Via Christi Health's rich history of serving the people of Kansas and the surrounding region dates back more than 100 years to the healing ministries of our founding congregations. Today, Via Christi Health is the largest provider of health care services in Kansas. We serve Kansas and northeast Oklahoma through our doctors, hospitals, senior villages and health services.
Serves as the professional medication expert resource at Via Christi for physicians, nurses, patients and other employees. Provides optimal patient safety through knowledge and skill applied to the drug distribution and clinical responsibilities of the position. Assists in meeting the business needs of the organization by practicing the core values and following policies, laws and regulations.
Key Responsibilities/Essential Functions:
- Reviews all appropriate patient information (e.g. allergies, medication history, pertinent lab values, drug interactions, therapeutic duplication) prior to profiling or verifying new medication order(s).
- Reviews each medication order before profiling or verifying it to ensure that the patient will receive the correct drug, dose, route, frequency and monitoring that is individualized for them, also uses IT-related tools (e.g. PCO’s---predefined common orders) and order sets during the order profiling process.
- Actively participates in the clinical programs and clinical monitoring/intervention expectations of the pharmacy department and hospital, which includes knowledgeable review of clinical reports and alerts, and the provision of targeted clinical services as defined in current department training.
- Provides appropriate, timely and accurate medication-related information to physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals that are patient-specific when appropriate.
- Provides guidance, information and direction to pharmacy technicians and support personnel in order to safely and efficiently complete all required workload tasks, while carefully checks all work of pharmacy technicians as required by policy, law and regulation.
- Utilizes approved formulary drugs in the order profiling and drug distribution process, including therapeutic interchanges as approved by the Medical Staff, as well as recommends a formulary therapeutic alternative, when appropriate, to the prescriber.
- Accurately and completely documents work in a timely manner as required by department training, such as order clarifications, therapeutic interchanges, clinical interventions, medications checked prior to dispensing, liaison inspections, department competencies, and orders requiring a double-check.
- Actively pursues enhancement and improvement of self-knowledge of medication therapy, department policies/programs, and new/ongoing initiatives through completion of department competencies, didactic programs, in-service educational opportunities, staff meetings, continuing education programs, etc.
- Participates in continuous performance improvement activities and processes that contribute to the growth and improvement of the individual and also contribute to enhancement of the services provided by the pharmacy department
- Follows all department, hospital and regulatory agency policies, laws, regulations and requirements.
- May perform other duties as assigned or requested.
Education and/or Experience
- Bachelor's degree (5 year minimum) or Doctorate degree in Pharmacy from an approved school of pharmacy, preferred.
- A personal presence which is characterized by a sense of honesty, integrity and caring with the ability to inspire and motivate others to promote the philosophy, mission, vision, goals and values of Via Christi Health.
- Compassion for patients, family members, and others; along with a nurturing spirit to provide care during emotionally stressful situations.
- Must display good verbal and written communication skills, and be able to professionally receive and follow oral instructions.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
- Requires licensure as a registered pharmacist in the state of Kansas; eligibility for licensure is acceptable, but employee must obtain Kansas licensure within 90 days of employment.
- Requires licensure as a registered pharmacist in the state of Kansas (VCH-P)
- Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers offered by the American Heart Association or CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer offered by the Red Cross within 3 months post date of hire. (VCH-P)
- ACLS as designated by management.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodationsmay be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Light work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently. Required walking or standing to significant degree; or requires sitting most of the time but entails pushing and/or pulling of arm or leg controls.
- Frequently required to sit in a stationary position.
- Occasionally performs activities that require stooping, bending and reaching, squatting, balancing, and trunk twisting throughout the day.
- Constantly able to communicate verbally and in written form.
- Frequently able to detect and discern both loud and soft sounds such as phone calls and customer questions.
- Constantly able to use hands and fingers to type, write, and file.
- Frequently able to use near vision for viewing computer monitor and written materials.
- Occasionally required to detect unusual odors that could indicate environmental issues.
Position Scope/Patient Population:
- Works in a medical-surgical hospital. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be exposed to patients with communicable diseases. May work around hazardous materials, including radiation, chemotherapy agents, and biohazards. May be exposed to blood, body fluids, fumes, or airborne particles, and sharp objects potentially contaminated with blood borne pathogens or other infectious agents.
- Additionally makes site visits to banks, schools manufacturing plants and various other local businesses.
- Well light, climate controlled work environment
- The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Via Christi Health is an Equal Opportunity (EOE) and Affirmative Action Employer. We support diversity in the workplace.
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Via Christi Health System - 8 months ago