Staff Pharmacist

Item 9.O-December 5, 2014
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Incumbent(s) Name (if applicable): Karen Pieper; Vacant-new
Position #(s): 17605; New
Current Title: Staff Pharmacist
Current Range: 4
Department: Pharmacology Department
College/Division: Vice President, Health
Sciences / University of Nevada School
of Medicine
Account #(s): 1201-119-2112
Action Proposed: (check all that apply)
( ) New position: Proposed Range:
Proposed Title:
( ) Title Change, Proposed Title:
( ) Proposed Reassignment from Range
to Range
(X ) Revised PDQ only (no change in range or title) – add new position
( ) Line of Progression (show titles below)
JCC (Current
or new HR
I certify that the statements in this description are accurate and complete to the best of my knowledge.
Employee’s Signature
I/we have reviewed the statements in this form and they accurately reflect the job assignments.
Iain Buxton, Chair, Pharmacology
Immediate Supervisor’s Signature
Thomas Schwenk, VP, Health Sciences/Dean, UNSOM
Approved for Salary Placement Committee review.
Pres / Vice Pres / Vice Prov Signature Stacy Burton, Vice Provost, Faculty Affairs Date
Action Approved by the Provost/President (Completed by Faculty HR):
67500 Range:
Pos #(s): 17605; New
Eff: 12/1/2014
Approved Title: Staff Pharmacist
Employee signs on “final” stamped approved PDQ and sends to HR for personnel file.
Employee Signature:_______________________________________________ __________________
Printed Name: ____________________________________________________
Rev: 10/1/2012
Position Description –Staff Pharmacist
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1. Summary Statement: State the major function(s) of the position and its role in the
university. Attach an organizational chart with positions, ranges, and names for the division
which reflects the position in it as well as those supervised in the department. (This section is
used for advertisement of the position.)
The Staff Pharmacist licensed by the Nevada State Board of Pharmacy and appointed in the
Department of Pharmacology interprets and evaluates prescription orders; compounds, dispenses
and labels drugs and devices as indicated on a prescription; and, participates in drug selection and
drug utilization reviews. The position maintains proper and safe storage of drugs and devices and
offers or performs services, operations, or transactions necessary in conducting, operating, managing
and controlling a pharmacy. It is the Pharmacist’s legal responsibility to oversee the actions of all
auxiliary personnel used to assist the pharmacist in any of his/her duties. The position reports to the
Manager, Pharmacy.
2. List the major responsibilities, including percentage of time devoted to each. Provide
enough detail to enable a person outside the department to understand the job (percentage
first with heading and then bulleted information).
50% - Prescription Management
 Process, Verify, and approve all prescriptions
 Clarification and entry
 Final check and approval
20% - Patient Counseling
 Medication use and management
 Proper dose
 Proper administration
 Side effects
20% - Physician Collaboration
 Collaborate with physicians on drug utilizations/interactions
 Consult and recommend medications
 Therapy modalities
10% - Supervision
 Supervise/instruct technicians, interns, students, and residents
 HIPAA instruction and compliance
 Legal and regulatory compliance
3. Describe the level of freedom to take action and make decisions with or without
supervision and how the results of the work performed impact the department, division and/or
the university as a whole.
Level of Freedom:
A Pharmacist’s accurate and complete performance of the job duties associated with this position is
crucial to patient health. The incumbent may be the only pharmacist on duty and thus is ultimately
responsible for patient safety. The incumbent consults with the Manager on long-term goals and
strategies for the unit but must operate independently under pharmacy license.
Position Description –Staff Pharmacist
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Failure to perform as expected could result in substandard patient care and cause possible harm to a
patient, including death or disability
4. Describe the knowledge, skills (to include cognitive requirement and verbal and written
communication), and abilities (to include task complexity, problem solving, creativity and
innovation) essential to successful performance of this job (in bullet format).
Knowledge of:
 Rules and regulations of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Nevada State Board
of Pharmacy and reporting of errors, omissions and unwanted vs. harmful effects of drugs on
 The actions, both therapeutic and unwanted, of drugs in and on the human body.
 The physical layout and security system needs for the UNR pharmacy as mandated by
Nevada State Pharmacy Law
 Supervisory practices and techniques
 Federal and State Medicaid/Medicare rules and regulations
 Experience in retail and institutional practices
 Perform traditional duties of a pharmacist (preparation, dispensing, and counseling in regard to
appropriate dosage forms) as outlined by Nevada State Board of Pharmacy and state of the
art practices
 Use of the literature and meta analyses to stay informed of the nature of new drugs and new
drug information.
 Supervisory skills
Ability to:
 Monitor patient’s symptoms and response to medication
 Conduct drug utilization reviews
 Recommend appropriate drug therapy to practitioners
 Assist in establishing, executing, tabulating, and evaluating clinical studies regarding drugs
5. Describe the type of personal contacts encountered in performing the duties of the job.
Explain the nature and purpose of these contacts: i.e., to provide services, to resolve
problems, to negotiate.
M.D. Residents and faculty
Pharmacy technicians and
pharmacy personnel
Pharmacology Department
Reason for Contact
To collaborate on patient care
To supervise and advise in dispensing prescriptions and general
delivery of patient care
To take direction, respond to constructive evaluations
Outside Practitioners
Reason for Contact
To provide quality health care services
To collaborate on patient care
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6. Indicate the minimum qualifications which are necessary in filling this position should it
become vacant. Please keep in mind the duties/responsibilities of the position rather than the
qualifications of the incumbent.
Minimum educational level, including appropriate field, if any.
Doctoral Degree in Pharmacy from a regionally accredited institution
Minimum type and amount of work experience, in addition to the above required
education necessary for a person entering this position.
Doctoral Degree and one year of experience as a practicing pharmacist
Preferred Licenses or Certifications: None
Indicate any license or certificate required for this position.
Must be licensed as a Pharmacist in the state of Nevada in good standing