Clinical Pharmacist Specialist - FT/Varied

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 Job Title: Clinical Pharmacist Specialist - FT/Varied
 Company Name: Antelope Valley Hospital
 Employment Type: Full time (Non-Exempt)
 Location: LANCASTER, CA, United States
 Department: Pharmacy
 Salary: Highly Competitive
 Shift Hours/ Days: Varied
 Shift Details: Varies but mostly days
 Hours/Pay Period: 80
 Degree Required: Pharm.D.
 Job ID: 13-07-31-9463
 Date Posted: Aug 6, 2013
 Years Experience: 2
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  Complete Description

Job Objective:

Under the direction of the Clinical Coordinator, Assistant Director and Director of Pharmacy Services, the Clinical Pharmacist Specialist shall: a) provide clinical pharmacy services, including primary and consultative services, to patients and health care providers to ensure optimal drug utilization in assigned specialty area(s), b) assist in the planning and development of clinical pharmacy activities related to specialty area(s), c) provide leadership and mentoring for clinical staff to help ensure excellence in clinical pharmacy d) participate in clinical research, oversee and/or participate in the preparation and dispensing of medications, and e) provide education and training to pharmacy students, medical staff physicians and nurses, and healthcare-related professionals.  The clinical pharmacist specialist will perform these objectives primarily in an assigned specialty area.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

A. Performs all duties and functions of a Clinical Pharmacist in compliance with all California and Federal pharmacy laws and regulations.

B. Oversee the activities of pharmacy technicians and interns

C. Assists in the orientation and training of departmental personnel in assigned specialty area as well as other assigned areas of the department.

D. Precepts pharmacy residents, pharmacy graduates, and students from accredited Colleges of Pharmacy in clinical clerkship experiences

E. Maintains professional work habits by organizing workload, setting priorities, completing assignments in a timely manner, utilizing resources appropriately, complying with department program standards and adapts well to change

F. Obtains medication histories, maintains and monitors medication profiles

G. Assists with drug formulary management and dissemination of drug information throughout the institution

H. Provides primary care and consultative services to patients and health care providers in assigned specialty area(s) to ensure optimal drug therapy

I. Reviews medication orders to ensure accurate, rational, and cost effective drug therapy; this includes choice of appropriate drug, indication, route and rate of administration

J . Assesses patient's drug therapy; performs pharmacokinetic analysis with appropriate adjustments in dosing, and identifies monitoring parameters and  therapeutic outcomes in consultation with the patients

1. Develops programs designed to increase pharmacists' involvement in promotion of rational drug therapy in the hospital; such programs may include pharmacist-regulated drug monitoring protocols, regularly scheduled inservices for hospital staff on various drug therapy topics, and improved monitoring and interventions in drug therapy

K.  Participates in the development and production of protocol/guidelines, policies and procedures, and other staff development programs for pharmacy or other health care providers

L. Participates in MUE and ADR activities, and in the planning, implementation and evaluation of other programs designated by the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee

M.  Participates in appropriate committees

N. Maintains clinical expertise through consistent literature review, attendance in appropriate seminars, and active membership in state or national pharmacy organizations

O.  Participates in on-going clinical research projects and other scholarly activities as appropriate; prepares reports or materials for publication

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • Fully understands and can apply all state and federal laws and regulations related to the practice of pharmacy.
  • Must possess excellent knowledge of current drug therapies, drug interactions, pharmacokinetics, and sociologic principles necessary to assist in the safe and effective utilization of drugs by patients
  • Demonstrate knowledge and proficiency regarding special needs and behaviors of age or ethnic specific groups


  • Must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills and demonstrate the ability to collaborate with other health care professionals


  • Ability to adhere with AVH Policies and Procedures and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of corporate compliance rules and regulations
  • Ability to adhere to safety rules and regulations and maintain the confidentiality of patient, hospital, and department information
  • Must possess ability to develop and implement medication related protocols

Core Competencies: All AVH employees will effectively demonstrate these behaviors:


Action Oriented:

Customer Focused:


Effective Communication:


Ethics & Values:

Integrity & Trust:

Education and Experience:


  • Must have Doctor of Pharmacy degree from accredited School of Pharmacy.


  • Prefer 2 years of residency (PGY1 and PGY2) or fellowship experience, or equivalent acute care clinical pharmacy experience in specialized area

Required Licensure and/or Certifications:

  • Must have a current State of California Pharmacist License
  • Board Certified Specialty preferred (BCPS)

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:

Works primarily in an office environment. Requires ability to stand, sit or walk around department and facility most of the day. Some bending, lifting less than 20 Ibs and occasional reaching above the shoulder. Typing, answering phones and working around automated equipment. Potential for exposure to dangerous or toxic medications. May need PPE if preparing chemotherapy.

 Additional Information

Weekend and/or Holiday Rotation may be required.
Rotating Shifts may be required.

Antelope Valley Hospital, founded in 1955, is a 420-bed acute care facility. We are a not-for-profit, district owned hospital, and a vital part of the Antelope Valley. We are a place where people can find high quality healthcare in a friendly and supportive environment. As health care technology has advanced, and the community has grown, Antelope Valley Hospital has evolved into the premiere health care organization that sets the standard for quality care in northern Los Angeles County.

The Antelope Valley, which has a growing population of over 400,000, is located approximately one hour north of Downtown Los Angeles. It is one of the few areas in Southern California where you’ll find clean air, affordable housing, and a small town atmosphere, which is free of traffic congestion, full of sunny skies and beautiful mountain views. It’s no wonder why we’ve become such an appealing community to call home.

AVH offers an exciting growth oriented atmosphere, excellent benefits, numerous educational opportunities and competitive salaries. EOE

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