Catholic Health Initiatives Pharmacist in NEWTON, Iowa



This PRN Days position is located at Skiff Medical Center, Newton, IA.

POSITION SUMMARY: Staff pharmacist is responsible, under the leadership of the Pharmacy Director, to dispense medications accurately and safely upon receipt of a medication order. Also provide medication information to patients, respiratory, medical & clinical staff. Is a team member with physicians, nurses, and pharmacy staff to provide personal care to our patients. Staff pharmacists lead and represent the pharmacy department in the absence of the Director of Pharmacy.


  • Read and interpret physician’s orders and ensure appropriate dispensing and follow-up related to drug therapy to promote the safe and effective use of drugs within the hospital.

  • Related activities include, but are not limited to: appropriate product selection, compounding, labeling and packaging with completion of appropriate records, maintaining an accurate medication profile for each patient receiving medications within the institution; delegating product preparation activities to pharmacy technicians when appropriate within legal limits and Hospital policies and procedures.

  • Evaluate drug orders for appropriateness with regard to patient age, condition, disease state and concomitant therapies to promote optimal patient outcomes.

  • Consult with and provide information and guidance to various medical, nursing, and other health care professionals concerning drugs and their appropriate use, demonstrating excellent communication and customer service skills.

  • Ensure that drugs are available to patients at the time they are needed to avoid delays in therapy and promote positive patient outcomes.

  • Satisfactorily completes required safety training.

  • Respond to emergency situations outside of regularly scheduled work hours to meet patients’ drug needs.

  • Assume the duties of the Director of Pharmacy in his/her absence to manage the daily activities of the department.

  • Assist in orienting new personnel/ students to the department.

  • Ensure that drug items are appropriately billed to various areas or patients to promote financial viability of the hospital.

  • Ensure that pharmacy inventory is maintained at appropriate levels in a cost-conscious manner to promote availability of items in the formulary.

  • Procure non-formulary items after exhausting formulary alternatives to provide optimal drug therapy.

  • Review and assume responsibility for orders and products prepared by pharmacy technicians.

  • Assigns and supervises pharmacy technicians as necessary to meet workload demands.

  • Participate in and/or provide support to hospital committees as agreed upon by committee members and the Director of Pharmacy.

  • Participates in departmental and hospital performance improvement activities to promote quality in the medication use process.

  • Assist the department and hospital in maintaining compliance with accreditation standards.

  • Maintain competency as required by professional standards.

  • Performs other related functions as required/ directed.



  • Bachelor of Science degree or Doctor of Pharmacy from an accredited college of pharmacy and Iowa License (or eligible).

  • Previous hospital experience beneficial.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate well with nurses, physicians, pharmacy staff, & other guests/visitors of Skiff Medical Center.

Job Professional Clinical/Allied Health


Daily Schedule Days

Scheduled Hours per 2-week Pay Period 0

Weekends Required Every Fourth

Req ID: 2018-R0165868

We’re an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.