Job Description

Location: Morton Hospital
Posted Date: 2/2/2024
Job Type: Full Time
Department: 2100.54100 SMH Pharmacy

About Steward Health Care
Nearly a decade ago, Steward Health Care System emerged as a different kind of health care company designed to usher in a new era of wellness. One that provides our patients better, more proactive care at a sustainable cost, our providers unrivaled coordination of care, and our communities greater prosperity and stability.
As the country's largest physician-led, minority-owned, integrated health care system, our doctors can be certain that we share their interests and those of their patients. Together we are on a mission to revolutionize the way health care is delivered - creating healthier lives, thriving communities and a better world.

Steward is among the nation’s largest and most successful accountable care organizations (ACO), with more than 5,500 providers and 43,000 health care professionals who care for 12.3 million patients a year through a closely integrated network of hospitals, multispecialty medical groups, urgent care centers, skilled nursing facilities and behavioral health centers.
Based in Dallas, Steward currently operates 33 hospitals across Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

***Pharmacist 40hrs/Day/Evening Split Shift

POSITION SUMMARY:

Fill orders with accuracy; check technician prepared products before release; maintain security of pharmacy and controlled substances; enter orders and patient information with accuracy; aid in the training of new staff; update the Director about the daily activities of the pharmacy; aid the Director in maintaining the pharmacy.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Enters correct charges for all medications
  • Enters correct medication, including description, strength, route, expiration date, and start/stop dates
  • Enters mg/kg dosing for peds/neonates. Refers all pediatric orders for double check
  • Corrects all orders which are entered in error or may be misunderstood. Reviews and responds to all Holds by nursing
  • Posts debits/credits accurately
  • Follows all ATS conversions based on substitutions approved by P&T
  • Maintains order entry error rate <2%
  • Enters all patient demographic information as needed
  • Completes work assignments within an acceptable time frame
  • Generates required reports
  • Alerts Director of any problems with system software or hardware
  • Assists technicians in performing technical tasks
  • Accurately completes IV process
  • Maintains aseptic technique
  • Recycles products as appropriate
  • Labels containers accurately including auxiliary labels
  • Prioritizes workload
  • Assists Tech in restocking shelves and rotating stock
  • Disposes of all waste properly
  • Checks technician prepared products prior to release.
  • Enters correct patient data for all TPN’s via the intranet
  • Clarifies all TPN orders prior to order entry
  • Performs all calculations and worksheets for chemotherapy
  • Completes all documentation and double checks
  • Takes required protective measures and ensures that technicians take all required protective measures.
  • Disposes of chemotherapy waste properly
  • Prepares and dispenses drug products throughout the hospital (or directly supervises qualified pharmacy technician in these functions)
  • Insures the appropriateness of drug dose and frequency for each medication ordered before dispensing. Clarifies any ambiguities with prescriber.
    • Reviews all physician orders for appropriateness
  • Prepares, labels, and dispenses all drug products using appropriate technique
  • Fills all orders with correct medication
  • Checks support staff accuracy prior to medication delivery
  • Prioritizes work to prepare stat, now and waiting in order of importance
  • Checks all medications for delivery to nursing floors in a timely fashion
  • Oversees daily technician activities to maintain an effective workflow
  • Maintains records as required by law to document drug transactions within the Pharmacy and throughout the hospital.
    • Controlled drug sign-out sheets are initiated correctly and terminated correctly when new supplies issued.
    • Investigational drug logs and perpetual inventories are accurate and current.
  • Completes all Controlled Substance logs and paperwork appropriately
  • Maintains required Continuing education and gives copies to management
  • Checks that all batch logs are completed accurately
  • Follows non-formulary drug procedures
  • Completes medication error reports as needed
  • Orders medications when stock is low
  • Keeps Director informed of abnormal use of items
  • Loans and borrows medications per policy
  • Safely uses departmental equipment
  • Disposes of waste in the proper containers
  • Is able to locate the MSDS Sheets, disaster manual, safety manual, Infection control, P&P, etc. (Use of hospital intranet)
  • Demonstrates fire safety verbally.
  • Checks expiration dates of all medications
  • Assists in training of new staff
  • Helps in other areas of pharmacy as needed
  • Is able to refill, check and bill Emergency Med Carts, TPA kits, etc
