Pharmacist – 40 hrs/wk
Job Summary: Pharmacists fill orders for medications, monitor patient medication therapies, and provide drug information. Pharmacists supervise and direct support personnel. In the absence of the director of pharmacy, a pharmacist may be required to assume the essential responsibilities and perform the duties of the director of pharmacy.
- Ability to work independently with minimal direct supervision.
- Ability to work cooperatively with health-system and pharmacy staff.
- Ability to handle frequent interruptions and adapt to changes in workload and work schedule.
- Ability to set priorities makes critical decisions, and responds quickly to emergency requests.
- Ability to exercise sound professional judgment.
- Ability to communicate effectively (orally and in writing)/
- Ability to meet the pharmaceutical care needs of neonatal, pediatric, adolescent, adult, geriatric, psychiatric, oncology, obstetric, rehabilitation, and skilled-nursing patients.
- Interprets medication orders (verbal and written) and transcribes to computerized patient medication profiles accurately. Maintains accurate, complete patient medication profiles.
- Prepares and dispenses medications, including sterile, chemotherapy, and parental nutrition preparation safely and accurately using appropriate techniques.
- Issues controlled substances to patient care areas and maintains records as required by law.
- Monitors medication therapy regimens for contraindications, drug-drug interactions, drug-food interactions, drug-laboratory test interactions, allergies, appropriateness of drug and does, and therapeutic duplications.
- Assists with pharmacokinetics consult service and drug dosing per organizational protocol.
- Reviews/ interprets culture and susceptibility data for antibiotic appropriateness and recommends changes, as needed.
- Reads, extracts, and interprets information in patient charts accurately.
- Detects and reports suspected adverse drug reactions and medication variances accurately and in a timely manner.
- Sustains the formulary by minimizing non-formulary procurements, utilizing therapeutic substitution protocols, and promoting rational medication therapy selection.
- Provides clinical consultation and clarification to practitioners. Recommends evidence-based medication therapy regiments and monitoring plans. Suggests appropriate, cost-effective therapeutic alternatives to medical staff, as needed.
- Provides accurate, adequate, and timely drug information to the professional staff.
- Provides drug information to patients and their families.
- Documents all clinical activities and interventions accurately and completely.
- Participates in the quality improvement and medication-use review activities of the department. Collects data; conducts quality monitors and inspections; and maintains logs, records, and other documentation as assigned.
- Participates in the development and presentation of orientation, education, and training programs to the pharmacy, medical, nursing, and other staffs.
- Supervises and directs pharmacy support personnel. Verifies the daily activities of pharmacy technicians. Participates in the performance appraisal of pharmacy support personnel.
- Works independently with minimal supervision. Organizes and prioritizes work assignments. Ensures pharmacy services are provided in a timely manner.
- Identifies and replaces outdated and unusable medications.
- Answers the telephone, identifying self and department. Directs calls to appropriate personnel. Answers requests at the window.
- Keeps pharmacy areas and equipment clean, neat, and well-organized.
- Performs essential duties of the director of pharmacy in his/her absence.
- Maintains current pharmacist licensure.
- Attends pharmacy staff meetings.
- Attends orientation, education, and training programs. Reviews literature and other materials pertinent to the practice of pharmacy.
- Completes all competence/skills assessment requirements.
- Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor.
- Complies with local, state, and federal laws and regulations.
- Meets the identified organizational requirements, work habits & promotes a collaborative & cooperative work environment.
- Performs other work-related duties as assigned.
- Ability to set priorities, multi-task and work in an organized manner.
Availability Requirements: Minimum of 40 hours per week, but hours may be long and irregular; includes evenings, weekends, and holidays as necessary.
Education, Skills, Experience Requirements:
- Graduate of an ACPE-accredited school of Pharmacy with a BS or Doctor of Pharmacy degree.
- Active pharmacist license awarded by the State of Maine.
- Health-system experience preferred, but not required.