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Pharmacist (Oakdale) - Per Diem

Location: Oakdale, CA

Job Description

Staff Pharmacist is responsible for the accurate identification, preparation and distribution of drugs, the monitoring of patient drug therapies, and the provision of pharmaceutical care to patients served.  Pharmacists supervise and direct ancillary personnel (technician, interns) working in their immediate area.  In the absence of a Pharmacy Supervisor, a pharmacist may be required to assume essential responsibilities and perform the duties of the Pharmacy Manager.
This position provides care/service to a critically ill through rehabilitating, neonatal through geriatric patient population in a manner that demonstrates an understanding of the functional and/or developmental age of the individual served.

  1. Prepares and dispenses medication orders per physician request according to OVHD policy and procedures and protocols.  Including, but not limited to:
  • Interprets medication orders (written and verbal) accurately.
  • Transcribes orders to the computerized patient medication profiles accurately.  Maintains accurate, complete patient profiles
  • Evaluate patient medication regimens.
  • Screen for allergy information before dispensing medication.
  • Screen for drug-drug/food-drug interactions.
  • Screen for duplication of treatment.
  • Appropriately doses medication according to patient’s renal function and age.
  • Screens patient profile for allergy information, allergies are reviewed prior to dispensing medications.
  1. Maintains drug formulary making rational drug therapy decisions
  • Sustains the formulary by minimizing non-formulary procurement, utilizing therapeutic substitution protocols, and promoting rational drug therapy selection.
  • Provides clinical consultation and clarification to practitioners.  Suggests appropriate cost-effective therapeutic alternatives to the medical staff, as needed.
  • Initiates therapeutic interchanges according to protocol.
  • Participates in the quality improvement and medication use review activities of the department.
  1. Prepares and Dispenses IV admixters orders per physician request according to OVHD’s policy and procedures:
  • Compounds and dispenses large and small volume parenterals accurately.
  • Compounds and dispenses TPN accurately.
  • Compounds and dispenses chemotherapy products accurately.
  1. Contributes to the quality and effective operations of the department:
  • Supervises and directs pharmacy supportive personnel.  Verifies the daily activities of the pharmacy technicians.
  • Works independently with minimal supervision.  Organizes and prioritizes work assignments.  Ensures pharmacy services are provided in a timely manner.
  • 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 the essential duties of pharmacy management if management is absent.
  • Fosters a team environment by providing orientation and training to new team members.  Assists coworkers in tasks, as time permits.
  1. Performs procedures for the appropriate control and storage of medication.
  • Completes inspections of all assigned medication storage areas at least monthly.  Identifies and replaces outdated and unusable drugs.
  • Maintains emergency drugs supplies appropriately.
  1. Maintains competence required for current job title/position.
  • 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 assessment/skills lists as required.
  • Dispensing systems.
  • Laminar flow hoods.
  • Bio-safety cabinets.
  • Pyxis.
Ensures the safe, appropriate, cost-effective medication therapies for patients according to established policies, procedures and protocols.
  • Reads, extracts and interprets information in patient charts accurately.
  • Detects and reports suspected adverse drug reactions accurately and in a timely manner.
  • Appropriately assess patients drug therapy for timely conversion of IV to PO medications.
Documents distributive and clinical activities appropriately.
  • Adverse Drug Reaction Form
  • Medication Use Evaluation Form
  • Clinical notes on patient profile
  • Patients Medical Record
  • Productivity statistics documentation
Monitors safety parameters.
  • Monitors medication safety through medication administration record and profile checks.
  • Monitors narcotic discrepancies for assigned patient care areas.
Provides education, training and drug information to health professionals and patients.
  • Provides accurate, adequate and timely drug information to the professional staff.
  • Provides drug information to patients and their families.
  • Effectively works with the residents and students.
  • Articulate drug information at all levels of understanding.
  • Demonstrates willingness, interest and availability to increase knowledge and training.


Job Requirements

Minimum Education:
Graduate of an ACPE-accredited School of Pharmacy with a BS Pharmacy Degree
Pharm.D. degree and completion of an ASHP residency preferred
Knowledge of unit dose systems, IV admixture, chemotherapy, pharmacokinetics and drug use evaluation required
Minimum Experience/Skills:
Previous hospital and clinical pharmacy experience preferred
Able to perform basic mathematical calculations
Current CA Registered Pharmacist License
Physical Demands:
Prolonged, extensive or considerable standing/walking
Lifts, positions, pushes up to 50 pounds
Considerable reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling, crouching
Manual dexterity and mobility
Ability to move quickly
Vision Requirements:
Ability to adjust vision sufficiently to perform duties
Working Conditions:
Regularly exposed to the risk of contagious and blood borne diseases
Subject to varying and unpredictable situations
Exposure to unpleasant elements (accidents, injuries, illness)
Emergency and crisis situations
Subject to irregular hours
Increased stress due to multiple calls and inquiries
Occasional exposure to radiation hazards, radioactive substances and biohazard material