Houston Methodist West Hospital - Houston, TX

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The Staff Pharmacist II routinely provides, comprehensive, patient oriented pharmacy services in any or all areas of the department and may participate in clinical rounds and unit based pharmacy services. The Staff Pharmacist II responds to pharmacy consult request and provides direct pharmacy services to nursing, physicians, other allied health professionals and licensed independent practitioners. The Staff Pharmacist II perform effectively and maintain competency in clinical, professional, managerial and operational disciplines and is responsible for fulfilling the departments mission to provide high quality, cost effective, innovative pharmaceutical care to the people we serve in a spiritual and safe environment of caring, compassion, teamwork and personal commitment. The Staff Pharmacist II must be willing and able to provide education to others in and outside the department.



Collaborates with other health care professionals to manage patient’s total drug therapy for effectiveness, side effects, adverse drug reactions, toxicities, drug interactions, and incompatibilities following guidelines for formulary management and clinical intervention tools. Documents an average of 45 interventions per month including outcomes.


Identifies and follows up to resolve drug related problems to maximize patient outcomes for all patients. Communicates unresolved issues to the appropriate person(s). Collaborates with other health care professionals as needed for problem resolution and/or achievement of identified patient specific goals. Provides drug information to health care professionals and patients.


Exhibits competency and ability to independently manage drug therapy regimens (i.e. antibiotic stewardship, anticoagulation, renal dosing, pharmacokinetics). May rotate in the unit base pharmacy program providing operational support for order verification and problem resolution as well as clinical pharmacy support including, but not limited to, responding to pharmacy consult requests (i.e. falls, polypharmacy, protocol management), automatic stop orders, , and patient counseling.


Exhibits competency in the preparation of sterile products by completing ACPE sterile products/IV certification and completing annual process validation and media fill testing. May provide oversight of staff process validations during annual competency assessments. May rotates on the I.V. Admixture Service; performs interim and final check(s) for accuracy, completeness and quality while ensuring compliance with all USP 797 regulations for compounded sterile products preparation.


Documents and assists in investigation of medication occurrences in Patient Safety Net.


Manages daily workload fluctuations with respect to staffing assignments and work output. Oversees activities of technical staff assigned in the area. Coordinates activities with technical staff to ensure accurate and timely delivery of medications to patient care areas and quality management duties.


Processes all orders/requests accurately and efficiently, verifying appropriateness of all drugs in reference to the patient’s diagnosis, allergies, height weight, and other relevant lab data. Verifies/Confirms technician order entry and order filling/preparation prior to dispensing,


Participates in on-going process improvement within the department and through committee participation outside the department. Participates in quality management activities (i.e. quality checks, record keeping, etc). Maintains working knowledge of policies and procedures. Provides recommendations to improve workflow and initiates changes and improvements to workflow. Communicates and participates in departmental and organizational goals.


Attends and documents attendance for staff meetings, hospital meetings and educational in-services.


Participates in the selection, training and evaluation of the healthcare team including serving as a preceptor for students.


Demonstrates the components of the I CARE values statement (Integrity, Compassion, Accountability, Respect, and Excellence).


Demonstrates customer service standards (smiles and makes eye contact; greets each patient and visitor; seeks out patient and visitor contact; displays appropriate body language at all times; takes 5 minutes each day to go above and beyond for one patients or visitor; honors diversity; thanks every customer.)


Follows all hospital and department safety rules while on the job.


Performs other job related duties as assigned.

Graduation from an Accredited School of Pharmacy
Must have Bachelor of Science degree or Doctor of Pharmacy degree

Three years of hospital or demonstrated relevant experience required
Demonstrated ability to provide pharmaceutical care in an independent manner

Valid Texas licensure as a Registered Pharmacist in good standing.
Must maintain continuing education credits as required by law to maintain professional licensure.
ACPE Sterile Products/IV Certification required.
Must maintain CPR certification American Heart Association (BLS). May obtain CPR within 30 days of hire.
Must maintain Preceptor Certification. May obtain within 180 days of hire.

Must maintain working knowledge of all applicable laws and regulations specific to pharmacy practice
Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills
Must demonstrate professional and technical competence in the selection, evaluation, utilization, and distribution of drugs and drug information and apply these to all patient groups, neonate to geriatric.
Should be familiar with basic principles of rational drug therapy.
Must have basic skills in supervising and training peers, students, and supportive personnel.
Must be capable of assuming responsibility for coordinating and supervising the activities of a major pharmacy service area.
Should have experience with comprehensive pharmacy services including unit-dose drug distribution, intravenous admixture preparation, nutrition support services, and target drug monitoring.

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