The Clinical Pharmacist Specialist for the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) develops and maintains a consistent clinical pharmacy practice that provides optimal pharmaceutical support to patients of NCHS in an appropriate, efficacious, safe, and cost-effective fashion. Serves an active role in the CICU service providing patient care recommendations on pharmacotherapy, assessing drug interactions, drug dosages, comprehensive cost-effective guideline- directed medical therapies, as well as optimizing concomitant medications to improve patient outcomes and minimize risk for adverse events according to hospital policies, professional standards of practice, and State and Federal laws. Works with a team of experts optimizing drug therapy outcomes for patients in the CICU through evidence based, patient-centered medication therapy and participation in interdisciplinary medical team rounds. Participates in training and educating pharmacy students, and pharmacy and medical residents on relevant evidence-based pharmacotherapy. Provides clinical support for pharmacists, technicians, hospital and medical staff and any other areas as assigned. Responsible for monitoring the order writing, dispensing, and administration of medications in the CICU.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
High degree of specialized knowledge and/or completion of an ASHP-accredited residency program or advanced training in pediatrics highly preferred
Knowledge to manage cardiac conditions, treatment options, pharmacology, and pharmacokinetics
Previous experience with hospital pharmacy information systems and automation highly preferred
Ability to assess patient care conditions and evaluate patient response to medication therapy regimens
Able to perform written patient consults for pharmacotherapy as needed per patient or medication
Performs written patient consults for pharmacotherapy as needed per patient or medication.
Ability to communicate and present information effectively in both oral and written form with all levels of hospital personnel and all patient groups
Ability to provide patient/parent counseling in medication use and administration
Ability to comprehend and analyze information
Ability to exercise independent judgment and decision making
Ability to operate equipment and pharmacy information systems
Ability to problem solve and think analytically
Ability to provide supervisory oversight for technical staff related to medication preparation and dispensing
Ability to relate cooperatively and constructively with patients, co-workers, clinical/medical staff, and interdisciplinary teams
Job Specific Duties
Achieves cost savings targets and actively contributes to the pharmacy department's pharmacoeconomic efforts and formulary management. Assists department leadership with maintaining budget targets.
Actively participates in clinical pharmacy program and services, and acts as a consultant in areas of expertise.
Advances the profession through publication/presentations at local, state, or national meetings and providing community education.
Attends and actively contributes to daily patient care rounds, clinical services meetings, hospital committees, task forces, and projects as assigned.
Coordinates, educates, and maintains investigational drug study activity specific to area of practice and dispenses investigational drugs where needed.
Develops and implements clinical competency and education modules for Staff Clinical Pharmacists.
Participates in training and educating pharmacy students, pharmacy residents, and medical residents on cardiac disease states and relevant evidence-based pharmacotherapy.
Documents quality activities to achieve established metrics to meet standards of DNV-GL accreditation, state/federal requirement, including but not limited to, interventions, contraindications, etc.
Executes established policies, procedures, & protocols to ensure safe, appropriate, cost-effective medication therapies for patients. Recommends therapeutic alternatives to medical staff as needed.
Prepares and collects data for MUE's, drug monographs for the P&T, and special projects assigned by Clinical Manager.
Maintains appropriate records and documentation pertaining to patient care activities.
Provides drug information through in-service education & daily support for pharmacy staff, hospital clinical staff, medical residents, physicians, and consultation with patients and families.
Reviews patient's pharmacotherapy using the hospital information system and the pharmacy computer system to ensure that the medications are appropriate in terms of dose, dosage form, frequency, etc.
Communicates with prescribers and nurses to recommend alternatives for inappropriate therapy or substitutes for non-formulary items
Provides formal discharge counseling and advises patients and family on the use of various medications
Participates in code response for patients on designated unit.
Support the Pharmacy Department services by recommending changes and corrections in the ordering of the parenteral.
Coordinates, educates, and maintains investigational drug study activity specific to designated area of practice and dispenses investigational drugs where needed.
Directly supervises and instructs pharmacy residents and pharmacy students in clinical practice.
Minimum Job Requirements
Bachelor's Degree in Pharmacy or Doctorate of Pharmacy (from an ACPE accredited college of pharmacy preferred)
American Heart Association BLS - maintain active and in good standing throughout employment
Pharmacist State of Florida license - maintain active and in good standing throughout employment
Two-years of clinical hospital pharmacy experience or equivalent
Champions for Children, Passionate Innovators, Dedicated Team Members
At Nicklaus Children’s, our mission is to inspire hope and promote lifelong health by providing the best care to every child. This means being a trusted partner to children and their families, not only in times of illness, but throughout their lives in many ways. Ultimately, it’s being a champion for children every day.
From treating the most critically ill infants in Miami to reaching children through virtual technology , our primary goal at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is to CREATE a healthy future for every child. At the region’s only freestanding hospital for children, your expertise and empathy will enable kids from birth to age 21 to live a full and rewarding life, and give you the opportunity to make a lifelong impact.
Whether you want hands-on experience with leading procedures, want to take part in award-winning training and development , or are looking for a unique environment that rewards you for making a difference in the lives you encounter, then this is your home.