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Inpatient Pharmacy Specialist (LR-3802)

Location: Woodland Hills, CA Additional Locations:
Job Number: 758233 Date posted: 01/17/2019

Under indirect, or direct supervision and based on the understanding of patient variables such as age, sex, and other physical characteristics: monitors or manages the medication therapy of hospitalized or ambulatory patients as assigned; confers with and assists medical personnel in the care and treatment of these patients; provides medication information and pharmacokinetic dosing advice; adjust doses, orders laboratory tests, and administers medications according to established policies & procedures; monitors medication distribution; dispenses, compounds, and distributes pharmacy products. Provides direction to ancillary pharmacy staff. Performs other duties as required.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Upholds Kaiser Permanente's Policies and Procedures, Principles of Responsibilities and applicable state, federal and local laws.

  • Performs sterile and non-sterile compounding.

  • In collaboration with the health care team, develops and implements patient-specific plans to optimize medication therapy.

  • Monitors the medication therapy to assure optimum therapeutic results.

  • Manage and optimize medication therapy based on interpretation of data, assessments, and evaluations of patient outcomes.

  • Follows hospital approved collaborative, pharmacokinetic drug therapy management protocols (e.g., adjust drug doses, order laboratory tests, assess therapeutic effectiveness etc.).

  • Interviews patients and family members or other designated care givers to obtain information regarding medication use, medication allergies and sensitivities. Utilizes that information, as well as pertinent information from other data sources, into the patient's medication management plan.

  • Documents the information appropriately in the patient's medical record or other computer systems.

  • Advises patients and designated family members or other designated care givers regarding medication, directions for use, storage requirements, medication coordination with diet, importance of compliance, precautions and warnings for medication therapy.

  • Advises the patient and designated family members or other designated care givers on the use of medication related devices.

  • Provides pharmacokinetic dosing advice to medical personnel.

  • Orders and adjusts medication dosages, orders laboratory tests, and administers medication under protocol according to established policies and procedures.

  • Monitors the effectiveness and accuracy of the hospital medication distribution system.

  • Reviews all medication orders for appropriateness and adherence to the drug formulary.

  • Clarifies orders and intervenes when necessary.

  • Verifies accuracy of medication preparation and dispensing by pharmacy personnel.

  • Provides medical personnel with medication information.

  • Identifies potential medication safety issues and works actively to prevent medication errors.

  • Reviews patient medical records to detect adverse drug events, and assists medical personnel to   form treatment plans in response to adverse drug events.

  • Evaluates adverse drug events to determine their severity, probability, and preventability for further analysis and review.

  • Reviews patient's medical record to verify proper delivery and correct administration of medication.

  • Ensures appropriate medication storage and security.

  • Participates in investigational drug studies as required.

  • Participates in problem identification and resolution. Consults with supervisors when appropriate.

  • Supports a collaborative Labor-Management Partnership environment.

  • Reports discrepancies to appropriate medical and/or administrative personnel.

  • Develops and tests requirements and specifications for protocols, computer programs, pharmacokinetic dosing and other pharmaceutical care applications.

  • Participates in assigned education and training programs.

  • Develops and maintains teaching curriculum and conducts educational programs for pharmacy, other medical personnel, and patients.

  • Actively participates in rounds, hospital committees, utilization review, quality management programs and other programs as needed.

  • Participates actively as a member of the interdisciplinary team during medical emergencies (e.g. Code Blue).

  • Performs other duties as required.

  • Basic Qualifications:


  • Possesses a minimum of 1500 hours of inpatient pharmacy experience within the last 3 years (e.g., intern pharmacist, pharmacist) or successful completion of an ASHP accredited clinical pharmacy practice residency within the last 5 years prior to start date.

  • Education

    • Degree in Pharmacy from an ACPE accredited (or ACPE candidate status) School of Pharmacy.

    License, Certification, Registration

  • Pharmacist license required. Must be licensed as a Pharmacist in California prior to first day of employment.

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) training must be successfully completed within the first 90 days.

  • National Provider Identifier (NPI) prior to first day of employment.

  • CURES (Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System) registration prior to first day of employment.

  • Additional Requirements:

  • Demonstrates knowledge of patient variables such as age, sex, and other physical characteristics/presentation and disease states as they relate to medication therapy.

  • Comprehensive knowledge of acute care medications.

  • Possess comprehensive knowledge of current pharmacological/biopharmaceutical principles, medical terminology, pathologies and disease states, and the ability to relate this information to the patient's medical management plan.

  • Demonstrated work experience performing aseptic technique and the ability to prepare sterile IV products and chemotherapeutic agents.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Knowledge of Federal and State laws and regulations regarding the provision of pharmaceutical services.

  • Demonstrated ability to extract pertinent information from the patient, or other sources, and relate it to the patient's medical management plan.

  • Experience operating pharmacy computer system(s) and other equipment.

  • Comprehensive knowledge of emergency medications.

  • Preferred Qualifications:

  • Doctorate of Pharmacy, Pharm.D.

  • Notes:

  • Temporary to last the duration from 2/1/19 - 7/30/19.  

  • Schedule is 7 days on and 7 days off, with on duty meals.

  • PR#LR-3802.
  • Primary Location: California,Woodland Hills,Woodland Hills Medical Center 5601 De Soto Ave. Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40 Shift: Night Workdays: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun Working Hours Start: Varies Working Hours End: Varies Job Schedule: Full-time Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Temporary Employee Group/Union Affiliation: UPSC - United Pharmacists of Southern California Job Level: Individual Contributor Job Category: Pharmacy Specialty: Inpatient Pharmacist Department: Inpatient Pharmacy Travel: No 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.

    External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with federal and state laws, as well as applicable local ordinances, including but not limited to the San Francisco and Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinances.

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    Our pharmacists also have access to a wealth of information and integrated technologies, meaning you have the information you need at your fingertips, enabling you to make the right decisions, expedite patient care, and actively participate in your patients' health.

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