• Pharmacist

    Location US-NY-Queens
    Regular Full-Time
    Allied Health
    NYC Health + Hospitals/Correctional Health Services
  • Overview



    The pharmacy department is located in each of the 9 facilities on Rikers Island located within minutes of LaGuardia Airport, one in Manhattan’s Chinatown area, one in downtown Brooklyn and one in the Hunt’s Point area of the Bronx.  We are open seven days a week from 8:30 am to midnight.  Our pharmacists work closely with our medical, mental health and nursing staff to provide our patients with pharmacy services while they are with us and when they are being discharged.


    The pharmacy is fully computerized (Ascend).  We utilize the Pyxis system at each of our clinics.  We are currently embarking on CPOE and a computerized inventory system.


    Practicing pharmacy in a correctional setting is similar to other institutional settings. Pharmaceutical care in our system is team focused with the medical, mental health and nursing staffs.  Correctional health care primarily focuses on internal medicine and psychiatric illnesses with a public service/community health service focus.  Core competencies for pharmacists include: asthma, hypertension, seizures, diabetes, infectious disease: including STD, HIV, Hepatitis C and TB and psychiatry.  We have an on-site dialysis center, specialty clinics, dental clinics, urgi-center, radiology and nursery.













    The Pharmacist is responsible for the day to day operation of the satellite pharmacy under the guidance of the Pharmacy Assistant Director.

    • We provide medications to patients using several systems: unit dose, carry and out-patient drug distribution.
    • The pharmacist assures proper functioning of the pharmacy as it relates to assignment of duties, monitoring activities and the checking and approval of all functions performed by pharmacy technicians.
    • Enters medication orders and retrieves data from the computerized pharmacy profile system. Reviews patient data in the electronic medical record (eCW).
    • Prepares, checks and dispenses all medication using accepted standards of pharmacy practice and departmental policies for the unit dose, carry and out-patient distribution systems.
    • Reviews and interprets all drug orders with regard to the patient profile, dosages, dosage schedules, route of administration, rationale of therapy, incompatibilities, therapeutic duplications and any other ramifications of drug therapy prior to dispensing.
    • Monitors and follows-up on patient drug therapy including compliance.
    • Consults and follows-up on any problems/questions including non-formulary drug orders, adverse drug reactions, drug interactions, side effects, incompatibilities, etc. with the medical team.
    • Provides routine drug information to the health care team.
    • Assists in training and orientation of new pharmacy personnel.

    Position is full time 37.5 hours per week with weekend work required.  THESE POSITIONS ARE FOR ALL SITES.


    Must be a registered NY state pharmacist with either a BS in pharmacy or Pharm D. degree.  

     With approximately 65,000 admissions per year and 10,000 average daily population, the NYC jail system is among the largest in the nation. The Division of Correctional Health Services (CHS) of New York City Health + Hospitals (H + H) is responsible for the delivery of medical care, mental health care and discharge planning in the jail system. CHS is a national leader in the delivery of healthcare to the criminal-justice involved population and aspires to the highest standards of care, with the goal of meeting or exceeding what is available in the community. CHS care includes a comprehensive history and physical at the point of admission, robust screening efforts (HIV, hepatitis C, STDs, TB, etc.) and the management of chronic and acute illness. CHS views incarceration as a crucial opportunity to provide care to an underserved population and improve the population health of the communities to which our patients return. CHS is committed to continuously improving the delivery of care in the security setting, using the system-wide Electronic Health Record as a tool to promote patient safety and population health. CHS has contributed to the literature on medical care in the jail as well as public health concerns related to incarceration and seeks to build on a reputation as a national leader, now integrated into the larger H + H care delivery network. CHS seeks to promote an academic practice environment with ample opportunities for continuous education, clear pathways for career growth and engagement of front line staff in the ongoing process of improving clinical care.


    EOE M/F/D/V


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