Quote from LoriRN2B
My work is offering a class starting this month to qualify you to take the pharmacy tech certification test. I signed up to take it since it is only 8 weeks and school does not start until Jan. Anyone taken this class? I am hoping since it will deal with a lot of medications it might be a good prep course for pharmacology? Any thoughts?
I worked my way through nursing school as a CPhT. Actually, when I was in nursing school there was no national certification. Even though I was an RN when the national certification became offered, I took the national exams anyway just for the heck of it.
I'm not sure most nurses realize what it takes to pass the CPhT test, it isn't easy. The techs need pharmacology, medical terminology
, anatomy, math, endocrinology, the works. Techs can calculate drops per minute with any IV set and they can double check med dosing. That comes in handy!
Currently I teach CPhT classes on a PRN basis (I'm a sub) but I used to teach it full time. I would NEVER suggest taking the year long course, it's a waste of time and money (they teach the wrong things to take the test), but an 8 week class, absolutely! Besides, you learn the in's and out's of Pyxis and how to get around all the silly crap Pyxis does.
For example, I know how to get a drug out of the Pyxis without an order. In a pre-code situation, that comes in handy. You have a doc right there giving verbal orders. I don't have to wait for Pharmacy to enter the orders, I already know how to obtain the drug in a pinch. If it exists in my Pyxis I have access to it. I know which reports are sent to pharmacy when I cheat and which aren't. I know how to get out of a Pyxis problem and how to avoid the reports.
That in itself is worth it to me.