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Location: Poughkeepsie, New York US


Requisition Number: 11636

Position Title:

External Description:

Nuvance Health has a network of convenient hospital and outpatient locations — Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital, Norwalk Hospital and Sharon Hospital in Connecticut, and Northern Dutchess Hospital, Putnam Hospital Center and Vassar Brothers Medical Center in New York.

Summary Monitors patient drug therapy; interprets, evaluates and fills valid physician orders, medication reorders and pharmacy requisitions; and provides information concerning all aspects of drug therapy to ensure the timely, accurate and appropriate administration of medications and IV solutions to patients of all ages in accordance with all state and federal regulations, established peer standards and Hospital policies and procedures.


Adherence to the following criteria will be determined by the Director, Pharmacy Services and the Assistant Director, Pharmacy Services, through review and evaluation of available documents, observations and comments received:

Responsibility I

1. Performs clinical pharmacy functions and therapeutic monitoring as assigned, to ensure safe, cost effective drug therapy.

1.1Reviews utilization and IV drug usage lists for specific agents to determine opportunities for therapeutic intervention.

1.2 Leaves reminder notes for physicians on patient charts for IV to oral conversion, cost effective antibiotic selection and therapeutic duplication.

1.3 Follows-up on previous day's activity to determine response to therapeutic intervention notes. Contacts physician directly, if necessary.

1.4 Documents outcomes of therapeutic interventions on log sheet and through computer "Clinical Pharmacy Interventions."

1.5 Initiates other clinical pharmacy activities based upon assessment of drug therapy and as judged necessary.

1.6 Reviews MARs when necessary, to ensure timely, accurate and appropriate administration of medication by nursing.

Responsibility II

2. Assumes clinical responsibility for interpreting, evaluating, and filling valid physician orders, medication reorders, and pharmacy requisitions to ensure rational therapy and produce accurate medication administration records.

2.1 Verifies all aspects of medication orders during initial entry and subsequent refill in unit dose cassettes as observed by Director or Assistant Director and through review of medication records:

1. drug

2. dose

3. route

4. frequency

5. start/stop time and date

6. administration details

7. cautionary statements

2.2 Implements correctly formulary policy determined by the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee as observed by Director or Assistant Director and through review of medication records:

1. generic substitution

2. therapeutic substitutions

3. restricted drug policy

4. proper records maintained

5. suggests appropriate alternatives to non-formulary medications

2.3 Monitors medication profiles to determine appropriateness of drug therapy, presence of drug allergies, interactions, contra-indications and excessive or duplication medications by reviewing profile with every new medication order and subsequent refills for unit dose cassettes.

2.4 Notifies nursing and physicians as needed, of presence of inappropriate, invalid, or incorrect medication orders or refills, takes necessary steps, and follows-up to assure that situation is rectified, including verbal orders if appropriate.

2.5 Ensures that medication orders are entered into the computer and fills accurately no less than 99% of the time.

2.6 Ensures that routine medication orders are processed within 1 hour of receipt; 5 minutes for STAT orders.

Responsibility III

3. Assumes clinical responsibility for the evaluation, preparation, and distribution of I.V.P.B. medications and I.V. solutions, when assigned, to assure their timely, accurate, and appropriate administration.

3.1 Prepares all IVPB medications and IV solutions according to accepted practice, using aseptic technique, and according to department policy and procedure.

3.2 Prepares all TPN and PPN solutions according to policy and professional standards.

3.3 Follows all policies and precautions for the preparation of antineoplastic agents.

3.4 Assures efficient work flow in IV department such that routine orders are delivered within two hours of receipt and STAT orders within 15 minutes of receipt.

Responsibility IV

4. Provides information concerning all aspects of drug therapy to other health professionals, colleagues, and patients, when necessary.

4.1 Utilizes as necessary, and is familiar with available reference material.

4.2 Educates medical, nursing and pharmacy staff in response to new information, specific requests, or as a result of evaluation and monitoring of medication profiles and medication administration records.

4.3 Expands knowledge with continuing education through journals, professional organizations or seminars.


Education: B.S. in Pharmacy from an accredited school of pharmacy.

Experience: Six (6) months on-the-job internship.

License: New York State Pharmacy License and Registration


Physical: Occasionally requires light physical effort as in periods of standing at files or work tables, repeated changes of position within the work routine or prolonged sitting. Periodic eye or ear strain (less than 50% of the time).

Mental: Work demands may impose home and social life inconvenience, even though predictable on most occasions and regular volume of work and deadlines impose strain on a routine basis.


Regular and routine exposure to a variety of unpleasant physical working conditions, and frequent exposure to injury or occupational or contagious disease hazards which require routine precautions.


Location: Vassar Brothers Medical Center

Work Type: Full-Time

Standard Hours: 40.00

FTE: 1.000000

Work Schedule: EVENING 8.5

Work Shift: 12 pm -8:30 pm, 2 pm -10:30 pm, 4:30 pm - 1am

Org Unit: 1181

Department: Pharmacy


Exempt: No


Grade: L3



EOE, including disability/vets.

We will endeavor to make a reasonable accommodation to the known physical or mental limitations of a qualified applicant with a disability unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business. If you believe you require such assistance to complete this form or to participate in an interview, please contact Human Resources at 203-739-7330 (for reasonable accommodation requests only). Please provide all information requested to assure that you are considered for current or future opportunities.

City: Poughkeepsie

State: New York

Community / Marketing Title: Pharmacist

Company Profile:

Health Quest and Western Connecticut Health Network have combined to form a new nonprofit health system. The name for the new health system will be Nuvance Health. The new health system was created to provide communities across New York’s Hudson Valley and western Connecticut with more convenient, accessible and affordable care.

EEO Employer Verbiage:

Location_formattedLocationLong: Poughkeepsie, New York US

Job Number: 37920