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Inpatient Pharmacist Lead

Walnut Creek, California

As part of the pharmacy team with Kaiser Permanente, you’ll learn and grow as you help make a difference in the lives of everyone in our communities. Whether you’re working with patients, partnering with physicians, or collaborating with colleagues, you’ll play a key role in an information-rich environment. One where your development will be supported and your skills will be challenged as you work at the top of your license. If you want to explore opportunities beyond your role, we provide a wide array of professional growth opportunities to help our pharmacy team advance their skills and careers. If you believe in the continued pursuit of excellence, there’s no better place to put your beliefs into practice.

  • Job Type: Full-time
  • Job Level: Individual Contributor
  • Travel: No
  • Pay Range: $94.44 - $97.24 / hour

Success Profile

We’re looking for Pharmacy team members who possess the following traits.

  • Collaborative
  • Compassionate
  • Flexible
  • Multi-Tasker
  • Team Player
  • Results Driven


We offer several benefits to our pharmacy team.

  • Health Care Benefits

  • Compensation

  • Vacation, Holiday & Sick Leave

  • Labor Management Partnership

  • Work-Life Balance

  • Healthy Workforce

Our Culture

As part of the Kaiser Permanente pharmacy team, you’ll collaborate with other team members and physicians to continually evolve and enhance patient care. You can also take advantage of our electronic medical record systems and our integrated technology platforms. It’s a unique opportunity to drive the future of care for all while leveraging your expertise to improve the total health of our members.

What Our People Are Saying


Outpatient Pharmacy Operations Manager

I’ve felt real support every step of the way throughout my pharmacy career. I would not be the pharmacist I am today if I was not empowered to practice kindness and compassion, and be allowed to be me. I feel blessed to have been a part of this organization for the past 16 years.


Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Supervisor

I have had multiple growth opportunities at Kaiser Permanente. I started as a Summer Youth intern, then I worked as an Apothecary Circle intern. After that, I received two years of pharmacy residency training here. I’ve always been supported with substantial resources like tuition reimbursement, business resource groups, as well as coaching and mentorship programs.


Director, Inpatient Pharmacy Services

I chose Kaiser Permanente because of its presence in our communities. We acknowledge, support, cultivate, and nourish the body, soul, and spirit of each patient, employee, and community member. I wanted to be a part of such a phenomenal organization.


Manager, Mail Order Call Center

They encouraged me to work outside of my comfort zone. Now, I’m on a career path I would have never expected. I enjoyed my pathway to get here and it’s been a challenge. It really helped me grow as a person and as an employee. Kaiser Permanente supported me to be the manager I am today.


Project Manager

I joined Kaiser Permanente as a young mother with a family. I knew this was a stable company with great pay and benefits, and many opportunities to grow. I’ve always experienced flexibility and growth and we’re encouraged to serve our communities and to have a work-life balance.


Pharmacy Clerk

When you join Kaiser Permanente, you have access to a wealth of experience in the health care industry. You’ll learn about more than medications. You’ll gain experience in customer service, data entry, and other valuable areas. I enjoy supporting our pharmacists and ensuring my patients receive the medications they need.

Inpatient Pharmacist Lead

Primary Location Walnut Creek, California Worker Location Onsite Facility Walnut Creek Hospital Job Number 1276602 Date posted 05/07/2024
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Job Summary:

Under the direction of the Inpatient Pharmacy Director or Inpatient Pharmacy Supervisor, provides functional direction and training to Inpatient Pharmacist and other Pharmacy personnel. Consults with patients and medical personnel regarding medication therapy. Dispenses compounds, procures, stores, and distributes pharmacy products. Provides medical personnel and patients with medication and information and product identification. Provides functional direction to staff, prioritizes workflow, removes obstacles to the efficient operation of the department, analyzes and resolves problems in order to assure high quality service.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Under the direction of the Inpatient Pharmacy Director or Inpatient Pharmacy Supervisor, provides functional direction and training to Inpatient Pharmacists and other pharmacy personnel. Monitors and/or manages the medication therapy of specific hospitalized or ambulatory patients as assigned to assure optimum therapeutic results and cost-effective prescribing.

