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We are searching for a Clinical Pharmacy Specialists - Adult Congenital Heart Disease. In the clinical specialist position, you will manage and promote activities appropriate to ensure the medication use process, serve as mentor to pharmacists who provide services to the medical specialty, and assist in direct patient care activities to promote optimal drug therapy and resolve medication use problems in a manner developmentally appropriate for the ages of patients served (>/= 18 years of age).
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Job Duties & Responsibilities
· Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinical Pharmacy Specialist [Critical Care/Acute Care Combined]
-Attend daily multidisciplinary team rounds to assist the with designing, implementing, and monitoring medication regimens. Serve as content resource for the adult congenital heart disease service line within the Texas Children’s Hospital Heart Center including critical care and acute care level patients. Potential for outpatient clinical pharmacy specialist involvement depending on clinical interests.
-Performs outcome-directed therapeutic drug monitoring for patients according to guidelines.
-Monitors therapy for drug, drug-nutrient, drug-laboratory interactions. Discusses interactions with appropriate health care professionals to help ensure patient safety. Measures compliance.
-Performs outcome-directed pharmacokinetics monitoring for patients according to guidelines and discusses recommendations with appropriate medical professionals to help provide the best care for the patient.
-Contribute to execution of research studies, quality improvement projects, and medication use evaluations.
• Clinical Pharmacy Specialist Process Improvement Responsibilities:
· Ensures the safe medication use process. Creates and maintains appropriate and useful policies and procedures affecting areas of responsibility. Makes recommendations as to how services, methods, and procedures can be improved. Establishes action plans to implement appropriate changes.
· Promotes the use of the formulary and follows procedures to obtain non-formulary medications. Identifies and suggests agents to be added, deleted, or modified to/within the formulary and database.
· Identifies opportunities for improvement for area of practice; seeks to accomplish these improvements. Coordinates performance improvement or quality improvement activities to contribute to improved patient outcomes.
· Investigates, follows-up, and takes appropriate action for medication incidents and adverse drug reactions.
· Actively participates in the development of evidence-based clinical guidelines group to ensure appropriate provision of medical therapy in TCH guidelines.
• Clinical Pharmacy Specialist Education Responsibilities:
· Serves as a preceptor to pharmacists, pharmacy residents and students
· Participates in the additional training of pharmacy employees, pharmacy students, pharmacy residents, and non-pharmacy personnel. Develops an educational program to increase participant knowledge.
· Provide medication education to patients/parents/caregivers as requested by the medical team.
· Provides correct and timely drug information to medical, nursing, and pharmacy staff as needed.
· Perpetuates self-development through publications and/or presentations at a professional society level each year. Demonstrates current professional, managerial, and technical knowledge and skills.
· Develops educational programs/presentations, both practice-area specific and general education to ensure good patient care.
• Clinical Pharmacy Specialist Professional Conduct Responsibilities:
· Communicates with others. Collaborates effectively with other members of health care disciplines to provide comprehensive care to patients. Communicates positively and appropriately to work effectively as a team.
· Utilizes appropriate skills to help develop a care plan.
· Checks all available means of communication including e-mail, mailbox, and voice mail if applicable every day/shift.
· Responds to pages and messages within departmental standards. Communicates and treats all coworkers with respect and courtesy, avoiding loud and disruptive conversation, and/or actions and remarks indicating disrespect.
· Keeps immediate supervisor informed of issues.
· Acts as a liaison between the pharmacy, nurses, and physicians.
· Maintain patient confidentiality as documented by lack of complaints and peer review. Performs additional duties as assigned within specified deadline.
· Ensures a work environment that is clean, neat, and organized according to departmental standards.
· Completes mandatory health, safety, and training/in-services requirements by deadline.
· Demonstrates initiative when opportunities are presented as evidenced by successful completion of projects.
· Participates in the recruitment and successful hiring and training of pharmacists, completing the appropriate tasks to help hire and train employees as needed.
· Participates in the clinical on-call program.
• Being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including any booster dose(s) of the COVID-19 vaccine recommended by the Centers for Disease Control when eligible, is required for all employees at Texas Children’s unless approved for a medical or religious exemption.
• Required Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) or Bachelor's Degree Science in Pharmacy
• Required Licensed Pharmacist by the State of Texas or eligible for licensure in Texas
• Required PGY1 ASHP-accredited Pharmacy Practice Residency AND a PGY2 Pharmacy Practice Residency in an Advanced Area of Pharmacy Practice (PGY2 Oncology, PGY2 Pediatrics preferred), or
• Required PGY1 ASHP-accredited Pharmacy Practice Residency with four (4) years experience in an inpatient hospital pharmacy setting with clinical responsibilities, pediatric experience preferred
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