Staff pharmacist fills orders for parental and enteral medications, monitors patient drug therapies, and provides drug information in the institutional setting with general training in adult and geriatric pharmacy practice. Provides age and developmentally appropriate care to adult and geriatric patients. The pharmacist supervises and directs support personnel. Staff pharmacist reports to the Pharmacy Manager and Director of Pharmacy Services, in their absence a staff pharmacist is required to assume the essential responsibilities and perform the duties of the Pharmacy Manager and Director of Pharmacy Services.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
JOB REQUIREMENTS & CHARACTERISTICS
- Adheres to the standard of care, standards of practice, policies and procedures of RML Specialty Hospital.
- Creates a positive environment by promoting teamwork and demonstrating an optimistic and encouraging attitude.
- Exemplifies the RML REACH (Service Excellence) culture by demonstrating respect, excellence, appreciation, concern and honor in all interactions with patients, families and co-workers, and as identified in departmental and hospital wide behavioral expectations.
- Supervises the preparation and dispensing of medication orders per physician request according to established policies, procedures, and protocols.
- Interprets medication orders (verbal and written), screens for appropriateness and potential problems.
- Transcribes and verifies medication orders to computerized patient profiles. Maintains accurate, complete patient medication profiles.
- Contacts prescribers regarding unclear or problem medication orders.
- Supervises the IV/TPN preparation in accordance with USP Chapter 797 guidelines.
- Supervises the hazardous drug preparation in accordance with NIOSH guidelines.
- Checks accuracy of drug cartfill, IVs, and TPNs.
- Responsible for all medication and the handling, storage, supply, and dispensing of these medications.
- Responsible for Controlled Substances.
- Issues controlled substances to patient care areas.
- Reviews nursing narcotic sign out sheet for accuracy and documentation
- Reviews pharmacy narcotic logbook for discrepancies. Investigates, resolves, and reports problems to the Pharmacy Manager and Director of Pharmacy Services.
- Conducts a monthly audit of pharmacy’s controlled substances.
- Conducts a monthly audit of the patient care areas’ controlled substances.
- Prevents drug diversion.
- Provides clinical consultation and clarification to practitioners. Assures accurate, adequate, and timely drug information is supplied to the patients, family, and the professional staff.
- Facilitates the identification, resolution, implementation, and communication of cost- effective medication use issues in collaboration with the medical staff.
- Documents all clinical activities and interventions accurately and completely.
- Ensures medication reconciliation is performed accurately and timely for patients upon admission and at discharge.
- Conducts discharge education, which includes: preparing discharge prescriptions, drug information and documentation.
- Ensures pharmacy services are provided for in a timely manner.
- Controls use of investigational drugs as approved by the Institutional Review Board.
- Participates in the orientation, education, and training of the pharmacy, medical, nursing, and other staff.
- Investigates and reports on adverse drug reactions, medication errors, and drug recalls.
- Monitors drug therapy regimens for contraindications, therapeutic duplications, drug-drug interactions, drug-food interactions, drug-disease interactions, allergies, and appropriateness of drug and dose.
- Sustains the drug formulary by minimizing non-formulary procurements, utilizing therapeutic substitution, and promoting rational drug therapy selection.
- Contributes to the management of the department budget. Identifies and provides justification for capital equipment needs. Maintains inventory levels to ensure cost efficiency.
- Keeps pharmacy areas and equipment clean, neat, and well organized.
- Ensures that the pharmacy passes surveys and inspections by accrediting and regulatory agencies with no deficiencies or recommendations: IDPH, CMS, DEA, TJC, state inspections.
- Supervises the work of the pharmacy technicians, students, interns, volunteers, and oversees the daily routine workflow. Contributes to the performance appraisal of pharmacy personnel. Intervenes as necessary to correct staff behaviors and re-direct work.
- Performs the duties of a pharmacy technician as needed.
- Participates in medication use review activities.
- Contributes to the orientation and preceptorship of new employees, pharmacy students, and volunteers.
