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Neonatal Intensive Care Pharmacist (NICU)

Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, Oregon
$140,681 - $213,032
Closing date
Oct 18, 2023

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Position Type
Clinical Pharmacist
Specialty Area
Work Setting
College / University, Health System

Department Overview

The purpose of this position is to provide the services of a licensed pharmacist which includes the responsibility for the safe and proper distribution and use of medications in inpatients and outpatients who range in age from neonates, infants less than one year of age, children and adolescents ages 10-18, adults ages 19-65 and the elderly over age 65. 

This position is to function at higher decision making and accountability levels regarding medication therapy, proactively affecting medication use by making recommendations at the time prescribing decisions are being made or, in some cases, making independent decisions about medication therapy in cooperation with other healthcare team members. Additional services provided include facilitation of medication reconciliation, discharge counseling, and medication delivery through coordination of care from admission to discharge. The pharmacist must possess strong communication skills for patient education and work collaboratively with inpatient and outpatient interdisciplinary teams including but not limited to providers, nurses, case workers, pharmacists, and technicians, as well as, the teaching and precepting component of students, interns and/or residents.

This is a flexible model where  the coordination during transitions of care and medication use system for patients are integrated with traditionally centralized functions, such as order entry/verifications and will continue to evolve as part of integrated decentralized patient care practice.   

Function/Duties of Position

  • Identifies, resolves and documents complex therapeutic problems, demonstrating advanced knowledge and application of this knowledge to a specific patient population.
  • Responds accurately to requests for drug information from physicians, nurses, patients and patient's families; independently reviews and interprets the literature and applies this information to specific patient care situations.
  • Monitors therapeutic response and adverse effects of medications to guide drug therapy.  Consults with provider when questions or problems are identified and documents activies in the patient medical record.  Appropriately reports all adverse drug reactions, drug defects, and medication errors.
  • Interprets and evaluates physician's orders and prescriptions for accuracy, completeness and appropriateness.  Documents activities of clinical decision or medication distribution issues that are not in line with the standard of practice, require follow-up, or continued monitoring/evaluation.  Verify the accuracy and appropriateness of medications prepared and dispensed from the central pharmacy.

Required Qualifications

  • BS in Pharmacy or Pharm.D. PLUS Practice Residency/Equivalent Experience or Specialist Certification (BCPS, BCOPS, etc)         
  • Inpatient hospital pharmacy practice: Ability to meet the pharmaceutical care needs of the following patient care types: Acute care, psychiatric, rehabilitation, skilled nursing, long-term care, obstetric, oncology, chemically dependent, HIV, home care, hospice. 
  • Demonstrates the ability to:
    • Enforce pharmaceutical care principles safely and accurately
    • Make age-related modification of drug therapy
    • Make disease-related modification of drug therapy
    • Evaluate medical literature
    • Work independently without minimal direct supervision
    • Handle multiple tasks and frequent interruptions
    • Communicate effectively both formally and informally, including presentations
    • Project management
    • Work with a team professionally and collaboratively
    • Set priorities to respond quickly to emergent situations/requests
    • Work cooperatively with health-system and pharmacy staff
    • Communicate effectively and professionally (orally and in writing)
    • Perform work accurately with attention to detail
    • Exercise sound professional judgement
    • Perform systematic problem solving
    • Enforce practice guidelines, standards, and medication related policies
    • Make critical decisions
    • Perform key computer related skills including use of the EMR, common word processing, spreadsheet, medical literature and medication databases
  • Licensure in the State of Oregon

Preferred Qualifications

  • PGY-2 Specialty Residency BLS/ACLS certification Vaccination certification 
  • Teaching Certificate    
  • Outpatient pharmacy clerical rotation, Transitions of Care, Discharge Medication Education, Surgical or Internal Medicine Services, Pain Management, and Medication Reconciliation.

  • Specialist Certifications (BCPS, BCOPS, etc)

  • PALS

All are welcome

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. 

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