Pharmacist @ Valley Presbyterian - Van Nuys, CA

Pharmacist


Employment Status:

Per Diem

Job Category:

Allied Health/Clinical



JOB SUMMARY:

  • The pharmacist provides comprehensive pharmaceutical care through integrated drug distribution, clinical intervention, staff education, training, clinical services and continuing education. The pharmacist is responsible for the supervision of pharmacy technicians.



EXPERIENCE/QUALIFICATIONS:

  • ASHP accredited residency, preferred or significant clinical experience

EDUCATION:

  • Pharmacy Doctorate degree, preferred



LICENSURES/CERTIFICATION:

  • Current California Pharmacist License

  • Must successfully complete and maintain LA City Fire Card certification at the time of hire or within the first 30 days of employment




DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
(These are the essential job functions for this position. The essential functions of this job include, but may not be limited to those listed in this job description. Employees hired for this position must be able to perform the essential function of this job without imposing significant risk of substantial harm to the health or safety of themselves or others):
The following activities are components of the position to assist in meeting the major job responsibilities:
  • Maintains competency in unique aspects of medication therapy for the patients, including factors related to all patient groups.

  • Provides Pharmaceutical care by assisting health care providers in:
    Reviewing patient medication history

    Educating patients on medication therapy

    Establishing desired outcomes

    Assessing patient demographics

    Developing therapeutic plans

    Determining alternatives for achieving outcomes

    Developing drug monitoring plans

    Implementing new medication regimens

    Monitoring patient outcomes

    Documenting medication related issues in patient chart

    Interpreting laboratory data

    Reviewing patient medication profiles

    Monitoring pharmacokinetics of medication therapy

    Monitoring potential adverse drug-drug and drug-food interactions.



  • Monitors medication therapy to evaluate appropriateness of use, dose, dosage form, regimen,route, therapeutic duplication, and drug interaction

4. Concurrently monitors use of biotechnology drugs for compliance with prescribing criteria.

5. Conducts target drug programs and drug usage evaluations as needed and reports results to the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.
6. Detects, monitors, documents, and reports adverse drug reactions and medication errors.

7. Promotes the use of the formulary by converting non-formulary orders to formulary when possible. Coordinates procurement of non-formulary drugs when necessary.



  • Maintains and updates a patient profile with demographics, diagnosis, allergies, and current
    medications.


    9. Discusses medication order clarifications with the prescriber, documents any pharmacy
    records, and informs others of medication order changes.



  • Reconciles pharmacy and nursing medication records.



  • Checks medication batch for accuracy.



  • Pharmacists provide presentations, publications and other informative activities on drug-related
    topics to the health care community and general public.



  • Identifies and acts upon cost avoidance in drug therapy by promoting more cost effective
    regimens, medications, and by reducing waste.



  • Documents clinical interventions and cost avoidance as part of the Departmental documentation program.



  • Insures proper technique and accurate preparation of all pharmaceutical products, including oral, IV admixtures, chemotherapeutics, and investigational agents.



  • Insures the timely and accurate dispensing of drugs and solutions from the pharmacy area.



  • Responsible for the accurate filling and dispensing of medications in the pharmacy.



  • Provides medication information to health care professionals and to patients.



  • Reviews provider orders for possible therapeutic problems, contraindications,, interactions, allergies, and formulary status of the drug.



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  • Responsible for supervision of filling and maintaining the automated dispensing machines.


  • Participates in continuing education programs, meetings, training programs and related activities.



  • Insures compliance with controlled substance distribution and control system.



  • Practices in a variety of areas within the pharmacy as required by workload.



  • Participates in unit inspections as assigned.



  • Understands, implements, and complies with the National Patient Safety Goals



  • Responsible for supervising the pharmacy technical staff in their duties.



The following job accountabilities are not unique to this particular job but are common to all jobs at VPH:
Complies with VPH policies and procedures on customer satisfaction and service excellence. Demonstrates professionalism and cultural sensitivity in coordinating activities and communicating with all customers, peers, and the community at large. Conducts self in a professional, respectful and courteous manner during all interactions. Works effectively and collaboratively with others toward common goals.


