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Clin Pharmacist

Company: UMass Memorial Health Care
Location: Fitchburg
Posted on: May 31, 2021

Job Description:

Requisition #: 214348


Department: PHARMACY

Location: UMass Memorial Medical Center

Grade: 30A

Posting Date: 05/13/2021

Shift: 1st shift

Status: Non-Exempt

Union: Non- Union

Hours: 32

Shift Length: Primarily evening shifts (12-830p or 1:30-10p) some rotation to day shift; weekend/holiday rotation required; on call required as assigned

Mass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital is part of the UMass Memorial Health Care system. Serving northern central Massachusetts, we are committed to improving the health of people through excellence in care and comprehensive health services. Promoting healthy lifestyle habits, we serve as a role model by having a tobacco and smoke free campus and hiring nicotine free employees. By exploring careers with us, you are committed to giving your best to our patients, our community and everyone working on our HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital Care Team. Whatever your career choice, know that at HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital you can make a difference.

I. Position Summary:

The Clinical Pharmacist assumes a primary responsibility and accountability for the provision of safe and effective drug therapy and other pharmaceutical care services intended to achieve outcomes related to the cure, diagnosis or prevention of disease, elimination or reduction of patient's symptoms, or arresting or slowing of a disease process, and improve a patient's quality of life in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team. Also, the Clinical Pharmacist assists the Director, Pharmacy with all aspects of medication management and pharmacy operations including clinical services, distributive functions, and ensuring compliance with all regulatory and accrediting body requirements (TJC, DPH, FDA, etc.). Additionally, the Clinical Pharmacist coordinates the oral and written consultation with other health care professionals regarding drug therapy selection and management; and develops patient specific drug therapy management plans and therapeutic endpoints.

II. Major Responsibilities:

Job duties specific to this position:

Clinical Responsibilities

Assumes a primary role and responsibility and accountability for the provision of safe and effective drug therapy and other pharmaceutical care services intended to achieve outcomes related to the cure, diagnosis or prevention of disease, elimination or reduction of patient's symptoms, or arresting or slowing of a disease process, and improve a patient's quality of life in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team.

Evaluates, resolves, and documents, according to established policies and procedures, potential drug therapy problems identified through any and all available sources, including any pharmacy information system.

Develops individual dosing regimens based on pharmacokinetic principles, medication history, age and disease state. Monitors and assesses the outcome of drug therapies including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters.

Provides advanced pharmacology and therapeutic consultation on formal and informal basis concerning medication management to other healthcare staff.

Develops, plans, coordinates, and documents clinical pharmacy services in respective area of practice.

Monitors patients for appropriate laboratory monitoring parameters, drug-drug interactions and co-morbidities, duplication of therapy, medication side effects, and appropriate dosing regimens, absence of essential medication, drug allergies, and occurrence of adverse events in order to implement and/or recommend corrective actions.

Confers with medical personnel concerning care and treatment of patient's related clinical diagnosis, drug combinations and dosage forms, and other factors that might influence the course of treatment and the activity of the drugs, including drug identification, suggests changes in drug therapy and/or use, as appropriate.

Interviews patients to obtain information regarding drug use, drug allergies and sensitivities, documents the information in the patient's medical record or pharmacy information system, advises patient on significant precautions, proper drug therapy and administration, the use of related devices, and the coordination of drug therapy with diet, according to established policies and procedures.

Actively seeks information to understand health care professional and patient circumstances, problems, expectations, and needs. Considers how actions or plans will affect members; responds quickly to meet patient needs and resolves problems.

Provides input for planning and implementing pharmacotherapy related issues characterized by education, program management, and clinical practice such as assisting with the development of pharmacy educational programs.

Participates in developing criteria for safe and effective medication use as well as monitor the compliance with established criteria and other quality improvement programs such as the

Medication Use Committee of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee (P & T).

Evaluates clinical trending reports and other quality assurance activities as indicated to ensure appropriate and safe drug utilization; organizes, designs, and conducts drug utilization evaluations.

Operational Responsibilities

Oversees dispensing and distribution of pharmacy related products according to legal requirements, established policies and procedures and acceptable professional practices.

Documents responsibility by signing or initialing prescriptions, batch sheets or other forms according to established policies and procedures for controlled substances, non-controlled substances, compounds, patient specific IV's, chemotherapy and TPN solutions.