- Follows patient and personnel safety procedures as outlined in the hospital and departmental policies.
- Ability to meet the pharmaceutical care needs of the adult and geriatric age groups.
- Remains current with developments in the field of pharmacy and insures the enhancement of personal knowledge and skills by participating in seminars, in-services, reading pertinent literature, etc. Reads medical, pharmaceutical and o ther literature to determine its applicability to pharmacy and the organization.
- Performs work within specific timeframes. Adapts positively to frequent interruptions and changes in workload and/or work schedule. Able to handle high volume of work, respond quickly to emergency requests, and handles stress appropriately.
- Meets all annual and ongoing employee requirements.
- Completes all competence/skill assessment requirements.
- Complies with hospital policies regarding confidentiality of the patient’s medical information, verbally, on-line, and in print. Complies with all hospital policies related to computer use and system security. Intervenes to prevent inappropriate communications among staff, especially in public places.
- Actively participates in staff meetings, education activities (excluding the requirements of stat law), committee or task forces, and attends meetings as may be assigned.
- Maintains logs, records, and other required documentation accurately.
- Demonstrates efforts to improve patient satisfaction, lower costs, and improve quality.
- Adheres to departmental standards:
- Punctual, dependable, reports to work as scheduled.
- Maintains a neat, professional, well-groomed appearance.
- Wears hospital ID badge.
- Provides professional, courteous, cooperative, and timely service to patients, visitors, and staff.
- Reports any abuse, neglect, or other patient concerns to the Director of Pharmacy immediately.
- Supports the hospital’s mission and vision.
- Works cooperatively and actively supports departmental with all staff.
- Organizes and prioritizes work assignments.
- Works overtime when required.
- R esponds to conflict discreetly and appropriately.
- Demonstrates effective oral and written communication skills.
- Answers the telephone in a courteous manner.
- Informs other pharmacy staff and manager of real or potential problems in a timely manner.
- Follows patient and personnel safety procedures as outlined in the hospital and departmental policies. Responsible for supporting a safe work environment for self a nd others by reporting unsafe conditions to the Pharmacy Manager or Director of Pharmacy Services.
- Adheres to standard precautions for infection control.
- Assumes the essential responsibilities and perform the duties of the Pharmacy Manager and Director of Pharmacy Services in their absence.
- Performs other duties as assigned by the Pharmacy Manager or Director of Pharmacy Services.
Skills & Abilities
Excellent interpersonal, communication (written and verbal), teamwork, and customer service skills. Able to work effectively with coworkers.
Ability to comport oneself in a professional manner at all times.
Ability to handle frequent interruptions and to adapt to changes in workload and work schedule, and respond quickly to emergency requests.
Ability to work independently and handle stress appropriately.
Ability to make critical decisions, set priorities, solves problems, perform work accurately within specific times with attention to detail and exercise sound professional judgment.
Knowledge & Experience
Graduate of an ACPE-accredited School of Pharmacy with a B. S. of Pharmacy degree.
Knowledge of regulations and laws related to the practice of pharmacy
Minimum of one-year experience in a hospital pharmacy is preferred.
License & Certifications
Current licensure for pharmacist by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.
Repetitive use of hands, e.g., preparing IV admixtures, use of computer keyboard.
May require lifting and carrying light loads (up to 30 lbs.) including boxes, equipment, unit-dose cassettes, and IV solutions.
Stooping or kneeling to pick items up from the floor, e.g., to remove and replace items on lower shelves.
Sitting, walking, or standing for long periods of time, 4-8 hours is often necessary.
Must be able to physically operate the equipment used for the job.
Occasional travel/work between locations may be required.
Potential for exposure to infectious patients and materials.
Potential for exposure to hazardous and toxic substances, which may include: chemotherapy, cytotoxic drugs, and cleaning solutions.
Potential for sticks or cuts by needles and other sharp items.
Potential for musculoskeletal injuries if proper lifting and carrying techniques are not used.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not exhaustive lists of all duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills, abilities, and working conditions associated with it.