Director of Pharmacy
Arkansas Heart Hospital - Little Rock, AR

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Responsible for, but not limited to, planning, organizing, directing, executing and evaluating all aspects of the pharmacy services for the hospital. Interprets and processes physician’s orders, provides drug information, participates in continuous quality improvement activities and discharge planning and performs non-distributive services, such as drug-level monitoring, that are established by policy. Supervises pharmacy personnel to ensure an efficient workflow in a positive work environment. Considers unique patient needs and demonstrates age-specific competencies.

Essential Duties:
Patient Care:
1. Exercises appropriate clinical judgment in reviewing and evaluating patient’s drug therapy. Collaborates with medical and nursing staff to provide quality patient care.

2. Reviews, compounds and accurately dispenses pharmaceuticals and IV admixtures from a direct copy of the physician’s original medication order.

3. Prepares, maintains, updates and monitors each patient’s medication profile as required. Charges and credits medication to patients.

4. Checks the work of supportive personnel and other pharmacy personnel for accuracy, proper labeling, and adherence to pharmacy policy and procedure.

5. Dispenses and maintains appropriate records for all controlled substance medications, and other medications in conformance with federal and state laws.

6. Oversees medication supplies, storage and utilization on assigned nursing units.

7. Assists in teaching, training and supervising pharmacy interns and technicians.

8. Acts to deal with problems in a professional and ethical manner.

9. Assists the medical and nursing staff on all problems pertaining to medication orders or pharmacy policy and procedures. Promotes a positive and cooperative attitude in dealing with nurses, medical and other personnel, and with the public.

10. Maintains professional knowledge by attending continuing education programs, by reading professional and technical journals, and by participating in pharmacy-conducted in-service lectures.

11. Maintains a neat, clean, and orderly department.

Managerial Tasks:
1. Assists in the overall operation of the hospital through active participation in projects aimed at achieving the hospital’s mission, and incorporates the values of the hospital in day-to-day activities.

2. Assists in the selection of equipment, supplies and goods for the running of the hospital and the caring of patients with the goals of quality and cost efficiency.

3. Communicates with staff and physicians on administrative issues and follows-up on issues until closure.

4. Fiscally manages within budget.

5. Responsible for adequate numbers of staff on a daily basis.

6. Evaluates staff competencies and intervenes to maintain quality.

7. Participates in selecting outside sources for needed services.

8. Conducts performance reviews of staff and assists in the development of staff in collaboration with the Education Coordinator.

9. Assists in recruiting and hiring competent staff.

10. Assists staff in problem-solving work issues, and adapting to the focused patient care environment.

11. Responds to issues of harassment and discrimination per company policy.

12. Completes employee evaluation(s) in a timely manner per company policy.

Staff/Unit Responsibilities:
1. Delegates appropriately to non-licensed staff in keeping with job descriptions, licenses requirements and standards of practice.

2. Uses resources in an efficient and cost effective manner.

3. Participates in peer review.

4. Participates in developing other staff and affiliating students.

5. Maintains and develops own professional competencies.

6. Maintains and promotes a team spirit through active cooperation and collaboration.

7. Assists in interdepartmental service coordination.

8. Actively participates in the Performance Improvement and Utilization Review programs.

9. Assumes a leadership role in the maintenance of the patient-focused care delivery system.
10. Assists in directing and guiding staff in the coordination of unit operations.

11. Assists in all aspects of care if the environment, such as dietary, housekeeping, infection control, and supply and equipment management.

12. Attends 80%of in servicesand departmental meetings.

13. Helps provide staff to other areas of the hospital when needed.

Education: Bachelor Degree in Pharmacy required; PharmD degree preferred.

Licensure/ Certification: Current pharmacist’s license issued by the State Board of Pharmacy required.

Experience: Minimum of two years acute care hospital experience required. Two years of management experience preferred.

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