UofL Health

Clinical Pharmacist Specialist-Infectious Disease, UofL Health-Jewish Hospital, Days, Full Time

Job Locations US-KY-Louisville
Job ID
2021-21873
Category
Pharmacy
Department
Pharmacy-Jewish Hospital [505100]
Job Type
Regular Full-Time

Overview

The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist provides specialized pharmaceutical services to improve drug usage and therapeutic outcomes for patients. The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist actively participates in multidisciplinary patient care rounds, medication order evaluation and verification, drug distribution, technician supervision, and clinical services including medication histories, pharmacokinetic dosing, drug information requests, and patient counseling to ensure the best medication therapy outcomes. The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist will participate in development of new programs, services, practices, and facilitate scholarly and professional development activities in their area of expertise. Major job responsibilities include: medication order evaluation (to include but not limited to appropriateness and effectiveness) and verification, drug distribution support, technician supervision, clinical intervention, formulary management, and resource for nursing and physician medication related inquiries. The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist will participate in the design, implementation, and monitoring associated with the provision of safe, effective and economical pharmacotherapy for all patients. They will serve as a subject matter expert collaborating with pharmacy leadership in the development and implementation of clinical pharmacy services and ensure compliance with policies and procedures at UofL Hospital.

Responsibilities

Major job responsibilities include: medication order evaluation (to include but not limited to appropriateness and effectiveness) and verification, drug distribution support, technician supervision, clinical intervention, formulary management, and resource for nursing and physician medication related inquiries. The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist will participate in the design, implementation, and monitoring associated with the provision of safe, effective and economical pharmacotherapy for all patients. They will serve as a subject matter expert collaborating with pharmacy leadership in the development and implementation of clinical pharmacy services and ensure compliance with policies and procedures at UofL Hospital.

The following activities are components of the position necessary to support the major job responsibilities:

Deliver comprehensive pharmaceutical care to patients
o Work collaboratively with other clinicians and health-care providers to implement and maintain innovative disease management programs and clinical pharmacy services
o Actively participate in multidisciplinary patient care rounds
o Review medication orders for accuracy, appropriateness and efficacy
o Document all pharmacy interventions in patient electronic medical record and integrated clinical decision support system
o Monitor drug therapy to evaluate appropriateness of use, dose, dosage form, regimen, route, therapeutic duplication, and drug interactions
o Provide pharmacokinetic consultations and other dosing recommendations as required
o Prevent, detect, monitor, document, and report adverse drug reactions and medications errors
o Participate in the drug therapy management of medical emergencies (code blue, code stroke, etc.)

o Perform both admission history and discharge medication review and/or counseling in order to facilitate the admission/discharge/transfer of patients
o Provide operational support to Clinical Staff Pharmacists as determined by departmental need
o Respond to drug information requests and optimize pharmacotherapy regimens utilizing current evidence-based literature

Promote and demonstrate rational, cost-effective drug therapy
o Participate in formulary management by implementing therapeutic interchanges and enforcing the non-formulary ordering process
o Assist in the procurement of medication when necessary, including verification of home medication supply, when applicable
o Facilitate the implementation of clinical and operational initiatives
o Document clinical consultations and cost avoidance as part of the departmental clinical documentation program
o Prepares formulary review and drug use evaluations of medications used in the area of clinical expertise for presentation to the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee
o Assist pharmacy leadership in the determination, communication, and education of alternative therapies during medication shortages

Facilitate and participate in scholarly and professional development activities
o Provide guidance and supervision to certified pharmacy technicians
o Precept pharmacy students during IPPE and APPE rotations as necessary
o Precept PGY1 and PGY2 residents
o Participate in staff development (preceptor development/continuing education) for all pharmacy learners within area of expertise
o Coordinate research efforts within area of expertise
o Active participation in local, regional, or national organizations in area of expertise encouraged
o Collaborate with pharmacy leadership in developing education, training, and competency programs
o Design and deliver didactic lectures to Colleges of Pharmacy, Nursing and/or Medicine

Execute hospital and pharmacy policies and procedures
o Collaborate with pharmacy leadership in development and review of departmental policies and procedures
o Function as a role model and as an educational resource for pharmacy staff
o Recruitment and orientation of new staff members
o Complete sterile compounding training, including hazardous medications, and demonstrate competency on a frequency defined by the Sterile Compounding Supervisor
o Complete extemporaneous compounding training, including hazardous medications, and demonstrate competency on a frequency defined by pharmacy leadership
o Perform quality assurance activities as defined by pharmacy leadership, including, but not limited to, medication history audits
o Investigate and resolve automated dispensing cabinet related issues
o Cover assigned shifts as determined by departmental need
o Facilitate investigational drug studies with assistance of Investigation Drug Service Manager and/or other personnel involved in the drug study

Effective Communication Skills
o Utilize advanced communication skills to convey and demonstrate clinical pharmacist expertise
o Form collaborative relationships with pharmacy team members and other members of the healthcare team
o Demonstrate effective professional and patient communications including articulation of recommendations
o Demonstrate the ability to work in team environment, reaffirming the contribution of each person to the delivery of care/services
o Involvement in pharmacy department or hospital committees
o Achieve and maintain satisfactory working relationships with pharmacy leadership, pharmacy staff and other departments throughout the system, including committees and administration
o Attend departmental staff meetings

Exhibit Initiative and Judgment
o Demonstrate self-motivation and the ability to work independently
o Demonstrate stewardship in the performance of daily operations through accuracy of work and compliance with regulations
o Participate collegially in the development of new programs, services and practices, in the education activities of the department
o Maintain awareness of contemporary trends in area of expertise and the profession through professional literature

RELATIONSHIPS
o The position will be funded 100% by hospital
o Under supervision of all pharmacy leadership. Will report to the Clinical Pharmacy Manager
o Work collaboratively with pharmacy staff and other members of multidisciplinary team
o Perform other duties as assigned by pharmacy leadership

PATIENT POPULATION SERVED
The Pharmacy Department provides pharmaceutical care to neonatal/infant, pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric populations.

Qualifications

Education / Accreditation / Licensure (required & preferred):

• Graduated from an accredited College of Pharmacy
• Licensed or license eligible as a pharmacist in the Commonwealth of Kentucky
• Current board certification by Board of Pharmacy Specialties® within area of expertise if available, otherwise general board certification required
• Current Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification or must obtain within 90 days from date of hire


Experience (required and preferred):

• Training/Experience:
o Post-Graduate Year 2 (PGY-2) Specialty Residency required plus 3 years of experience in specialty area OR
o Post-Graduate Year 1 (PGY-1) Pharmacy Residency required plus 5 years of experience in specialty area OR
o Ten years of experience in specialty area

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