  • Reviews laboratory test results and the patients progress to detect adverse drug reactions, and confers with and assists medical personnel in laboratory test interpretation, care and treatment of patients. Interviews patients to obtain information regarding medication use, medication allergies and sensitivities.  Documents the information in the patients electronic medical record and other systems as appropriate. Advises patients of directions for use, medication storage requirements, importance of compliance, precautions and warning for medication therapy.  Advises the patient on the use of related devices and the coordination of drug therapy with diet, according to established policies and procedures. Provides medical personnel with medication information, drug therapy options, and pharmacokinetic dosing advice.  Orders and adjusts dosages, orders laboratory tests, and administers medication under protocol according to established policies and procedures.

  • Dispenses, compounds, procures, stores, and distributes pharmacy products. Monitors the effectiveness and accuracy of medication distribution.  Reviews physician orders, and enters orders, in the patients electronic medical record.  Verifies accuracy of transcription or data entry in the medication administration record or electronic medical record. Verifies accuracy of medication preparation and dispensing by pharmacy personnel.  Reviews patients medical record to verify proper delivery and correct administration of medication.  Reports discrepancies to appropriate medical and/or administrative personnel.

  • Participates in assigned education and training programs.  As necessary, provides inservices and educational programs for pharmacy, other medical personnel, and patients.  As necessary, participates in patient-care rounds, hospital committees, utilization review, and quality management programs.

  • Performs other duties as required.

  • This job coaches, problem solves, and provides functional direction to other employees, but does not have the authority to hire, fire or discipline.
Basic Qualifications:

  • N/A


  • B.S. degree in Pharmacy OR Pharm.D required.
License, Certification, Registration
  • Pharmacist License (California) within 1 months of hire
  • Basic Life Support
  • National Provider Identifier required at hire
Additional Requirements:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of current pharmacological/biopharmaceutical principles, medical terminology, pathologies, disease states, and related information for a medical management plan.
  • Knowledge of aseptic technique, and the preparation of sterile IV products and chemotherapeutic agents.
  • Knowledge of emergency medications and drug monitoring.
  • Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must be able to operate the pharmacy computer system(s) and other equipment.
  • Must be able to generate prescription labels.
  • Must be able to work in a Labor/Management Partnership environment.
Preferred Qualifications:

  • N/A
Primary Location: California,Walnut Creek,Walnut Creek Hospital Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40 Shift: Variable Workdays: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun *CONTRACT COMPLIANT: Sunday - Saturday, shift may include working weekends, evenings, days & nights Working Hours Start: 12:01 AM Working Hours End: 11:59 PM Job Schedule: Full-time Job Type: Standard Worker Location: Onsite Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: A14|GFPP|Guild for Prof. Pharmacists Job Level: Individual Contributor Department: Walnut Creek Hospital - Inpatient Pharmacy-1 - 0201 Pay Range: $94.44 - $97.24 / hour The ranges posted above reflect the location in the job posting. The salary range may vary if you reside in a different location or state than the location posted. Travel: No On-site: Work location is on-site (KP designated office, medical office building or hospital). Worker location must align with Kaiser Permanente's Authorized States policy. At Kaiser Permanente, equity, inclusion and diversity are inextricably linked to our mission, and we aim to make it a part of everything we do. We know that having a diverse and inclusive workforce makes Kaiser Permanente a better place to receive health care, a more supportive partner in our communities we serve, and a more fulfilling place to work. Working at Kaiser Permanente means that you agree to and abide by our commitment to equity and our expectation that we all work together to create an inclusive work environment focused on a sense of belonging and wellbeing.

Kaiser Permanente is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other protected status. Submit Interest

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