New guidelines affirmed in pharmacy patient care process

Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians play an important role in the healthcare field and their interaction with patients is very important.

Pharmacy techs help patients fill prescriptions and answer questions. Strong communication skills are important in this line of work, along with attention to detail.

Recently, new guidelines for pharmacist and patient interactions were established that also provide guidelines for pharmacy techs.

“Members of the Joint Commission of Pharmacy Practitioners (JCPP) approved, on May 29, 2014, a new resource document that describes the pharmacists’patient care process,” an American Pharmacists Association press release reported. “Development of the document occurred over a two-year period and included an examination of key pharmacy source documents and several organizational comment periods to reach consensus. A working group of representatives from 10 national pharmacy organizations developed the document for consideration and approval by JCPP.”

The new guidelines reiterate a pharmacist or pharmacy techs role in the patient-centered care process.

“Implementing and promoting a scalable, viable and consistent pharmacists’ patient care process is a major goal in the JCPP strategic plan and is recognized as a key driver in achieving the JCPP vision that ‘Patients will achieve optimal health and medication outcomes when pharmacists are included as essential and accountable members of patient-centered healthcare teams,’” the APA added. “The document promotes the need for a consistent process of care in the delivery of a wide array of pharmacists’ patient care services in any practice setting.”

Apart of the guidelines, it was suggested that today’s pharmacy professions exhibit collaboration, communication and documentation, which are key components that are foundational to the pharmacists’ patient-centered care process.

“The care process is delivered using a 5-step approach that is described in the document,” the APA reports. “The document also advocates for interoperable information technology systems to facilitate efficient and effective communication among all individuals involved in patient care. JCPP will implement a communications plan to facilitate uptake of the patient care process. The document can be accessed at:”

If you feel confident you can meet those guidelines, then working as a pharmacy tech might be the right career path for you. The best way to launch a new pharmacy tech career is by completing a quality training program, like the one offered at The Healthcare Institute.

The best pharmacy technician training program are led by instructors that have experience in the industry and job placement specialists who can help you transition quickly from the classroom to a stable career.

Pharmacy technicians are in high demand and can work in a variety of settings. Some of those settings include retail pharmacies, grocery stores, department stores, mass retailers, hospitals, mail-order and internet pharmacies, clinics, pharmaceutical wholesalers, and government offices. However, the best employers are looking for pharmacy technicians that they know have received the best professional training.

You also want to find a school and training program that will provide you with the specific training you need to obtain your license. The Healthcare Institute provides that type of training because it is near impossible to find a job as a pharmacy technician without a license.

The pharmacy technician training program at The Healthcare Institute provides quality instruction but does not take years to complete. Within months a student is able to complete the necessary training and be well on their way to securing their dream job. The number one goal of attending any school is to eventually find the best job you can, and The Healthcare Institute’s high job placement rate is yet another feature that sets it apart from other training programs and pharmacy technician schools.

In the same way you want to weigh your options when choosing a school you also want to consider your options when choosing a new career field. That is another reason why the pharmacy technician industry is such an attractive one for job seekers. Those looking for a profession that offers good pay, a great work environment, a variety of tasks and future growth are able to meet all those desires in the pharmacy technician field.

When choosing a new career it’s hard to beat the job of a pharmacy technician and when picking the right school it’s hard to beat The Healthcare Institute’s pharmacy technician training program.


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