PTO

  • Flexible Spending Accounts

  • We encourage you to spend some time reviewing our site to see why Vanderbilt University Medical Center is one of the top places to work in Nashville — and the country. VUMC Recent Accomplishments Because we are committed to providing the best in patient care, education and research, we are proud of our recent accomplishments:

  • US News & World Report: #1 Hospital in Tennessee, #1 Health Care Provider in Nashville, #1 Audiology ( Bill Wilkerson Center at ), 9 adult and 9 pediatric clinical specialties ranked among the nation's best, #15 Education and Training

  • Truven Health Analytics: among the top 100 hospitals in the US

  • Becker's Hospital Review: one of the "100 Greatest Hospitals in America"

  • The Leapfrog Group: grade "A" in Hospital Safety Score

  • National Institutes of Health: among the top 10 grant awardees for medical research in the US

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science: 12 faculty members elected fellows in 2014

  • Magnet Recognition Program: Vanderbilt nurses are the only group honored in Tennessee

  • Nashville Business Journal: Middle Tennessee's healthiest employer

  • American Hospital Association: among the 100 "Most Wired" medical systems in the US

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  • High School Diploma or GED (or equivalent experience) (Required)


  • < 1 year Graduation from ASHP accredited technician training program, or six months prior experience. (Required)

Physical Requirements/Strengths Needed

  • "Medium Work" category requiring exertion up to 50lbs of force occasionally and/or up to 20 of force frequently and/or up to 10 of force continually to move objects.

Physical Demands

  • Movement at

  • Sensory at

  • Environmental Conditions at

  • Occasional :Sitting: Remaining in seated position

  • Frequent :Standing: Remaining on one's feet without moving.

  • Frequent :Walking: Moving about on foot.

  • Frequent :Lifting under 35 lbs: Raising and lowering objects under 35 lbs from one level to another

  • Frequent :Lifting over 35 lbs: Raising and lowering objects from one level to another, includes upward pulling over 35 lbs, with help of coworkers or assistive device

  • Frequent :Carrying under 35 lbs: Transporting an object holding in hands, arms or shoulders, with help of coworkers or assistive device.

  • Frequent :Push/Pull: Exerting force to move objects away from or toward.

  • Frequent :Bending/Stooping: Trunk bending downward and forward by bending spine at waist requiring full use of lower extremities and back muscles

  • Frequent :Balancing: Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling when walking, standing, crouching or maneuvering self, patient and equipment simultaneously while working in large and small spaces

  • Frequent :Climbing: Ascending or descending stairs/ramps using feet and legs and/or hands and arms.

  • Frequent :Kneeling: Bending legs at knees to come to rest on knee or knees.

  • Frequent :Crouching/Squatting: Bending body downward and forward by bending legs and spine.Reaching above shoulders: Extending arms in any direction above shoulders.

  • Frequent :Reaching above shoulders: Extending arms in any direction above shoulders.

  • Frequent :Reaching below shoulders: Extending arms in any direction below shoulders.

  • Frequent :Handling: Seizing, holding, grasping, turning or otherwise working with hand or hands.

  • Frequent :Fingering: Picking, pinching, gripping, working primarily with fingers requiring fine manipulation.

  • Frequent :Bimanual Dexterity: Requiring the use of both hands.

  • Continuous :Communication: Expressing or exchanging written/verbal/electronic information.

  • Continuous :Auditory: Perceiving the variances of sounds, tones and pitches and able to focus on single source of auditory information

  • Continuous :Vision: Clarity of near vision at 20 inches or less and far vision at 20 feet or more with depth perception, peripheral vision, color vision.

  • Continuous :Smell: Ability to detect and identify odors.

  • Occasional :Pathogens: Risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens and other contagious illnesses.

  • Frequent :Chemicals and Gasses: Medications, cleaning chemicals, oxygen, other medical gases used in work area.


  • Registered Pharmacy Technician (Required)

Job Pharmacy

Organization: Pharmacy MSS Facility 201926

Title: Pharmacy Technician Trainee

Location: TN-Nashville-Vanderbilt Hospital (VUH)

Requisition ID: 1804822

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