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CLINICAL PHARMACY COORDINATOR
The Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator reports to the Pharmacy Director and serves as both a supervisor and a clinical pharmacy specialist. This incumbent will also act in the absence of the Pharmacy Director and assist the Director in planning, coordinating and implementing pharmacy programs, projects and services. This class can be distinguished from subordinate pharmacist classes by its supervisory duties and the responsibility for performing the more complex, consultative pharmacy work while serving as a training resource for other pharmacy staff.
Example of Duties:
Supervises the work of subordinate professional and technical pharmacy staff; schedules, assigns, directs and monitors the quality and quantity of work performed; evaluates staff performance and initiates/implements disciplinary action if needed; performs quality control checks to ensure that the work of subordinates is both accurate and appropriate and that staff are fully competent to perform their duties; participates in staff selection processes; ensures that staff receive appropriate training and develops training materials/programs as needed.
Performs the more complex, clinical pharmacist duties; monitors the use and administration of patients' drug regimens and the appropriateness of serum drug levels; verifies dose appropriateness based on clinical goals and expectations; provides a baseline for adjustments; consults with physicians and nurses regarding the appropriateness of proposed drug use.
Monitors and evaluates adverse drug reactions and pharmacist interventions; compiles and reports statistical information; develops quality assurance plans to assess the appropriate use of drugs.
Coordinates clinical pharmacy activities with physician, nursing, laboratory, and other personnel; develops and assists in the implementation of clinical pathways and therapeutic guidelines.
Teaches and instructs pharmacists, nurses, physicians, and others regarding the technical skills used in monitoring drug therapy; provides advice regarding the actions to undertake in solving drug therapy problems; teaches interpersonal communication and patient counseling techniques; develops practice activities and assigns special projects.
Monitors prescribing habits for long-range planning and cost analysis; coordinates the use and monitoring of expensive medications; recommends adjustments to Natividad's formularies as appropriate.
Coordinates pharmacy record keeping, auditing, and other drug control policies, procedures and activities as required by County, State, and Federal law; communicates with insurance companies and health benefit representatives regarding reimbursement and formulary matters.
Serves as the coordinator for investigational drug studies and special projects; keeps informed of new drugs and innovations in the pharmaceutical field; maintains an up-to-date drug information service; stays abreast of current literature and provides information to medical staff; serves as a resource for the professional staff and answers technical pharmaceutical questions; develops protocols to monitor drug therapy.
Represents Natividad's pharmacy services on various committees, task forces, and staff meetings; attends professional conferences and seminars as assigned.
Serves in the absence of the Pharmacy Director; assists the Director in planning, coordinating, and implementing various pharmacy programs, projects and services.
May interpret, fill and dispense prescriptions and perform other professional pharmacist duties as assigned.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Required Licensure: Possession of a current and valid Registered Pharmacist license issued by the State of California Board of Pharmacy.
Experience/Education: Three years as a licensed Pharmacist in an acute care hospital setting OR graduation from an accredited residency or comparable program in a hospital clinical or specialized pharmacy setting may substitute for one year of the above required experience.
Thorough Knowledge of:
Principles and practices of employee supervision, including selection, training, motivation, evaluation and discipline.
Current principles, methods and practices related to clinical pharmacy, modern pharmacology and toxicology
Methods and techniques used in pharmacokinetic monitoring of drug therapy
Current and new principles and practices of pharmacy administration including procurement, quality control, quality improvement, formulary development/maintenance, benefits management and budgeting
Current laws and standards regarding the use of narcotics, poisons and drugs, including those relevant to the operation of both an acute-care hospital pharmacy and an ambulatory care pharmacy
Standards and methods for compounding/dispensing a wide range of pharmaceutical prescriptions/preparations, I.V. additive mixtures, and unit/dose medication distribution systems
The drugs, chemicals and pharmaceutical supplies typically required for an acute-care hospital pharmacy as well as an ambulatory care pharmacy
Pharmacy technology and components
The pharmaceutical services standards of The Joint Commission (TJC) and CA Department of Health
Natividad fosters a culture of service excellence and seeks candidates who have demonstrated the ability to provide and continually improve the responsiveness of that service. The Human Resource department takes a leadership role in implementing Natividad's customer service program. Customer service relations at Natividad recognizes, respects, and understands the rich diversity of the health care environment.