Rush University Medical Center  Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Adult Critical Care in Chicago, Illinois

Job Title: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Adult Critical Care

Department: Pharmacy

Shift: 1st

Full/Part: Active Regular FT (72 to 80 hours per pay period)

Specialty: Critical Care

Job Number: 2018-0403

Job Description:

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We are seeking a dynamic Clinical Pharmacy Specialist to join our Adult Critical Care Team in the Inpatient Pharmacy at Rush University Medical Center!

This is a Full Time position

80 hours every two weeks, benefit-eligible

Day Shift: 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM or 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Rotating Weekends – Every 4 weeks

Rotating Evenings (1:00 PM to 9:30 PM) – Every 12 weeks

Position Highlights

The Critical Care Specialty Pharmacist is responsible for patient care in the adult critical care intensive care units (ICUs) and Emergency Department (ED), Operating Room (OR) Pharmacies, and 8 Tower satellite Pharmacy. This position is responsible for clinical/operational coverage of the following ICUs- Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU), Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU), Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU)/Cardiovascular/Thoracic Intensive Care Unit (CVT ICU), and Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit (NSICU) and Emergency Department. Specific unit responsibilities and expectations combined with patient care rounding and precepting pharmacy students/residents (PGY1/PGY2), and involvement in research will be expected in all areas. Each individual must display maturity, independence, initiative, and strong verbal/written communication skills. In addition, individuals should exemplify the Rush mission, vision, and values and act in accordance with Rush policies and procedures.

Principal Responsibilities

  • Evaluate and verify Epic orders for therapeutic appropriateness

  • Clarify Epic orders as needed through direct and timely manner with the prescriber

  • Document clinical interventions

  • Perform daily review of pharmacy reports including pharmacokinetic monitoring and other reports based on clinical location

  • Participate in Code Blue emergencies

  • Conduct monthly nursing audits/inspections of drug storage (ie. Pyxis) and medication rooms, as assigned

  • Supervise pharmacy technician staff involved in preparing and distributing medications to patient care areas

  • Coordinate medication ordering, preparation, dispensing, and administration systems for the patient populations in the areas outlined prior

  • Implement and adhere to all drug use policies and formulary decisions of the Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee

  • Participate and contribute to the Safety Event (SE) reporting system

  • Complete clinical and operational activities as designated by the departmental management team (e.g. pyxis inventory optimization, relevant process improvement projects, etc.)

  • Complete a Medication Use Evaluation (MUE) and new drug/therapeutic classes, as assigned

  • Participate and complete medication reconciliation in the assigned patient care areas

  • Facilitate patient medication discharge teaching, as needed in the patient care area

  • Maintain a working knowledge of the Pharmacy Department policies/procedures

  • Precept pharmacy students and residents (PGY1/PGY2), as assigned in clinical and operational areas, inclusive of: orientation, experiential rotations, decentralized staffing, presentation mentoring, research project mentor, informal and formal mentoring, and continued preceptor skills development

  • Maintain and develop new working relationships with nursing staff on patient care units including problem resolution, attendance at meetings, and provision of nursing in-services

  • Participate in quality improvement projects, as assigned

  • Provide pharmacy representation in multidisciplinary committees, as assigned

  • Residency Program Director (RPD) for Critical Care will also be responsible for criteria outlined in Appendix A

Note- the above list of expectations for the pharmacists is intended to encompass the general content and is not intended to be an exhaustive list of duties, responsibilities, and requirements.

  • Individuals will spend approximately 85% of their time in either one of the adult ICUs or ED and 15% of their time covering operational (OR Pharmacies/8 Tower) responsibilities.

  • Note- the designated percentages of time listed above will vary and is dependent on staffing needs determined by the supervisor

Position Qualifications Include


  • Registered Pharmacist in Illinois (or eligibility to be licensed in Illinois)

  • PharmD degree

  • The candidate must meet one of the following criteria:

  • PGY1 residency and PGY2 specialty residency (ie. Critical care, ED, etc)

  • PGY1 residency plus 3 years of direct patient care experience in critical care (ICUs and/or ED)

  • BLS certification, ACLS certification preferred (or shall be obtained upon hire)

  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

  • Ability to demonstrate responsibility and accountability for all aspects of professional practice.

  • Ability to independently problem solve, multi-task and work successfully in a fast paced environment.


  • Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties Board Certification (BCCCP or BCPS) required within 3 years of employment

Company Highlights :

  • Rush's new14-story hospitalis the cornerstone of the Rush Transformation, an ongoing effort to build new facilities, renovate existing buildings and adopt new technology.

  • Rush University Medical Center is a four time Magnet facility located in Chicago, IL

  • Leading academic medical center, acute care hospital w/ 676 licensed beds.

Rush is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics.