To be part of our organization, every employee should understand and share in the YNHHS Vision, support our Mission, and live our Values. These values - integrity, patient-centered, respect, accountability, and compassion - must guide what we do, as individuals and professionals, every day.
As members of a High Reliability Organization (HRO), every employee should practice CHAMP behavior and strive to make patient safety a top priority. The pharmacy intern is responsible for provision of operational support in the processing, production, inventory and distribution of pharmaceuticals and related products. The intern will also actively participate in clinical and administrative functions under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist to augment their education and to gain insight and practical experience in their future roles as pharmacists.
Interns are invited and encouraged to participate in educational activities within the Pharmacy Department including, but not limited to the following: journal club, clinical case conferences, patient case presentations and disease state discussions; rotation through a variety of clinical areas shadowing a clinical specialist and performing their daily activities under direct pharmacist supervision. These activities include but are not limited to: rounding with the multidisciplinary team, review of verification of orders, provision of answers to various drug information questions posed by the team, provision of patient counseling. The intern may complete clinical/operational projects in collaboration with pharmacy leadership and/or pharmacy residents.
- 1. Medication Distribution
- 1.1 1.1. Performs drug distribution activities including but not limited to accurate picking, packaging, and delivering medications for refill or load in Pyxis', automated dispensing cabinets (ADC), medication storage refrigerator.
- 2. Medication Inventory Management
- 2.1 2.1. Processes loads into Pyxis' in an accurate and timely manner, considering par levels, drawer location and pocket size, drug package size, and drug usage patterns to minimize potential medication errors and reduces stock-outs and subsequent refills.
- 3. Prescription Processing & Preparation
- 3.1 3.1. Demonstrates proficiency in prescription processing and preparation by performing the necessary activities which include, but are not limited to: locating and entering patient demographic information into pharmacy computer systems, transcribing new medication orders and processing refill requests, performing necessary mathematical calculations to ensure proper dosage, directions, and quantity entered and selected, assisting in third part prescription adjudication and prescription cost management.
- 4. Medication History
- 4.1 4.1. Obtains and clarifies patients' home/chronic medication list by contacting community pharmacies and extended care facilities, interviewing patient and family members to ensure proper identification of doses and drugs including prescription medications, over the counter drugs and complementary and alternative medications in an efficient and timely manner.
- 5. Sterile/Non-Sterile Compounding
- 5.1 5.1. Demonstrates proficiency in IV admixture.
- 6. Investigational Drug Services (IDS)
- 6.1 6.1. Maintains and drafts physician order sets, billing templates and protocol summaries when needed.
- 7. Medication Safety, Regulatory Affairs, and Quality Assurance
- 7.1 7.1. Maintains a clean work environment.
High school diploma required and must be currently enrolled in an accredited College of Pharmacy program or pre-pharmacy program
Inpatient hospital pharmacy experience is preferred, but not required
Must be registered or eligible for registration as a Pharmacy Intern in the state of employment as outlined by the Dept. of Consumer Protection (CT) or Dept. of Health (RI).
Proficiency in mathematical calculations; accuracy; problem solving; attention to detail; knowledge of computer applications including word processing and spreadsheets; ability to learn quickly in a fast-paced environment; ability to learn or perform pharmaceutical compounding, repackaging and labeling including manipulation of raw drug products using appropriate technique: ability to work with computer and technology equipment including the ability to perform basic troubleshooting functions. Must be able to prioritize competing demands, work independently, and show flexibility and teamwork. Demonstrate good communication skills to customers and team members.
Must be available to work rotating shifts and weekends. Must be flexible with scheduling, working evening, holiday, and weekend shifts as needs demand. Employee is considered essential personnel and is expected to work during inclement weather (i.e. blizzards, hurricanes). Must be able to perform appropriate physical requirements of the job in the course of a shift, like lifting and transporting light boxes (up to 50 pounds) and be able to be on feet and move around pharmacy and hospital for majority of shift. Reasonable accommodations may be made for individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.