Clinical Specialist Pharmacist - Inpatient Pharmacy, NICU and Obstetrics (1.0 FTE, Days)

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Category: Pharmacy
Job Type: Full-Time
Shift: Days
Req: 16589
FTE: 1


1.0 FTE, 8 Hour Day Shift


We are proud to inform you that this position is eligible for our Student Loan Assistance Program. You may receive up to $9,600 which will be applied directly to your student loan account*.

*This benefit is for eligible positions as outlined in our program guidelines.

At Stanford Children’s Health, we know world-renowned care begins with world-class caring. That's why we combine advanced technologies and breakthrough discoveries with family-centered care. It's why we provide our caregivers with continuing education and state-of-the-art facilities, like the newly remodeled Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. And it's why we need caring, committed people on our team - like you. Join us on our mission to heal humanity, one child and family at a time.

Job Summary

This paragraph summarizes the general nature, level and purpose of the job. 

Under limited supervision, incumbents are the designated hospital-wide experts in a complex subject area that requires the application of advanced intensive knowledge of the specialty characteristically gained through advanced education or specific training in the area of specialization.  As the authorities in areas including: obstetrics/neonatology, critical care, cardiology, oncology, stem cell transplant, solid organ transplantation, pharmacokinetics, infectious diseases, research, automation and information systems, incumbents provide authoritative professional guidance to the staff; oversees cases in assigned specialty area. Develops and conducts specialized education and public information classes in their area of specialty; responsible for the clinical investigation of assigned new drugs in the specialty.

Essential Functions

The essential functions listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification.  They are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities.  Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Employees must abide by all Joint Commission Requirements including but not limited to sensitivity to cultural diversity, patient care, patient rights and ethical treatment, safety and security of physical environments, emergency management, teamwork, respect for others, participation in ongoing education and training, communication and adherence to safety and quality programs, sustaining compliance with National Patient Safety Goals, and licensure and health screenings.

Must perform all duties and responsibilities in accordance with the hospital’s policies and procedures, including its Service Standards and its Code of Conduct.

  • Researches and develops special pharmaceutical preparations at the request of the medical staff. Identifies fine differences between drugs as they relate to therapeutic efficacy of the products.

  • Designs patient-centered therapeutic regimens and monitoring plans, including therapeutic drug monitoring, when required. 

  • Consults on pharmacokinetic and pharmacogenomics and potential effects concerning the use of new drugs, those in investigational or clinical evaluation, or that do not yet have an FDA approval for the intended indication.

  • Recommends ways to optimize pharmacotherapy based on pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics properties affecting drug disposition and treatment outcomes; utilizing treatment-specific guidelines and protocols; experience from current evidence and peer-reviewed publications; and patient and family specific needs.

  • Develops, implements, and promotes medication-related cost-savings initiatives in conjunction with unit and pharmacy leadership and medication-related policies, procedures, and protocols that align with best practices and the needs of the unit/service assigned.

  • Participates in institution policy/procedure development and revision. 

  • Recommends improvements for electronic systems to encourage appropriate medication use.

  • Evaluates the appropriateness of orders for medications not on institutional formulary. Identifies trends in medication usage and propose formulary modifications if appropriate.

  • Liaises between unit medical director, patient care managers and other medical unit leadership and pharmacy for medication-related issues and initiatives.

  • Provides input regarding treatment protocols, unit-specific quality improvement, and formulary management, including participation in Local Improvement Teams and multidisciplinary committees.

  • Manages drug shortages and develops drug shortage action plans for medications affecting the area of specialty.

  • Provides training and oversight for the - Vancomycin per Pharmacy- Protocol.

  • Provides medication-specific education to medical and hospital staff and other healthcare professionals, including continuing medical education, and contributes to accredited teaching programs, new-hire orientation, and continuing education for pharmacy staff.

  • Ensures appropriate transitions of care through medication reconciliation, patient/family teaching, facilitation of patient discharge or transfer, and communication with multiple care teams across the continuum of care.

  • Serves as editor of the Pharmacy Department newsletter.

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities as well as possession of any required licenses or certifications is qualifying.

Education: Doctor of Pharmacy degree from a School of Pharmacy accredited by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education.

Experience: Completion of a PGY-2 Residency program with rotation and project/research work in specialty area of coverage -OR- Completion of a PGY-1 Residency program -AND- Two (2) years of related hospital experience

Licensure/ Certification: Licensed as a Pharmacist by the California Board of Pharmacy


Board Certification Required


Current American Heart Association (AHA) Certification for Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers -OR- Current American Heart Association (AHA) Certification for Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) for Healthcare Providers.


An individual Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) license issued by the United States DEA for Schedule II-V controlled substances, required only if prescribing controlled substances to outpatient.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

These are the observable and measurable attributes and skills required to perform successfully the essential functions of the job and are generally demonstrated through qualifying experience, education, or licensure/certification.

  • Knowledge of prescription and non-prescription drugs and drug products and their indications, efficacy, dosage, mechanisms of action; fate and disposition (if known), major contraindications and potential side effects.

  • Knowledge/insight into clinical and system practices

  • Knowledge of Medical terminology and abbreviations; pharmacology and pharmacological nomenclature; medical therapeutics, pharmacokinetics, and disease states.

  • Knowledge of methods and procedures involved in proper handling and storing of pharmaceutical supplies;

  • Knowledge of influence of patient's age, sex, concomitant disease states, concurrent drug therapy, foods and diagnostic procedures on drug activity and disposition.

  • Knowledge of physiology, anatomy, pathology, chemistry and mathematics as they relate to pharmacy practice.

  • Knowledge of local, state and federal regulatory requirement related to the functional area.

  • Knowledge of technologies and computer systems (in specific field) and maintain and stay abreast of updates and changes

  • Ability to apply judgment and make informed decisions.

  • Ability to plan, organize, prioritize, work independently and meet deadlines.

  • Ability to foster effective working relationships and build consensus with other departments and external vendors.

  • Ability to communicate effectively, foster working relationships, and exercise a high degree of tact in coordinating with and advising other members of hospital staff, patients, and various other professional contacts.

  • Ability to conduct data analysis and to utilize the results in continuous quality improvement projects

  • Maintain familiarity and operational knowledge of the departmental information and technical systems.


Physical Requirements and Working Conditions
The Physical Requirements and Working Conditions in which the job is typically performed are available from the Occupational Health Department. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Pay Range

Compensation is based on the level and requirements of the role.

Salary within our ranges may also be determined by your education, experience, knowledge, skills, location, and abilities, as required by the role, as well as internal equity and alignment with market data.

Typically, new team members join at the minimum to mid salary range.

Minimum to Midpoint Range (1.0 FTE): $211,369.60 to $229,340.80

Equal Opportunity Employer

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity and non-discrimination in all of its policies and practices, including the area of employment. Accordingly, LPCH does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, or disability, or the perception of any of the above. People of all genders, members of all racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Qualified applicants with criminal convictions will be considered after an individualized assessment of the conviction and the job requirements, and where applicable, in compliance with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.