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Pharmacy Specialty Leader

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Job Ref:  45974
Employer:  Phoenix Children's Hospital
City:  Phoenix
State:  Arizona (AZ)
Position type:  Full-Time
Position Summary

This position is responsible for the provision of departmental and organization clinical pharmacy services
for their specialty care area. (NICU, PICU,CVICU, Gen. Pediatrics, Hematology/Oncology). Provides
support and leads new pharmacy clinical programs, distribution, direct patient care, education and
mentoring of pharmacy personnel, residents, interns and students and the training and development of
other hospital personnel of Phoenix Children’s Hospital. This position is independent in daily work activities
and recieves direction from department leaders and reports directly to the with the Manager, Clinical
Pharmacy Services. This position does not supervise any personnel.
 

PCH Values
  • Family-Centered care that focuses on the need of the child first and values the family as an important member
    of the care team
  • Excellence in clinical care, service and communication
  • Collaborative within our institution and with others who share our mission and goals
  • Leadership that set the standard for pediatric health care today and innovations of the future
  • Accountability to our patients, community and each other for providing the best in the most cost-effective way.

Position Duties
1. Ensures patient safety and clinical quality in the provision of pharmaceutical care throughout the facility and actively participates on patient safety committees. Facilitates, coordinates and monitors activity, data capture and data review of quality improvement initiatives and makes recommendations, as needed.
  • Takes an active role in adverse drug reaction reporting, data management and analysis.
  • Actively engages in medication error reporting and prevention initiatives.
  • Actively engages, executes and supports pharmacy and organizational compliance with all regulatory bodies and is involved with maintaining continuous survey readiness for all agencies. (CMS, TJC, State, FDA, Federal).
2. Maintains interdepartmental relationships to facilitate communication related to clinical pharmacy services and patient care within and between the pharmacy department and other areas in the organization. Functions as the clinical expert and liaison for their area of expertise and shares information consistently and proactively.
  • Particpates in patient education and supports in transition of care to discharge.
  • Actively involved with medication reconciliation at the patient care level.
3. Participates in a variety of professional development programs to ensure ongoing awareness and understanding of the most current methodologies, practices, and philosophies as applied to the patient population for the related specialty area.
  • Actively attends national meetings to enhance practice base and publish information in primary pharmacy literature and practice groups where funded.
4. Actively involved with maintaining and authoring formulary, patient care and medication safety policies and procedure within the scope of clinical practice area served and others as assigned. 
5. Demonstrates ability to provide appropriate level of pharmaceutical care, medication therapy reviews, intervention documentation, safety and cost effective pharmaceutical care. Provides positive pharmacoeconomic impact to drug Formulary management. 
  • Actively assists with managing cost of therapies prescribed to meet evidence base.
  • Contributes recommendations and activities to manage pharmaceutical expense within budget and achieves budget targets set.
  • Documents pharmacist interventions in established data base and reports results.
6. Assists in the administrative oversight of PCH Drug Formulary and notification of Pharmacy staff, nursing managers, staff nurses and medical staff of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee actions regarding the related specialty area and other to ensure timely communication to all parties.
  • Actively prepares monographs and presents at Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.
  • Actively participates and contributes knowledge base on P&T and Safety Sub committees as required.
  • Leads and participates in managing of drug shortages, recalls and alternative selections.
7. Participates in inpatient and outpatient rounds with the medical team to meet the routine and urgent medication related needs of the patient care area to ensure ongoing efficient provision of quality, safe, and efficacious pharmaceutical care.
  • Demonstrates ability and willingness to function as a patient care pharmacist and provide product verification and physician order management as needed.
8. Assists Clinical Manager to assess educational needs of Pharmacy staff. Assists with the development of continuous departmental and hospital education and training programs. Participates in experiential training program for College of Pharmacy students and pharmacy practice residents, medical residents, medical and hospital staff.
  • Provides at minimum (1) educational lecture and/or in-service to pharmacy personnel, physicians, and nurses in the areas of pharmacotherapy and pharmacy operations related to the specific patient care area to ensure ongoing learning and understanding.
9. Performs periodic drug usage evaluation reviews of selected drug products or therapeutic classifications to promote rational drug therapy and meet established standards of accrediting and licensing bodies.
  • At a minimum (2) Drug Use Evaluations (DUE) must be completed each year for the clinical team and requires individual active participation.
10. Performs miscellaneous job related duties as requested.
Position Qualifications
Education Requirements
  • Bachelor's Degree (BS) or Doctorate (Pharm.D) degree in Pharmacy required (Required)
Experience Requirements
  • Experience with drug products, medical therapeutics, pharmacokinetics and disease states (Required)
  • 3 years experience with pediatric pharmacy practice in an acute care environment or equivalent (Required)
  • Meets all competencies and qualifications required for a Staff Pharmacist (Required)
  • Experience with information systems and automated and technical equipment (Required)
  • 3 years experience in a hospital pharmacy practice setting or equivalent (Required)
  • Accredited Hospital Pharmacy Residency PGY 1 or PGY 2 (Preferred)
Certification/License/Registry Requirements
  • Current licensure as a Pharmacist or eligible, either by reciprocity or examination by the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy (Required)
  • Current BLS, ACLS or PALS certification for Healthcare Provider from the American Heart Association (Required)
Skill Requirements
  • Experience with various types of computer software, including MS Office Suite (Required)
Physical Requirements
  • Physical Requirement - Climbing (Occasionally)
  • Physical Requirement - Feeling (sensing textures and temperatures) (Constantly)
  • Physical Requirement - Fine Motor Skills (pinching, gripping, etc) (Constantly)
  • Physical Requirement - Hearing (Constantly)
  • Physical Requirement - Pushing/pulling (Frequently)
  • Physical Requirement - Reaching (Frequently)
  • Physical Requirement - Sitting (Constantly)
  • Physical Requirement - Standing (Constantly)
  • Physical Requirement - Stooping/crouching/kneeling/crawling (Occasionally)
  • Physical Requirement - Talking (Constantly)
  • Physical Requirement - Tasting/smelling (Frequently)
  • Physical Requirement - Walking (Frequently)
  • Physical Requirement - Near Vision (Constantly)
  • Physical Requirement - Far Vision (Constantly)
  • Physical Requirement - Color Discrimination (Constantly)
  • Physical Requirement - Use of keyboard, mouse and/or computer equipment (Constantly)
  • Physical Requirement - Lift up to 35 pounds without assistance (Occasionally)
  • Physical Requirement - Lift more than 35 pounds without assistance (Occasionally)
  • Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Inside office environment (Applicable)
  • Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Outdoor weather conditions (Applicable)
  • Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Extreme temperatures (Applicable)
  • Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Confined areas (Applicable)
  • Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - High places (Applicable)
  • Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Airborne communicable diseases (Applicable)
  • Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Bloodborne pathogens or bodily fluid (Applicable)
  • Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Fumes or airborne particles (Applicable)
  • Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Hazardous materials exposure (Applicable)
  • Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Radiation exposure (Applicable)
  • Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Toxic or caustic chemicals (Applicable)

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