Hospital pharmacy directors oversee pharmacy programs for hospitals and are responsible for ensuring that all hospital policies and procedures are met. However, these directors must recognize if changes to policies must be made to ensure efficient operations. They also carry out ongoing assessments to ensure that the pharmacy's operations are safe, efficient, professional, and in compliance with local, state, and federal laws and regulations.
Because this is a management position, many years of experience working as a pharmacist and prior management experience may be required by some employers. Applicants should be outgoing and able to work well under pressure, as well as provide direction and discipline when necessary. General management duties may include hiring, scheduling, and evaluating employees.
This position requires a self-motivated individual, though teamwork skills are also important to work well with employees, physicians, customers, and outside parties on a daily basis. Public speaking skills are also important, as these directors may occasionally need to educate and/or train employees. Some may also have bookkeeping and budgeting duties, and may have to plan, research, and carry out purchases for the pharmacy department. Graduation from an accredited pharmacy school and current state licensing will need to be proven.
Hospital Pharmacy Director Tasks
Ensure services are in compliance with professional quality standards, state and federal regulatory requirements.
Directs the pharmacy staff in effective and efficient dispensing and distributing of pharmaceuticals.
Oversee staff operations, business planning and budget development.
Oversee purchasing, inventory, order processing, utilization, distribution of products and services.