We are recruiting for various inpatient clinical pharmacist and pharmacy specialist positions across multiple hospital locations:
Critical Care Specialist- Mercy Hospital, Fort Smith, AR
Oncology Specialist, Clinical Pharmacist (Days or Evenings options available)- Mercy Hospital, Springfield, MO
Infectious Disease Specialist- Mercy Hospital South, St. Louis, MO
Mercy is the 6th largest Catholic healthcare system in the United States and includes 30 acute care and critical access hospitals, 15 specialty hospitals, and more than 800 physician practices and outpatient facilities across Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma.
Mercy Hospital Fort Smith:
348 Inpatient Beds (to expand to 375 in early 2025)
38 Critical Care Beds (to expand to 64 in early 2025)
Emergency Department expansion to be completed in early 2025
Advanced Primary Stroke Center
Level III Trauma Center
Level IIIA NICU
Family Medicine and Internal Medicine Physician Residency Programs
Mercy Hospital Springfield:
914 Inpatient Beds
80 Critical Care Beds
Level I Trauma Center
Level I STEMI Center
Comprehensive Stroke Center
Level IIIB NICU
PGY1, PGY2 Critical Care, and PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency Programs
Mercy Hospital South:
767 Inpatient Beds
Level II Trauma Center
Level I STEMI Center
Comprehensive Stroke Center
Level II NICU
Works with members of the health care team to provide safe and effective drug therapy. Serves as a drug information resource to pharmacy, nursing, and medical staffs as well as to patients. Performs duties and responsibilities in a manner consistent with our mission, values, and mercy standards.
Job Description Responsibilities:
Follows confidentiality policies & procedures.
Coordination of Services
Coordinates efforts with department operational staff.
Evaluates medication orders for potential clinical and operational problems.
Exercises judgment in prioritizing daily activities and demonstrates fiscal responsibility in the planning and utilization of resources.
Assists in developing and certifying competencies in department staff in relation to their delegated roles and responsibilities in patient care practice areas.
Participates in quality assurance activities including documenting problems and recommending resolutions.
Monitors drug therapy through chart or patient profile reviews and interactions with other health care professionals and intervenes when appropriate.
Direct supervision of medication acquisition, preparation, documentation, and dispensing activities
Compliance with FDA mandates and self-imposed manufacturer restrictions on medications, as applicable
Adhere to labeling requirements and/or study/protocol guidelines for experimental or off-label use of medications
FDA-mandated medication guides are printed for consumer safety and education
Pharmacy adheres to site of care dispensing and administration requirements, when applicable
Respond promptly and appropriately to FDA, wholesaler, and manufacturer recalls
Adhere to all conditions of limited distribution or restricted access drug programs, as required by the manufacturer or FDA
Acquire medications from authorized, licensed vendors
Compliance with REMS programs and Limited Distribution Drug (LDD) requirements
Enroll or renew enrollment for any/all REMS or LDD programs for which medication is dispensed for their site, as required by the manufacturer or FDA
Complete training and/or certification programs as required by the REMS/LDD program
Ensure that coworkers are trained on the risks, monitoring, dispensing, and reporting requirements of the REMS/LDD medication
Ensure that patients are informed and educated of risks and/or monitoring requirements of REMS/LDD medication
Acquire medications from authorized suppliers and only for the site of care for which it is intended
Development and active oversight of approved policies and procedures establishing safe practices for medication and infusion therapy handling as required in the pharmacy, during transport and at the administration site as applicable (ambulatory infusion centers, home infusion pharmacies, and patients’ homes).
Accurately review and interpret prescriptions received electronically or by phone from Doctor’s offices.
Ensure that no drug duplication or drug to drug interaction exists and ensure that patient is not allergic to any medication prescribed.
Efficiently performs other professional pharmacist duties including the safe procurement, preparation, labeling, distribution, and control of all drugs.
Notify appropriate medical/nursing staff whenever appropriate drug therapy is questionable.
Interpret, clarify, and transcribe all medication orders accurately and timely.
Document medication order clarifications.
Review patient profile to ensure appropriate drug selection and dosage (no drug duplication, interactions, or allergies) and route of administration with accurate and complete information.
Document all relevant interactions with patient and healthcare provider.
Document adverse drug reaction appropriately.
Provide accurate and timely filling of prescription and supply orders.
As a course of professional responsibility, the pharmacist is required to perform DUR for each prescription dispensed from the pharmacy.
NCPDP claims are to be successfully adjudicated prior to dispensing.
