Weeks Medical Center Pharmacist in Lancaster, New Hampshire
The Clinical Staff Pharmacist provides pharmaceutical care and pharmacy services under the general direction of the Pharmacy Manager for the patients and clinical staff of Weeks Medical Center. The Clinical Staff Pharmacist dispenses pharmaceuticals and related products, reviews, approves, and monitors drug therapies (medication management), consults with other clinical disciplines, providers, administrators, families, and patients. He/she will also participate in the development and utilization of emerging technologies that directly or indirectly affect the provision of pharmaceutical care and services and the management of medications in Weeks Medical Center.
License/Certification: Currently licensed in the State of New Hampshire or eligible for reciprocity; BLS certified.
Education: Graduate of an ACPE-accredited school of pharmacy with a BS Pharmacy or Pharm D degree.
Experience: Health system experience preferred, but not required.
Prior experience with pharmacy / medication computer systems and computer project build and testing strongly preferred.
Essential Functions of the Job
Accurately process medication orders and prescriptions according to guidelines established by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists, Weeks Medical Center policies and procedures and all applicable Federal and State laws, rules and regulations.
Dispense pharmaceuticals according to Federal and State laws, rules and regulations and Weeks Medical Center policies, procedures, processes and practice.
Insure accurate and timely dispensing of pharmaceuticals.
Actively monitors medication therapy for the following:
Therapeutic appropriateness of the regimen (ex. indication for use, drug selection, dosage)
Appropriateness of route and method of administration
Drug-drug, drug-food, drug-disease and drug test interactions
Physical, mental and other clinical symptoms relevant to therapy
Clinical and pharmacokinetic laboratory data to evaluate the efficacy of therapy and to anticipate toxicity and adverse effects
Any other data with relevance to medication therapy
Address and resolve relevant issues discovered during medication therapy monitoring in an appropriate manner.
Document in an appropriate and established manner all issues addressed during medication therapy monitoring (pharmacist interventions).
Actively monitor patients with specific medication therapies authorized by the Medical Staff (ex. anticoagulants, renally metabolized medications, vancomycin, amino glycosides, etc).
Adjust dose and frequency of administration
Order appropriate laboratory tests and evaluate results
Document according to hospital policy and procedure
Provide clinical services authorized by the Medic al Staff (ex nutrition support, develop, order or adjust total parenteral nutrition formulas.
Insure medication safety by actively monitoring the entire medication process (ordering, transcription, dispensing, administration and monitoring).
Use clinical judgment appropriately and in a timely manner to address medication safety issues in the medication process.
Insure safe, appropriate, cost-effective medication therapies for patients according to established policies, procedures and protocols.
Detect and report suspected adverse drug interactions and medication variances.
Manage the hospital formulary and pharmacy inventory by utilizing therapeutic substitution procedures and following budgetary guidelines that promote rational, appropriate drug therapy selection.
Provide accurate, adequate and timely drug information to professional staff.
Read, extract and interpret information in the patient’s medical record. Document accurately and appropriately in patient charts actions involving pharmaceutical care.
Actively participate in patient care within your scope of practice, especially by providing medication information to patients prior to discharge and as needed to insure optimum therapeutic benefit from pharmacologic therapy.
Maintain competency in computer (and all other) technologies utilized in the medication process:
Maintain core user competency in the pharmacy system
Maintain super user competency in the medication administration system
Maintain end user competency(according to security level) in web station, clinical care station, ECW and any other system that is utilized in the medication process and necessary for pharmacist utilization in monitoring the medication process
Supervise and direct pharmacy technicians and support personnel engaged in pharmacy activities according to Federal and State laws, rules and regulations and hospital policies and procedures. Be familiar with the roles and responsibilities of these positions and be able to function in these positions if necessary.
Supervise the pharmacy department in the absence of the Pharmacy Manager. In the absence of the Pharmacy Manager assume responsibility for troubleshooting and problem solving work flow, supply, staffing and other work related issues.
Respond to codes as needed.
Manages time effectively to ensure that deadlines are met and that personal priorities support organizational objectives.
Performs all other duties as assigned.