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The Clinical Pharmacist Specialist oversees drug usage and ensures drug therapy optimization. Educates healthcare professionals and patients with regard to medication use.
A day in the life of a Clinical Pharmacist Specialist at Hackensack Meridian Health includes:
1. Adverse drug reaction and medication variance reporting program: Maintains an effective program. Information is organized and strategies to increase reporting have been identified and implemented. Reports are timely. Data has been analyzed, trends identified and actions taken.
2. Committee Participation: Participates in assigned committees and generates minutes, agendas, monographs, and newsletters as assigned. The practitioner routinely attends assigned meetings, understands the goals and strategy of the meeting.
3. Drug information specialist: Responds to immediate medication needs/questions from pharmacy, nursing and/or physicians in a timely and accurate manner. Develops alternate strategies for drug shortages. Develops a yearly clinical cost reduction plan and implements those plans. Additions and deletions are done during the year as circumstances change.
4. Physician relationships: Strives to develop good rapport with the medical staff by actively seeking out opportunities to interact and direct prescribing.
5. Recruitment: Develop and maintain all promotional materials for residency programs. Develop an interview process for prospective candidates. Attend events to promote the program. Track program graduates.
6. Resident Training: Evaluate the quality of all evaluations for resident, preceptor and rotations to ensure they comply with ASHP (regulatory) requirements. Mentor residents to make sure educational needs are being satisfied. Educates pharmacists, nurses, physicians, students and other healthcare professionals. Documented in-services, presentations, lectures. Minimum of 6 per year to pharmacy staff. Documented information requests provided.
7. Rounds with physicians on a routine basis: Provides clinical information before orders are written. Documentation should validate the use of more cost effective treatments, a reduction in the use of non-formulary medications and information given at the bedside.
8. Other duties and/or projects as assigned.
9. Adheres to HMH Organizational competencies and standards of behavior.
Education, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:
1. Degree from an accredited College of Pharmacy.
2. Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
3. Proficient computer skills that include but are not limited to Microsoft Office and/or Google Suite platforms.
Education, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Preferred:
1. PGY1 Pharmacy Residency.
2. PGY2 Pharmacy Residency.
3. Prior Clinical Specialist experience.
4. Board certification.
Licenses and Certifications Required:
1. Registered Pharmacist License.
If you feel the above description speaks directly to your strengths and capabilities, then please apply today!