Pharmacist (37.5 Hour)

Introduction

The State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) seeks qualified individuals for the position of Pharmacist, at the Whiting Forensic Hospital - Whiting Service. POSITION # 102572. This position is located in the Pharmacy at Whiting Forensic Hospital - Dutcher Building, which is located in Middletown, CT. This is a full-time, thirty-seven and one half (37.5) hours per week position.

The Work Schedule is, as follows: 1st shift - 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Week one: Off - Friday and Tuesday; Work - Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
Week Two: Off - Saturday and Sunday; Work - Friday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

Please ensure that your application is complete as you will be unable to make revisions once your submit your application into the JobAps system. Applicants invited to interview will be requested to supply the following: last two (2) performance appraisals (current state employees only) or two (2) professional letters of reference (non-state employees).

Questions regarding this Position should be directed to Joann K. Castaldo, DMHAS HR, (860) 262-7121 or Joann.Castaldo@ct.gov.

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In state facilities this class is accountable for providing patient drug therapies and services and pharmaceutical education and direction to clients, support staff and families.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

Interprets physician's prescriptions and determines appropriateness of medication's indications for drug interactions and allergies; works with considerable independence under limited technical supervision to complete assignments and resolve problems; selects, compounds and dispenses drugs and other pharmaceutical products; instructs patients in use of medications and maintains patient drug profiles; maintains updated knowledge of drugs and pharmacy requirements; evaluates patient drug regimen, medical and laboratory data; researches medical literature and pharmaceutical databases to support drug therapy decisions; ensures compliance with established guidelines for use of high risk medications; reviews, assesses and maintains patient drug therapy profiles to comply with expected level of care; develops a corrective plan of action and communicates recommendations to physician in charge; evaluates medication distribution and administration system for accuracy and assesses real or potential failures of system and documents findings; provides technical training to pharmacy support staff in preparation, packaging, dispensing and delivery of medication and all daily pharmacy processes; maintains inventories and records on prescriptions, pharmacy requisitions, controlled drugs and expiration dates as required by law or pharmacy committee policy; participates on interdisciplinary teams and provides pharmacological input on review of patient care; participates in committees, conferences and seminars for purpose of maintaining professional skills and disseminating information in fields of pharmacology and pharmaceutics; may be required to assume responsibility for operation of pharmacy in absence of Pharmacy Supervisor; performs related duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Considerable knowledge of principles of pharmacy and pharmacology and application to operation of an institutional or hospital pharmacy; considerable knowledge of contemporary drug therapeutics; knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; knowledge of pharmaceutical economics; knowledge of documentation, quality assurance and security requirements for HCFA, Joint Commission on Hospital Accreditation (JCOHA) and other accreditations and certifications; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; ability to conduct inservice training programs on proper care, dosage and administration of drugs; ability to negotiate with prescribing physicians to avoid adverse drug interactions and control expenses through use of generic alternatives; ability to impose adequate controls over supply, dispensing and flow of narcotics, depressants and stimulant drugs and alcohol.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Incumbents in this class must possess and maintain licensure as a Registered Pharmacist issued by the Connecticut State Department of Consumer Protection in accordance with Connecticut General Statutes, Section 20-590.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

1. Incumbents in this class in some positions will be required to work overtime, on-call and rotating schedules.
2. Incumbents in this class will be required to travel.

Conclusion

AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

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