Pharmacy Technician Network

Tech Network


Congratulations to Gigi Figlioli, CPhT - ICHP member and winner of the 2023 Best Practice Award for her research project "No More Gaps - A Controlled Substance Diversion Prevention Goal!" This is available for homestudy credit as a journal article. Learn more here!!

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ICHP Pharmacy Technician Network

The next meeting will be on Tuesday, July 9, 2024, 5:30-6:30pm CST
Contact members@ichpnet.org if you want a Zoom invitation to the next meeting.

The Pharmacy Technician Network (PTN) is a group of ICHP pharmacy technician and pharmacist members who support the professional development and educational advancement of pharmacy technicians. The PTN seeks to recognize pharmacy technicians as the paraprofessionals they are by showcasing technician contributions to the profession while promoting involvement within ICHP. The detailed description of the network is below.

The ICHP Pharmacy Technician Network has started meeting and welcomes volunteer members. The Network now meets virtually every other month on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 5:30-6:30pm, CST. 

Interested in joining?  Sign up or contact the ICHP office for more information at members@ichpnet.org.


Watch for the additional information on the meetings for members only in the Pharmacy Technician Network Resources.


Podcasts of Interest
ASHP - Examples of career ladders developed for technicians - Pharmacy Technician Career Ladder

ASHP - Ensuring pharmacy technicians have a voice in your department - Ensuring Voices Podcast

ASHP - IV Standardizations for improving safety and quality care for patients -
Standardize 4 Safety


Archival Articles

November 2019 - Information on the new Technician Network, see the announcement in the Hi Tech column in the KeePosted News Journal, November 2019 issue. 

February 2020 - Opportunities for ICHP technicians outlined in Becky Ohrmund's article in the ICHP KeePosted News Journal, February 2020 issue.

Additional information on ICHP technician member benefits may be found here.

List of Free Home Study CPE available to ICHP technician members may be found here.

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ICHP Pharmacy Technician Network Mission & Vision PDF

Mission and Vision

The mission of the PTN is to enhance patient care and improve health outcomes of patients in Illinois by advancing pharmacy technician practice collaboratively with pharmacists. The PTN hopes to advance the practice for pharmacy technicians by highlighting the various roles pharmacy technicians play on the healthcare team in addition to contributing to the advancement of workforce of well-trained pharmacy technicians who seek opportunities to excel and work at the top of their training and education.

Responsibilities

1. Provides communications on activities and benefits to ICHP’s pharmacy technician members.
2. Seeks to increase pharmacy technician involvement and visibility within ICHP, its local affiliates, and ASHP.
3. Recruits pharmacy technicians to participate in the ICHP divisions, committees as well as the Spring and Annual meetings.
4. Establishes practice, social and community service activities for ICHP’s pharmacy technician members.
5. Creates statewide networking opportunities for ICHP’s pharmacy technician members.
6. Establishes a platform for support and mentorship to pharmacy technicians.
7. Identifies opportunities for enhanced professional development to assist pharmacy technicians with career development.

Leadership

Chair – Technician Representative
Description

1. The Technician Representative already serves as a voting member of the ICHP Board of Directors
2. Coordinates activities of the PTN, its subcommittees, and all technician members.
3. Reports activities and prepares an annual report of the PTN to the Board of Directors.
4. Brings to the attention of the Board “Votes to recommend” from the PTN executive board.
5. Accepts assignments from the Board of Directors on a specific matter of consideration.
6. Obtains approval of the Board of Directors prior to representing themselves as acting on behalf of the Council or securing funds from sources outside the Council.
7. Obtains approval of the Board of Directors prior to spending funds of the Council on Technician related activities.
8. Prepares an annual budget for the PTN and submits it to the Treasurer and Executive Vice President.
9. Complies with Chapter 11.0 of the ICHP Policy and Procedure Manual “Performance Requirements for Board Members, Officers, and other ICHP Representatives”.
10. Provide immediate assignments and mentors for pharmacy technician volunteers.
11. Conducts an annual roster review of the core network and provides names of members to add or delete from the roster for the coming year.

Term
Technician representative is an elected position who serves a two-year term. May serve two successive terms.

Chair-Elect – Technician Representative-Elect
Description

1. Performs the duties of the Chair in the event of the Chair’s absence. 
2. Assumes the role of the Chair at the end of their term. 
3. Assists with Pharmacy Technician related activities.

Term
Technician representative-elect is an elected position who serves one-year term. 

Format/Activities

1. Meets via conference call once monthly or as needed.
2. Possible activities:
  a. Assessment of pharmacy technician educational and member needs in the state
  b. Creates resources for pharmacy technician (e.g. toolkits, how to prepare for the certification test)
  c. Performs gap analysis of pharmacy technician best practices in Illinois
  d. Foster collaborative research with pharmacy technicians at various practice sites
  e. Creates pharmacy technician programming for Spring and Annual meetings, Champion webinars, and other       opportunities
  f. Participate in ICHP social media outreach

Approved August 1, 2019

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Resources include meeting minutes.