The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist demonstrates the mission, vision, and values of Genesis Health System and pharmacy department:
Genesis Health System exists to provide compassionate, quality health services to all those in need.
Genesis will be a national leader in health care quality and safety, recognized by all as the best place in the region to receive care...practice medicine...and work.
Genesis Health System realizes and is committed to the mission and vision through:
Integrity: We are honest, open in our communications, and consistent in doing what we say we will do.
Compassion: We provide a caring response to the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of all.
Safety: We practice safety behaviors and error prevention techniques to ensure the safety of our patients, visitors and co-workers.
Accountability: We accept individual and collective responsibility for everything we do.
Respect: We recognize the dignity and worth of the individual, acknowledging the diversity of needs, experiences and talents of each person.
Excellence: We strive to achieve the best in everything we do.
Pharmacy Mission: Delivering Excellence and Trust in Pharmaceutical Care through a Culture of Precision.
Typical Job Duties:
Clinical Pharmacy Practice:
Provide comprehensive clinical pharmacy services including (but not limited to):
Maintain the professional knowledge and skills necessary to assure patients receive quality medication therapy.
Daily management of established clinical pharmacy programs or services such as pharmacokinetic consults, TPN management, anticoagulation monitoring, renal dose adjustments, etc.
Monitors assigned patient populations for clinical progress including renal/hepatic function, culture results, and other applicable laboratory tests. Recommends adjustments to therapy as necessary.
Participation on interdisciplinary patient care team rounds as appropriate
Patient education and discharge counseling
Authorizing/verifying medications orders for safety, accuracy, and appropriateness
Identify, review, and take steps to prevent adverse drug events
Provide drug information to members of the healthcare team
Supervising and provide drug distribution as appropriate and required
Document clinical pharmacy activities as appropriate in the medical record
Work collaboratively with other clinicians and health-care providers to implement and maintain clinical pharmacy services along with the resolution of practical and strategic problems, resolving conflict, implementing constructive change and adhering to legal and regulatory requirements.
Practice antimicrobial stewardship in daily patient monitoring
Participate in the development of clinical guidelines, critical pathways, disease management and drug use programs to ensure safe and appropriate use of medications
Provide clinical leadership by serving as a mentor, coach, and role model for all pharmacists in the department. Recognize the need for mentoring and education and reach out in a positive and constructive way to facilitate learning and professional growth.
Direct and supervise the work of pharmacist and technicians to ensure appropriate workflow as required.
Assist with executing and monitoring professional practices in order to meet necessary standards (i.e., Board of Pharmacy, TJC, CMS, DEA, OSHA, EPA)
Verbal communication to all hospital staff is conducted in an effective and professional manner.
Conduct medication use evaluations and other research to document the value and contribution of clinical pharmacy services
Participates in health system quality assurance processes such as reporting and following up on medication incidents, reconciling MARs, and cost-savings initiatives etc.
Exhibits understanding and knowledge regarding utilization of pharmacy related components of the hospital information systems, automated medication dispensing equipment, and other equipment/software programs used to prepare, package, barcode, distribute, track and trend medication related processes.
Participate on hospital committees as assigned by pharmacy manager or director of pharmacy.
Implement new clinical pharmacy services in specialty areaStaff Development and Training:
Maintains a personal and professional commitment to the training of future generations of pharmacists as exemplified by:
Serve as a preceptor and actively contribute to student training experiences for IPPE and APPE rotations from Drake University and University of Iowa
Providing didactic lectures, case studies and other interactive teaching programs to pharmacy students and pharmacists.
Provides didactic lectures and inservices to various divisions and departments of the medical center as requested
Thoroughly resolves problems with appropriate and direct communication to all pertinent staff in a clear and concise manner.
Proactive in identifying patient care problems and does not pass on problems to the next shift without exhausting reasonable attempts at resolution and communicating progress.
Problem solving will often go beyond patient-specific issues, and may require participation on interdisciplinary teams or revising hospital or departmental policy, procedures or treatment guidelines.
Contacts supervisor for assistance when solution is beyond his/her expertise or authority.
Review primary literature and guidelines to create and implement department best practices.
