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Clinical Pharmacist
Job Code:2022-05-024
FT/PT Status:Regular Full Time
Salary Minimum91,542
Salary Midpoint114,427
Position Closes:

Job Responsibilities & Qualifications:

Primary Function

The incumbent in this position serves as a Clinical Pharmacist for the Cherokee Indian Hospital Authority. The incumbent is responsible for the provision of comprehensive and age appropriate, outpatient, inpatient, and emergency department pharmaceutical services, and pharmaceutical patient care.


Job Description

General and Outpatient Functions

  • Prepares compounds, and/or dispenses pharmaceutical prescriptions to patients in outpatient, inpatient, and emergency room settings. This process includes (but is not limited to) checking for correct drug dosages, for drug-drug and drug-food interactions, for correct dosage forms, and correct labeling and preparation of outpatient prescriptions, inpatient dosage forms, IV admixtures, and other pharmaceutical supplies.
  • Provides assessment and treatment to patients with minor health problems. Provides maintenance care to patients with chronic disease.
  • Manages therapy for selected patients in whom drugs are the primary method of treatment.
  • Reviews pharmaceutical orders to assure appropriateness of drug therapy.
  • Counsels patients and families on drug use, therapeutic effects, potential adverse effects, precautions, appropriate storage of pharmaceuticals, and expected outcomes of drug therapy. Verifies the level of patient understanding concerning prescribed medications.
  • Assures the availability, preparation, and control of medication within the facility and for patients.
  • Transmits appropriate medical and pharmaceutical information to providers, nursing, and the patient cliental.
  • Provides drug therapy consultations, intervention, drug information, staff educations, and in-services to all members of the health care team.
  • Provides health promotion and disease prevention activities related to drug use and preventative therapy.
  • Monitors and maintains general and emergency drug supplies in all areas of the facility assuring adequate quantities, appropriate access and control, appropriate storage, and current dating and integrity of pharmaceutical items.
  • Maintains formal records and compliance with requirements of Law, organizational and/or agency rules and decisions, and internal pharmacy operation policies and procedures.
  • Interacts with and maintains proper operation of automated pharmacy systems, and technology.
  • Other duties as assigned, as appropriate, and as authorized.


Inpatient Functions

  • Provides pharmaceutical services to inpatients on an assigned basis. Duties include, but are not limited to, unit dose and IV additive functions, attendance at routine medical rounds with providers, daily chart review, MAR review and intervention, clinical pharmacokinetics services, drug evaluation services, delivery of 7-day services, 24-hour recall, patient drug counseling services, and participation in discharge counseling.
  • Participates in the operation of the unit dose drug distribution system including preparation of unit doses, dispensing of same, and maintenance of required record keeping.
  • Participates in the maintenance and proper operation of automated pharmaceutical dispensing systems. Maintains appropriate stock levels, monitors system operation, reviews system reports, and resolves system problems.
  • Participates in the operation of the I.V. Admixture program. Participates in preparation, labeling, and checking of I.V. Admixture products, special purpose intravenous products, and other parenteral solutions as required.


Administrative Services

  • Serves on various committees of the organization as appointed, approved, and volunteered.
  • Provides technical assistance in the procurement and maintenance of supplies, stock materials, drugs, and equipment to assure efficient pharmacy function.
  • Supports and contributes to the ongoing quality assurance and performance improvement program of the Pharmacy. Provides for drug use evaluation, drug audits, and additional pharmacy functions as required.
  • Presents educational programs to staff, other health professionals, and community groups.
  • Participates on the Pharmacy and Therapeutics, Discharge Planning, Infection Control, Safety, Medical Records, and other committees as required and/or assigned.
  • Services as a pharmacy preceptor for pharmacy students and pharmacy resident.
  • Functions as pharmacist-in-charge during evenings, nights, holidays, and weekends when so scheduled.
  • Maintains the highest level of professional standards of pharmacy practice when serving patients of all age groups, service unit staff, and the greater community. Ascribes to the Indian Health Service Standards of Practice for Pharmacy.



  • Incumbent must be a graduate of a college of pharmacy accredited by the American Council of Pharmaceutical Education.
  • The incumbent must have earned a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy or a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D) degree.
  • Incumbent must have an active unrestricted pharmacist license, and must be eligible for unrestricted pharmacist licensure in North Carolina.Pharmacist licensure in a state different than North Carolina is acceptable, however, if a Tribal Direct Employee the incumbent should be eligible to obtain a North Carolina pharmacist license within the next 12 months following employment with CIHA.Federal Employees including commissioned officers may hold and maintain an unrestricted pharmacist license from any State, and aren’t required to maintain licensure with the NC Board of Pharmacy.