The scope of practice of the Clinical Pharmacist Specialist, Hematology/Oncology covers direct and indirect patient care, education, medication safety, performance improvement, and consultation. The Clinical Pharmacist Specialist is responsible for the provision of both operational and clinical pharmacy services to a general oncology population for adult patients. Responsibilities will include order verification, discharge counseling, projects, and education of other healthcare professionals. Each individual must display maturity, independence, initiative, and strong verbal communication skills.
Some of the responsibilities include:
Evaluate and verify Epic physician’s orders for therapeutic appropriateness, proper dosing, optimal dosage form, drug interactions, allergic reactions, route and rate of administration and therapeutic redundancy.
Clarify physicians’ orders when necessary through direct and timely contact with prescriber or designated practitioner.
Provides patient-specific pharmacotherapy recommendations and drug information to the medical and nursing staff.
Participates in the pharmacy department’s most current method of documenting clinical interventions.
Perform daily review of pharmacy reports including pharmacokinetic monitoring and other drug or patient specific reports that may be required.
Attends code emergencies and provides coverage for other pharmacists involved in these emergencies.
Conducts monthly nursing unit inspections of medication storage areas as assigned.
Supervise pharmacy technician staff involved in the preparation and delivery of medications ensuring coordination of workflows with established delivery schedules
Coordinate medication ordering, preparation, dispensing, and administration systems for the patient populations outlined above on a daily basis
Implements all drug use policy and formulary decisions of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics committee.
The candidate will possess an Illinois pharmacist license or be eligible for licensure in Illinois
If licensure-eligible, must obtain Illinois license within 30 days of hire date
PharmD degree required
Post Graduate ASHP Year Two Pharmacy Residency in Oncology (preferred)
Or equivalent experience in hospital oncology practice
Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties Board Certification desirable or expected within 2 years of starting the position; BCOP preferred
BLS certification, ACLS certification preferred (or shall be obtained upon hire)
About Rush University Medical Center
Rush University Medical Center encompasses a 664-bed hospital serving adults and children, including the Johnston R. Bowman Health Center.
A unique combination of research and patient care has earned Rush national rankings in nine of 16 specialty areas in U.S. News & World Report's 2013-14 America's Best Hospitals issue, among other recognitions of our quality of care and accreditations.
The Department of Pharmacy at Rush consists of over 100 employees working with the latest technology to provide safe and cost-effective care to patients. The practice model is such that it can provide clinical services to patients 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. The residency program has been in place for over 40 years and currently consists of 10 PGY1 residents and 5 PGY2 residents.