The question “How many hours of medication safety must a pharmacy technician have?” can be answered in two words: None. That’s because the job of a pharmacy technician is simply to fill out forms. In other words, if the pharmacist needs some medication for a particular patient, the pharmacist will give the prescription to the pharmacy technician who will then fill it out and return the prescription along with any instructions to the pharmacist.
When one is doing clerical work, such as answering the phone or taking messages, they are not working any longer than the actual scheduled hours of work. So, when the pharmacy technician has been called in to answer a patient’s call, they are not working any more than usual. And, because they are only working part-time, they do not need to worry about any added responsibility that can come along with being on call all day. This can save them a lot of time and money. After all, if their employer can save money by letting them work part-time, shouldn’t the pharmacy technicians do the same?
Many people are often confused about the hours that they should work. They may wonder if they should work more hours or less, or perhaps they should ask for more vacation time. These are all legitimate questions. However, there is really no right or wrong answer to these questions. Each person has to decide for themselves based upon their personal circumstances.
As you can see, there is no set number of hours of medication safety that a pharmacy technician should be working. Rather, this question depends upon each individual case. In other words, it will vary depending upon the situation.
Obviously, those working night shifts should not be asked to work additional hours. Those who have extra time will be expected to use that time in a responsible manner. If someone is working eight hours and needs to use those hours in a responsible manner, then they should be paid for those hours. If they need to use the time in an irresponsible manner, they should be told that as well.
While some might look at this and think that the answer is, “Why would I want to work more hours?” The fact is that some cases require more hours than others. For example, someone might need to work more hours because of the extra responsibility required. Someone might be working more hours because their job requires them to go to the emergency room for someone who is having a heart attack. Someone might have to work more hours because they are taking a leave of absence. No matter what the reason for the extra hours, employers must consider the fact that employees will be working those extra hours in order to make the business operate as smoothly as possible.
Companies that have a lot of employees, and therefore, a lot of extra hours worked, will most likely have to hire someone to come in and watch over the worksite for those extra hours. They will most likely pay someone a small fee to do that job. They will have the employee sign a contract stating that they will work the required number of hours and will pay the fee for any time they are off the job. This shows that companies are doing something to cut down on the risk of their employees taking dangerous medication.
Companies that do not have a lot of employees, but do not have a lot of extra time spent working, might decide to hire someone to work the extra hours. That employee would receive a reduced amount for their increased time working. The medication safety training that is given to employees, after all, shows employers that it is important to keep the employees working in the safe environment for the employer and the safety of everyone else on the worksite.