Pharmacy Intern

Vanderbilt University Medical Center - Nashville, TN3.8

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Department/Unit Summary
The Department of Pharmaceutical Services provides comprehensive pharmaceutical care services to Vanderbilt University Hospital (VUH), Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt (Children's Hospital), Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital (VPH) and The Vanderbilt Medical Group (VMG).

This patient-centered service is provided through the Patient Care Center organization and clinic structure.

The role of the Pharmacy is to promote safe and effective medication therapy for all patients and to provide oversight and leadership of the medication use system.

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Primary Location: TN-Nashville-Vanderbilt Specialty Pharmacy (726 Melrose Avenue) Nashville, TN

Organization: Vanderbilt Specialty Pharmacy

Shift: Variable

Description: Year-round internship requiring a minimum of 8 hours per week. Focused on Vanderbilt Specialty Pharmacy which supports multiple clinics and a variety of disease states.

Performs tasks within the pharmacy in direct support of the ongoing duties and responsibilities of a pharmacist with occasional guidance. Tasks performed contribute directly to the preparation and/or dispensing of a final dosage form for administration to a patient and are directly supervised by a pharmacist. Provides customer service by answering phone requests and triaging calls to the appropriate person if they cannot answer the requested information. Applies departmental processes regarding inventory control.

Assists the pharmacist in the preparation, dispensing and/or distribution of medications.

Applies departmental processes regarding inventory control.

Performs activities as directed by Pharmacists &/or Pharmacy Managers in accordance with federal, state and local laws/regulations and hospital policies.

Delivers outstanding customer service to both internal and external customers.

Operates computer systems and utilizes technology.

The responsibilities listed are a general overview of the position and additional duties may be assigned.

PHARMACEUTICAL DRUG PREPARATION, DISPENSING & DISTRIBUTION (NOVICE):- Possesses sufficient fundamental proficiency to successfully review, prepare, dispense and distribute prescribed medications. Where applicable, this includes being proficient in the general principles and techniques of asepsis utilized to compound sterile preparations (CSPs) to minimize the risk of contamination.

DRUG INVENTORY & RECORDS MANAGEMENT (FUNDAMENTAL AWARENESS):- Has general experience working with drug inventory and records management. Demonstrates ability to maintain appropriate inventory levels of medications. Able to collect, organize, and maintain appropriate pharmacy and patient related information.

PHARMACEUTICAL QUALITY ASSURANCE & COMPLIANCE (NOVICE):- Demonstrates working knowledge of the appropriate rules and regulations as they apply to the department and work areas. Maintains current understanding of rules and regulations and facilitates processes that support the application of various rules and regulations. Demonstrates knowledge of process improvement, quality assurance and/or programs. Understands the principles upon which the rules and regulations are based. Demonstrates a commitment to continuous quality improvement and supports compliance with a federal, state and local regulations as well as organizational policies and procedures.

PHARMACEUTICAL COMPUTER LITERACY (FUNDAMENTAL AWARENESS):- Has demonstrated a basic understanding of computers or has successfully completed training for applications that are used to support medication use processes.

Organizational Impact: Performs tasks that are typically routine that may impact team's performance with occasional guidance.

Problem Solving/ Complexity of work: Utilizes some discretion and research to solve routine problems.

Breadth of Knowledge: Applies knowledge of standards, established processes and procedure that apply to your own job.

Team Interaction: Provides guidance to entry level co-workers.

Develops Self and Others: Continuously improves own skills by identifying development opportunities.

Builds and Maintains Relationships: Seeks to understand colleagues priorities, working styles and develops relationships across areas.

Communicates Effectively: Openly shares information with others and communicates in a clear and courteous manner.

Serves Others with Compassion: Invests time to understand the problems, needs of others and how to provide excellent service.

Solves Complex Problems: Seeks to understand issues, solves routine problems, and raises proper concerns to supervisors in a timely manner.

Offers Meaningful Advice and Support: Listens carefully to understand the issues and provides accurate information and support.

Performs Excellent Work: Checks work quality before delivery and asks relevant questions to meet quality standards.

Ensures Continuous Improvement: Shows eagerness to learn new knowledge, technologies, tools or systems and displays willingness to go above and beyond.

Fulfills Safety and Regulatory Requirements: Demonstrates basic knowledge of conditions that affect safety and reports unsafe conditions to the appropriate person or department.

Demonstrates Accountability: Takes responsibility for completing assigned activities and thinks beyond standard approaches to provide high-quality work/service.

