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Pharmacist, Pharmacy Unit #

Company: Valley Presbyterian
Location: Van Nuys
Posted on: November 26, 2022

Job Description:

Employment Status:
Part Time (48-71 Hours Per Pay Period)
Job Category:
Allied Health


The pharmacist provides comprehensive pharmaceutical care through integrated drug distribution, clinical intervention, staff education, training, clinical services and continuing education. The pharmacist is responsible for the supervision of pharmacy technicians.


ASHP accredited residency, preferred or significant clinical experience


Pharmacy Doctorate degree, preferred


Current California Pharmacist License

Must successfully complete and maintain LA City Fire Card certification at the time of hire or within the first 30 days of employment

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (These are the essential job functions for this position. The essential functions of this job include, but may not be limited to those listed in this job description. Employees hired for this position must be able to perform the essential function of this job without imposing significant risk of substantial harm to the health or safety of themselves or others):

The following activities are components of the position to assist in meeting the major job responsibilities:

Maintains competency in unique aspects of medication therapy for the patients, including factors related to all patient groups.
Provides Pharmaceutical care by assisting health care providers in:
Reviewing patient medication history
Educating patients on medication therapy
Establishing desired outcomes
Assessing patient demographics
Developing therapeutic plans
Determining alternatives for achieving outcomes
Developing drug monitoring plans
Implementing new medication regimens
Monitoring patient outcomes
Documenting medication related issues in patient chart
Interpreting laboratory data
Reviewing patient medication profiles
Monitoring pharmacokinetics of medication therapy
Monitoring potential adverse drug-drug and drug-food interactions.
Monitors medication therapy to evaluate appropriateness of use, dose, dosage form, regimen,route, therapeutic duplication, and drug interaction
Concurrently monitors use of biotechnology drugs for compliance with prescribing criteria.
Conducts target drug programs and drug usage evaluations as needed and reports results to the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.
Detects, monitors, documents, and reports adverse drug reactions and medication errors.
Promotes the use of the formulary by converting non-formulary orders to formulary when possible. Coordinates procurement of non-formulary drugs when necessary.
Responsible for supervising the pharmacy technical staff in their duties.
Understands, implements, and complies with the National Patient Safety Goals
Participates in unit inspections as assigned.
Practices in a variety of areas within the pharmacy as required by workload.
Insures compliance with controlled substance distribution and control system.
Participates in continuing education programs, meetings, training programs and related activities.
Responsible for supervision of filling and maintaining the automated dispensing machines.
Reviews provider orders for possible therapeutic problems, contraindications,, interactions, allergies, and formulary status of the drug.
Provides medication information to health care professionals and to patients.
Responsible for the accurate filling and dispensing of medications in the pharmacy.
Insures the timely and accurate dispensing of drugs and solutions from the pharmacy area.
Insures proper technique and accurate preparation of all pharmaceutical products, including oral, IV admixtures, chemotherapeutics, and investigational agents.
Documents clinical interventions and cost avoidance as part of the Departmental documentation program.
Identifies and acts upon cost avoidance in drug therapy by promoting more cost effective regimens, medications, and by reducing waste.
Pharmacists provide presentations, publications and other informative activities on drug-related topics to the health care community and general public.
Checks medication batch for accuracy.
Reconciles pharmacy and nursing medication records.
Discusses medication order clarifications with the prescriber, documents any pharmacy records, and informs others of medication order changes.
Maintains and updates a patient profile with demographics, diagnosis, allergies, and current medications.

The following job accountabilities are not unique to this particular job but are common to all jobs at VPH:

Complies with VPH policies and procedures on customer satisfaction and service excellence. Demonstrates professionalism and cultural sensitivity in coordinating activities and communicating with all customers, peers, and the community at large. Conducts self in a professional, respectful and courteous manner during all interactions. Works effectively and collaboratively with others toward common goals

Communicates accurately, honestly, supportively and in a timely manner with department and interdepartmental team members. Demonstrates effective business writing and oral communication skills, handwriting is clear and legible.

Participates in operational aspects of the department, and maintains/participates in performance improvement activities within the department.

Participates in all departmental specific training, Environment of Care (injury/illness prevention, fire/life safety, hazardous materials, emergency preparedness, utilities management, medical equipment management, safety and security management), infection control (standard precautions, TB Exposure Control Plan, Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control Plan).

Demonstrates knowledge of and follows safety practices. Understands the importance of safety, including patient safety in the work place. Maintains a safe environment for self and others.

Actively participates in the Patient Safety Program, including event reporting. Identifies sentinel events/near misses and responds per defined organization processes. Participates in education activities and process implementation. Demonstrates advocacy for the patient/customer and appropriately acknowledges patients, customers and visitors.

The above statements reflect the essential functions considered necessary to describe the principle content of the job. They are not intended to be a complete statement of all work requirements or duties that may be inherent in the job.


Primarily an inside building/office environment, well lighted and ventilated, which may consist of multiple treatment and/or work sites.

Fast and continuous work pace with variable workload.

Frequent contact with staff and public under a variety of circumstances.Requires ability to communicate clearly (in English) verbally and in writing for effective communication with other staff members, physicians, vendors, community members, patients and patient families, employees and applicants of all socio-economic levels from a diverse cultural and ethnic population.

Subject to many interruptions from multiple calls and inquiries and potentially emotional situations involving accidents, injuries, illness and/or death.

Handles emergency/crisis situations in accordance with Hospital policy.

Answers phones or pages; may carry a beeper/pager, and/or use a two-way radio.

Occasional travel may be required.

Potential risk of exposure to hazards from chemicals (toxic and non-toxic), flammable materials, gas or electrical or radiant energy or equipment with/without moving parts.


Continuous 66 to 100% of time
Frequent 33 to 65% of time
Occasional 0 to 32% of time

Patient Care

Continuous standing/walking and occasional/intermittent sitting.

Continuous use of bilateral upper extremities in fine motor activities requiring fingering, grasping, and forward reaching between waist and shoulder level to handle/operate medical equipment/devices.

Frequent reaching above shoulder level and overhead.

Frequent forward bending, twisting, squatting and kneeling; occasional climbing.

Occasional repositioning and transferring patients weighing up to 200 pounds between bed, chair, and gurney.

Occasional lifting and carrying equipment weighing up to 25 pounds.

Occasional/intermittent pushing of gurneys, wheelchairs, bed and other medical equipment over tiled and carpeted surfaces.

Continuous use of near vision to read medical equipment such as monitoring devices and reading documents and computer screens; hearing and verbal communication to interact with patients, co-workers, and other customers.%483772%

Keywords: Valley Presbyterian, Los Angeles , Pharmacist, Pharmacy Unit #, Other , Van Nuys, California

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