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Pharmacy intern

Company: Mercy Health
Location: Youngstown
Posted on: November 25, 2022

Job Description:

Thank you for considering a career at Mercy Health

About Us

As a faith-based and patient-focused organization, Mercy Health exists to enhance the health and well-being of all people in mind, body and spirit through exceptional patient care. Success in this goal requires a culture of compassion, collaboration, excellence and respect. Mercy Health seeks people that are committed to our values of compassion, human dignity, integrity, service and stewardship to create an environment where associates want to work and help communities thrive.

Pharmacy Intern - [St Elizabeth Mercy Health]

Job Summary:

The Pharmacy Intern is an entry-level position and duties are designed to develop the knowledge base and competency level while performing pharmacy functions under the direct supervision of a clinical pharmacist. Functions performed as a Pharmacy Intern include but are not limited to: interdisciplinary patient care rounds, admission medication history, medication counseling, and patient education, drug information, drug dosing, drug preparation, and drug distribution. In addition, the Pharmacy Intern will serve as a preceptor for student pharmacists, participate in educational experiences, and engage in scholarship.

Essential Functions:

Perform medication history interviews, first dose teaching, food-drug interaction counseling, discharge counseling, assessment of education, and adherence
Counsel patients on prescription and over-the-counter medications and devices
Monitor medication therapies through performing profile reviews, interpreting laboratory values, and ensuring drug regimens are consistent with medication use guidelines and protocols
Develop and recommend appropriate therapeutic plans, identify and resolve drug-related problems, communicate to other health care team members, follow-through, and document in the electronic record
Retrieve, evaluate and provide drug information to health care providers, answering general and patient-specific drug information questions
Other duties as assigned


High School Diploma or GED (required)
Currently enrolled in an accredited College of Pharmacy with an active board of pharmacy intern licensure (required)


Pharmacy Intern Licensure - State Board of Pharmacy (required)

Skills & Abilities:

Knowledge of pharmacy work routines, procedures, materials, and/or equivalent is required
Analytical skills required to maintain records, prepare drugs, and recognize common computer errors
Interpersonal skills are required to interact with nursing, pharmacy, and other support staff and patients to obtain, verify and exchange information

Summary of Primary Function/General Purpose of Position

The Pharmacy Intern assists pharmacists in safely and correctly interpreting and processing physicians' orders via entering, selecting, assembling, dispensing, and ensuring delivery of medications to the ultimate user for both inpatient and outpatient services. Assures the accurate and timely distribution of medications, IV solutions, floor stock supplies and controlled substances to patient care areas. Helps ensure accurate charge and credit functions for inpatients and outpatients and interacts with medical center personnel, physicians, patients, and others via verbal and personal contact daily.

Essential Job Functions

Inpatient/Infusion Pharmacy:

*Assists in accurate medication order interpretation. This involves selecting or compounding, dispensing, ensuring delivery of and stocking the correct products to fulfill physician orders. Fill medication drawers and automated dispensing cabinets, floor stock, and controlled substances as applicable.

*Compounds IV admixtures aseptically and accurately

*Operates and loads automation devices (robotics or automated cabinets) for drug dispensing

*Assists other hospital staff with medication and pharmacy related issues via answering phone calls and responding to computerized medication messages

*Distributes patient medications promptly and efficiently, as well as delivers and restocks medications

*Completes monthly unit inspections for an assigned hospital area as assigned- this involves ensuring this area has no outdated medications, is appropriately stocked, and checking crash carts

*Clarifies prescriptions with physicians or appropriate staff members and participation in medication reconciliation with patients as assigned

*Counsels and provides medication education to transition of care patients prior to discharge as assigned

*Trains, educates, and precepts new pharmacy technicians, students, and interns

*Participates on various departmental and interdepartmental committees

Outpatient/Non-Acute Pharmacy:

*Assists in accurate medication order interpretation. This involves entering, selecting, filling, compounding, dispensing, and ensuring release of the final product to the correct person to fulfill prescriber orders

