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Highland General Hospital Clinical Pharmacist Specialist - Psychiatry in San Leandro, California

Job Summary: The Clinical Pharmacist Specialist is responsible for the provision of safe, effective, appropriate and cost-efficient medication therapy management to patients in the area of Psychiatry. Under direction of the Director of Pharmacy and site-based Medical Director, they will assist in the planning, organizing and monitoring of the delivery of inpatient pharmacy services for the Alameda Health System. An incumbent in the class of Clinical Pharmacist Specialist – Psychiatry. Coordinates the pharmacy services within AHS and its clients. In contrast to incumbents in the classification of Pharmacist who prepare and dispense drugs, the incumbent in the classification of Clinical Pharmacist Specialist – Psychiatry have advanced post graduate training or equivalent experience and possess a broad scope of skills and pharmacotherapy knowledge for providing direct patient care as well as providing complex, in-depth clinical services. In addition to administrative duties, the Clinical Pharmacist Specialist provides consultation to the staff and to patients.

DUTIES & ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification, however, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Not all duties listed are necessarily performed by each individual in the classification.DUTIES & ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification, however, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Not all duties listed are necessarily performed by each individual in the classification.

  1. Maintains a broad scope of practice as a member of the interdisciplinary team for psychiatric patients in the acute care, subacute and ambulatory care setting.

  2. Actively participates in direct patient care and provides consultative services in order to optimize medication use that fosters appropriate evidence-based medication selection.

  3. Provides management of patient therapy by utilization of advanced skills in pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapy psychiatric treatment planning.

  4. Evaluate appropriate medication regimens in the psychiatric and geriatric patient by identifying potentially inappropriate medications, polypharmacy, prescribing cascades, and the impact of medications on fall risk and cognitive impairment.

  5. Participates in daily rounds with the treatment team in order to advocate for appropriate and cost-effective medication treatment as well as monitoring adverse effects and drug interactions.

  6. Designs and implements monitoring plans to ensure the safety of psychotropics in vulnerable patient populations.

  7. Implements, maintains and complies with both departmental and patient care policies and procedures related to the safe and effective use of medication in the psychiatric and skilled nursing facility setting.

  8. Establishes and maintains clinical pharmacy driven protocols for the pharmacotherapeutic management as well as laboratory and patient monitoring of psychiatric medications.

  9. Participates in the development of medication management programs within the institution, including clinical guidelines, therapeutic drug monitoring and associated policies/order sets/protocols/procedures as well as other quality improvement initiatives.

  10. Represents Clinical Pharmacy Services on various committees, staff meetings, and professional meetings

  11. Coordinates continuing education activities for medical and nursing staff; orients new employees on pharmacy practices and procedures. Includes submissions to the pharmacy newsletters, participating in journal clubs, and providing in-services to professional staff.

  12. Serves as a preceptor in pharmacy teaching programs.

  13. Performs other pharmacist duties as required.

    Qualifications:

    Education: Doctor of Pharmacy degree Education: Completion of an American Society of Health-System Pharmacy accredited Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Residency or equivalent. Education: Postgraduate Year Two (PGY2) Residency in Psychiatry is preferred. Education: Responsible for self-continuing education by attending conferences, meetings and seminars. Minimum Experience: 1 year clinical pharmacy experience Licenses/Certifications: Possession of a valid registered pharmacist license to practice in California. Licenses/Certifications: Become Basic Life Support (BLS) certified. Licenses/Certifications: Board certification (BCPS or BCPP) is preferred. Licenses/Certifications: National Provider Identifier must be obtained upon hire.

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