May 07, 2019

Staff Pharmacist II - Evenings

  • Houston Methodist
  • Texas, USA
Full time Allied health

Job Description

The Staff Pharmacist II is an experienced pharmacist who serves in an expanded clinical role that may include responsibility for proactive review of patient profiles, participation in basic clinical functions such as discharge counseling, medication histories, completion of pharmacy consults, and participation in special projects. Provides day-to-day comprehensive, patient oriented pharmacy services in any or all areas of the department to include processing orders, therapy review, and education to patients and other members of the direct patient care team. Serves as a role model and preceptor for staff pharmacists, pharmacy students, and residents in the integration of clinical and distributive services in the Department. Contributes to fulfilling the department¿s mission by collaborating to provide innovative, personalized, cost effective pharmaceutical care in a culture dedicated to quality and safety.


¿ Not applicable
¿ Neonate (Birth to 28 days)
¿ Infants/Toddlers (29 days to 18 months)
¿ Toddler (18 months to 3 years)
¿ Preschooler (3-6 years)
¿ School Age (6-12 years)
¿ Adolescence (12-18 years)
¿ Young Adult (19-40 Years)
¿ Middle Adult (40-65 Years)
¿ Mature Adult (65 years and older)


I.Provide personalized care and service by consistently demonstrating our I CARE values:

INTEGRITY: We are honest and ethical in all we say and do.
COMPASSION: We embrace the whole person including emotional, ethical, physical, and spiritual needs.
ACCOUNTABILITY: We hold ourselves accountable for all our actions.
RESPECT: We treat every individual as a person of worth, dignity, and value.
EXCELLENCE: We strive to be the best at what we do and a model for others to emulate.

II.Focuses on patient/customer safety
III.Delivers personalized service using HM Service Standards
IV.Provides for exceptional patient/customer experiences by following our Standards of Practice of always using Positive Language (AIDET, Managing Up, Key Words)
V.Intentionally rounds with patients/customers to ensure their needs are being met
VI.Involves patients (customers) in shift/handoff reports by enabling their participation in their plan of care as applicable to the given job


PEOPLE ¿ 25%
1.Promotes a positive work environment and contributes to a dynamic, team focused work unit that actively helps one other to achieve optimal department results. Collaborates with all members of the patient care team by actively communicating and reporting pertinent patient care information and data in a comprehensive manner. Role models to team members effective communication skills, assisting in their development of such skills (EF)
2.Guides and mentors pharmacy technicians, students, and new pharmacists to help build confidence in skills, knowledge and abilities. Serves as a coordinator for the shift overseeing and leading activities of technicians and other support staff.
3.Develops educational materials and provides educational programs for the pharmacy staff and other hospital personnel.

1.Serves as a unit based pharmacist and exercises good judgement in patient care decisions by providing operational and clinical support which may include, but is not limited to: order verification, processing orders/requests and automatic stop orders, providing pharmacy consults, medication histories, patient counseling, proactive drug therapy reviews and monitoring, collaborating with other health care staff for problem resolution for the achievement of patient specific goals. (EF)
2.Monitors workload fluctuations and work output of pharmacy technician(s), adjusting assignments as appropriate to ensure accurate and timely delivery of medications to patient care areas. (EF)

1.Collaborates with other health care professionals to manage patient¿s drug therapy for effectiveness, side effects, adverse drug reactions, toxicities, drug interactions, and incompatibilities following guidelines for formulary management and clinical intervention tools. Documents patient care activities and patient outcomes as impacted by pharmaceutical care and clinical interventions. (EF)
2.Participates in departmental quality management activities, i.e. medication use evaluations, adverse drug reactions and medication error reporting, clinical interventions, medication center reviews, and inventory management documentation and reporting. (EF)

1.Manages inventory to minimize waste and expired drugs in the work area as well as uses one¿s resources effectively and efficiently. (EF)
2.Identifies cost savings and/or revenue opportunities for the hospital and shares their ideas with the pharmacy staff and management team. Self-motivated to independently manage time effectively and prioritize tasks for self and for pharmacy technicians and other support staff. (EF)

1.Participates in inter- and intra-departmental activities including in-services, article publication/presentation, preceptorship, and additional training. Seeks opportunities to expand learning beyond baseline competencies with a focus on continual development as a Staff Pharmacist. (EF)
2.Participates in technology assessment, selection, development, planning and implementation of system changes. Identifies and helps to resolve operational and clinical service issues related to technology.

This job description is not intended to be all inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.

¿Bachelor of Science degree or Doctor of Pharmacy degree
¿Successful completion of an ASHP-accredited post-graduate year 1 (PGY1) residency training program or equivalent experience

¿0 experience if completion of residency program as defined above; or a minimum of 3 years hospital based pharmacist experience
¿1 year of precepting pharmacist students and/or pharmacy residents

¿Texas Pharmacist License or eligible for Texas Pharmacist License- must obtain licensure within 90 days of employment
¿American Heart Association BLS within 90 days of employment
¿Texas Pharmacist Preceptor Certification within 90 days of employment
¿Sterile Compounding and Aseptic Technique (SCAT) and horizontal and/or vertical use Certification within 90 days of employment (*If verifying and/or preparing any sterile product- See manager for details and tracking certification information)

Job Requirements/Qualification:

¿Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills and competency assessments
¿Exhibits strong interpersonal, teamwork and leadership skills with all levels of the healthcare team and assures delivery of excellent customer service to all patients, visitors, physicians and co-workers; capable of assuming responsibility for coordinating the activities of a major pharmacy service area
¿Knowledge and skills in comprehensive pharmacy services and rational drug therapy including unit-dose drug distribution, intravenous admixture preparation, nutrition support services, and target drug monitoring
¿Able to assist in the coordination and supervision of activities of a major pharmacy service area
¿Demonstrates professional and technical competence in the selection, evaluation, utilization, and distribution of drugs and drug information and apply these to all patient groups, neonate to geriatric
¿Working knowledge of medical information systems and their design, development, and integration into clinical practice
¿Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or security
¿Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles