Jet Setter Pharmacist: Scenic Beauty, Thriving Economy and Low Cost of Living

Posted on August 7, 2013


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As a pharmacist, you have options when it comes to where you work, and at PharmacyWeek we see several pharmacy job opportunities cross desks every day that even make us want to get up and go work at these dream destinations. Jet Setter Pharmacist highlights great job openings in even better locations, and what makes these locations and employers so unique!

Downtown_Jonesboro_ARLOCATION: Jonesboro, Arkansas

EMPLOYER: St. Bernards Healthcare

POSITION: Director – Pharmacy

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: “I believe in Arkansas as a land of opportunity and promise,” says the Arkansas Creed. The scenic beauty, thriving economy and low cost of living may translate into a good opportunity for you if you’re considering moving to the Natural State.

With three national forests, Hot Springs National Park, Buffalo National River, 45 state parks, 13 major lakes, 2 mountain ranges and 9,000 miles of streams and rivers, it’s no wonder how Arkansas earned its nickname. The beauty of the scenery is enhanced by the four distance seasons that grace the landscape.

Jonesboro is one of Arkansas’ most progressive cities. Downtown is filled with gift shops, restaurants, art galleries, a day spa and an active civic center called the Forum.  Arkansas State University offers one of the mid-South’s finest museums, a fine arts center and an indoor sports/entertainment complex.

Our award-winning schools exceed standards for academic excellence. Jonesboro also has a diverse economy and serves as a hub for manufacturing, agriculture, healthcare, retail and service sectors.

ABOUT THE JOB: St. Bernards Medical Center is the healthcare destination for families in Jonesboro and the surrounding areas. Today, St. Bernards Medical Center is a major referral hospital offering advanced technology and medical services across four centers of excellence: Heartcare, Cancer Treatment, Women’s and Children’s Services, and Senior Services. St. Bernards invests significant resources to bring advanced services, treatments and surgery techniques to our local patients.

We were named one of Arkansas’s Best Places to work for 2013!  (1 of 12 companies selected state-wide, and 1 of 2 hospitals.)

We are licensed for 438 beds and the pharmacy department consists of the following team members: Director, Operations Manager, Clinical Manager, Informatics Pharmacist, Technician Supervisor, and Business Manager). We have a total of 21 pharmacists (practicing in a patient-centered integrated model), 2 pharmacy residents, and 18 pharmacy technicians. The pharmacy department is also equipped with some of the leading technology systems from Meditech, Pyxis, and McKesson.

Must be familiar with professional and commercial phases of pharmacy. Must have a working knowledge of pharmaceutical purchasing, compounding, dispensing, and control procedures. Must understand the role of the pharmacy department in the hospital, its interrelationships with other departments, and the functions of a department head. Must know principles of personnel management.

Graduation from an accredited school of pharmacy with at least a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (BSPH) degree or Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree required. Must be licensed to practice pharmacy in the state of Arkansas, such licensure granted by the State Board of Pharmacy after passing the required examinations or by reciprocity based in passing such examinations in another state.

Minimum of 5 years of experience as a Pharmacist. 2 years management experience in the hospital and/or ambulatory setting is preferred.

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