Active membership and participation in professional organizations in clinical pharmacy and/or specialty areas of practice.
Serve on departmental, hospital or medical center committees or task forces.
Displays a positive, professional and customer service oriented appearance and attitude.
Promotes the development, preparation, implementation and attainment of department goals, policies and procedures, and projects to enhance the effectiveness of present operations.Financial and Cost-Effective Drug Therapy:
Identify and implement drug therapy where positive pharmacoeconomic impact could be achieved.
Develop and conduct target drug programs and medication use evaluations, clinical guidelines/criteria as needed and report results to the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee or relevant subcommittees.
Monitor the use of expensive medications to assure the utilization is consistent with approved criteria
Able to work efficiently, prioritize work appropriately and assists others as time and workload allows.Report To: Manager, Pharmacy Supervisory Responsibility: Direction: The job requires some accountability for scheduling, assigning or coordinating work. Employees check the quality of work and provide guidance, instruction, training and direction to others. Although the job does not require formal or official supervisory responsibility, the incumbent serves as group leader or acts in an informal "assistant supervisory" or "lead" role. In addition, the employee may be expected to provide information or suggestions on human resources matters. Materials Responsibility: Limited: Work requires limited responsibility for material resources. Examples of resources could include supplies, equipment, inventories, small budgets, and other similar material assets. The employee has a limited amount of control over these resources. The cost of errors is also limited in terms of damage, waste or financial loss. Problems associated with material resources are not complex. The volume of resources may vary, but the level of difficulty in dealing with these resources is uncomplicated. Key Relationship: Co-workers/Health System Employees, Physicians/Medical Office Staff, Patients, Families, and Significant Others, Vendors/Clients
Field Of Study: Pharmacy Training:
Education: Bachelor's Degree; PharmD preferred
Satisfactory completion of an ASHP accredited PGY1 residency in hospital pharmacy practice (or specialty PGY2) or at least 3 years of inpatient hospital experience
Board Certification in Pharmacotherapy or other specialized field
Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) certification or completion within 6 months of hire.
Experience or certification with diabetes mellitus management
Satisfactory completion of an ASHP accredited PGY2 residency in critical care, cardiology, infectious disease, internal medicine, medication-use safety and policy, or pharmacotherapy
Highly Desired Qualifications:
Satisfactory completion of an ASHP accredited PGY2 residency in oncology pharmacy
Licensure/Registration: Registered Pharmacist in Iowa. Pharmacist applicants obtaining their initial licensure must obtain their Iowa Pharmacist Registration within 6 months of hire. Those applicants registered in another state must obtain their Iowa Pharmacist Registration within 6 months of hire.
Interpersonal Skills: Interaction is with a variety of people inside or outside the organization. Communications are of moderate difficulty and sensitivity. Contact with others may involve detailed & lengthy dialogues & exchanges of information. Requires a moderate amount of interpersonal skills. Interactions involve dealing with moderately complicated problem situations or stressful encounters.
Physical Demands: High Intensity: Work requires heavy physical exertion and effort. Forces exerted are equivalent to lifting between 25 to 50 pounds. The need for physical stamina and endurance is great. The degree of physical strain produced on the job is high. It results in fatigue, and requires periods of rest. Job requirements for manual dexterity and physical manipulation are high. Work could involve the coordination of body movements involving various body postures. The position exceeds these high intensity demands occasionally, 10-35% of the time.
Must be able to cope effectively with stressful situations, multiple tasks and time constraints.
Must be able to logically solve problems.
Must be able to interpret scientific data in a logical and coherent manner.
Must be able to work well with, manage and direct others.
Working Conditions: There is limited exposure to moderately adverse and undesirable environmental conditions. There are some health and safety risks. Position may require safety equipment and precautions. The amount of time the employee may experience these moderate conditions is limited to 35% or less of their work day.
Possible Exposure to Blood Borne Pathogens: Yes
About Genesis Medical Center, Davenport Iowa
Genesis Health System serves a 17-county, bi-state region of the Quad Cities metropolitan area and the surrounding communities of Iowa and Illinois. But when it comes to clinical capabilities and quality we exceed those geographical limits. We have earned distinction as a three-time Top Ranked Community Hospital in Iowa.