The role of the Clinical Pharmacist Specialist – Emergency Medicine is to fulfill Norton’s mission, vision, and values through providing evidence-based collaborative patient centered care in the ED during peak patient visit times. The EM specialist will ensure system wide medication formulary compliance through active engagement with providers. Core service areas of the EM specialist are medication error reduction, care of disease states associated with quality metrics including participation in emergency response, expediting ED patient throughput, antimicrobial stewardship, medication history/reconciliation of targeted patients, and facilitation of ED discharge prescriptions and patient counseling. This position requires a high level of interaction with physicians, nurses, patients, and other healthcare team members and pharmacy leadership in problem solving and medication use-process optimization.
The EM clinical specialist optimizes medication therapy by developing and championing system wide strategies in medication use processes to optimize patient outcomes, reduce/minimize adverse drug events and costs. Working collaboratively with physicians and other members of the healthcare team, the pharmacist will develop new EM pharmacy services and guidelines/order sets/protocols that improve evidence-based practice.
The EM clinical specialist will also have responsibilities in precepting students and residents on clinical patient care experience and longitudinal research experience. The specialist will participate in nursing and provided education.
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Provide patient care by collaborating with physicians, nurses, and other members of the healthcare team to ensure optimal medication therapy and patient outcomes.
Ensure system wide medication formulary compliance through active engagement with prescribers to provide input/guidance on maintenance of formulary.
Precept pharmacy students and residents in clinical rotations and longitudinal research projects.
Represent the pharmacy department on applicable committees and teams. Participate in implementation and maintenance of system wide, evidence-based guidelines, order sets, protocols, and other medication use processes to improve patient safety and outcomes. Participate in development and implementation of new EM pharmacy services.
Basic Education, Training, and Experience Required
Must be a graduate of an accredited college or university with a BS in Pharmacy or a PharmD degree (preferred)
Completion of Post Graduate Year 1 residency program or equivalent practice experience (Required)
Post Graduate Year 2 residency program in Emergency Medicine or Critical care or equivalent practice experience (Desired)
Registered Pharmacist (KY Board of Pharmacy) or eligible for licensing on hire
Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) or Board Certified Critical Care Specialist (BCCCP) or Board Certified Emergency Medicine Pharmacist (BCEMP) (Desired)
For more than 130 years, Norton Healthcare’s faith heritage has guided its mission to provide quality health care to all those it serves. Today, Norton Healthcare is a leader in serving adult and pediatric patients from throughout Greater Louisville, Southern Indiana, the commonwealth of Kentucky and beyond. The hospital and health care system is Louisville’s third largest employer, providing care at more than 300 locations throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana. The Louisville-based not-for-profit system includes five Louisville hospitals with 1,907 licensed beds; seven outpatient centers; 14 Norton Immediate Care Centers; more than 17,000 employees; over 1,500 employed medical providers; and approximately 2,000 total physicians on its medical staff. Hospitals provide inpatient and outpatient general care as well as specialty care including heart, neuroscience, cancer, orthopedic, women’s and pediatric services. A strong research program provides access to clinical trials in a multitude of areas. In 2019 Norton Healthcare was named by Healthiest Employers as the fifth healthiest place to work in the country. More information about Norton Healthcare is available at NortonHealthcare.com.