Provides quality pharmaceutical care defined as being responsible for assuring the provision of safe, efficacious and cost-effective drug therapy for all patients. The pharmacist will utilize integrated and routine communication with all health care professionals and the patients concerning medical care and quality of life with the emphasis placed on the monitoring and documentation of specific pharmacotherapy outcomes. Provides pharmaceutical care services to the patients in Hematology/oncology. Provides assistance and in-depth drug information to medical personnel; performs operational/clinical functions or projects as assigned; meets the qualifications to provide care for patients in the specific age range on their assigned clinical area.
Performs duties to provide the highest level of patient care and maximize patient satisfaction.
Works under the general direction of the Director, Enterprise Pharmacy, the Director, Clinical Pharmacy Programs, and/or the Clinical Coordinator.
*A. CLINICAL ACTIVITIES:
1. Assumes responsibility for the supervision of oncology treatments for patients in any of the outpatient hematology oncology treatment centers located within the Geisinger Health System. Coordinates the use of human, material, and informational resources such that timely, efficient, cost effective and appropriate care is consistently rendered.
2. Demonstrates proficiency in order processing. Receives and interprets physicians' medication orders and clarifies or corrects orders with the physician. Reviews patient medication profiles to guard against drug sensitivities, contraindications, duplications, and major drug interactions.
3. Reviews all medication orders for prescribing, formulary, and therapeutic issues. Suggests appropriate formulary alternative(s) based on the patient's clinical parameters.
4. Provides drug and clinical information to other healthcare professionals in response to specific questions relating to new evolving issues pertinent to the care of patients with cancer. Consults and advises members of the medical staff on matters relating to specific drug therapy problems and monitors and acts on patient laboratory results. Provides patient discharge medication consultations based on department standards. Makes rounds with medical services. Calculates drug dosages based on pharmacokinetic and laboratory parameters.
5. Provides professional education regarding new chemotherapeutic agents, biologics, or technologies for specialized drug delivery to physicians, nurses, physician extenders, trainees, and patients.
6. Develops and maintains a clinical practice with a patient care service, cooperating with medical and nursing personnel to optimize the pharmacotherapeutic aspects of caring for the cancer patient. This will include designing a regimen with adjustments as necessary to achieve desired outcomes.
*B. DISTRIBUTIVE ACTIVITIES:
1. Verifies provider-entered orders in EPIC and BEACON and ensures proper doses dispensed.
2. Prepares special medications involving compounding procedures and sterile products using aseptic techniques.
3. Supports investigational drug programs when requested and participates in pharmacy-related research.
4. Reports requirements for additional supplies and equipment to appropriate personnel (e.g., purchasing) to maintain basic stock levels.
*C. EDUCATIONAL / TEACHING ACTIVITIES:
1. Attends department educational programs. Maintains a current knowledge of technical and clinical practice changes affecting their scope of practice. Presents staff development programs for the Enterprise Pharmacy Department.
2. Teaches pharmacy interns, pharmacy residents, students, pharmacy technicians and pharmacists regarding information in the area of Hematology and Oncology pharmacy practice, policies, and procedures.
3. Presents posters/papers at professional meetings at national, state and/or local level; publishes articles in medical and pharmacy journals.
4. Provides in-services to other healthcare providers when requested and/or when necessary.
*D. ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIVITIES:
1. Demonstrates ability in operational area with respect to time management, supervision of staff, problem identification and resolution, and decision making.
2. Coordinates and supervises work-place activities and resources; promotes professional competence; assures that services rendered and work performed are in accordance with departmental standards. Advises, assists, and supervises the work of pharmacy technicians, students, and pharmacy interns; assumes final responsibility for accuracy of their work.
3. Works with medical and/or nursing personnel to resolve problems involving pharmacy services. Coordinates activities with other pharmacy personnel to accomplish pharmacy and hospital objectives.
4. Assists with the review and revision of departmental policies and procedures, as requested. Applies departmental policies and procedures to complex situations and identifies areas for which policies and procedures need to be developed, improved or revised.
5. Provides managerial responsibilities for the operations of the outpatient clinic pharmacy including process improvements, implementing policies to provide effective and efficient use of resources and ensuring that budget, quality and value targets are met in collaboration with the Director of Pharmacy.
6. Participates in various local, state, and national organizations. Participates on various departmental and hospital committees and teams as assigned and serves as chairman or secretary as requested.
E. MISCELLANEOUS ACTIVITIES:
1. Represents the Pharmacy Service in a credible and professional manner. Department dress code policy must be followed.
2. Assists patients with drug-related problems.
3. Performs other duties as required or assigned for emergency or other operational reasons for which the employee is qualified to perform.
*Denotes essential job functions.