Using clinical judgment and available resources, approves the ordering of medications for patients treated at the medical center. Oversees and directly contributes to compounding, preparation and dispensing of medications for patients of Strong Memorial Hospital & Golisano Children's Hospital in accordance with all applicable state and federal laws and regulations for Pharmacy practice. Supervises pharmacy technicians.
Medication Authorization and Distribution:
Understands and follows departmental and hospital policy and procedures related to dispensing of medications.
Dispenses medications accurately and in a timely manner.
Independently resolves problem medication orders appropriately and in a timely manner.
Processes/validates medication orders utilizing current information system technology to create and maintain accurate patient profiles.
Directs and supervises the work of technicians to ensure appropriate workflow as required.
Verbal communication to all hospital staff is conducted in an effective and professional manner.
Checks all products requiring a pharmacist approval prior to dispensing.
Participates in departmental Q/A processes such as reporting and following up on medication incidents, reconciling MARs, reporting medication adverse events and errors, etc.
Develops or participates in pediatric clinical practice by interacting with physicians, nurses, other health care professionals, and patients as a member of an interdisciplinary team on patient care units to guide and recommend appropriate medication use.
Participates in focused clinical initiatives as defined by the department (e.g. pharmacokinetic consultation, antimicrobial stewardship, etc.).
Participates in Medication Use Evaluations when appropriate.
Monitors assigned patient populations for clinical progress including renal/hepatic function, culture results, and other applicable laboratory tests. Recommends adjustments to therapy as necessary.
Documents clinical activities and interventions on a regular basis.
Participates in education of other Pharmacy staff and other healthcare professionals.
Identifies need for patient teaching and performs such tasks when necessary.
Thoroughly resolves problems with appropriate and direct communication to all pertinent staff in a clear and concise manner.
Proactive in identifying patient care problems and does not pass on problems to the next shift without exhausting reasonable attempts at resolution and communicating progress.
Problem solving will often go beyond patient-specific issues, and may require participation on interdisciplinary teams or revising hospital or departmental policy, procedures or treatment guidelines.
Performs required duties of “charge pharmacist” when scheduled, including coordination of shift resources, problem solving, staff conflict resolution, and appropriate communication from shift to shift.
Contacts supervisor for assistance when solution is beyond his/her expertise or authority.
Must be licensed or eligible for licensure in New York State and meet the following criteria:
Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy or Doctorate in Pharmacy (PharmD) (preferred).
(>1 year) of relevant acute care pharmacy experience or has successfully completed a Post Graduate-Year 1 accredited pharmacy practice residency.
The University of Rochester offers a full benefits package including, but not limited to, retirement, health insurance, disability insurance, paid time off, and relocation package. A full detail of benefits is available at: http://www.rochester.edu/working/hr/benefits/
Additional Salary Information: Salary - Open; based on background and experience.
About University of Rochester Medical Center
The University of Rochester – Strong Memorial Hospital is located in Rochester, NY on the shores of Lake Ontario. Strong Memorial Hospital is an 850-bed quaternary referral center which includes the region’s Level 1 trauma center, transplant center, comprehensive stroke center, Wilmot Cancer Institute, Golisano Children’s Hospital, and many other specialty and subspecialty services. It is the main teaching site for the University of Rochester medical and nursing students and is an important training site for pharmacy students from several schools of pharmacy including St John Fisher College Wegmans School of Pharmacy, the University at Buffalo, and D’Youville College.
Five public high schools in the metropolitan area are ranked among the 100 best high schools in America and Child and Family magazine calls Rochester one of the best places to raise a child in the U.S. Economically, Rochester ranks 5th among 300 metro areas for high-tech employment, and has two times the national average of scientists, engineers, and technical specialists living in its metro area.