Communicates accurately, honestly, supportively and in a timely manner with department and interdepartmental team members. Demonstrates effective business writing and oral communication skills, handwriting is clear and legible.


Participates in operational aspects of the department, and maintains/participates in performance improvement activities within the department.


Participates in all departmental specific training, Environment of Care (injury/illness prevention, fire/life safety, hazardous materials, emergency preparedness, utilities management, medical equipment management, safety and security management), infection control (standard precautions, TB Exposure Control Plan, Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control Plan).


Demonstrates knowledge of and follows safety practices. Understands the importance of safety, including patient safety in the work place. Maintains a safe environment for self and others.


Actively participates in the Patient Safety Program, including event reporting. Identifies sentinel events/near misses and responds per defined organization processes. Participates in education activities and process implementation. Demonstrates advocacy for the patient/customer and appropriately acknowledges patients, customers and visitors.


The above statements reflect the essential functions considered necessary to describe the principle content of the job. They are not intended to be a complete statement of all work requirements or duties that may be inherent in the job.



WORK ENVIRONMENT:


  • Primarily an inside building/office environment, well lighted and ventilated, which may consist of multiple treatment and/or work sites.


  • Fast and continuous work pace with variable workload.


  • Frequent contact with staff and public under a variety of circumstances.Requires ability to communicate clearly (in English) verbally and in writing for effective communication with other staff members, physicians, vendors, community members, patients and patient families, employees and applicants of all socio-economic levels from a diverse cultural and ethnic population.


  • Subject to many interruptions from multiple calls and inquiries and potentially emotional situations involving accidents, injuries, illness and/or death.


  • Handles emergency/crisis situations in accordance with Hospital policy.


  • Answers phones or pages; may carry a beeper/pager, and/or use a two-way radio.


  • Occasional travel may be required.


  • Potential risk of exposure to hazards from chemicals (toxic and non-toxic), flammable materials, gas or electrical or radiant energy or equipment with/without moving parts.




PHYSICAL DEMANDS:


Continuous 66 to 100% of time

Frequent 33 to 65% of time

Occasional 0 to 32% of time



Patient Care

  • Continuous standing/walking and occasional/intermittent sitting.


  • Continuous use of bilateral upper extremities in fine motor activities requiring fingering, grasping, and forward reaching between waist and shoulder level to handle/operate medical equipment/devices.


  • Frequent reaching above shoulder level and overhead.


  • Frequent forward bending, twisting, squatting and kneeling; occasional climbing.


  • Occasional repositioning and transferring patients weighing up to 200 pounds between bed, chair, and gurney.


  • Occasional lifting and carrying equipment weighing up to 25 pounds.


  • Occasional/intermittent pushing of gurneys, wheelchairs, bed and other medical equipment over tiled and carpeted surfaces.


  • Continuous use of near vision to read medical equipment such as monitoring devices and reading documents and computer screens; hearing and verbal communication to interact with patients, co-workers, and other customers.


    Clerical/Administrative Patient Care


  • Frequent sitting and standing/walking with frequent position change.


  • Continuous use of bilateral upper extremities in fine motor activities requiring fingering, grasping, and forward reaching between waist and chest level.


  • Occasional/intermittent reaching at or above shoulder level.


  • Occasional/intermittent bending, squatting, kneeling, pushing/pulling, twisting, and climbing.


  • Occasional/intermittent lifting and carrying objects/equipment weighing up to 25 pounds.


  • Continuous use of near vision, hearing and verbal communication skills in handling telephone calls, interacting with customers and co-workers and performing job duties.


    Clerical/Administrative Non-Patient Care


  • Frequent/continuous sitting with occasional, intermittent standing/walking.


  • Continuous use of bilateral upper extremities in fine motor activities requiring fingering, grasping, and forward reaching between waist and chest level.


  • Occasional/intermittent reaching at or above shoulder level.


  • Occasional/intermittent bending, squatting, kneeling, pushing/pulling, twisting and climbing.


  • Occasional/intermittent lifting and carrying objects/equipment weighing up to 25 pounds.


  • Continuous use of near vision, hearing and verbal communication skills in handling telephone calls, interacting with customers and co-workers and performing job duties.


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