Clinical Staff Pharmacist

Location: Washington, DC
Date Posted: 03-15-2018
This position is responsible for providing pharmaceutical support to the Director/Assistant Director of Pharmacy Services, by assisting with patient care, education & training, research and community services, at Howard University Hospital.
Reporting to this position are Pharmacy Assistants
Interacts internally with physicians, patients and their families, staff, faculty, students, healthcare providers, vendors, Hospital and University officials and the general public.
Interacts externally with physicians, patients their families, and the general public.
  • Provides pharmaceutical care to patients of all ages in an effective and efficient manner by collaboratively interacting with a variety' of Hospital personnel.
  • Participates in monitoring and forecasting the level of pharmaceutical inventory used to improve the efficient and economical operation of the pharmacy.
  • Assumes legal responsibility for the proper interpretation of prescriptions and correct medication dispensation for patients of all ages.
  • Obtains information from physicians' prescriptions to select, compound and dispense various types of drugs and pharmaceutical products.
  • Checks dosages as they relate to age to detect therapeutic and physical incompatibility, and contacts physicians when incompatibility occurs.
  • Ensures proper labeling, packaging and storage of all pharmaceutical products dispensed.
  • Prepares the sterile dose forms dispensed by the Intravenous Admixture and Chemotherapy Services.
  • Documents pharmaceutical care interventions as appropriate to quality pharmacy services provided.
  • Checks all finished prescriptions to ensure that each step has been completed accurately and in accordance with established Pharmacy Department's policies and procedures.
  • Maintains an operating perpetual inventory record of scheduled drugs/common drugs for Hospital distribution.
  • Maintains all appropriate records required by licensing authorities to maintain a current license.
  • Oversees the clinical practice of Pharmacy Assistants.
  • Participates in the training of Pharmacy students, Pharmacy residents, other allied health personnel, and serves as a drug information resource for the Hospital.
  • Maintains and monitors prepackaged medications and supplies.
  • Performs monthly inspections of assigned areas for proper labeling, storage of drugs, outdated drugs, overstocking of medication and scheduled drugs/common drugs. 
  • Communicates effectively with employees, patients, visitors, and demonstrates sensitivity, respectfulness and responsiveness in addressing their needs.
  • Adheres to University/Hospital, departmental policies and procedures.
  • Promotes adherence to the Health Sciences Compliance Program, the Howard University Code of Ethics and the Health Sciences Standards of Conduct.
  • Attends annual and periodic mandatory Compliance Program training including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy training.
  • Participates in activities that promote adherence to federal healthcare program requirements.
  • Actively participates in Health Sciences Compliance Program activities.
  • Adheres to the requirements of the HIPAA Privacy Policies and Procedures.
  • Maintains confidentiality of patients, families, and staff.
  • Assumes other duties and responsibilities that are related and appropriate to the position and area.  The above responsibilities are a general description of the level and nature of the work assigned to this classification, and are not to be considered as all-inclusive.
  • Ability to provide pharmaceutical care to patients of all ages in an accurate, effective and efficient manner by collaboratively interacting with a variety of Hospital personnel.
  • Ability to supervise others effectively.
  • Ability to train students and residents effectively and efficiently.
  • Ability to maintain and monitor pharmaceutical products effectively and efficiently.
  • Ability to perform regular inspections of assigned areas for proper labeling, storage, date and stocking.
  • Ability to use standard office equipment, which includes a computer.
  • Ability to carefully check pediatric/neonatal orders and prepared doses.
  • Ability to adapt to daily work assignments and frequent interruptions.
  • Familiarity with handling, storing and special preparation techniques for pharmaceuticals.
  • Competence in both oral and written English.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and harmonious work relationships with staff, physicians, Hospital and University officials, and the general public.
  • Must demonstrate collaboration; accountability; respect; excellence; and service.
  • Works with team members and peers in and outside of their immediate work group to create an exceptional experience for patients, students and other visitors; looks for ways to achieve departmental/institutional results by partnering.
  • Accepts responsibility for his/her actions to provide health care and or ancillary functions in a highly efficient and compassionate manner.  The employee must function as a Steward (Have Ownership) of the Howard values that foster a commitment to improving the patient and student experience, organizational efficiency and the environment.
  • Embraces diversity; cares holistically for those we serve; treats all as we would like to be treated; manages the patient’s right to privacy with meticulous care 100% of the time and keeps patient and proprietary information about the institution confidential.
  • Anticipates the patient’s and student’s needs, presents as a model representative of the institution and maintains high standards of care while striving to improve performance and create exceptional experiences for our customers.
  • Behaves in a friendly, resourceful and professional manner towards all they encounter; treats patients, students and visitors in the same way that they would want their family members or themselves to be treated.
  • Bachelor's degree in Pharmacy from an accredited institution.  PHARMD preferred.
  • PGY1 trained.
  • Registration as a Pharmacist in the District of Columbia or eligibility for reciprocity from another jurisdiction.
Able to sit, stand, walk, speak, hear, see, compare, evaluate, interpret, organize, and write (finger dexterity) for extended periods of time.
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