Rush University Medical Center  Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Acute Care - Hematology/Oncology in Chicago, Illinois

Job Title: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Acute Care - Hematology/Oncology

Department: Pharmacy

Shift: 1st

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

Specialty: Oncology

Job Number: 2018-1618

Job Description:

Are you interested in joining a leading health care organization?

Join Rush University Medical Center!

We are seeking a dynamic Clinical Pharmacy Specialist to join our Acute Care Team with a Focus on Oncology 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

As you join our team, you will be a critical piece in our department’s efforts to provide the best in patient care. Our intent is to deliver the type of pharmaceutical care that we would expect for ourselves. This begins with empathy for the patient experience and a culture of respect, dedication, and teamwork. Collectively, we are determined to maintain the highest standard in pharmacy practice, operations, and innovation. This starts with you. The scope of practice of the Clinical Pharmacist Specialist Hematology/Oncology covers direct and indirect patient care, education, medication safety, performance improvement, and consultation. The Clinical Pharmacist Specialist is responsible for the provision of both operational and clinical pharmacy services to a general oncology population for adult patients. Responsibilities will include order verification, discharge counseling, projects, and education of other healthcare professionals. Each individual must display maturity, independence, initiative, and strong verbal communication skills. The individual who holds this position exemplifies the Rush mission, vision and values and acts in accordance with Rush policies and procedures.

Principal Responsibilities

  • Evaluate and verify Epic physician’s orders for therapeutic appropriateness, proper dosing, optimal dosage form, drug interactions, allergic reactions, route and rate of administration and therapeutic redundancy.

  • Clarify physicians’ orders when necessary through direct and timely contact with prescriber or designated practitioner.

  • Provides patient-specific pharmacotherapy recommendations and drug information to the medical and nursing staff.

  • Participates in the pharmacy department’s most current method of documenting clinical interventions.

  • Perform daily review of pharmacy reports including pharmacokinetic monitoring and other drug or patient specific reports that may be required.

  • Attends code emergencies and provides coverage for other pharmacists involved in these emergencies.

  • Conducts monthly nursing unit inspections of medication storage areas as assigned.

  • Supervise pharmacy technician staff involved in the preparation and delivery of medications ensuring coordination of workflows with established delivery schedules

  • Coordinate medication ordering, preparation, dispensing, and administration systems for the patient populations outlined above on a daily basis

  • Implements all drug use policy and formulary decisions of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics committee.

  • Participates in SE (ADR and medication error) reporting programs.

  • Support and precept pharmacy students on an oncology rotation

  • Support and precept PGY1 and PGY2 residents on an oncology rotation

  • Provides patient-specific pharmacotherapy recommendations and drug information to the medical and nursing staff

  • Assess and evaluates the medical and drug literature in order to compare and contrast therapeutic regimens and uses for new or existing drug treatments.

  • Participate in Oncology Committees as determined by the Clinical Pharmacy Supervisor, Oncology and the Associate Director, Clinical Services and based on the pharmacist’s personal areas of interest

  • Implement medication safety initiatives as determined by current departmental needs and ongoing projects.

  • Develop operational and clinical projects as determined by current departmental needs and ongoing projects.

  • Serves as a liaison with other departments for collaborative research activity in the area of oncology.

  • Actively participates in professional organizations

Position Qualifications Include


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

  • PharmD degree

  • 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.


  • Post Graduate ASHP Year Two Pharmacy Residency in Oncology

  • Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties Board Certification required within 2 years of employment

Working Conditions:

  • May be exposed to certain hazardous materials, including but not limited to chemotherapeutic agents. Lifting up to 50 pounds may be required.

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.