The clinical staff pharmacist shall be responsible for preparing and dispensing medications and pharmaceutical supplies to inpatients and outpatients of all ages upon receiving medication orders from providers. In addition, the clinical staff pharmacist shall supply medication information and other clinical services to patients and other health care providers.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES / ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
Has working knowledge of all State and Federal laws and regulations affecting the practice of pharmacy.
- Reviews, interprets, evaluates, and processes all medication orders for therapeutic appropriateness, cost effectiveness, accuracy, safety, and completeness using patient profiles, and available clinical data.
- Optimizes medication outcomes by critically reviewing and evaluating chemotherapy regimens in order to ensure that the correct drug is used in the most appropriate dose for individual patients and in adherence to the guidelines.
- Ensures a safe and appropriate medication use process through reporting and communication with other health care providers.
- Monitors work flow to ensure all daily distributive and clinical functions are accomplished and supervises technical staff to ensure distribution tasks are completed in an accurate and timely manner.
- Participates in the efficient and economical use of medications, supplies, and resources. Promotes rational and economic medication use.
- Performs monthly unit inspections and consults with and advises nursing staff on proper storage and handling of medications including code carts, floor stock, and controlled substances as assigned.
- Provides medication information and educational programs to patients and health care staff, and participates on committees/teams as requested.
- Monitors the medication use process on a routine basis and reports inconsistencies to improve mediation safety within the hospital.
- Ensures compliance with USP 797 & 800 standards, MD Anderson affiliation, and QOPI certification.
- Participates in performance improvement activities.
- Provides immediate, direct supervision, as defined by pharmacy leadership, to unlicensed pharmacy students and interns.
- Maintains professional performance and behavior. Positively contributes to patient and employee satisfaction.
- Performs compliance requirements as outlined in the Employee Handbook
- Must adhere to the DCH Behavioral Standards including creating positive relationships with patients/families, coworkers, colleagues and with self.
- Requires use of electronic mail, time and attendance software, learning management software and intranet.
- Must adhere to all DCH Health System policies and procedures.
- All other duties as assigned.
MINIMUM KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
Pharm.D. and Pharmacy Practice Residency (PGY 1) are required or equivalent experience. A pharmacy practice residency in oncology (PGY 2) is preferred. Five years experience in oncology practice may substitute for residencies (PGY1 and PGY 2). Must be currently licensed or license eligible to practice pharmacy in the State of Alabama. Participation in professional organizations is strongly encouraged. Must be able to operate computer, typewriter, calculator, telephone, prescription balance and other related pharmaceutical equipment. Must be able to read, write legibly, speak, and comprehend English.
Able to stand, walk, reach, sit, crouch and stoop for extended periods of time. Must be able to carry objects weighing 35 pounds. Requires good motor coordination with good manual and finger dexterity. Must have the ability to communicate with staff and patients of all ages. Physical presence onsite is essential. Hearing and vision must be normal or corrected to within normal range. Able to perform the duties with or without reasonable accommodation.