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Job ID: 204295
Work Type: PT -19 HOURS
Location: West Chester, PA, United States
Work Schedule: Every 4th Weekend. Rotating Shifts.
DescriptionPenn Medicine is dedicated to our tripartite mission of providing the highest level of care to patients, conducting innovative research, and educating future leaders in the field of medicine. Working for this leading academic medical center means collaboration with top clinical, technical and business professionals across all disciplines.
General Summary Statement
The inpatient pharmacist is responsible and accountable for the provision of safe, effective, and prompt medication therapy. The inpatient pharmacist provides support of centralized and decentralized medication-use systems and collaborates with physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses, and other members of the healthcare team to deliver optimal medication therapy to patients with a broad range of disease states. Pharmaceutical care services include, but are not limited to, assessing patient needs, incorporating age and disease specific characteristics into drug therapy and patient education, adjusting care according to patient response, and providing clinical interventions to detect, mitigate, and prevent medication adverse events.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
1. Demonstrates the skills necessary to provide job duties as appropriate for the age of the patients served, including neonatal, pediatric and adult patients. This includes monitoring dosing for patients based on age, weight and renal and hepatic function.
2. Communicates effectively and appropriately with healthcare providers and caregivers (physicians, nurses, etc.) and assures continuity of pharmaceutical care between shifts and among staff.
3. Monitors drug therapy for appropriate dosing, frequency, drug-interactions, contraindications and allergies.
4. Provides current drug information which includes a thorough understanding of new medications, dosage requirements, indications, contraindications, pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, side effects and adverse reactions and precautions.
5. Performs therapeutic drug monitoring and pharmacokinetic dosing of targeted medications including vancomycin and aminoglycosides.
6. Documents all clinical interventions in the electronic medical record.
7. Interprets physicians’ orders, corrects and/or clarifies any ambiguous, incomplete, or erroneous orders by direct communication with the physician. Informs physician of non-formulary and restricted items as they are ordered and recommends appropriate substitution.
8. Supervises technician functions. Is knowledgeable of technician responsibilities and time commitments. Checks accuracy of technician distribution functions in order to assist and/or fill-in when workload dictates.
9. Participate in pharmacy operations, medication dispensing, and oversees pharmacy technician activities.
10. Maintains proficiency in hospital computer systems and pharmacy automation technology.
11. Checks Omnicell medication restock before delivered to the floor by a pharmacy technician.
12. Processes controlled substances from the Omnicell Controlled Substance Machine. Alerts system analyst(s) of any discrepancies. Reviews Omnicell CSM reports for accuracies in floor deliveries.
13. Oversees sterile product preparation and ensures compliance with USP 797/800 regulations.
14. Verifies physician orders accurately and in a timely fashion. Understands all CPOE functionality and knows when to correct an inappropriate entry which may include contacting the ordering physician.
15. Participates in the training of new employees.
16. Adheres to federal and state laws, regulations of governing agencies such as Joint Commission, DEA, OSHA, etc. and hospital policies regarding the drug use, documentation, and control.
17. Adheres to OSHA standards for pharmacy when preparing IV chemotherapy orders.
Education Training and Experience
Must be a graduate of a school of pharmacy. One-year hospital experience preferred.
PA Pharmacy license required.We believe that the best care for our patients starts with the best care for our employees. Our employee benefits programs help our employees get healthy and stay healthy. We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits program that includes one of the finest prepaid tuition assistance programs in the region. Penn Medicine employees are actively engaged and committed to our mission. Together we will continue to make medical advances that help people live longer, healthier lives.
We are an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, familial status, genetic information, domestic or sexual violence victim status, citizenship status, military status, status as a protected veteran or any other status protected by applicable law.