St Josephs Healthcare System

  • Pharmacist (Full Time 3p-11:30p)

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    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview


    St. Joseph’s Healthcare System is recognized for the expertise and compassion of its highly skilled and responsive staff. The combined efforts of the organization’s outstanding physicians, superb nurses, and dedicated clinical and professional staff have made us one of the most highly respected healthcare organizations in the state, the largest employer in Passaic County, and one of the nation’s “100 Best Places to Work in Health Care”.



     Job Overview


    Responsible for performing and documenting patient pharmacy clinical interventions, education, and counseling that pertains to medication management and safety. Interprets, evaluates and reviews of physician inpatient orders and outpatient prescriptions in order to prepare, calculate, compound, admix and dispense appropriate medication and dosages consistent with optimum patient care. The interpretation, evaluation and review must include but is not limited to patient drug allergy review, drug-drug, drug-food interaction determination, assessment of therapeutic duplication, over/under dosing and inappropriate therapy and the prompt resolution and documentation of deficiencies found. (I.E., pharmacist is responsible to ensure the dispensation of the right medication, at the right dosage, for the right medical indication, at the right time, to the right patient. Engages in practices that promote and advance professional practice, education, patient safety, and collaboration with other health care practitioners.


    Interprets and evaluates physician orders in order to prepare, calculate and dispense appropriate medication dosage forms for inpatient and outpatient treatment in accordance with the New Jersey Board of Pharmacy, Department of Health, Federal Drug Laws (F.D.A.) and CMS Accreditation Organizations (e.g. DNV). Communication with physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other health care providers to insure prompt clarification of orders that deviate from protocols/guidelines or are unclear, illegible, incomplete or in error in the opinion of the pharmacist and to recommend alternatives for inappropriate therapy. Reviews, maintains and screens patient medication records and profiles for allergies, drug interactions, therapeutic duplications, inappropriate dosages and routes of administration, non formulary drugs, adverse drug reactions while entering orders and or verifying patient medication cassettes. The documentation of deficiencies found and the prompt resolution thereof with the prescribing physician is essential to satisfy the pharmacists responsibility to assure the optimal outcome of the patients drug therapy. Provides drug information and or educational programs to health care professionals and to hospital inpatients and outpatients as required by regulations. Is cross-trained and able to work in all functions and positions of the pharmacy department and at multiple hospital pharmacy sites within the SJHCS. Dispensation and inventory control of controlled substances, to include accurate dispensation of controlled drug floor stock to the nursing units, assistance in the resolution of inventory discrepancies. Ensures proper storage and security of medications, maintain adequate stock supplies of all medications, return or destroy out of date medications, expedite the acquisition and distribution of out of stock medications, medications not routinely stocked that may be needed in emergency situations or as a result of approved but unconventional therapies or dosages. Compounds and prepares dosage forms not commercially available with the assurance they meet U.S.P. standards as to weight, accuracy, efficacy, sterility and stability. Prepares intravenous medications in the controlled aseptic environment of the I.V. additive service. Expert knowledge must be maintained as to aseptic technique, microbiologic environmental testing, dosage calculation, proper mixing techniques, drug/diluents, drug/drug incompatibilities, proper precautions needed for preparation of chemotherapeutic agents, operation and maintenance of IV glove box and biological isolator cabinets. Actively participates with clinical programs, quality assurance, and performance improvement activities of the department as required. Activities include but are not limited to: documenting and performing clinical interventions (330/yr FT, 160/yr PT, 2/shift PD), medication reconciliation, adherence with the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, anticoagulation management and counseling, congestive heart failure profile review, utilization review, adverse drug reaction reporting, IV to PO conversions, etc. Acts in capacity as Charge Pharmacist as delineated by Charge Pharmacist task list. Ensures hand off communication and follows up to make sure all clinical activities are complete. Assists with automated dispensing machine troubleshooting, dispensing, and discrepancy resolution issues. Assist in the supervision of pharmacy technicians and interns, in the distributive functions and department operations to ensure appropriate, timely and secure delivery of medication to nursing units and other departments (routine deliveries and unit dose cassette exchanges). Exhibits competent use of technology, computers, and systems required for distribution, handling, processing, and security of medication inventory. Meets all required competencies for department, unit and/or hospital. Responsible for performing all other duties as assigned. Special Projects


    Work requires the knowledge of theories, principles, and concepts acquired through completion of a PharmD (BS Pharmacy degree may be accepted as entry level for pharmacist position). NJ Board of Pharmacy Licensure and registration required. Pharmacy Residency and Board Certification in clinical pharmacy practice (e.g. Board Certification in Pharmacotherapy BCPS) Certificate is preferred. Immunizer Licensure as outline by the NJ Board of Pharmacy required. New hires have one year from date of hire to receive Immunizer Licensure. Work requires providing direct patient care to neonate, pediatric, adolescent, young adult, adult and geriatric patients.


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