Stewards Organizational Resources: Displays understanding of how personal actions will impact departmental resources.

Makes Data Driven Decisions: Uses accurate information and good decision making to consistently achieve results on time and without error.

Generates New Ideas: Willingly proposes/accepts ideas or initiatives that will impact day-to-day operations by offering suggestions to enhance them.

Applies Technology: Absorbs new technology quickly; understands when to utilize the appropriate tools and procedures to ensure proper course of action.

Adapts to Change: Embraces change by keeping an open mind to changing plans and incorporates change instructions into own area of work.

VUMC Benefits:
Healthcare, Dental and Vision Plan

403(B)-Retirement Plan
Tuition Reimbursements
Flex PTO
Flexible Spending Accounts

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VUMC Recent Accomplishments

Because we are committed to providing the best in patient care, education and research, we are proud of our recent accomplishments:

US News & World Report: #1 Hospital in Tennessee, #1 Health Care Provider in Nashville, #1 Audiology (Bill Wilkerson Center), 9 adult and 9 pediatric clinical specialties ranked among the nation's best, #15 Education and Training

Truven Health Analytics: among the top 100 hospitals in the US

Becker's Hospital Review: one of the "100 Greatest Hospitals in America"

The Leapfrog Group: grade "A" in Hospital Safety Score

National Institutes of Health: among the top 10 grant awardees for medical research in the US

American Association for the Advancement of Science: 12 faculty members elected fellows in 2014

Magnet Recognition Program: Vanderbilt nurses are the only group honored in Tennessee

Nashville Business Journal: Middle Tennessee's healthiest employer

American Hospital Association: among the 100 "Most Wired" medical systems in the US

Basic Qualifications

High School Diploma or GED (or equivalent experience) and Other : Must be currently enrolled in a Pharmacy School. and < 1 year relevant experience

Licensure, Certification, and/or Registration (LCR):
Additional Qualification Information:
Per Pharmacy Department policy, all new hires are subject to pre-employment drug screening (post offer), as well as for cause and random drug screening during their tenure with Vanderbilt.

Physical Requirements/Strengths needed & Physical Demands:
Medium Work category requiring exertion up to 50lbs of force occasionally and/or up to 20 of force frequently and/or up to 10 of force continually to move objects.


Occasional: Sitting: Remaining in seated position
Frequent: Standing: Remaining on one's feet without moving.
Frequent: Walking: Moving about on foot.
Frequent: Lifting under 35 lbs: Raising and lowering objects under 35 lbs from one level to another
Frequent: Lifting over 35 lbs: Raising and lowering objects from one level to another, includes upward pulling over 35 lbs, with help of coworkers or assistive device
Frequent: Carrying under 35 lbs: Transporting an object holding in hands, arms or shoulders, with help of coworkers or assistive device.
Frequent: Push/Pull: Exerting force to move objects away from or toward.
Frequent: Bending/Stooping: Trunk bending downward and forward by bending spine at waist requiring full use of lower extremities and back muscles
Frequent: Balancing: Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling when walking, standing, crouching or maneuvering self, patient and equipment simultaneously while working in large and small spaces
Frequent: Climbing: Ascending or descending stairs/ramps using feet and legs and/or hands and arms.
Frequent: Kneeling:Bending legs at knees to come to rest on knee or knees.
Frequent: Crouching/Squatting: Bending body downward and forward by bending legs and spine.Reaching above shoulders: Extending arms in any direction above shoulders.
Frequent: Reaching above shoulders: Extending arms in any direction above shoulders.
Frequent: Reaching below shoulders: Extending arms in any direction below shoulders.
Frequent: Handling: Seizing, holding, grasping, turning or otherwise working with hand or hands.
Frequent: Fingering: Picking, pinching, gripping, working primarily with fingers requiring fine manipulation.
Frequent: Bimanual Dexterity: Requiring the use of both hands.


Continuous: Communication: Expressing or exchanging written/verbal/electronic information.
Continuous: Auditory: Perceiving the variances of sounds, tones and pitches and able to focus on single source of auditory information
Continuous: Vision: Clarity of near vision at 20 inches or less and far vision at 20 feet or more with depth perception, peripheral vision, color vision.
Continuous: Smell: Ability to detect and identify odors.

Environmental Conditions

Occasional: Pathogens: Risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens and other contagious illnesses.
Frequent: Chemicals and Gasses: Medications, cleaning chemicals, oxygen, other medical gases used in work area.