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Clinical Pharmacist-NICU

Req ID: 12982

Shift: Days

Employment Status: AF - Active - Regular - Full Time 

Job Summary

Neonatal/Infant Intensive Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist:  Provide specialized pharmaceutical services to improve drug usage and therapeutic outcomes including, but not limited to, advising physicians on issues concerning drug therapy, the inherent toxicity of drugs and their side effects, as well as assisting in the prescription of appropriate doses

Maintain liaison relationships with medical and nursing staff; provide timely information pertaining to pharmaceutical supplies, drug usage and compatibility, state and federal regulations regarding drug controls, and Joint Commission Standards.

Individualize medication regimens using sound principles, accounting for pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic variations in drug absorption, distribution, metabolism and elimination with responsibility for establishing and continually improving the delivery of Pharmaceutical Care to patients within areas of direct responsibility and assisting others in the department with the same.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Develops and maintains a consistent clinical pharmacy practice that provides optimal pharmaceutical support to patients of  The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in an appropriate, efficacious, safe, and cost-effective fashion.
  • Participates in clinical rounds at least three times weekly.
  • Reviews patient's pharmacotherapy using the hospital Information system (HIS) and the pharmacy computer system to ensure that the medications are appropriate in terms of dose, dosage form, route of administration, frequency, duration of therapy, and patient's disease state.
  • Communicates with prescribers and nurses to recommend alternatives for inappropriate therapy or substitutes for non-formulary items.
  • Ensures and promotes compliance with institution's formulary system and other guidelines set forth by the TSC and the Department of Pharmacy.
  • Provides pharmacokinetics monitoring to all patients on the team of clinical practice.
  1. Provides drug information and/or presents educational programs to healthcare professionals and patients.
  • Provides appropriate and timely consultative services (DI, pharmacokinetics, etc) to physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other health care professionals regarding drug therapy. Ensures response time to inquiries to be no greater than 24 hours.
  • Provides formal discharge counseling and advises patients and family on the use of various medications: name, description, route, dosage form, duration of  therapy,  directions for preparation, administration, use, common side effects, interactions, contraindications, self monitoring, storage, refill information and action to be taken if dose is missed.
  • Shares participation in 24/7 on call service with other clinical pharmacy specialists.
  • Participates in code response for patients on their unit.
  • Contributes to education and training of all pharmacy staff members.  Serves as preceptor for PGY1 and PGY2 pharmacy residents.  Participates in the training of students from the College of Pharmacy.
  • Contributes to both internal and external pharmacy newsletters and communications

Job Responsibilities (Continued)

3.  Along with the pharmacy supervisor, participates in hospital and departmental Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) activities.   Utilizes the principals of continuous quality improvement to analyze, and resolve problems in a systematic manner.  

  • Assists in maintaining records and statistics required to monitor and evaluate clinical pharmacy activities and effectiveness in accomplishing its stated objectives, (consults, interventions etc.)
  • Participates in the drug use evaluation process in their clinical areas as needed to ensure that the medication is appropriate in terms of  dose, dosage form, route of administration, frequency, duration of therapy, patient's disease state and cost effectiveness.
  • Participates in Adverse Drug Event reporting, investigation, monitoring and follow up, including adverse drug reactions and medication error reports.
  • Analyzes and evaluates continuously, the quality of service, and develops plans necessary to correct any deficiencies identified

4.    Achieve patient safety and satisfaction through the use of lean principles: 5S, Elimination of Waste, JIT, Standard Work, Quality

  • Promote and Comply with Standardized Procedures.
  • Promote and Comply with Standard Work..
  • Identify “waste” in ownership process and recommend solutions for implementation.
  • Correct abnormal conditions.  ​​​​​​​

5.   Participates in and contributes to regularly scheduled or Ad Hoc Medical Staff/Nursing/Pharmacy Committee Meetings on a monthly basis.  For  Example:Unit Based Committees

  • Therapeutic Standards Committee
  • Drug Use Evaluation Subcommittee
  • Formulary Subcommittee
  • ADR/Medication Error Subcommittees
  • RCA/FMEA  Ad hoc Committee

 Performs other related duties as assigned by authorized personnel to provide departmental flexibility to patient care needs including those for emergency situations. Provides help or coverage to others when needed. Assumes  alternating on call and staffing responsibilities for weekend coverage every 6 weeks.


Required Licenses, Certifications, Registrations

Licensed Pharm (90 Days)

Required Education and Experience

Required Education: Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an accredited college of pharmacy

Required Experience: PGY1 Residency

Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic

Preferred Experience: PGY2 Residency

Additional Technical Requirements

  • Extensive knowledge of drugs, medical therapeutics, pharmacokinetics, diagnosis and disease states.
  • Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with various members of the health care teams.
  • Ability to communicate clearly in oral and written form.


Leadership - Values & Standards

Leadership - Strategic Thinking & Action

Leadership-Change Leadership

Leadership-Care and Services

Leadership-Effective Management



Leadership-Relationship Building

Leadership-Diversity, Inclusion, and Cultural Competency

All CHOP employees who work in a patient building or who provide patient care are required to receive an annual influenza vaccine unless they are granted a medical or religious exemption.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for its patients, family members, visitors and employees. In an effort to achieve this goal, employment at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, other than for positions with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey, is contingent upon an attestation that the job applicant does not use tobacco products or nicotine in any form and a negative nicotine screen (the latter occurs after a job offer).

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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CHOP Careers Contact 

Talent Acquisition

2716 South Street, 6th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19146 

Phone: 866-820-9288 

Email:[email protected]



Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia
Full time
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104, US