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General Information
TYPE OF HCP : Teaching, Community and Residential Care
LOCATION : Victoria, Nanaimo, Campbell River, Duncan, Port Alberni
BEDS : Total of 1455 Acute beds and 1903 Residential Beds
SITES : 9 sites have on-site pharmacies and 1 community pharmacy
ALLIED HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS : We feature a full complement of allied health professionals
INPATIENT OR AMBULATORY : Inpatient and Ambulatory Settings
CLINICAL PROGRAMS : Integrated Health Services including Emergency and Trauma Care, Heart Health and Adult ICU, Neurosciences, Rehab Services, Surgical Services, General Medicine, Primary Health Care and Chronic Disease, Mental Health and Addiction Services, Residential Care, Home and Community Care, Public Health, Child, Youth & Maternal Health and Aboriginal Health
Pharmacy Services
TOTAL NUMBER OF PHARMACY STAFF : 153 pharmacy positions in 9 sites
Pharmacy Services
TOTAL NUMBER OF PHARMACY STAFF : 153 pharmacy positions in 9 sites
Distribution System
IV/ADMIXTURE PROGRAMS : Premixed minibags, TPN, Chemotherapy and wardstock
MONDAY TO FRIDAY : Variable from 40 - 112 hours per week
WEEKENDS : Most acute care sites - 0800-1800
HOLIDAYS : Most acute care sites - 0800-1800
ON-CALL RESPONSIBILITIES : All sites have some on call responsibility
Professional Opportunities
TEACHING : Pharmacy staff have opportunities to teach undergraduate students, and residents and may have cross appointments with UBC.
RESEARCH : Pharmacy staff initiate and support others in clinical research
Educational Opportunities
ESTABLISHED DEPARTMENT PROGRAMS : The pharmacy department supports in-house and external continuing education for all its staff.
FUNDING FOR SPECIALTY MEETINGS/CONFERENCES/CE : Generous support is provided for conferences
FUNDING FOR CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS : Provided on an individual basis.
Contract positions are rare as majority of positions are union affiliated.
ORIENTATION PROVIDED : Six weeks to three months of orientation is provided depending on past experience of candidate.
Summer Student Employment
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR PHARMACY STUDENTS : Usually summer opportunities are offered annually
Contact Us/ Send Resume To
FAX : (250) 370-8570
E-MAIL : jobs@viha.ca
WEBSITE : www.viha.ca

Through a network of hospitals, clinics, centres, health units and residential facilities, the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) provides health care to approximately 716,000 people on Vancouver Island, on the islands of the Georgia Strait, and in the mainland communities north of Powell River and south of Rivers Inlet.
Our health care services include hospital, community and home care, and fall under the following core categories: High Intensity and Rehabilitation Services; Pharmacy, Diagnostic and Surgical Services; Medicine/Chronic Disease Management/Primary Health Care, Continuing Health Services; Population and Family Health; and Quality and Patient Safety Office.
More than 16,000 VIHA health-care professionals, technicians and support staff provide excellent care and service to people living within our region. Among them are our approximately 75 pharmacists, who work across all our health services and with all our patient populations to ensure optimal medication use for VIHA patients.

Career Development Opportunities
New pharmacists at VIHA receive six weeks to three months of orientation that is tailored to their individual skill sets and knowledge base. They are acquainted with the procedures and protocols of our various units, services and the organization at large. Upon beginning work in a specific unit or service, they split their time between providing direct clinical care to patients and reviewing, verifying and checking medication orders in a dispensary.

VIHA’s significant size and extensive service offerings mean pharmacists enjoy a wealth of opportunities to grow in their career. Our unique career ladder enables qualified and hard-working pharmacists to follow an established path from Grade 1 pharmacist, which involves dispensary and some clinical work, all the way to Grade 6 pharmacist, which involves supervising a pharmacy team at one of our large sites.

VIHA is a vibrant, progressive organization that is continually seeking and implementing the newest medical and administrative tools and technologies. Our cutting-edge automated pharmacy distribution and inventory management system features a MedCarousel®, a robotic system of vertical rotating shelving that maximizes safety in the selection of pharmaceutical products and allows pharmacists to more efficiently serve patients. Another innovative tool in use at VIHAis RobotRx®, a system that uses barcode technology to accurately supply prescription medication to patients.

Learn and Grow
VIHA pharmacists enjoy ongoing opportunities to develop their skills, enhance their knowledge and gain meaningful insights from colleagues. Journal clubs let pharmacists present articles on new trends in the field. The Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists conducts educational events that provides new information on pharmacy best practices. VIHA also hosts an island-wide clinical-based educational day for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians that covers new trends in drug therapy, pain management and more. Pharmacists can also take advantage of in-house seminars and workshops to develop their leadership, teamwork  and computer skills.Pharmacists also receive support from the VIHA by way of funding and flexibility to participate in off-site learning opportunities. They may attend pharmacy-related conferences, and take part in post-secondary courses and programs that will enhance their practice and help them develop specialties.


Advance the Profession and Care Delivery
Pharmacists contribute to the advancement of patient-centred care at VIHA by participating in hospital-wide and unit-specific committees that correspond to their area of interest and specialization, including Cardiology Operations, Provincial Renal, Pharmacy and Therapeutics and Antibiotic Review. Pharmacists also contribute to the health of the profession by mentoring  pharmacy students from the University of British Columbia and by acting as preceptors to our pharmacy residents.
Compensation packages in BC are among the highest in Canada and our pharmacists receive an excellent benefits package that includes 20 days of paid vacation annually after one year of service. They enjoy working in an environment where their work is seen and valued, where everyone watches out for everyone, and all are important members of the team. The organization is structured around its focus on quality patient/client care and its appreciation for work/life balance.

The Unique Charms of Island Culture
Vancouver Island’s idyllic way of life features exquisite natural beauty, a plethora of cultural and recreational activities, and an eclectic community of inhabitants that includes First Nations people, artists and artisans, organic farmers, fishers and loggers, environmentalists, professionals and business people. With the country’s mildest year-round climate, we offer outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, whale watching, fishing, scuba diving, golfing, kayaking and gardening. Quality education, a vibrant arts scene, miles of sandy beaches, full-scale urban services and a wide range of housing options in a variety of settings, including urban, rural, alpine and oceanside, are just a few of the resources you have for creating a quality lifestyle.

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