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Clinical Pharmacist Specialist - ED

Springfield Memorial Hospital
Springfield, IL
Tracking Code 2024-21239

Position Summary

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The Emergency Department (ED) Clinical Pharmacist Specialist provides comprehensive pharmaceutical care services to ED patients with the primary goal to improve patient outcomes.  Collaboration with physicians, residents and other healthcare providers, combined with direct patient care activities, will allow the ED pharmacist an opportunity to promote and improve safe medication use in the ED that is evidence based and aligned with national quality indicators.

Highlights & Benefits

  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Memorial Childcare
  • Mental Health Services
  • Growth Opportunities
  • Continuing Education
  • Local and National Discounts
  • Pet Insurance
  • Medical, Dental, Vision
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • 401(k)
  • Life Insurance and Voluntary Benefits
  • Employee Assistance Program and Colleague Wellness
  • Adoption Assistance

Required Skills

  1. Work collaboratively with ED physicians, residents and other healthcare providers to promote and improve safe medication use
  • Consult with physicians and other health care providers to develop and implement a medication plan that meets the overall goals of patient care established by the health care team
  • Assist with drug therapy management in medical emergencies (i.e. codes, trauma, stroke)
  • Assist the nurse in gathering accurate home medication lists in complicated, admitted patients
  • Represents pharmacy at various interdepartmental meetings (i.e. Unit Based Council, ED Committee, etc.)
  • Serve as a liaison between the pharmacy and ED to ensure the timely administration of medications
  1. Participate in the development, implementation and monitoring of evidence based, medication use guidelines that meet National criteria for quality measures such as in Heart Failure, Stroke, AMI, Pneumonia and Sepsis
  1. Provide patient specific medication use teaching in high risk patients (i.e. Poly-pharmacy, pediatric patients, patients on high risk medications or who have been identified as high risk for readmission)
  1. Ensures appropriateness, effectiveness, and safety of each patient’s medication regimen in order to manage all aspects of medication use for patients in the ED
  1. Documents all recommendations and interventions in the electronic medical chart
  1. Prevent, detect, monitor, and report adverse events (medication errors and adverse reactions).
  1. Serves as an educational resource for patients, pharmacy colleagues, students, residents, physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals.
  1. Performs order entry, order verification or clinical order review
  1. Serves as a pharmacy representative to various Hospital committees or project work groups as they relate to clinical pharmacy-ED practice
  • Provides Pharmacy & Therapeutic Committee support through presentations for formulary management or quality improvement as needed
  1. Actively participates in the professional development of pharmacy students and pharmacy residents
  1. Meets and maintains the requirements to serve as a pharmacy residency preceptor
  1. Ensures compliance with all local, state and national regulatory requirements and practices within Springfield Memorial Hospital’s policies and procedures.
  1. Participate in or lead at least 1 quality improvement, medication safety or emergency preparedness initiative on an annual basis
  1. Maintains professional growth and development through continuing education, seminars, workshops and professional affiliations.
  1. Provide formal medication related consultations (i.e. Pharmacokinetic consultations) as required
  1. Performs other related work as required or requested.


The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents of this job.  Incumbents may be requested to perform tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

Required Experience


  • Graduate of an ACPE-accredited School of Pharmacy required
  • Doctor of Pharmacy degree (Pharm.D.) required
    • Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy with 5 years hospital based, patient care experience in ED, Trauma or Critical Care, considered in lieu of Pharm.D.
  • Advanced Pharmacy Residency Training (PGY1) highly preferred
  • Advanced Pharmacy Residency Training (PGY2) in critical care or emergency medicine preferred


  • Licensed pharmacist in the State of Illinois required
  • Board Certification in Pharmacotherapy (BCPS) required
    • PGY-1 residency accepted in lieu of BCPS requirement
      • BCPS certification required within 12 months of hire
    • Board Certification in Critical Care (BCCCP) or Emergency Medicine (BCEMP) preferred
      • BCCCP or BCEMP certification negates requirement for BCPS.
    • Basic Life Support Certification (BLS) required
    • Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification (ACLS) required
    • Pediatric Advanced Life Support Certification (PALS) required within 6 months of hire
    • Emergency Neurological Life Support Certification (ENLS) required within 12 months of hire


  • Minimum of three years relevant hospital based, patient care experience required
    • Completion of a PGY-1/PGY2 pharmacy residency program will satisfy this requirement

Other Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

  • Collaboration: Ability to work cooperatively and inclusively with other individuals and/or teams not formally lead; working together as opposed to working separately or competitively.
  • Communication: Ability to use written and spoken communication in formal and informal situations to convey meaning, build shared understanding, and productively move agendas forward.
  • Intellectual Curiosity: Underlying curiosity and desire to know more about things, people, and issues, including the desire for knowledge and staying current with health, organizational, industry, and professional trends and developments. It includes pressing for more precise information; resolving discrepancies by asking a series of questions; and scanning for potential opportunities or information that may be of future use, as well as staying current and seeking best practices for adoption.
  • Initiative: Ability to identify a problem, obstacle or opportunity and then take action in light of identification to address current or future problems or opportunities. Initiative emphasizes proactively doing things and not simply thinking about future actions.
  • Innovation: Ability to approach one’s work and the organization in new and breakthrough ways, including applying complex concepts, developing creative new solutions, or adapting previous solutions in promising ways.
  • Organization Awareness: Ability to understand and learn the formal and informal decision making structures and power relationships in an organization or industry, including the ability to identify who the real decision makers are and the individuals who can influence them, and to predict how new events will affect individuals and groups within the organization.  
  • Professional and Social Responsibility: Demonstration of ethics, sound professional practices, social accountability, and community stewardship. Acting in ways that are consistent with one’s values and what one says is important.
  • Self-Awareness: Ability to have an accurate view of one’s own strengths and development needs, including the impact that one has on others; willingness to address development needs through reflective, self-directed learning, and by trying new approaches.
Springfield, IL

Colleen Corcoran


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