*Assists patients and counseling of medication and pharmacy related issues via answering phone calls and in person consultations under the supervision and direction of a pharmacist

*Restocks frequently used medications and over the counter products in pharmacy areas in addition to operating applicable automation dispensing system devices within the pharmacy

*Receives, transfers, and clarifies oral prescriptions with prescribers or appropriate staff members as authorized by state law and under pharmacist supervision

*Administers immunizations [if immunization certified via an accredited immunization program as allowed per state law]

*Trains, educates, and precepts new pharmacy technicians, students, and interns

*Assists other staff with medication issues and response to email and phone call concerns or follow-up

*This document is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, or working conditions associated with the job. Employees may be required to perform other job-related duties as required by their supervisor, subject to reasonable accommodation.

*Note: Some of the above tasks may only be performed under the direct supervision of a pharmacist.

*This document is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, or working conditions associated with the job. Employees may be required to perform other job related duties as required by their supervisor, subject to reasonable accommodation. Pharmacy Technicians may practice at the top of their respective State Licensing Board Regulations.


Pharmacy Intern License - State Board of Pharmacy (required)

Basic Life Support (BLS) - Various (preferred)


High School Diploma or GED (required)

Actively enrolled in an accredited college of pharmacy with an active board of pharmacy intern license (required)

Work Experience






Patient Population

Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served on his or her assigned unit.

Neonates (0-4 weeks)

Infant (1-12 months)

Pediatrics (1-12 years)

Adolescents (13-17 years)

Adults (18-64 years)

Geriatrics (65 years and older)

Working Conditions

Periods of high stress and fluctuating workloads may occur

May be exposed to high noise levels and bright lights

May be exposed to limited hazardous substances or body fluids*

May be exposed to human blood and other potentially infectious materials

May have periods of constant interruptions

Required to car travel to off-site locations, occasionally in adverse weather conditions

*Individuals in this position are required to exercise universal precautions, use personal protective equipment and devices, and learn the policies concerning infection control.

Physical Requirements

Lifting/Carrying (0-50 lbs.) 1-33%

Lifting/Carrying (50-100 lbs.) 1-33%

Push/Pull (0-50 lbs.) 1-33%

Push/Pull (50-100 lbs.) 1-33%

Stoop/Kneel 1-33%

Crawling 0%

Climbing 0%

Balance 1-33%

Bending 1-33%

Sitting 1-33%

Walking 67-100%

Standing 67-100%

Additional Physical Requirements/Hazards

Manual dexterity (eye/hand coordination)

Perform shift work

Maneuver weight of patients

Hear alarms/telephone/audio recorder

Reach above shoulder

Repetitive arm/hand movements

Finger Dexterity

Color Vision

Acuity - far

Acuity - near


Depth perception

Use of latex products

Exposure to toxic/caustic/chemicals/detergents

Exposure to moving mechanical parts

Exposure to dust/fumes

Exposure to potential electrical shock


Medication Preparation



Medical Prescriptions

Patient medications

Filling Prescriptions

Processing Prescriptions

Dispensing Prescriptions


Compounding Medications

Attention to Detail

Training Employees

Enthusiasm to Learn

Active Listening

Verbal Communication

Written Communication

Time Management


Problem Solving

Clinical Pharmacy

Mercy Health is an equal opportunity employer.

Many of our opportunities reward* your hard work with:

Comprehensive, affordable medical, dental and vision plans
Prescription drug coverage
Flexible spending accounts
Life insurance w/AD&D
Employer contributions to retirement savings plan when eligible
Paid time off
Educational Assistance
And much more

*Benefits offerings vary according to employment status

Scheduled Weekly Hours:


Work Shift:



Pharmacy - St. Elizabeth

All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, genetic information, or protected veteran status, and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability. If you'd like to view a copy of the affirmative action plan or policy statement for Mercy Health - Youngstown, Ohio or Bon Secours - Franklin, Virginia; Petersburg, Virginia; and Emporia, Virginia, which are Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, please email If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation as part of the employment selection process, please contact The Talent Acquisition Team at

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