Medical coverage & authorization must be confirmed prior to compounding or dispensing of all sterile compounds.
Participate in drug product selection and perpetual inventory maintenance with appropriate inventory control in accordance with local, state, and federal regulation.
The pharmacist is responsible for reporting and monitoring adverse drug and device related events pursuant to Mercy policy.
The pharmacist providing care to home infusion patients will be responsible for selection of products, devices, and ancillary supplies when appropriate. The appropriate administration method will be patient specific based on pharmacy assessment.
Compound and prepare prescription products or directly supervise their preparation for dispensing when applicable.
Coordination of Care
Collaboration and communication with the multidisciplinary team providing services to the patient.
When appropriate, collaboration with members of the multidisciplinary team such as prescribers and nurses to ensure proper vascular access can be achieved for treatment administration.
Works in cooperation with all other pharmacy departments.
Provide accurate, adequate, and timely drug information/education and consultation to patients and their families as required by regulatory authorities.
Direct supervision of pharmacy coworkers.
Ability to complete day-end, month-end, and year-end assignments
Anticipates and responds to the needs of both internal and external clients.
Participates in the pharmacy on call rotation as applicable.
Performs all other duties as assigned by appropriate management.
Oversee workflow of the pharmacy technicians
Oversee daily packaging and shipping procedure of the pharmacy technicians
Oversee completion of other duties assigned to the pharmacy technicians
Ensures full compliance with all state and federal laws including third party billing practices and accuracy
The pharmacist will be available to answer phones during scheduled business hours. It is the expectation that professional correspondence will include a timely response to emails, phone calls and other co-worker requests. Patient care issues will be dealt with promptly and professionally, in a manner consistent with Mercy Service Standards.
After hours – When applicable, on-call duties will include, but not be limited to answering questions (from patient’s, caregivers, nurses, physicians, and couriers), responding to emergency drug or supply needs, and filling new orders received after hours for new or existing patients.
Is well informed of current Ministry-wide and departmental policies/procedures.
Complies with standards of regulatory, accrediting and licensing agencies.
Participates in department initiatives (e.g., MUE, policy review, etc.)
Demonstrates proficiency with pharmacy software and the electronic health record.
Works to developing an understanding of the intake/authorization process as well as pharmacy reimbursement.
Receives training as necessary to ensure possession of required knowledge and skills necessary for the provision of home infusion and nonsterile compounding services.
Participates in ongoing continuing education activities to update and enhance knowledge and skills related to home infusion and nonsterile compounding.
Participates in an ongoing competence assessment program which will be conducted and documented prior to compounding or supervising compounding staff, and performed on an ongoing basis (at least annually) thereafter.
Sterile technique will be observed and evaluated as satisfactory initially prior to compounding or supervising compounding staff and at least annually thereafter. Evaluation includes observation, practical tests and process validation.
Competency assessments include practical skills (e.g., aseptic technique challenge), clinical competencies (e.g., assessing patients, developing a plan to manage patient care, and executing the plan), equipment competencies, and patient teaching competencies).
Assists in training and in continuing education programs for other pharmacy co-workers.
Other duties as assigned.
Develop professional responsibility through both formal and informal continued professional education, as well as collaboration with other pharmacists and health care professionals. Maintain current knowledge of “Best Practices” of the industry. The pharmacist will participate in ongoing competence assessment.
Uses Mercy Signature Service communication skills and Demonstrates professionalism and customer service in daily activities. Communicates appropriate information between shifts.
Displays professional and courteous behavior when working with other Mercy Co-Workers
Adheres to Mercy Appearance Policy Maintains (dress code and proper hygiene). Utilizes Personal Protective Equipment when applicable.
Must be able to work under time constraints to complete tasks by hourly deadlines
Qualifications: Education: Minimum requirement of Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in pharmacy. Licensure: Requires a current pharmacist license from state of practice (Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas and/or Kansas) Experience: At least 1 year of relevant pharmacy experience Certifications: ACPE accredited immunization training with active CPR/BLS certification
Mercy, one of the 25 largest U.S. health systems and named the top large system in the U.S. for excellent patient experience by NRC Health, serves millions annually with nationally recognized quality care and one of the nation’s largest Accountable Care Organizations. Mercy is a highly integrated, multi-state health care system including more than 40 acute care, managed and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, convenient and urgent care locations, imaging centers and pharmacies. Mercy has 900 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 4,000 Mercy Clinic physicians and advanced practitioners, and more than 40,000 co-workers serving patients and families across Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.