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Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Infectious Disease


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Company

Lancaster General Hospital

Cost Center

7570 Pharmacy & IV Solutions

Supervisory Organization

Pharmacy & IV Solutions- Clinical Pharmacists

Grade

U12

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Summary

Job Title:  Clinical Pharmacy Specialist-Infectious Disease

This position is located in Lancaster, PA

Full-time, 1.0, 80 hours per two weeks working dayshift hours with weekend coverage every 6th week or equivalent.  No holidays

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POSITION SUMMARY: Provide direct patient care activities by designing, recommending, monitoring and evaluating patient specific pharmacotherapy.  Serves as the clinical pharmacy expert for a particular service line and is responsible for the training and education of pharmacists/technicians as it relates to clinical activities, competency assessment, development and implementation of clinical programs, P&T activities, formulary management, etc.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Qualified individuals must have the ability (with or without reasonable accommodation) to perform the following duties:

  • Participates in rounds with assigned medical, surgical or critical care team.  Provide verbal and written consultations concerning drug therapy evaluations as requested.  Active participation in Care Management Teams.
  • Document drug use patterns, detect and evaluate adverse drug effects, evaluate drug efficacy, therapeutic goals and indications, review for contraindications/precautions, the patient’s current status of health, and review drug profiles and patient’s medical record for drug-drug, drug-food, drug-laboratory and drug-disease state(s) potentials.
  • Provide individualized patient education/evaluation regarding drug therapy as requested or identified need.
  • Evaluate appropriate laboratory tests necessary to monitor and support the patient’s drug therapy program.
  • Document assessment, observations, impressions, recommendations, plan, significant findings, interventions and services rendered as appropriate.
  • Coordinate activities as required with the pharmacy staff to affect a smooth exchange of activities and ideas regarding new and ongoing programs.
  • Provide accurate, unbiased, timely and cost-effective drug information to medical, pharmacy, nursing and other allied health professionals.
  • Serve as a resource and mentor for the Pharmacists and Clinical Pharmacists.

In addition to the above primary functions, all Clinical Pharmacy Specialists must be competent in performing the following primary functions of a Clinical Pharmacist and Pharmacist:

CLINICAL PHARMACIST:

  • Identifies drug therapy strategies that improve patient outcomes and reduce costs.
  • Utilizes assessment skills in the management of medically complex elderly to monitor responses to drug therapy. 
  • Provides information to patients, either directly as a consultation or in preparation of patient teaching aides or computer-generated warning or supplemental information.
  • Conducts drug utilization reviews to assure the quality of drug use.  Determines if criteria for drug use is met in patient cases being reviewed.
  • Educates health care professionals and patients in the safe and effective use of medication.  This education may be informal (e.g. patient care rounds), as a staff development education program, or as part of the hospital’s interdisciplinary education program.
  • Support and assist interdepartmental projects as requested (e.g. MUE, P&T monographs, newsletter articles, performance improvement activities, etc.).
  • Provides drug information to prescribers and other health care professionals.  Contributes articles to the hospital and/or pharmacy newsletters.  Assures that pertinent drug information is maintained in the pharmacy.
  • Develops criteria and makes recommendations to the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee on the appropriate use of medications and/or inclusion in the hospital formulary.

PHARMACIST:

  • Interprets and evaluates all medication orders and assures for safe and effective medication, dose route and scheduled administration with clarification as deemed necessary.
  • Reviews physician orders and suggests alternate therapies as appropriate.  Demonstrates this activity by preparing clinical intervention documentation.
  • Prepares and dispenses medications in accordance with professional practice guidelines, state pharmacy laws, and regulatory standards in addition to departmental policies and procedures.
  • Advises the physician, nurse and patient regarding the contents, therapeutic action, utilization and possible adverse reactions or interactions of medication.
  • Responds to drug information and poison information requests as required.
  • Performs computer order entry functions and rotates to all work areas as assigned.
  • Actively participates in medication safety programs.  Active participation is defined as identifying opportunities to improve safety (reporting errors and adverse drug events), and implementing system-based changes as a result of those opportunities.
  • Monitors prescriptions to prevent adverse reactions, allergies and/or drug interactions. Counsels physicians, patients and nurses accordingly.  Participates in drug interaction notification.
  • Serves as a role model of customer service by responding constructively to the needs of hospital staff.  Responding constructively is defined as using a respectful communication style that is consistent with professional collaboration.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

MINIMUM REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  •  Pharm.D. and ASHP-accredited Pharmacy Practice Residency required (or equivalent experience).
  • Current licensure (or eligible to reciprocate) in state of Pennsylvania required.
  • Equivalent of three (3) years experience as a hospital pharmacist.
  • Equivalent of one (1) year experience as a clinical pharmacist.
  • A health care provider in good standing with Medicare, Medicaid, and other federal and state health insurance programs, i.e. not excluded from participation in Medicare, Medicaid or any other federal or state health insurance program.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • ASHP-accredited Specialty Residency or equivalent experience preferred.
  • Board Certification may be preferred (dependent upon specialty).
  • Previous experience as a clinical specialist and/or clinical coordinator.

       This position requires a license or certification

       This position  requires FBI and Child Abuse Clearances

Disclaimer

PENN MEDICINE LANCASTER GENERAL HEALTH is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to hiring a diverse workforce. All openings will be filled based on qualifications without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability, age, religion or any other classification protected by law.

 

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LGH Full Time Posted on 02/02/2021