Tucson Medical Center
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Clinical Pharmacist - Clinical Pharmacy
at Tucson Medical Center
Clinical Pharmacist is responsible for providing clinical services in an inpatient setting. Responsibilities include collaboration with nursing and medical staff with medication chart reviews that will assist in the optimization of medication therapy, implement up-to-date pharmacotherapy and treatment guidelines with providers, conducts Drug Utilization Reviews and prepares Drug Review Criteria for medical staff review at Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee. In addition, Clinical Pharmacist is an active preceptor for PGY1 residents, pharmacy students and pharmacy staff.
Pharmacist Grad performs functions under the supervision of a Licensed Registered Pharmacist (RPH).
Majority of shifts scheduled will be clinical shifts.
Interprets and clarifies written orders for all types of medications.
Prepares compounds, labels, and packages medications and pharmaceuticals, in accordance with established professional protocols and standards.
Secures storage of narcotics and other controlled substances on a regular basis.
Ensures all charges for dispensed medication orders are captured in hospital’s billing system.
Provides medications and drug information relative to circumstances and patient conditions in emergency codes in the hospital.
Communicates drug-related side effects, dosages, potential complications to health care professionals.
Advises patients and/or their representatives on use of various medications, including dosage, side effects and composition.
Remains informed about current developments concerning new drugs or test results regarding drug usage; researches drug information requests and responds promptly.
Promotes effective use of formulary system through drug product selection and therapeutic alternative produce suggestion for non-formulary orders.
Monitors drug therapy as assigned by physicians; suggest alternative drug therapy when appropriate.
Consults with and advises medical staff personnel regarding utilization of drugs and pharmaceuticals.
Oversees work of Pharmacy Technicians/Pharmacy Interns participating in the preparation, documentation and dispensing of medications and pharmaceuticals.
Adheres to TMCH organizational and department-specific safety, confidentiality, values policies and standards.
Provides education to pharmacy interns, students and PGY1 residents.
Participation in rounds and care coordination conferences as appropriate.
Participation in quality improvement committees as assigned.
Performs related duties as assigned.
ROLE SPECIFIC FUNCTIONS:
TPN pharmacist will provide comprehensive patient assessment, ordering and monitoring of parenteral nutrition therapy including fluid and electrolyte status, glycemic management and related drug therapies as specified in MEC approved parenteral nutrition procedure. TPN pharmacists are involved in the management of all adult, pediatric and neonatal patients requiring parenteral nutrition.
Pain Team Pharmacist:
Pain team pharmacist will provide comprehensive patient assessment, ordering and monitoring of oral and intravenous analgesics as specified in MEC approved pain consultation procedure. Pain team pharmacists are involved in the management of all adult and pediatric patients via consult service.
Glycemic Care Team Pharmacist:
Glycemic care team pharmacist will provide comprehensive patient assessment, intervention and monitoring of oral and injectable hypoglycemic agents for patients that meet high risk criteria.
Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist:
Antimicrobial Stewardship pharmacist will provide comprehensive oversight of house wide antibiotic use. Recommends changes to antimicrobial therapy including drug choice dosage adjustments. Gathers and analyzes data and reports out to Infection Control, Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee (P&T) and Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee.
EDUCATION: Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an AACP-accredited College of Pharmacy or Bachelor’s Degree from an AACP-accredited College of Pharmacy.
EXPERIENCE: None required. Some positions require additional training in specialized areas.
CLINICAL STAFFING REQUIREMENT: Full-time employees required to work at least 70% of clinical shifts and Part-time employees required to work at least 50%.
LICENSURE OR CERTIFICATION: Current Arizona Pharmacist license upon hire. Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) required (ACLS requirement waived for clinical pharmacist working in the retail pharmacy department).
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of drugs, possible side effects or interactions with other drugs, and how to compound medication in accordance with professional standards and practices.
Skill in following physicians’ orders and prescribed medications and relaying any procedures and concerns to the patient.
Skill in responding to patients’ questions or concerns.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.
Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.
Ability to effectively present information and respond to inquiries or complaints from employees, patients and/or their representatives, and the general public.
Ability to apply advanced mathematical concepts such as exponents or logarithms.
Ability to apply mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, single or multiple regressions, determination of test reliability and validity, correlation techniques, sampling theory and factor analysis.
Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems.
Ability to deal with nonverbal symbolism (formulas, scientific equations, graphs, etc.).
Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.