PTCB announces 2016 Pharmacy Technician of the Year

PTCB announces the 2016 Certified Technician of the Year

Diane Halvorson, CPhT, of Fargo, ND

The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) announced October 11 that the 2016 PTCB Certified Technician of the Year award will go to Diane Halvorson, CPhT, of Fargo, ND.

"Diane has an impressive record of leadership on behalf of pharmacy technicians. She is committed to promoting technicians as an integral part of the health care team within their scope of practice," said Everett B. McAllister, MPA, BSPharm, executive director and CEO of PTCB. "Diane is a model advocate for patient safety and a clear and inspiring voice for technicians.”

Halvorson currently works as the lead pharmacy technician at Vibra Hospital in Fargo, a long-term acute care facility for patients transitioning out of intensive care.

She has an active track record in leadership. Halvorson has been a member of the North Dakota Board of Pharmacy for the past 6 years, and served as president for two terms (procuring a technician seat on the North Dakota Board of Pharmacy took years of work on behalf of several technicians). She also served as president of the Northland Association of Pharmacy Technicians. Currently, she is its state board liaison.

Halvorson is also known for her advocacy efforts in obtaining a national standardization of technician education, preparation, and credentialing.

"It was shocking to me when I learned years ago that there were people working in pharmacies who did not have standardized training," she said. "I became dedicated to advancing national standards for technicians. I think a patient walking into any pharmacy in any state should know the person helping prepare their prescription has met the standardized requirements for knowledge and training that the pharmacy profession says they need to do their job.”