Maintains competency in the preparation of patient specific IV's, chemotherapy, and TPN solutions.

Accepts the responsibility for resolving operational problems, in the absence of, or as assigned by, supervision, such as resolving professional problems related to the interpretation of prescriptions, drug furnishing irregularities, service complaints and technical problems such as equipment needs and drug procurement, etc, according to established policies and procedures.

Provides direction to pharmacy technicians, students and other personnel assuring all operational and distribution tasks are completed. Makes suggestions and answers questions.

Check equipment used to prepare and dispense medications for proper functioning, report deficiencies to appropriate personnel

Regulatory and Compliance Responsibilities

Maintains confidentiality of patient records and medical center information at all times.

Applies knowledge of the standards related to distribution and control of scheduled and non-scheduled drugs. This includes, but is not limited to, the standards established by DEA, DPH, FDA, and TJC.

Maintains records of drugs and controlled substances as required by federal and state law.

Maintains records pertinent to the purchase and control of narcotics and alcohol, following established procedures.

General Pharmacist Responsibilities

Resolves professional and clerical problems.

Orients new employees to assigned duties as needed.

Trains employees in new procedures and techniques and checking their work for errors and adherence to established policies and procedures.

Continuously updates knowledge and skills of self and other health care professionals to maintain, improve and document competency. Keeps current in all aspects of pharmacy practice.

Participates in and/or leads training and learning opportunities.

Participates in the team approach to quality improvement to support the Pharmacy Department's commitment to the philosophy and principles of Total Quality. Actively participates in department and interdisciplinary teams to resolve problems and improve processes.

Maintains current licensure.

Meets established productivity standards.

Facilitates and promotes the sharing of knowledge and content throughout departments.

Takes responsibility for ensuring that all work outcomes satisfy the UMass Memorial Health System True North.

The individual must support the mission, vision, and goals of HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital and serve as a role model for CARES values.

Adheres to change control processes.

Participates in cross training to optimize department resources.

Demonstrates excellent attendance and actively participates in a variety of meetings and training sessions as required.

Demonstrates a friendly, responsive, service-minded attitude to all internal and external customers.

Communicates ideas effectively. Shares information and keeps others properly informed. Gives, and is open to useful feedback.

Adheres to the HealthAlliance Hospital Code of Conduct and Behavior Standards and dress code.

Complies with established environment of care/safety policies and procedures and all health and safety requirements.

Maintains and fosters an organized, clean and safe work environment.

Contributes to the development and application of process improvements.

Maintains a collaborative, team relationship with peers and colleagues in order to effectively contribute to the group's achievement of goals and to help foster a positive work environment.

Attends staff meetings and in-service programs as required or directed. Keeps current with hospital and unit changes by reading communication boards and/or books, bulletin boards, posted notices and reads and responds to e mails on a regular basis.

Practices cost containment and fiscal responsibility through the efficient use of supplies, equipment, time, etc.

Complies with established departmental policies, procedures and objectives.

Attends variety of meetings, conferences, seminars as required or directed.

Demonstrates use of Quality Improvement in daily operations.

Complies with all health and safety regulations and requirements.

Respects diverse views and approaches, and contributes in maintaining an environment of professionalism, tolerance, civility and acceptance toward all employees, patients and visitors.

Performs other similar and related duties as required or directed.

All responsibilities are essential job functions.

III. Position Qualifications:

  • Significant general clinical knowledge as well as specific expertise in area of practice.
  • Ability to integrate clinical services, distributive services, education, and research activities.
  • Knowledge of the standards related to distribution and control of scheduled and non-scheduled drugs. This includes, but is not limited to, the standards established by DEA, DPH, FDA, and TJC.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, especially related to health care colleagues of all levels and disciplines.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Ability to read, write and speak clearly in English.


Graduate of an accredited School of Pharmacy with a B.S. in Pharmacy or Pharm.D. Degree is required.


Minimum of two years' experience with clinical hospital pharmacy experience is highly preferred.

Completion of an ASHP accredited residency is preferred.


Current Pharmacist licensure in state of Massachusetts.

Keywords: UMass Memorial Health Care, Nashua , Clin Pharmacist, Other , Fitchburg, New Hampshire

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