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CommonSpirit Health Student Intern Pharmacist in DES MOINES, Iowa


CommonSpirit Health was formed by the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and Dignity Health. With more than 700 care sites across the U.S. & from clinics and hospitals to home-based care and virtual care services CommonSpirit is accessible to nearly one out of every four U.S. residents. Our world needs compassion like never before. Our communities need caring and our families need protection. With our combined resources CommonSpirit is committed to building healthy communities advocating for those who are poor and vulnerable and innovating how and where healing can happen both inside our hospitals and out in the community.


  • Prepares patient drug orders.

  • Delivers medications and IV admixtures to patient rooms, critical care areas, and other ancillary areas.

  • Reviews patient MAR and care plans to determine need to return medication to the pharmacy for credit.

  • Picks up medication orders from nursing areas and distributes for processing.

  • Credits to the patient and restock usable medications/IVs returned to the pharmacy.

  • Files medication orders.

  • Fills unit-dose exchange envelopes.

  • Processes medication drawers and orders files for admissions, discharges, and transfers.

  • Assists the pharmacists with audits.

  • Completes assigned unit inspections.

  • Restocks automated medication dispensing machines (AcuDose or Pyxis).

  • Enters fill stock requisitions for other departments.

  • Restocks tackle boxes and cart inserts (crash carts, airway carts, latex carts), and completes check in/out process.

  • Communicates stock utilization and ordering needs.

  • Checks medication expiration dates and alerts pharmacist when needed.

  • Compounds and labels extemporaneous liquid and solid products for patients according to procedure.

  • Answers telephone and processes requests according to procedures.

  • Prepares IV admixtures including TPNs, chemotherapy IVs, IV piggybacks, and syringes. In doing so, always follows strictly described, specific policies and procedures. This includes those intended to comply with USP 797 and hazardous drug regulatory requirements. In addition, inventories and orders selected supplies; prepares and appropriately labels stock sterile products; coordinates the supply of investigational products.

  • Charges and credits individual patient accounts from pharmacy file lists.

  • Outpatient prescription processing, including: enters patient prescription orders into the computer; prepares prescription products for checking by a pharmacist including proper labeling; manages third party billing; assists with inventory and ordering of pharmaceuticals.

  • Provides training and mentoring to new employees and assists in directing workflow as needed.

  • After completing training, provides ‘final’ checks of medications contained in and in response to med bags and stock requisitions.

  • Performs patient counseling related to medication use including, but not limited to, discussion of drug names, strengths, doses, and possible side-effects.

  • Completes robot and AcuDose quality checks.

  • Assists pharmacists, clinical specialists, and management team in patient-specific clinical information gathering & departmental projects.



  • High school diploma or GED.

  • Current enrollment in a pharmacy school or program or proof of verbal commitment to a pharmacy school or program.

  • Must be registered as a pharmacy intern with the State of Iowa at the time of hire or registered as a Technician in Training for up to 12 months until able to apply for Intern status after first day of pharmacy school or program. May also be registered as a Certified Pharmacy Technician until Intern status can be obtained.

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Requisition ID 2021-156093

Employment Type Per Diem

Department Pharmacy

Shift Varied

Standard Hours varied

Facility / Process Level : Name MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center


Equal Opportunity CommonSpirit Health™ is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, parental status, ancestry, veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.