Staff Pharmacist, Split Operations and Clinical

Job Description

At UC Health, we're proud to have the best and brightest teams and clinicians collaborating toward our common purpose: to advance healing and reduce suffering.

As the region's adult academic health system, we strive for innovation and provide world-class care for not only our community, but patients from all over the world. Join our team and you'll be able to develop your skills, grow your career, build relationships with your peers and patients, and help us be a source of hope for our friends and neighbors.

UC Health is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of employment.

Clinical staff pharmacists fill orders for medications, monitor patient medication therapies, provide drug information, and supervise and direct support personnel. In the absence of the pharmacy manager, a clinical staff pharmacist may be required to assume the essential responsibilities and perform the duties of the pharmacy manager.

Responsibilities

Prepares and dispenses medication orders per physician request according to established policies, procedures, and protocols:
  • Interprets medication orders (verbal and written) and transcribes to computerized patient medication profiles accurately; maintains accurate, complete medication profiles Prepares and dispenses medications, including sterile, chemotherapy, and parenteral nutrition preparations safely and accurately using appropriate techniques Issues controlled substances to patient care areas and maintains records as required by law

Ensures safe, appropriate, cost-effective medication therapies for patients according to established policies, procedures, and protocols:
  • Monitors medication therapy regimens for contraindications, drug-drug interactions, drug-food interactions, drug-laboratory test interactions, allergies, appropriateness of drug and dose, and therapeutic duplications.
  • Assists with pharmacokinetics consult service and drug dosing per organizational protocol.
  • Reviews/interprets culture and susceptibility data for antibiotic appropriateness and recommends changes as needed.
  • Reads, extracts, and interprets information in patient charts accurately.
  • Detects and reports suspected adverse drug reactions and medication errors accurately and in a timely manner.
  • Sustains the formulary by minimizing non-formulary procurements; utilizing therapeutic interchange protocols, and promoting rational medication therapy selection.
  • Provides clinical consultation and clarification to practitioners; recommends evidence-based medication therapy regimens and monitoring plans; and suggests appropriate, cost-effective therapeutic alternatives to medical staff as needed.
  • Provides accurate, adequate, and timely drug information to the professional staff.
  • Provides drug information to patients and their families.
  • Documents all clinical activities and interventions accurately and completely
  • Participates in the quality improvement and medication-use review activities of the department; collects data; conducts quality monitors and inspections; and maintains logs, records, and other documentation as assigned
  • Participates in the development and presentation of orientation, education, and training programs to the pharmacy, medical, nursing, and other staffs.
  • Provides support for research opportunities within UC Health.

Contributes to the quality and effective operation of the department:
  • Supervises and directs pharmacy support personnel; verifies the daily activities of pharmacy technicians; and participates in the performance appraisal of pharmacy support personnel.
  • Works independently with minimal supervision; organizes and prioritizes work assignments; and ensures pharmacy services are provided in a timely manner.
  • Completes and documents inspections of all assigned medication storage areas at least monthly; identifies and replaces outdated and unusable medications.
  • Answers the telephone, identifying self and department; directs calls to appropriate personnel; and answers requests at the window/door.
  • Keeps pharmacy areas and equipment clean, neat, and well organized Performs essential duties of the pharmacy director in his or her absence.
  • Serves as a pharmacy role model for pharmacy staff, students, and residents.

Maintains competence required for current job title/position:
  • Maintains current pharmacist licensure
  • Attends pharmacy staff meetings
  • Attends orientation, education, and training program; reviews literature and other material pertinent to practice of pharmacy
  • Completes all competence/skills assessment requirements timely
  • Maintains clinical competency and leadership if scheduled to work in specialty area

Meets hospital and department standards of performance:
  • Maintains a neat, professional, and well-groomed appearance; observes pharmacy dress code; wears identification badge at all times
  • Performs work within specified time frames; adapts positively to frequent interruptions and changes in workload and/or work schedule
  • Works cooperatively with all staff members; voices concerns and suggestions to appropriate to appropriate persons in a positive manner
  • Fosters a team environment by providing orientation and training to new team members; assists coworkers in tasks, as time permits
  • Demonstrates sound professional judgment consistent with clinical/academic background.


Qualifications

Education: B.S. in pharmacy from an accredited college of pharmacy is required. PharmD, preferred degree.

License and Certification: Licensed or eligible for pharmacist licensure in the state of Ohio ACLS preferred.

Years of Experience: Greater than or equal to a six-month hospital pharmacy internship or hospital experience as a pharmacist is preferred. Preference will be given to completion of a PGY1 pharmacy residency program (or an equivalent combination of education and experience).

Required Skills and Knowledge: Ability to work independently with minimal direct supervision; work cooperatively with health-system and pharmacy staff; handle frequent interruptions and adapt to changes in workload and work schedule; set priorities, make critical decisions, and respond quickly to emergent requests; exercise sound professional judgment; communicate effectively (orally and in writing); and meet the pharmaceutical care needs of the patient populations served by UC Health.