The Pharmacy Specialist shall serve as a liaison between the pharmacy staff and the Oncology Pharmacy Manager. The Oncology Pharmacy Clinician shall, according to standard procedure: 1.) Facilitate the delivery of clinical services and the resolution of unresolved problems related to the clinical services; 2.) Be responsible for assuring the accurate and timely delivery of the drug information and other clinical services to patients and other health care providers; 3.) Enhance the delivery of the clinical pharmacy services through the development of a personal clinical practice, development of the clinical abilities of the staff, and education of the pharmacy students/residents.
Key Responsibilities / Essential Functions
Has working knowledge of all State and Federal laws and regulations affecting the practice of pharmacy.
Assumes responsibilities of the Oncology Pharmacy Manager, as assigned, in his/her absence.
Develops and maintains an area of clinical expertise in oncology providing clinical pharmacy services for patients and health care professionals in this practice area.
Develops and presents educational topics, and staff development programs; participate in activities to enhance the pharmacy department’s professional and/or clinical services; develop medication protocols to optimize patient’s drug therapy; and serve as clinical resource to the health care team.
Designs and delivers in-service education for physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals regarding drug therapy
Uses effective patient education techniques to provide counseling and education to patients and caregivers
Establishes and maintains effective communication with pharmacy staff members, other health care disciplines and patients providing drug information.
Manages time efficiently to maintain high productivity of all Oncology & Infusion Pharmacy Services staff through oversight of daily operations.
Participates as needed on the following hospital committees: Cancer Center Committee, Oncology Value Analysis Team, QOPI Committee, and MD Anderson.
Assists in the acquisition of non-formulary, compassionate use, and investigational medications
Designs, recommends, monitors, and evaluates patient specific pharmacotherapeutic regimens
Monitor patient drug therapy for patients in the clinical practice area to ensure efficacious, safe, and cost effective drug therapy.
Promotes rational and economic drug use through professional interactions with the medical staff and medical staff committees.
Maintains a clinical pharmacy rotation for students/residents. Participates in activities of the Residency Advisory Group. Supports and mentors resident research and other scholarly activities.
Documents improvements in patient outcomes and cost containment efforts in the department’s clinical intervention system. Provides the Oncology Pharmacy Manager with a quarterly performance improvement report / graphs that depicts the specialists patient care activities. Participates in other performance improvement activities, as assigned by the Oncology Pharmacy Manager.
Assists with performance evaluations and annual competencies as directed by the Oncology Pharmacy Manager.
Maintains policies and procedures related to clinical oncology pharmacy services.
Maintains workload statistics and other productivity parameters to promote the success of the clinical oncology pharmacy services.
Assist with the training of new employee and staff education (Clinical Updates).
Assists in the development of, and supports compliance with, a departmental budget.
Provides immediate, direct supervision by process defined by leadership to unlicensed pharmacy students and interns.
Maintains performance, patient and employee satisfaction and financial standards as outlined in the performance evaluation.
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.
Must hold a current license to practice pharmacy in the State of Alabama or acquire license in 90 days. Must be an Alabama pharmacy preceptor or become a preceptor within six months. The candidate must have developed an area of personal clinical practice, contributing regularly to patient care, and has exhibited a commitment to maintain a level of practice well beyond that required of staff practitioners.
This position requires a:
B.S. or Pharm.D. Degree required
Completion of an ASHP Accredited PGY1 required
Completion of an ASHP Accredited PGY2 in Oncology required or minimum of four years post graduate experience in direct patient care in a oncology care environment
ACCP board certification (BCPS or BCOP) is preferred. ACLS Certification is preferred. Experience precepting and training pharmacy students and residents are preferred. Membership and active participation in professional pharmacy organizations is expected. Leadership experience is preferred. Work experience on multidisciplinary teams and participating on Medical Staff Committees is preferred. Must possess effective communication and supervisory skills. Must be able to read, write legibly, speak and comprehend English.
Exposure to contaminants
Exposure to hazardous conditions
Close physical proximity
Requires wearing common protective or safety equipment
Contact with others
Occasionally deal with unpleasant or angry people
Daily use of electronic mail
Engage in face to face discussions
Frequent use telephone
Work with group or team
Physical activities include: Talking, hearing, bending, twisting, walking, kneeling, crouching, stooping, climbing, balancing, reaching, pushing, pulling, lifting, grasping, repetitive motion, standing, and/or using hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls).
Light work. Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for sedentary work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for light work.
Must be able to perform the duties with or without reasonable accommodation.
Must be able to tolerate prolonged periods of sitting and/or standing
Hearing and vision must be normal or corrected to within normal range.
Possible exposure to disease, infection and hazardous materials.
Physical presence onsite is essential.
OTHER JOB FACTORS
Must be pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
Must be reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfill obligations.
Must be able to file and maintain records.
Must be careful about detail and be thorough in completing work tasks
Must be willing to take on responsibilities and challenges.
Must be honest and ethical.
Must be able to accept criticism and deal calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
Internal Number: 15130
About DCH Health System
Caring. For Life. DCH Health System provides expert health care in West Alabama. For more than 90 years, DCH Health System has been providing quality and compassionate health care to its friends and neighbors in West Alabama. Today, the DCH Health System includes DCH Regional Medical Center, Northport Medical Center and Fayette Medical Center. Through these hospitals, the Health System provides services that include cancer, cardiology, robotic and minimally invasive surgery, and the region’s most advanced trauma center. Other services provided include bloodless medicine, home health care, sleep medicine, occupational medicine, spine/pain care, therapy and women’s services.
DCH Regional Medical Center is the cornerstone of the DCH system. The 583-bed Regional Medical Center offers a variety of specialty units and advanced services, including cancer, cardiology, robotic and minimally invasive surgery, and the region's most advanced trauma center.
Northport Medical Center is a 204-bed community hospital that offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient services. The facility also operates important specialty services, including the DCH Rehabilitation Pavilion and North Harbo...r Pavilion for mental health.
Fayette Medical Center, through a lease agreement with the DCH Health System, is a 61-bed rural hospital that offers the residents of Fayette County inpatient care, along with sophisticated diagnostic equipment, surgical techniques and specialty clinics. A 122-bed nursing home on site is fully accredited and licensed for intermediate and skilled nursing care.