Howard University Hospital | Washington, DC

    Clinical Staff Pharmacist

    Job Title
    Clinical Staff Pharmacist
    Job ID
    Washington,  DC
    Other Location
    Full Time-  rotating hours and every other weekend required (7a-3:30p, 7:30am-4pm, 3:30pm-12am, Nights as needed)

    With over 150 years of caring for our community and each other in the Washington DC area, Howard University Hospital has a world-renowned reputation for high-quality, patient-centric care. Howard University Hospital is the nation’s only teaching hospital located on the campus of a Historically Black University and has created a superior learning environment, with groundbreaking research and positive patient outcomes.
    We are looking for a passionate person who wants to join our Pharmacy department at Howard University Hospital. Every day is a new challenge, and you're continually looking for ways to help our team get better at what we do, in the most efficient way possible. You move fast while keeping your attention to detail, and you tap into your problem-solving skills to support Howard University hospital’s business objectives. Ideal candidates have experience in a fast-paced high growth environment and the ability to work part of a team.

    Clinical Staff Pharmacist:
    • Provides pharmaceutical care to patients of all ages in an effective and efficient manner by collaboratively interacting with a variety' of Hospital personnel. 
    • Participates in monitoring and forecasting the level of pharmaceutical inventory used to improve the efficient and economical operation of the pharmacy. 
    • Assumes legal responsibility for the proper interpretation and timely processing of medication orders, and maintains an accurate medication profile for each patient. Appropriately checks all medications prepared for dispensing for patients of all ages 
    • Evaluates dosage of medication orders as they relate to age, organ function, and underlying disease to ensure appropriate drug therapy, and intervenes with physicians to correct or clarify ambiguous or erroneous medication orders. 
    • Initiates appropriate regimens of vancomycin, aminoglycosides, and warfarin taking into account patients age, organ function, underlying disease, and concomitant therapies. Appropriately monitors patient while on therapy (i.e. reviewing lab values, culture and sensitivity results, trough level) and makes dosage adjustments as deemed necessary. 
    • Documents adverse drug events/medication errors as they occur into Safety Intelligence and determines a corrective action plan to educate staff 
    • Stays up to date with clinical practice guidelines and advances in the field of pharmacology through conferences, seminars, continuing education, and scientific journals 
    • Recommends alternatives for non-formulary drug requests, but when necessary coordinates procurement of non-formulary drugs with Director of Pharmacy 
    • Reviews and monitors clinical data in EMR to ensure that parenteral nutrition orders for neonates and adults are appropriate and contacts physicians to makes interventions when necessary 
    • Perform automatic switch from the intravenous form of selected drugs to their oral form for eligible patients upon review of patient profile in EMR to improve appropriateness of care, patient outcomes, minimize drug related adverse events and decrease cost. 
    • Communicates and documents drug therapy recommendations as appropriate to quality pharmacy services provided.  
    • Checks all finished medication orders to ensure that each step has been completed accurately and in accordance with established Pharmacy Department's policies and procedures. 
    • Maintains all appropriate records required by licensing authorities to maintain a current license. 
    • Serves as a drug information resource for the Hospital to provide information about availability of medications, therapeutic alternatives, special precautions, IV compatibility, and contraindications of drugs and other pharmaceuticals 
    • Communicates effectively with employees, patients, visitors, and demonstrates sensitivity, respectfulness and responsiveness in addressing their needs. 
    • Maintains knowledge of and adheres to University/Hospital and departmental policies and procedures. 
    • Assumes other duties and responsibilities that are related and appropriate to the position and area.  The above responsibilities are a general description of the level and nature of the work assigned to this classification, and are not to be considered as all-inclusive. 
    Qualified candidates will possess:
    • Bachelor's degree in Pharmacy from an accredited institution.  PHARMD preferred.
    • PGY1 trained. 
    • Registration as a Pharmacist in the District of Columbia or eligibility for reciprocity from another jurisdiction.
    • At Howard University Hospital our job is to care for you. We do this by offering:

    Work-life balance:
    • Recognition and rewards for professional expertise
    • Competitive, comprehensive benefit plans offered (including health, disability, vacation, and sick leave and 403B retirement plan)
    • 100% free tuition to attend Howard University for you and/or your dependent children

    COVID-19 Vaccination  

    Howard University Hospital requires all external applicants to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before commencing employment.  External Applicants may be required to furnish proof of vaccination and, if offered, may elect to be vaccinated at a designated Howard University Hospital location. 

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    Required Skills

    *Bachelor's degree in Pharmacy from an accredited institution. PHARMD preferred.
    *PGY1 trained.
    *Registration as a Pharmacist in the District of Columbia or eligibility for reciprocity from another jurisdiction.

    *Weekend, shift work, holiday, on-call is required and overtime may be required when patient care needs

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