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Lead Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – ED

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Sierra Staffing Published: November 30, 2018
Location
Phoenix, Arizona (AZ)
Job Type

Description

Largest healthcare organization in a region that encompasses more than 50,000 square miles. Our team of more than 3,000 doctors, nurses and other experts works together to keep you and your family healthy. Serving more than 700,000 people in communities across the region, we provide comprehensive healthcare services through two hospitals as well as through primary care and specialty physician clinics, outpatient surgical centers, the Heart & Vascular Center.

 

The pharmacy is a 24 hour, fully computerized department with integrated lab/pharmacy/charting systems, computerized physician order entry, automated dispensing cabinets, and a Boxpicker. Pharmacists rotate through central dispensing as well as decentralized clinical areas including med-surg, total joint, behavioral health, pediatrics/women and infant, surgery, and critical care.

 

The Lead Emergency Department Pharmacist is focused on the care of NAH patients in the Emergency Department (ED). The Lead ED Pharmacist is responsible for improving patient outcomes, increasing the quality and safety of pharmaceutical care, increasing outpatient prescription volumes and medication related education of nurses, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and the medical staff. This Pharmacist provides a focus on medication management including, but not limited to, evidence based, cost-effective medications especially for patients who are at high risk of hospital readmission. This includes discharge medication reconciliation, discharge patient education, pharmacy hand-off communication, and follow up communication with the patient's primary provider.
Responsibilities

Patient Care * Performs clinical services to optimize drug therapy and documents clinical interventions.

* Provides medication therapy management using medication-related protocols including pharmacokinetics, parenteral nutrition, renal dose adjustments and other therapeutic drug monitoring by utilizing clinical skills, software/technology and assessing relevant patient and drug information.

* Advises physicians and other prescribers of formulary medications and suggests alternative therapeutics regimens/options.

* Provides accurate, clinically relevant drug information to physicians, nurses and allied health professionals.

* Participates in code arrest response by providing information, assuring availability, and preparing medications.

* Identifies, prevents, and investigates potential adverse drug reactions and medication errors.

* Provides information required for drug related patient counseling.

* Reviews, interprets, and verifies physician orders properly/ correctly/accurately; screens for incompatibilities, interactions, duplications, and contraindications.

* Contacts nurses and/or prescribers to clarify medication orders regarding any questions related to medication order(s).

* Is competent using various pharmacy technologies such as electronic health records, automated dispensing machines, compounders, unit dose packagers, tube system, and clinical decision support/data mining tools/systems.

* Participates in trauma and sepsis activations and other non-code emergencies (i.e. stroke, DKA, pneumonia, pain management).

* Provides antimicrobial stewardship for initial, one time only long acting and discharge antibiotic selection (empiric and culture results specific).

* Provides discharge medication patient counseling (new and previous home medications, using verbal and written communication).
Administrative
* Processes patient charges and credits for medications accurately.

* Assists in maintaining basic drug supply from vendors and wholesalers; verifies physical inventory for incoming /outgoing items.

* Exercises applicable legal and professional controls of controlled substances; documents waste from returned/expired/unusable controlled substances properly.

* Supervises and is responsible for oversight of supportive personnel, licensed and non-licensed, and organizes/directs workflow.

* Performs drug utilization reviews with appropriate/accurate documentation.

* Reports adverse drug reactions, medication errors and good catches.

* Participates in ED related hospital committees including Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee as needed.

* Leads research and quality improvement in the areas of medication reconciliation/history in the ED (including but not limited to pharmacy interventions).

* Collaborates to ensure prior authorization, patient assistance fund capabilities and data management for patients and their prescriptions.
Leadership
* Works on special projects.

* Provides oversight and development of pharmacy team to provide services 24 hours a day 365 days per year.

* Serves as a role model for pharmacy department staff.

* Serves as a resource for staff caring for complex patients.

* Serves as a liaison with the medical and hospital staff in providing/developing services, protocols, and procedures to meet the needs of patients (including participating on the various relevant committees).

* Collaborates with managers and the pharmacy team to achieve compliance with hospital and department specific policies and procedures.

* Educates pharmacy staff as it relates to ED, Trauma and transitions of care.

* Collaborates with managers and staff on all aspects of quality improvement.

* Collaborates to use various risk stratification tools to identify patients at high risk of readmission.

* Implementation of structured and consistent processes for communication between inpatient pharmacists and outpatient pharmacists.

* Assists with implementing patient education to ensure patient satisfaction as it relates to HCAHPS measures, related to patients understanding possible side effects of medications.
Compliance/Safety
* Responsible for reporting any safety-related incident in a timely fashion through the Midas/RDE tool; attends all safety-related training programs; performs work in a safe manner; monitors work environment for possible safety issues and ensures others are also performing work in a safe manner.

* Stays current and complies with state and federal regulations/statutes and company policies that impact the employee's area of responsibility.

* If required for the position, ensures all certifications and/or licenses are up-to-date and valid prior to expiration dates.

* Completes all company mandatory modules and required job-specific training in the specified time frame.

Qualifications

Education

BS or Doctor of Pharmacy from an accredited college of pharmacy- Required
Certification & Licensures

Registered Pharmacist in the State of Arizona- Required

Board of Pharmacy Specialties Certification in Pharmacotherapy- Required

PALS- Required

ACLS- Required

PGY2 in Emergency Medicine or 2-3 yrs experience in Emergency - Required
Experience

 

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