Pharmacy Clinical Specialist I - Oncology Support
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Location: Sugar Land, TX
Category: Pharmacy

Work Shift: DAY

Work Week: M - F


Job Summary

09/2016 -
JOB SUMMARY
The Clinical Specialist I performs fundamental clinical pharmacy duties enabling the delivery of optimal pharmacotherapy to patients and facilitates safe, efficacious, and pharmacoeconomically rational use of medications in the population(s) served.  This involves daily reactive and targeted proactive medication regimen reviews of targeted medication therapies and patients within designated area(s) of responsibility. Supports the delivery of pharmacy managed protocols, formulary processes and medication reconciliation activities while providing education to fellow pharmacists, nursing, medical staffs, and others inside and outside the department. The Clinical Specialist I precepts pharmacy students on advance clinical pharmacy practice experiences. Contributes to fulfilling the department¿s mission by collaborating to provide innovative, personalized, cost effective pharmaceutical care in a culture dedicated to quality and safety.

PATIENT AGE GROUP SERVED

¿ Not applicable
¿ Neonate (Birth to 28 days)
¿ Infants/Toddlers (29 days to 18 months)
¿ Toddler (18 months to 3 years)
¿ Preschooler (3-6 years)
¿ School Age (6-12 years)
¿ Adolescence (12-18 years)
¿ Young Adult (19-40 Years)
¿ Middle Adult (40-65 Years)
¿ Mature Adult (65 years and older)


HOUSTON METHODIST EXPERIENCE EXPECTATIONS

I.Provide personalized care and service by consistently demonstrating our I CARE values:

INTEGRITY: We are honest and ethical in all we say and do.
COMPASSION: We embrace the whole person including emotional, ethical, physical, and spiritual needs.
ACCOUNTABILITY: We hold ourselves accountable for all our actions.
RESPECT: We treat every individual as a person of worth, dignity, and value.
EXCELLENCE: We strive to be the best at what we do and a model for others to emulate. 

II.Focuses on patient/customer safety
III.Delivers personalized service using HM Service Standards
IV.Provides for exceptional patient/customer experiences by following our Standards of Practice of always using Positive Language (AIDET, Managing Up, Key Words)
V.Intentionally rounds with patients/customers to ensure their needs are being met
VI.Involves patients (customers) in shift/handoff reports by enabling their participation in their plan of care as applicable to the given job

PRIMARY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

PEOPLE ¿ 20%
1.Promotes a positive work environment and contributes to a dynamic, team focused work unit that actively helps one other to achieve optimal department results. Collaborates with other health care professionals as needed for problem resolution and/or achievement of identified patient specific goals. (EF)
2.Serves as a mentor for staff pharmacists I and II supporting clinical and skill advancement. Serves as a preceptor for students from the affiliated colleges of pharmacy. (EF)

SERVICE ¿ 20%
1.Provides pharmaceutical care in designated practice area(s) to patients from a fundamental to advanced level. Activities include, but are not limited to, proactive drug therapy reviews and monitoring, providing drug information, patient counseling, management of pharmacist-based dosing protocols. (EF)
2.Processes all orders/requests accurately and efficiently, verifying appropriateness of all drugs in reference to the patient¿s diagnosis, allergies, height and weight.  Exercises good judgment in patient care decisions per performance standard and documents patient care activities and patient outcomes as impacted by pharmaceutical care and clinical interventions. (EF)
3.Serves as a member on one or more Medical Staff Committees and actively contributes to accomplishing the goals of the committee or subcommittee. (EF)

QUALITY/SAFETY ¿ 40%
1.Collaborates with other health care professionals to manage patient¿s drug therapy for effectiveness, side effects, adverse drug reactions, toxicities, drug interactions, and incompatibilities following guidelines for formulary management and clinical intervention tools. (EF) 
2.Participates in internal HM and departmental quality management initiatives for reporting purposes such as but not limited to: medication use evaluations, adverse drug reactions and medication error reporting, clinical interventions, medication center reviews, and inventory management documentation and reporting.  (EF)

FINANCE ¿ 10%
1.Contributes to the provision of pharmacoeconimically sound medication therapy by upholding HM Formulary standards in area(s) of responsibility. (EF)
2.Self-motivated to independently manage time effectively and prioritize tasks for self and for specialty area of focus. (EF)

GROWTH/INNOVATION ¿ 10%
1.Participates in research projects to advance the pharmacy department¿s goals and the pharmacy profession. Submits research and scholarly work for publication, platform presentations, and/or poster presentations.  (EF)
2.Seeks opportunities to expand learning beyond baseline competencies with a focus on continual development as a Clinical Specialist I. (EF)
3.Presents in-services for pharmacy, medical, nursing, and other staff members in area(s) of responsibility.  Develops educational materials and provides educational programs for the pharmacy staff and other hospital personnel.

This job description is not intended to be all inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned.  Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
¿Bachelor of Science degree or Doctor of Pharmacy degree
¿Successful completion of an ASHP-accredited post-graduate year 1 (PGY1) residency training program or equivalent experience

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
¿Completion of residency program as defined above; or a minimum of 3 years clinical practice experience

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS REQUIRED
¿Texas Pharmacist License or eligible for Texas Pharmacist License- must obtain licensure within 90 days of employment 
¿American Heart Association BLS within 90 days of employment
¿American Heart Association ACLS certification within 90 days of employment
¿American Heart Association PALS within 90 days of employment for pharmacists regularly assigned to respond to code blue events (See manager for details and tracking certification information)
¿Texas Preceptor Certification within 90 days of employment
¿Sterile Compounding and Aseptic Technique (SCAT) and horizontal and/or vertical use Certification within 90 days of employment (*If verifying and/or preparing any sterile product- See manager for details and tracking certification information) 
¿Houston Methodist Hospital Research Institute Certificate within 90 days of employment (See manager for details and tracking information) 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED
¿Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills and competency assessments
¿Exhibits strong interpersonal, teamwork and leadership skills with all levels of the healthcare team and assures delivery of excellent customer service to all patients, visitors, physicians and co-workers; capable of assuming responsibility for coordinating the activities of a major pharmacy service area
¿Demonstrate professional and technical competence in the selection, evaluation, utilization, and distribution of drugs and drug information and apply these to all patient groups, neonate to geriatric
¿Operate at a proficient level with regards to one¿s application of the principles of rational drug therapy including but not limited to: application of current evidence-based guidelines, novel and innovative clinical practices
¿Knowledge of operational pharmacy practice and demonstrated record of experience providing fundamental clinical pharmacy services and demonstrated experience with direct patient care activities and interactions with nursing and medical staff members 
¿Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or security
¿Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles


Equal Employment Opportunity

Houston Methodist is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Equal employment opportunity is a sound and just concept to which Houston Methodist is firmly bound. Houston Methodist will not engage in discrimination against or harassment of any person employed or seeking employment with Houston Methodist on the basis of  race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, status as a protected veteran or other characteristics protected by law.

VEVRAA Federal Contractor – priority referral Protected Veterans requested.



Company Profile

Since 1998, Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital has been serving Fort Bend and the surrounding counties. Residents have come to rely on a level of compassionate care and leading-edge technology that was once available only in the Texas Medical Center. With 243 licensed beds, 20 operating rooms and over 1,900 employees, Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital was designed to provide comprehensive, personalized care for the community.

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