Nuclear pharmacy technicians prepare drugs such as radiopharmaceuticals, which are often used for chemotherapy, to medical providers. Strong knowledge of these nuclear drugs and their risks and benefits is essential, as these technicians often consult or advise medical providers regarding their nature and how to use them properly.
These technicians are responsible for compounding and dispensing drugs. It is important to always follow safety procedures, rules, regulations, and laws relating to nuclear pharmacy. Problem-solving skills are important to be able to handle complex situations, and it's also important to stay up-to-date with developments in the field and any new procedures or medications that may be used. Nuclear pharmacy technicians often work under the supervision of a pharmacist; many of the assigned duties will be done independently, but it's also important to be able to coordinate work and communicate well with other pharmacists, technicians, and medical providers. These technicians also perform clerical work, such as keeping records, filing and organizing prescriptions, and creating reports, and computer skills are required for these tasks. Inventory tasks are carried out both manually and on a computer in order to ensure supplies are available and items are being used properly.
This is usually a full-time job, though hours may rotate. A high school diploma is often a minimum requirement, and further education is often required by employers. Some positions may require nighttime and/or early morning shifts.
Nuclear Pharmacy Technician Tasks
Compound and dispense radiopharmaceuticals under direct supervision of Pharmacist.
Prepare and maintain compliance documentation of preparing and shipping products.
Select, prepare and stock medications and supplies.