HCA, Hospital Corporation of America Centralized Order Entry Pharmacist in Largo, Florida

GENERAL SUMMARY OF DUTIES – The COE Pharmacist is responsible for monitoring, evaluating and making recommendations to assure the appropriate and effective use of pharmaceuticals for patient care. The COE pharmacist shall use the medication process to assess, plan, intervene when necessary, implement and evaluate patient care in compliance with client hospital policies, protocols and procedures.

SUPERVISOR – Pharmacy Operations Manager or Division Director of Pharmacy – Moderate supervision required – involves guidance and direction by immediate supervisor.



  • Provide patient care activities to ensure safe and effective drug therapy

  • Be of service to patients, physicians, nurses and other pharmacists

  • Maintain and improve job knowledge, skills and competence

  • Practice and adhere to “Code of Conduct” philosophy and “Mission and Value Statement”

  • Perform duties in accordance with specific standards of care as evidenced by completion of competency skills checklist

  • Articulate daily activities that support continuous quality improvement of patient care

  • Prepare written or oral report at change of shift to communicate incomplete assignments and potential patient safety concerns to monitor in order to ensure continuity of medication therapy

  • Demonstrate knowledge and mastery of required job functions, internal communications and operating systems

  • Accurately enter orders in the computer in a timely manner

  • Support and assist in meeting departmental goals for order entry and clinical programs

  • Ensure facility procedures are followed when non-formulary drugs, target drugs, restricted drugs and investigational drugs are ordered

  • Initiate change in assignments based on workload and resources available

  • Demonstrate proficiency in computer order entry and related computer functions

  • Screen for drug interactions, allergies, order duplications, appropriate diagnosis, renal and liver function prior to order entry

  • Assure facility queues are addressed in a timely manner

  • Investigate and report adverse drug events and medication incidents

  • Facilitate dissemination of drug information in a timely manner to achieve high quality, cost effective, positive therapeutic outcomes when consulted

  • Review and interpret all physician orders received, using the patient profile

  • Monitor for incompatibilities, concentration and rate on intravenous drugs

  • Participate in the maintenance of continuous quality improvement program

  • Assist in the development and review of COE protocols

  • Document clinical interventions and follow-up when indicated

  • Assess orders for age-specific appropriateness from neonatal through geriatric

  • Follow CSC pharmacy policies and procedures

  • Perform other duties as deemed necessary by the Pharmacy Manager or Division Director of Pharmacy, in accordance with established facility hospital policies and requirements of accrediting bodies


  • Organization – proactively prioritizes needs and effectively manages workload

  • Communication – communicates clearly and concisely in a way that promotes a cooperative work environment

  • Leadership – guides individuals in department if needed and handles facility issues in absence of management

  • Customer Orientation – establishes and maintains long-term customer relationships, building trust and respect by consistently meeting and exceeding expectations

  • Interpersonal Skills – able to work effectively with other employees, supervisors and external parties

  • PC Skills – demonstrates proficiency in required operating systems: (ie CPCS, PYXIS Connect, Automated Dispensing Machines, Micromedex, Clinical Pharmacology, Clinical Intervention Tools, Microsoft Office, etc.)

  • Policies and Procedures – articulates knowledge and understanding of department and client facility policies, procedures and systems

  • Administrative Skills – answer telephones, research information, utilize drug resources


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college of pharmacy

  • Pharm.D. preferred


  • One (1) year hospital experience preferred

  • Meditech preferred


  • Appropriate State Pharmacy License(s)

    PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORKING CONDITIONS – Requires prolonged sitting, some bending, stooping and stretching. Requires eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity sufficient to operate a keyboard, photocopier, telephone, calculator and other office equipment. Requires normal range of hearing and eyesight to communicate effectively. Requires occasional lifting up to 25 pounds. Work is performed in an office environment. Work may be stressful at times. Staff must remain flexible and available to provide staffing assistance for any/all disaster or emergency situations.

Title: Centralized Order Entry Pharmacist

Location: Florida-Largo-Supply Chain - West Florida

Requisition ID: 08752-11998