Employment Type EMPLOYEE
Job ID 38281
Post Date 03/23/2017
Location: Geisinger Medical Center Hospital
Work Schedule: Days/Evenings
Work Type: FULL TIME
Provides quality pharmaceutical care defined as being responsible for assuring the provision of safe, efficacious and cost-effective drug therapy for all patients. The pharmacist will utilize integrated and routine communication with all health care professionals and patients concerning medical care and quality of life with the emphasis placed on the monitoring and documentation of specific pharmacotherapy outcomes. Provides age-specific pharmaceutical care services to pediatric and women's center patients. Provides assistance and in-depth drug information to medical personnel; performs operational/clinical functions or projects as assigned; meets the qualifications to provide care for patients in the specific age range on their assigned clinical area.
Performs duties to provide the highest level of patient care and maximize patient satisfaction.
Works under the general direction of the Director, Enterprise Pharmacy, the Director, Clinical Pharmacy Programs, and/or the Clinical Coordinator.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
*A. CLINICAL ACTIVITIES:
1. Assumes responsibility for the safe and effective use of medications across age-specific ranges in pediatric patients. Applies understanding of age-specific pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic differences in neonates, infants, children, adolescents and adult patients to patient specific therapeutic plans. Coordinates the use of human, material, and informational resources such that timely, efficient, cost effective and appropriate care is consistently rendered.
2. Demonstrates proficiency in order processing. Receives and interprets providers' medication orders and clarifies or corrects orders with the provider, giving specific attention to issues related to medication dosing in pediatric patients. Reviews patient medication profiles to guard against drug sensitivities, contraindications, duplications, and major drug interactions.
3. Reviews all medication orders for prescribing, formulary, and therapeutic issues with an understanding of pediatric specific considerations including appropriate dosage forms, drug delivery, and safety and medication administration concerns. Suggests appropriate formulary alternative(s) based on the patient's clinical parameters.
4. Provides drug and clinical information to other healthcare professionals in response to specific questions relating to pediatrics and women's health issues. Consults and advises members of the medical staff on matters relating to specific medication therapy problems. Provides patient discharge medication consultations based on department standards. Calculates drug dosages based on pharmacokinetic and laboratory parameters.
5. Provides professional education to other healthcare professionals and trainees concerning the safe and effective use of medications and other issues related to the care of the pediatric patient.
6. Develops and maintains a clinical practice with patient care services, collaborating with the healthcare team to optimize the pharmacotherapeutic aspects of caring for the pediatric patient. This will include collecting, interpreting and integrating pertinent clinical data and designing, implementing, monitoring and modifying patient specific plans of care as necessary to achieve desired outcomes.
*B. DISTRIBUTIVE ACTIVITIES:
1. Verifies provider-entered orders in EPIC and ensures proper doses dispensed utilizing the appropriate concentration according to the Pediatric Injection Concentration Guidelines.
2. Prepares special medications involving compounding procedures and sterile products using aseptic techniques.
3. Supports investigational drug programs when requested and participates in pharmacy-related research.
4. Reports requirements for additional supplies and equipment to appropriate personnel (e.g., purchasing) to maintain basic stock levels.
*C. EDUCATIONAL / TEACHING ACTIVITIES:
1. Attends department educational programs. Maintains a current knowledge of technical and clinical practice changes affecting their scope of practice. Presents staff development programs for the Enterprise Pharmacy Department.
2. Teaches pharmacy interns, pharmacy residents, students, pharmacy technicians and pharmacists regarding information in the area of pediatric pharmacy practice, policies, and procedures. Serves as a pediatric drug information resource for other health-system pharmacists and providers.
3. Educates and provides counseling to patients, parents or caregivers regarding the safe and effective use of medications. Utilizes age appropriate patient education principles and methods.
4. Presents posters/papers at professional meetings at national, state and/or local level; publishes articles in medical and pharmacy journals.
5. Provides in-services to other healthcare providers when requested and/or when necessary.
*D. ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIVITIES:
1. Demonstrates ability in operational area with respect to time management, supervision of staff, problem identification and resolution, and decision making.
2. Coordinates and supervises work-place activities and resources; promotes professional competence; assures that services rendered and work performed are in accordance with departmental standards. Advises, assists, and supervises the work of pharmacy technicians, students, and pharmacy interns; assumes final responsibility for accuracy of their work. Promotes and demonstrates a team based work environment.
3. Works with medical and/or nursing personnel to resolve problems involving pharmacy services. Coordinates activities with other pharmacy personnel to accomplish pharmacy and hospital objectives.
4. Assists with the review and revision of departmental policies and procedures, as requested. Applies departmental policies and procedures to complex situations and identifies areas for which policies and procedures need to be developed, improved or revised.
5. Participates in various local, state, and national organizations. Participates on various departmental and hospital committees and teams as assigned and serves as chairman or secretary as requested.
E. MISCELLANEOUS ACTIVITIES:
1. Represents the Pharmacy Service in a credible and professional manner. Department dress code policy must be followed.
2. Assists patients, and/or patient's families and caregivers with issues related to medication therapy.
3. Performs other duties as required or assigned for emergency or other operational reasons for which the employee is qualified to perform.
*Denotes essential job functions.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Demonstrates a knowledge base and clinical skills in the area of clinical pharmacy.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor of Science in pharmacy or doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree from an accredited college and current licensure or eligibility for licensure by the Pennsylvania State Board of Pharmacy required.
Minimum of 2 years of Clinical Pharmacy Practice experience or equivalent required. Experience in pediatric pharmacy practice preferred.
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
Work is typically performed in a clinical pharmacy setting. Position is for a nightshift pediatric clinical pharmacist working 7 days on, 7 days off on a rotating basis.
The specific statements shown in each section of this description are not intended to be all-inclusive. They represent typical elements considered necessary to successfully perform the job.
Geisinger Health System is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record and the development of innovative care delivery models such as ProvenHealth Navigator® and ProvenCare®. As one of the nation's largest health service organizations, Geisinger serves more than 3 million residents throughout 45 counties in central, south-central and northeast Pennsylvania, and also in southern New Jersey with the addition of AtlantiCare, a National Malcolm Baldridge Award recipient. The physician-led system is comprised of approximately 30,000 employees, including nearly 1,600 employed physicians, 12 hospital campuses, two research centers and a 510,000-member health plan, all of which leverage an estimated $8.9 billion positive impact on the Pennsylvania economy. Geisinger has repeatedly garnered national accolades for integration, quality and service. In addition to fulfilling its patient care mission, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit www.geisinger.org, or follow the latest Geisinger news and more on Twitter and Facebook.
** Does not qualify for J-1 waiver. We are an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer Women and Minorities are Encouraged to Apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability or their protected veteran status.