Provision of safe, effective, appropriate, and cost-effective medication therapy to patients in area of the NICU. Under direction of the pharmacy manager, pharmacy director, and NICU hospital teams, the employee will assist in the planning, organizing, and monitoring of the delivery of pediatric/NICU/women's pharmacy services for UPMC Hamot Hospital. These responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Analytical and Critical Thinking
Use broad scope of skills and pharmacotherapy knowledge for providing direct patient care, as well as providing complex, in-depth clinical services.
Provide services such as, but not limited to, monitoring patients in specialty services, collecting patient-specific data, interpreting drug related laboratory data, performing relevant physical assessments, interviewing patients, and identifying patient goals of therapy.
Review and assess patient-specific drug therapy by evaluating therapy appropriateness and identifying potential interaction or adverse effects.
In collaboration with the Clinical Coordinator, review and analyze relevant data to improve drug usage, patient adherence, and pharmacoeconomic impact to improve clinical programs.
Work with NICU care team to coordinate, improve, expand, and deliver neonatal critical care services within UPMC Hamot hospital.
Coordinates continuing education activities for medical providers, nursing, and pharmacy staff and orients new staff on pharmacy practice and procedures.
Collaborate with pharmacy leadership for submission of pharmacy newsletter, participate in journal clubs and provide in services to all professional staff.
Serves as preceptor to pharmacy students and volunteers.
Participate in patient care activities and work as part of an interdisciplinary team in a patient-centric care environment with emphasis on patient safety and drug therapy management.
Problem Solving and Decision Making
Design and recommend a comprehensive drug therapy and patient education plan for patient-specific problems and appropriately justify recommendations based on patient specific pharmacological and evidence-based information.
Perform periodic and ongoing review of pharmacy related processes and make appropriate recommendations to pharmacy leadership.
Reports and document drug errors, adverse drug reactions, allergies, and patient adherence issues.
Participate in on-site clinical/department meetings, and committees as appropriate.
Compliance, Policy, and Procedure
Maintain compliance with all relevant UPMC Hamot Policies and Procedures, drug formulary, and regulatory agency guidelines such as Board of Pharmacy, DEA, JCAHO, etc.
Other duties as assigned.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Ability to function independently and/or collaboratively within a team setting.
Highly effective problem solving, planning, and organization skills.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Able to make verbal presentations to large groups.
Excellent computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint
Good drug information retrieval skills.
Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) required.
Completion of an ASHP-accredited postgraduate year one (PGY1) residency required.
Completion of PGY2 residency training in Pediatrics preferred.
Board certification is preferred.
Must become certified in Basic Life Support (BLS).
UPMC Hamot is a 458-bed hospital in Erie, PA, offering a full complement of inpatient and outpatient services, and serves as a regional referral hub and Level II Trauma Center. Supported by over 650 physicians and nearly 4,000 dedicated employees, UPMC Hamot’s mission is to serve its patients, communities, and one another in the UPMC Hamot tradition of quality, health, healing, and education. UPMC Hamot’s superior health care services are continually recognized by notable accrediting bodies.