Clinical Staff Pharmacist, Overnight

Centegra Health System Mc Henry, IL

Under general supervision of The System Director of Pharmacy Services and direct supervision of the Pharmacy Manager, this position oversees the safe and effective application of all aspects of medication management and pharmaceutical care including medication order review and verification, medication packaging, repackaging, preparation, labeling and dispensing and optimization of medication therapy outcomes related to clinical quality, cost efficiency, and patient satisfaction.


The clinical staff pharmacist performs a range of duties related to central pharmacy operations and outcomes and decentralized roles requiring direct and collaborative interactions with patients, physicians, nurses, and other ancillary caregivers. Those duties include:

Prospective review and verification of all inpatient and outpatient medication order types based on individual patient characteristics (i.e., age, kidney function, etc.) and concomitant drug therapies and intervenes as necessary to assure provision of safe and effective drug therapy, including therapeutic drug substitution as appropriate.

Oversight and verification of the accurate preparation and timely dispensing of all medication dosage forms and mindful of correct labeling, expiration dating, beyond use dating, bar code integrity, and other safety and regulatory requirements. The Clinical Staff Pharmacist supervises and directs pharmacy technicians, medication drug distribution workflow including verification that pharmacy technician is abiding by all clean room standards and adequate procedures to ensure sterility and stability of compounded medications per USP chapter , USP chapter , and USP chapter when applicable.

Management of clinical approved protocols for high alert medications including their dosing, monitoring, and prescribed outcomes. Serves as a member various committees and subcommittees as appointed by The System Director of Pharmacy or Operations Manager. Committees include but not limited to Code Blue Committee, Medication Safety Committee, P&T etc. Collaborates with the Nutrition Support Team in assisting the dietician with appropriate provision of parenteral nutrition support. Engages in antimicrobial stewardship and other clinical and operational programs and activities as assigned by Pharmacy Leadership.

The Clinical Staff Pharmacist acts as an integrated member of the clinical care teams including but not limited to the emergency department, cancer center, critical care units, and medical/surgical units. Participation in clinical rounds when specifically requested by Pharmacy Leadership.

Participation as a member of the code blue and code R teams and maintains ACLS certification.

Direct patient care including patient medication teaching, collection and verification of medication histories, medication reconciliation, MTM, discharge counseling and overall medication therapy management. Utilizes AIDET in all patient interactions.

Quality assurance functions including adverse drug event reporting and prevention and oversight of medication handling, preparation, dispensing, verification, storage, and utilization ensuring integrity of medications. The Clinical Staff Pharmacist ensures compliance with all laws and regulations governing medication management including those regarding controlled substance accountability, auditing, and diversion management and reporting.

Alignment of interventions and practices with key organizational quality outcomes including core measure compliance, patient satisfaction, prevention of readmissions, reduction of adverse drug events, and optimization of resources.

Documentation of clinical interventions in the Electronic Healthcare Record.

Optimizing automation utilization, PAR levels in carousels and automated dispensing cabinets, formularies (inpatient, outpatient, restricted formulary, retail etc).

Actively participates in managing Drug Shortages.

Attends codes.

Ensuring pharmacy services operation's compliance with The Joint Commission standards and laws and regulations including but not limited to rounding in central pharmacy and in medication rooms and wherever medications are being stored.

Practicing within the scope of federal and state laws and regulations as well as hospital and pharmacy policies, procedures, protocols and standard operating procedures

Practicing critical thinking skills to provide the best pharmaceutical care driving better patient outcomes.

Provision of drug information to clinical associates including but not limited to medical and nursing staff.

Utilization of higher verbal, written and nonverbal communication skills to educate and inform health care professionals and patients.

Establishing collaborative relationships and strong rapport with hospital personnel.

Assisting in formulary management. Following the strict rules of nonformulary process and rules.

Participation on task forces as assigned by Pharmacy Leadership, or other strategic planning or issues-resolution entities as assigned.

Practicing compliance with the strict dress code and personal appearance pharmacy policies.

Leading by example. Consistently showing a positive attitude, professional behavior, flexibility, adaptability for change, and openness.

This position integrates the CHS values of genuine respect, passionate caring and a joyful spirit into each of the responsibilities of this job and daily communication with all customers and co-workers.

This position adheres to and is responsible for the safety standards of Centegra Health System including the completion of the mandatory organizational safety standards on an annual basis.

This position serves all inpatient and outpatient populations and ages including newborn, infant, pediatrics, adolescent, and adulthood (early through late).

This position actively maintains confidentiality for our patients and their families as outlined in the CHS Patient Confidentiality Policy and shows the same level of respect for every Associate with in CHS.

This position performs other traditional pharmacy roles as assigned or described in CHS policy, procedure, or protocol.


Doctorate Degree in Pharmacy – Required (rare exceptions may be made depending on experience and at the discretion of The System Director of Pharmacy.

State Licensure in Good Standing or Eligibility

Active ACLS certification

BCPS certification within 1 year of hire

ASHP membership required within 1 year of hire

ICHP membership preferred


2 years of experience in a hospital setting.

At least 1 year experience in a complex Healthcare System is strongly preferred.

Presentations at different seminars is highly preferred.

Leadership experience is preferred

Mentorship experience is preferred


Successful PGY1 Residency completion- Highly preferred

BCPS certification in predominant field of practice.

Certification Training Program in the predominant field of practice – highly preferred.

Advanced degrees such as Master's Degree is a plus

Strong knowledge in Electronic Healthcare System such as in EPIC or Paragon.

Strong Knowledge in automation such as Pyxis, Omnicell.

Strong communication and presentation skills

Strong interpersonal skills.

Strong commitment to driving Pharmacy Practice, accountability, dependability, and Teamwork.

Strong attention to details.

Strong analytical skills, organizational ability, and flexibility to work all potential shifts.

Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Power Point, Excel

Knowledge of MS project- preferred