Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist is responsible for providing clinical services in an inpatient setting. Responsibilities include collaboration with nursing and medical staff with medication chart reviews that will assist in the optimization of medication therapy, implement up-to-date pharmacotherapy and treatment guidelines with providers, conducts Drug Utilization Reviews and prepares Drug Review Criteria for medical staff review at Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee, assists in the development of new clinical services focused on hospital strategic initiatives, provides over sight of clinical services provided by decentralized and centralized pharmacist in areas of expertise and collects and analyzes quality metrics in specialty area. In addition, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist is an active preceptor for PGY1 residents, pharmacy students and pharmacy staff.
Supervises pharmacists that work in specialty area. Must supervise minimally three pharmacist team members.
Interprets and clarifies written orders for all types of medications.
Prepares compounds, labels, and packages medications and pharmaceuticals, in accordance with established professional protocols and standards.
Secures storage of narcotics and other controlled substances on a regular basis.
Ensures all charges for dispensed medication orders are captured in hospital’s billing system.
Provides medications and drug information relative to circumstances and patient conditions in emergency codes in the hospital.
Communicates drug-related side effects, dosages, potential complications to health care professionals.
Advises patients and/or their representatives on use of various medications, including dosage, side effects and composition.
Remains informed about current developments concerning new drugs or test results regarding drug usage; researches drug information requests and responds promptly.
Promotes effective use of formulary system through drug product selection and therapeutic alternative produce suggestion for non-formulary orders.
Monitors drug therapy as assigned by physicians; suggest alternative drug therapy when appropriate.
Consults with and advises medical staff personnel regarding utilization of drugs and pharmaceuticals.
Oversees work of Pharmacy Technicians/Pharmacy Interns participating in the preparation, documentation and dispensing of medications and pharmaceuticals.
Adheres to TMCH organizational and department-specific safety, confidentiality, values policies and standards.
Collect and analyze quality metrics in specialty area.
Provides education to pharmacy interns, students and PGY1 residents.
Participation in rounds and care coordination conferences as appropriate.
Participation in quality improvement committees as assigned.
Performs related duties as assigned.
EDUCATION: Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an AACP-accredited College of Pharmacy or Bachelor’s Degree from an AACP-accredited College of Pharmacy.
EXPERIENCE: Five years of clinical pharmacist experience in specialty area or completion PGY1 residency with 2 years of additional experience in specialty area. Pharmacy residency preceptor experience required.
LICENSURE OR CERTIFICATION: Current Arizona Pharmacist license upon hire. Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications. Board certified in Pharmacotherapy or in specialty area if certification available within 12 months of eligibility for certification preferred. Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) preferred.