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Lead Pharmacist-UPMC Mercy

Description

UPMC Mercy is hiring a Full-Time Lead Pharmacist to support the Pharmacy department at our Pittsburgh, PA location.

The shift of this position will be rotating between daylight and evening shifts.

It is strongly preferred that candidates have knowledge of sterile compounding USP 800 and hazardous medication knowledge.


Purpose:

Ensure the timely provision of cost-effective drug therapy contributing to optimal patient outcomes, provide experimental education for present and future health care practitioners, and support drug-related research.

Responsibilities:
  • Participate in the education and training of present and future healthcare practitioners, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, pharmacy residents and pharmacy students.
  • Hospital experience preferred.

  • Sterile compounding and USP 800 knowledge.  

  • Serve as an active team member, making positive contributions to patient care outcomes and department goals.
  • Develop workflow guidelines, policies and procedures, and other necessary tools (assignment sheets, scheduling, etc.) to maximize productivity and standardize practices in the department and/or practice area.
  • Assure that the proper drug is dispensed to the correct patient for administration at the appropriate time, and that proper technique is used in the preparation of drugs
  • Assure adequate inventory of drugs and supplies necessary for proper patient care. Assist in the procurement as needed, by following established procedures.
  • Participate in the departmental quality improvement program in order to continually improve and evaluate pharmaceutical care as reflected by operational and patient care indicators.
  • Use computer skills to process patient medication orders/prescriptions and maintain all necessary patient information.
  • Supervise the daily activities and assist in training and education of pharmacy technicians and student interns.
  • Facilitate and/or assist with development of quality improvement and cost-reduction initiatives based on JCAHO indicators and department target drug monitoring projects.
  • Demonstrate the required attendance and punctuality as scheduled.
  • Maintain collaborative relationships with Clinical Director/Primary Care Nurses/Physicians via handling patient care issues as they arise. Consult with Pharmacy Manager as appropriate.
  • Conduct necessary meeting with pharmacy team members and/or health care team members to facilitate service changes/improvements.
  • Evaluate each patient's medication order/prescription for appropriateness of drug selection, drug dosage and dosage form, taking into consideration patient specific factors such as disease state(s), age, weight, sex, eliminating organ function, diagnosis and allergies. Apply pharmacokinetic principles when appropriate. Consult with prescriber for corrections or clarifications if needed.
  • Provide timely, comprehensive and accurate drug information to physicians, nurses, patients and personnel of other departments.
  • Support drug-related research by assisting in the procurement, accountability, storage, preparation and distribution of study drugs. Design and coordinate research as appropriate.
  • Participate in the education & training of present & future health care practitioners, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, pharmacy residents, & pharmacy students.
  • Complete all staff competencies and perform duties of staff pharmacist as listed below.
  • Supervise the daily activities & assist in the training & education of pharmacy technicians & student interns. Provide feedback when appropriate.
  • Direct and schedule personnel assigned to their team. Authorize extra hours and overtime as required.
  • Assure that the proper drug is dispensed to the correct patient in a timely manner, & that proper technique is used in the preparation of drugs. Verify NDC numbers of drug used to fill the prescription with the NDC number on the prescription.
  • Maintain accurate records for all controlled substances. Assure that all such drugs are stored and dispensed in compliance with Federal, State and Department Regulations.
  • Maintain professional competency through participation in continuing education and staff development programs. Provide formal and informal in-service education activities.
  • Implement Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee policies including, but not limited to, drug usage evaluation, formulary restrictions, adverse drug reaction reporting and therapeutic and generic substitutions.
  • Maintain the financial accountability of the department by assuring that proper procedures are used in the third party rejects in a timely manner.

Qualifications

  • B.S. degree or a Pharm.D. degree from an accredited School of Pharmacy required. 
  • Post licensure experience preferred.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Pharmacist
  • Act 34

  • UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

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