Clinical Pharmacy Specialist -Infectious Diseases
This position actively participates on the . healthcare team as a pharmacotherapy expert to provide quality patient care in area of specialty. Participates in the optimal selection of drug therapy and designs a regimen to maximize therapeutic benefit and minimize toxicity. The Acute Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist is accountable for on-going evaluation and documentation of all components of pharmaceutical care delivered to patients. Conducts educational activities, applies principles of performance improvement, and participates in Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee/Clinical Consensus Group activities as appropriate. Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients being served. Accountable for departmental, and individual patient outcomes by assessing and evaluating data reflective of the patient’s status, interpreting the appropriate information needed to identify each patient’s requirements, and providing pharmaceutical care based on individual needs. Responsible for the delivery of pharmaceutical care to patients using the medication use process. Oversees the activities of the pharmacy technicians, coordinating workflow, and the checking of medications prior to being dispensed. Adheres to local, state, and federal laws regarding the profession of pharmacy practice.
1. Critically evaluates the management of disease states and adjusts or recommends adjustments to therapy to improve patient medication regimens. Ensures appropriate and cost-effective medication therapy. Areas of focus may include but are not limited to evaluating disease state management, medication management, and adverse drug reactions. Adheres to all clinical practices approved by Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee/Clinical Consensus Group (e.g., collaborative practice agreements). Accurately and completely documents patient assessment data and clinical interventions.
2. Drug information expert in area of specialty and may act as a system resource. Provides detailed drug information and education to healthcare team, pharmacy, patients, and community. Provides education for pharmacy staff, students, and residents where applicable.
3. Reviews and evaluates medication orders for appropriateness and completeness with respect to patient data including age, height, weight, diagnosis, allergy, laboratory values and other pertinent patient information. Complies with directives of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee/Clinical Consensus Group (e.g. therapeutic substitutions, formulary management).
4. Applies the principles of continuous quality improvement consistent with job expectations. Incorporates quality improvement principles into other activities and facility/system-based projects (i.e. data collection, documentation, med error and adverse drug event trending). Participates in drug use evaluations and facility level medication safety oversight.
5. Participates in local and system-based committees (e.g. area of specialty or other related area) and effectively communicates to stakeholders. Participates in the development of innovative drug-related patient care practices in their specialty at both institutional and system level. Serves as a resource and mentor to other pharmacists, students, residents, and other health-care providers at both the facility and system level.
6. Meets ASHP preceptor qualifications. Participates as primary preceptor to residents where applicable. When needed, serves as the Program Director for the institution’s Pharmacy Practice Residency Program. Serves as an educator, resource expert, and mentor to other pharmacists, students, residents, and/or other healthcare providers.
7. Performs all functions according to established policies, procedures, regulatory and accreditation requirements, as well as applicable professional standards. Provides all customers of Banner Health with an excellent service experience by consistently demonstrating our core and leader behaviors each and every day.
A Doctorate in Pharmacy degree and at minimum completion of a PGY1 residency program. Without residency training a minimum of 3 years of health-system progressive clinical pharmacy experience (evaluating disease state & medication management e.g. thromboembolic, diabetes, oncology, pharmacokinetics, pain management & nutrition, investigational studies, etc).
Additional minimum qualifications board certification (e.g. BCPS, BCOP) or equivalent national association/organization approved certification (e.g. ASHP, SOCRA etc.). Candidates who are not Board Certified will be given 18 months to achieve certification.
Requires pharmacist licensure in the state of practice and a degree in Pharmacy from an accredited College of Pharmacy. If not licensed in the state of practice, must have completed the Board of Pharmacy application process within 30 days of job offer. Must be licensed within 90 days of hire unless the delay is due to the State Board of Pharmacy. May be required to possess a valid driver’s license and be eligible for coverage under the company’s auto insurance policy.
A current and unrestricted Pharmacist license (not intern) is required at the time of hire for BSS applicants. May be required to possess a valid driver’s license and be eligible for coverage under the company’s auto insurance policy.
Must possess good organizational, problem solving and computer skills. Must possess good written and verbal communication skills for interfacing with all levels of staff, Physicians, and other contacts. Must be able to use reference tools to evaluate patient care and answer questions posed by customers. Contributions to the profession and organization are expected.
Employees working at Banner Behavioral Health Hospital must possess an Arizona Fingerprint Clearance Card at the time of hire and maintain the card for the duration of their employment.
Employees working at Banner MD Anderson on the Banner University Medical Center Phoenix campus must possess a State of Arizona Department of Public Safety Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card at the time of hire and maintain the card for the duration of their employment. This is a requirement of the Whole Family Counseling Program held at this specific facility.
Must have knowledge of medication management software, particularly pharmacy system software, Microsoft applications and automated dispensing systems.
Completion of a PGY2 residency or PGY1 residency plus a minimum of 3 years of health system experience. Board Certification in appropriate area of specialty. Expert level working knowledge of principles, practices, and operations in assigned area of responsibility.
Additional related education and/or experience preferred.
Additional Job Description
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Banner Health is regarded and recognized as a top health system in the country for the clinical quality consistently provided to patients in our hospitals, nonprofit Banner Health is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, and operates 31 hospitals, including three academic medical centers and other related health entities and services in six states. Banner University Medical Center Phoenix is 755-bed, major academic institution located in central Phoenix, AZ. The newly constructed medical center is recognized as a Level I Trauma Center, Comprehensive Stroke Center, and Level III Perinatal Center. Banner University Medical Center Phoenix serves as the flagship hospital of Banner Health and one of the leading teaching hospitals in the state.
The Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacist will:
- Be responsible for monitoring the appropriate use of inpatient restricted antimicrobials
- Provide clinical support to providers on the use of antimicrobials and serve as a liaison between the Department of Pharmacy Services and the Division of Infectious Diseases
- Develop, maintain, and monitor clinical pathways, protocols, and guidelines
- Oversee antimicrobial non-formulary requests
- Participate in health-system and institutional Antimicrobial Stewardship committees
- Serve as a preceptor for the PGY1 Pharmacy program
- Identify and execute cost-savings initiatives
- Provide formal and informal educational activities to healthcare providers including medical, nursing, pharmacy (staff, residents, students), and other allied professionals.
- Conduct medication use evaluations and research
Completion of an ASHP-accredited of a PGY-2 specialty residency training in Infectious Diseases or equivalent experience is preferred.