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Clinical Transplant Pharmacist

Transplant Services (Kidney Acquis-Cadavr Pre)

full-time

day

8:00AM - 5:00PM

9976

CA LICENSE - PHARMACIST
FIRE/SAFETY CARD (must be presented within 30 days from DOH)
1-3 years of experience

 

Patients from around the world come to St. Vincent Medical Center to receive compassionate, healing care. Founded in 1856 as the first hospital in Los Angeles, St. Vincent is a 366-bed acute care facility and surgical specialty hospital, providing tertiary services for advanced medical diagnosis and treatment. Serving nearly 3 million residents in the downtown area, the medical center receives ongoing philanthropic support from generous individuals and organizations that align with its service to the community through the St. Vincent Medical Center Foundation.

GENERAL PURPOSE:

Performs all pharmacy distribution (medication order entry, prepare and dispense medication), in accordance with pharmacy policy and procedure and all state and federal laws.  Performs clinical pharmacy duties (pharmacokinetic consultations, DUE/MUE studies, drug information, ADR reporting, Code Blue coverage).

 

MAJOR JOB OBJECTIVES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Monitors lab data and cultures and sensitivity reports - Makes appropriate recommendation to physicians.
  • Expertise in transplant pharmacology and actively participate in medical management of organ transplant recipients and provide direct patient medication counseling.
  • Continuing education credits focused on organ transplant.
  • Attend daily rounds with prospective evaluation of individual pharmacotherapy.
  • Coordinate development and implementation of drug therapy protocols, assists in ensuring protocol adherence and measure outcomes with these protocols.
  • Provide medication reconciliation upon admission and discharge, medication therapy management and discharge counseling.
  • Provide education and training to members of the transplant team and practitioners in training.
  • Facilitate cost containment strategies and pharmacotherapy optimization to maximize patient and center specific outcomes.
  • Provide pre-, peri-, and post-transplant medication education.
  • Work, in conjunction with other members of multi-disciplinary team in the Transplant Department, with third party payers to ensure coverage of medication for outpatient prescriptions.
  • Knowledge of UNOS, CMS and TJC rules and regulations regarding transplant procedures.
  • Communicate clearly and precisely with colleagues of the transplant team.
  • Ability to perform pharmaceutical calculations and pharmacokinetics.
  • Initiate and participate in projects to improve efficiency and promote better patient care and safety.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of medical terminology as related to drug usage.
  • Ability to apply current pharmacological principles for the selection and use of drug products in a clinical setting. (Being able to communicate in Spanish is a major plus).
  • Ability to extract pertinent information from the patient, or other sources, and relate it to the medical plan.
  • Possess the verbal and written communication skills required to fulfill the responsibilities of a Clinical Staff Pharmacist.
  • Ability to give advice on and monitor the use of drugs in medical emergencies.
  • Knowledge of laws, regulations and standards relative to Institutional Pharmacy.
  • Ability to prioritize workflow.
  • Ability to make recommendations to physicians regarding the therapeutic needs of the patients.
  • ADR reporting. - All ADRs are reported into ADR program.
  • Clinical Interventions - All clinical interventions are completely entered into software program and interventions are followed up and closed out.
  • Clinical Pathways - Active in following pathway and follows drug therapy recommendations (i.e. Community Acquired Pneumonia).
  • Committee attendance- An active member of multi-disciplinary team and contributes to team.
  • Provides accurate and timely drug information to medical staff and nursing staff.
  • Able to research questions and provide all necessary drug information.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of normal growth and development with specific patient populations (Neonate – Geriatric).
  • Applies knowledge and skills necessary to provide proper dosage guidelines appropriate to the patient's age.
  • Ability to use dosage guidelines.
  • Demonstrates ability to interpret and prepare age specific dosage preparations.
  • Adult (18-64 years) - monitor for concurrent disease states affecting drug absorption, elimination, or adverse effects.
  • Geriatrics (>65) - decreased renal function affecting drug elimination.
  • Child, adolescent - pediatric drug strengths.
  • Geriatrics - difficulty in swallowing, use of oral liquids.
  • Medication order entry: accurate computer entry with evaluation for appropriateness of dose, route, interactions and cautions with consideration of age specific criteria, co-morbidity and other clinical parameters.
  • Intervenes, consults, and recommends as required and utilizes the Pharmacist Intervention Database, when necessary.
  • Medication order entry into the pharmacy software program is accurate and includes all oral/IVPB/IV orders with accuracy.
  • Selects, compounds, labels, and dispenses all medication in accordance with policy and regulatory agency standards.
  • Performs all tasks in a timely manner in meeting the needs of the patient and nursing staff.
  • Competency requirements include the checking of MAR with nursing Kardex (to ensure accuracy of medication order entry and safety of the patient).
  • There is continuous compliance with Hospital Formulary, Formulary substitutions, restricted drugs.
  • Understands Investigational Drug Protocols and proper control.
  • Demonstrates proper sterile technique in preparation of IV admixture and understands operation of the laminar flow hood.
  • Prepares IV admixtures, including maintaining sterile aseptic technique at all times.  Is proficient in mathematical calculations in IV admixtures.  Recycles IV solutions from the patient care areas.
  • Able to perform all functions of narcotic control (dispensing returning, and receiving).
  • Code Blue Coverage.
  • Cost Containment Issues - Actively follows all pharmacy cost containment programs.
  • Non-Formulary Drug Process - Consults with physician on use of formulary drug if possible.
  • Provides non-formulary drug request to in-patient Pharmacy Department as needed.
  • Patient's Own Medication Process - Follows procedure for handling of medications brought from home.
  • Food/Drug Interaction - Able to consult with patient in regards to food/drug interactions.
  • Has complete understanding of pharmaceutical waste disposal per hospital policy.
  • Ability to relate to Medication Safety (High-Risk medications, look-alike/sound-alike drugs, National Safety Goals) to the practice of pharmacy.
  • Performs monthly inspection and notifies pharmacy management and nursing of discrepancies.
  • Ability to interact with other pharmacists, technicians, interns, other pharmacy staff, nurses, physicians, other hospital staff, patients and patient's families
  • Must be able to work independently under the direction of pharmacy management.
  • Be able to follow all Hospital and pharmacy policies and procedures.

REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

 

Education/Certification:

  • Los Angeles City Fire/Safety Card within 30 days of hire.
  • Registered Pharmacist - California Board of Pharmacy.
  • Pharmacy Degree preferred.

 

Work Experience:

  • 2-3 years In Patient Hospital Pharmacy Experience.

 

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities:

  • Ability to work independently under the direction of pharmacy management.
  • Ability to follow all hospital and pharmacy policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise all pharmacy personnel.