  • Maintains security of pharmacy.
  • Maintains security of controlled substances
  • Supervises activities of support staff effectively
  • Provides Director with feedback regarding activities of support staff.
  • Work with other pharmacists and technicians to settle work priority disputes
  • Informs oncoming staff of pending problems, call backs, etc Communication between shifts
  • Reviews patient profile to ensure appropriate and safe drug therapy
    • No therapeutic duplication.
    • Prevents significant drug interactions.
    • Prevents avoidable ADR secondary to Allergies. Updates allergies on order entry
    • Medication ordered is appropriate for Patient height, weight, age, renal function and disease state.
  • Serves as a hospital resource for drug information, including indications, doses routes, side effects, adverse reactions, drug interactions, pharmacokinetics, and product availability. Able to utilize appropriate reference materials when necessary.
  • TPN Screening
    • Contacts physician on any unusual order.
    • Familiar with normal concentrations of additives.
    • Capable of calculating fluid, electrolyte and calorie needs
  • Clarifies controversial orders with physician formulation
  • Participates in drug inventory control through formulary management, performing therapeutic interchanges per policy and purchasing.
  • Responsible for maintaining the pharmaceutical quality assurance standards
  • Provides assistance to the Director of Pharmacy in attending specified. Committees and participating in activities of the hospital when requested.
  • Provide input/suggestions to improve the pharmaceutical services provided.
  • Is familiar with, and follows, Federal and State laws regarding the profession of pharmacy.
  • Is knowledgeable in uses and dosages of medicines and is familiar with drug incompatibilities.
  • Understands pharmaceutical and chemical procedures and techniques, and weights and measures in all systems.
  • Understands the role of the pharmacy department in the hospital and it’s relationship with other departments.
  • Generates reports and completes all clinical functions related to reports such as Renal dosing, IV to PO, Falls Assessment and Anesthesia audits,
  • Informs oncoming shift of patients or issues requiring monitoring or follow up.
  • Reviews patient profile for requisite background information prior to contacting physician.
  • Drug Information
    • Keep current on new drugs
    • Answers questions timely and accurately
  • Continuously assesses and improves the performance of care and services provided. Offers creative solutions or alternatives to issues or concerns.
  • Uses systematic methods to improve services, plan changes and evaluate outcomes.
  • Demonstrates effective problem solving techniques and promotes same in others.
  • Maintains awareness, actively supports the mission, goals and objective of the hospital and department.
  • Completes special projects on time.
  • Willingness to participate and complete other duties as assigned or requested.
  • Is part of a team effort to insure quality and safe services.
  • Produces quality results.
  • Accepts responsibility for all work performed and takes appropriate corrective action as needed.
  • Utilizes the pharmacy computer system to fulfill his/her job duties.
  1. Enters new drug orders into computer accurately.
  2. Checks all ordered drug against reported patient allergies, updates all allergies.
  3. Reviews existing patient drug therapy regarding potential drug interactions with proposed new drug

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS:

  • Ability to work independently and handle stress appropriately.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with other members of hospital and pharmacy staff.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks, and adapt to changes in workload and work schedule.
  • Ability to set priorities, makes critical decisions, and responds to client concerns.
  • Fosters a team environment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively (verbal and written).

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE/LICENSURE/TECHNICAL/OTHER:

  1. Education: Graduate of a college of pharmacy accredited by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE). Doctor of Pharmacy degree preferred.
  2. Experience (Type & Length): One to two years of hospital pharmacy experience preferred. Hospital pharmacy residency preferred. Very good drug knowledge base including pharmacokinetics dosing and nutritional support. Working computer knowledge. Effective communication skills, verbal and written.
  3. Certification/Licensure: Current MA Pharmacist License

Steward Health Care is proud to be a minority, physician owned organization. Diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging are at the foundation of the care we provide, the community services we support and all our employment practices. We do not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and or expression or any other non-job-related characteristic.

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