Exciting position. Assisted in creation of position of Medication Security Officer. Position to monitor
Pros: exciting with much learning, creating and implementing of a new position.
Cons: very busy each day . . .and being laid off was a big con!
Was responsible for inventory of controlled substances and other high ticket medications at UMMC. Managed inventory of pharmacy units - both inpatient and outpatient. Using an outside vendor's product, was able to review individual use of controlled substances (narcotics) and look for potential abuse/misuse practices. Needed to create spread sheets and data collection to present to hospital based committee monthly.
Learned more of the drugs under surveillance as well as the state and federal laws controlling these medications. Had more expertise in using the computer as a work tool.
Worked at many levels . . . as a manager of others in assisting inventory and giving direction. Worked on a colloquial level with other managers in the hospital/health center. Also interacted with Directors of different disciplines , , ,nursing, pharmacy, security, etc.
Was key contact with the DEA for any infractions requiring contact.
The hardest part is when you identify someone who is abusing a drug, but think I had the research and communication when presenting the information to committee for follow through. I was at peace that the data collected was correct.
This was a unique position and probably the first in practice. Unfortunately with the financial situation in 2008, this was one position that was eliminated within the Department of Pharmacy.