This part-time Pharmacy Specialist is responsible for the implementation, development and monitoring of all operational pharmacy services and oversight of clinical services at Van Buren County Hospital (VBCH). The Pharmacy Specialist is responsible for the overall relationship between VBCH and UIHC Department of Pharmaceutical Care regarding after-hour service provision. This position will interface directly with VBCH administrative leadership, medical and nursing staff to establish strong operational services regarding regulatory requirements, medication distribution, inventory control and security, medication order review and verification and clinical medication management services while onsite and will be responsible for interfacing between regulatory agencies such as the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals etc. as well as serving as VBCH's Pharmacist-in-Charge (PIC) for the Iowa Board of Pharmacy.
Pharmaceutical Care Operations
Oversee operational and clinical activities for patients at VBCH.
Optimization of the process flow and communication of professional practice.
Education of new pharmacy staff on the use of the computer systems/information system technology.
Health Care System Improvement
Collaborate with other hospital departments/providers to evaluate, develop and implement needed patient services.
Ensure professional quality control standards are maintained through control of the medication use process.
Evaluate problems/concerns identified by staff to determine a safe and effective resolution.
Assist with development of mechanisms to monitor charges and other financial data from the computer system.
Participate in the development and monitoring of pharmacy practice standards for the department of pharmacy.
Compliance with Internal Policies and External Regulations for Safe and Effective Care Delivery and Health Profession Education
Ensure VBCH Pharmacy Department complies with federal, state laws as well as regulatory agencies regarding applicable standards pertaining to the practice of pharmacy.
Develop, review and implement policies for the safe and effective delivery of pharmaceuticals and associated clinical services.
Assist with utilizing the computer system to help ensure compliance with regulatory standards.
Monitoring of data to ensure accuracy.
Planning: Tactical, Strategic
Works with VBMC leadership on operational plans.
Monitors progress of work against plan as required to meet objectives.
Under guidance from VBMC leadership, develops tactical plan for own direct responsibility.
Anticipates and adapts to plan changes.
Describes the roles and responsibilities in a collaborative working relationship.
Alerts own team to problems in satisfaction.
Ensures effective responses to requests and interactions from "customers".
Works with "customers" to address critical issues and resolve major problems
Creates a team environment of accountability and commitment for achieving area specific goals.
Applies available tools and resources to work efficiently.
Develops and applies project selection and resource allocation criteria with VBMC leadership team.
Pharmacy Operations Management
Establish metrics and collects data on key areas of department operations to measure success and modify current processes as needed.
Plans the delivery and improvement of services, programs and personnel.
Supervises appropriate arrangements for resource management.
Directs, establishes and plans the overall policies and goals for various pharmacy services.
Coordinates and evaluates the quality of pharmacy operations delivered throughout the organization.
Provides technical consultation, guidance and oversight for pharmacy operations.
Detailed knowledge of sterile product preparation, including USP 795, 797, 800 and applicable state laws surrounding sterile and non-sterile product preparation.
Pharmaceutical Policy Compliance
Suggests changes to outdated practices in department or policies.
Demonstrates internal controls and proves that practices are fully compliant.
Develops internal control systems to supervise policy compliance.
Detailed knowledge of medication supply chain issues, including medication shortages and how that impacts patient care.
Participates with a team of health-care professionals to provide safe, effective and cost-effective medication treatment plans.
Assesses the patient's health status and medical history.
Considers both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapies.
Applies principles (such as anatomy, physiology, pharmacology) to select appropriate medication therapies.
Oversees all aspects of controlled substance management, both inside and outside the pharmacy.
Participate in medication safety teams such as Root Cause Analysis groups to identify problems in the medication use system.
Develop and implement budgetary programs to decrease medication expenses and improve inventory management.
Monitor and address budget issues.
Understand and appropriately react to new reimbursement models.
Gather data and assess need for new services, including but not limited to, new technology, equipment, facilities and clinical services, to meet patient care and safety needs.
Project planning, development and design, budgeting, staffing, staff education/communication.
Creates a team environment of accountability and commitment for reaching project goals.
Applies available tools and resources to work efficiently.
Helps others identify and work around problems that could impede progress.
Assists in assessing risks, benefits and consideration of alternatives.
Participates in collecting and evaluating data to identify drug use problems.
Implements interventions to solve drug use problems and improve further drug use.
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