Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Technician Affiars

Technician Spotlight - Janet Kelley, CPhT

Janet Kelley, CPhT is the pharmacy buyer for Kennedy Health System in Washington Township. Janet is responsible for the daily purchasing of medications for the hospital and its surrounding entities. She also handles all the direct purchasing for the 3-campus system. Janet is a liaison with the wholesaler handling issues dealing with anything from pricing to stock out issues and major drug shortages. She also handles departmental payroll, scheduling of technicians, and leads the training program for all new technician hires. Kennedy Health System has recently become a 340B eligible hospital which has brought some exciting new challenges in ordering and using new computer technology. Ms. Kelley is a 7-year member of a multi-disciplinary Medication Safety Committee whose mission statement is to bring change from the bottom up. This committee meets monthly to analyze medication errors which will bring a positive change to processes in the hospital system. Janet has an Associate’s Degree in the Fine Arts and is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree at Drexel University. In her spare time, Janet assists her husband in raising money for Rutgers’ Men’s Basketball and various charitable organizations.

Janet received the Technician award at the 2017 NJSHP annual meeting and exhibition.  Congratulations to her and all the pharmacy technician finalists.

New Members

We would like to welcome our new pharmacy technician members to NJSHP:

Ariel Bermudez- Holy Name Medical Center

Claire Rua- St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center

Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS), employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to increase by 9% from 2014 to 2024. The BLS also suggests that pharmacy technicians with formal education or training, previous work experience, and national certification will be specifically sought after to meet these demands.

In the News

The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) has released the findings of a 2016 public perception survey.  The survey reveals that 85% of the public believes it is very important for pharmacy technicians to be certified. Consumers feel so strongly about certification that 76% say that they would seek out a different pharmacy if they knew technicians working in their current pharmacy were not certified. For more details of the survey, visit

Council Leadership: Pilar Perez-Jackson, PRS, CPhT, RPhT


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