Hancock Regional Hospital

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Clinical Inpatient Pharmacist

Clinical Inpatient Pharmacist

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To provide healthcare through the safe, legal, rational and cost effective utilization of medications and resources. To provide clinical information to the medical and nursing staffs, and other healthcare professionals. Responsibilities include supervision of Pharmacy technical staff, medication distribution for age-specific populations, evaluation and clinical monitoring of medication therapy for inpatients, outpatients and home infusion therapy clients. Taking action necessary to prevent medication errors or omissions or to quickly and professionally correct and document any mistakes that might occur.


1. Evaluate physician drug orders for appropriateness with regard to patient condition, organ function, disease state, and concomitant therapies to promote optimal patient outcomes. Examples include, collection and interpretation of information regarding patients’ allergies, organ function, drug history, and other information pertinent to drug therapy. 2. Process physicians' orders including, but not limited to, order entry into dispensing computer system, appropriate product selection, compounding, labeling and repackaging with completion of appropriate records; delegating product preparation activities to pharmacy technicians when appropriate, within legal limits and hospital policies and procedures. 3. Consult with and provide information and guidance to various Medical, Nursing, and other Health Care Professionals concerning drugs and their appropriate use. 4. Ensure that drugs are reasonably available to patients at the time they are needed to avoid delays in therapy and promote positive patient outcomes. 5. May interact with sick, injured, or disabled patients to determine allergy status, medication history, medication-taking behavior, health status and to educate patients regarding therapy as necessary. 6. Complies with departmental and hospital policies and procedures. 7. May have on-call responsibility outside of regularly scheduled work hours. 8. Assume the duties of the Director of Pharmacy in his/her absence to manage the daily activities of the department. 9. Assist in orienting new personnel or students to the departmental services and programs. 10. Respond to cardiopulmonary resuscitation procedures, when requested. 11. Assist in insuring that drug storage locations are maintained in an appropriate manner (e.Reviews orders within one (1) hour of receipt. Consults with physician or nursing personnel concerning medication order issues. Evaluates medication; dosage, and route appropriateness for age-specific groups; interactions; contraindications; and side effects; avoids therapy duplications and contraindicated combinations. Offers/documents recommendations/clarifications to staff when variances from established practices are identified. Correctly entered order is initialed, dated, timed and clarified orders documented. Stays current on all Pharmacy computer processes. Fills/checks all “STAT”, “ASAP” or routine orders, making meds available for administration within specified times per policy. Accurately fills/checks orders. Monitors and expedites inventory reorder. Documents actions on appropriate paperwork with initials. Participates in annual physical departmental inventory. Maintains proper records for billing and documentation of all medications. Maintains proper records for prescriptions/controlled substances in accordance with departmental, state and federal regulations. Documents daily activities for workload statistic functions. Documents monthly activities (unit inspections, controlled substance reconciliations) accurately and timely. Oversees restock in appropriate manner (direct from manufacturer, through wholesaler, CSR, or supply room). Advises support staff of acceptable substitutions. Contacts the prescriber when a non-formulary drug is ordered, suggesting appropriate formulary alternatives. Writes formulary conversion order sheets for chart. Interacts with other pharmacies to lend/ borrow medications, or with physician/departments/paramedics for wholesale accounts. Maintains aseptic technique. Calculates dosage and diluents for age-specific groups. Proper preparations in filtered medications, reconstituting powders, antibiotics, TPNs, and chemotherapy. Labels IVs correctly for stability/expiration date and initials for accountability. Follows USP 797 standards for IV room. Performs proper disposal of pharmaceutical waste. Conducts monthly unit inspections in a timely manner, communicating problems to unit leadership. Compounds products according to approved process. Labels finished products fully with ingredients, lot number, expiration date, initials of fill/check. Follows approved procedure for packing/checking unit dose items. Inspects emergency crash carts. Oversees recalls. Insures proper inventory/storage. Assures that all technician activities are correct and checked prior to leaving pharmacy. Oversees/ responsible for all Technician activities. Coordinates work to achieve maximum productivity/efficiency. Utilizes available reference sources. Responds to information requests, providing written consults if asked. Acts as a preceptor/role model. Participates in the orientation/training of new associates or students. Performs/documents renally excreted medication and aminoglycoside recommendations. IDs unknown medications and documents appropriately. Documents pharmacokinetic monitoring parameters; writes orders for appropriate labs; and writes order changes based on this information. Monitors/ writes recommendations for IV to PO changes based on criteria. Documents interventions. Identifies/documents Adverse Drug Reactions (ADR) and participates in their follow-up. Investigates/documents medication incidents. Documents Hospice/Home Infusion info as appropriate. Stays current through staff meetings/meeting minutes. Assists in special projects, meeting deadlines set. Completes annual mandatories. Maintains records of continuing education for licensure.. Meets Educational Plan. Assists others requesting help. Practices professional phone “manners”. Maintains a professional appearance at all time. On time and ready to work at start of shift.


Must be a graduate of an accredited school of pharmacy and licensed in the state of Indiana. Annual mandatory in-services per hospital policy and 30 hours of approved continuing education per 2 years required for licensure according to Indiana State Pharmacy Law. Mandatory Continuing Education: Customer Service, Fire and Safety, Corporate Compliance (including Confidentiality), Infection Control, and education required by regulatory, accreditation bodies, scope of practice, and/or Hancock Regional Hospital.