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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 4322 - Clinical Staff Pharmacist

Job Description

FLSA: Exempt
GRADE: 313


POSITION SUMMARY
Under direction; performs work of considerable difficulty in reviewing resident drug regimens and dispensing drugs and other pharmaceutical supplies; performs related work as required.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
A Clinical Staff Pharmacist is responsible for the performance of exacting work in evaluating medication therapy and filling prescriptions. Professional duties are performed without supervision and with full responsibility for the appropriateness and accuracy of all health-related information and items issued from the pharmacy. Direction is received from the Manager of Pharmacy Services.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

• Prepares and dispenses medications ordered by physicians
• Monitors resident medication usage for the appropriateness of therapy as well as the potential for adverse reactions
• Consults with physicians to modify medication therapy as needed
• Furnishes information concerning medications to physicians, nurses and other health care professionals
• Enters new medication information into the pharmacy information system
• Oversees the use of automated dispensing technology and the preparation of sterile IV prescriptions
• Checks prescriptions filled by Pharmacy Technicians for accuracy
• Counsels residents, inpatients and outpatients as needed
• Insures medication rooms on the nursing units are properly secured and medication is dispensed appropriately
• Inspects medication rooms on the nursing units on a monthly basis to ensure proper sanitary conditions, proper storage, drug expiration dates, inventory, and approval of contents
• Consults physicians on questionable orders or dosages
• Inventories pharmaceutical supplies; checks incoming drugs to put in stock and maintains drugs in good order
• Recommends hires and promotions, directs and evaluates employment decisions for all assigned positions
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality.

NON-ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Adjusts work assignments and schedules in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities as assigned.
• Depending on assignment may maintain required emergency management training, licensure and/or certifications.
• Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.

QUALIFICATIONS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Knowledge of:
• Principles and practices of pharmacy.
• All state laws and regulations regulating the practice of pharmacy in a long-term care facility and outpatient services.
• Principles and processes of sterile IV admixtures and the potential for physical interactions between drugs in the solution.

Skill in:
• Preparing and dispensing prescription medications on a volume basis.
• Preparing and maintaining accurate inventory and work related records.
• Maintaining accurate records.
• Providing quality customer service.
• Verbal and/or written communications.

Ability to:
• Establish, and maintain effective working relationships with department staff and members of the general public.
• Work effectively with others.
• Understand and carry out detailed verbal and written instructions

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
Exercises supervision of personnel in related area of responsibility

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Possession of a PharmD degree or graduation from an accredited School of Pharmacy, and five years’ experience as a licensed pharmacist; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, use hands to lift, carry, push, and pull or otherwise move objects.
WORK ENVIRONMENT
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee regularly works in indoor or office environment. Must be able to work under stressful situations, have good cognitive skills and awareness of work accuracy as well as be able to concentrate on more than one task at a time. The noise level in the work environment is moderate to quiet.

CERTIFICATION, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
Possession of a valid Illinois Pharmacist License