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The Clinical Pharmacist reflects the mission, vision, and values of NMHC, adheres to the organizations Code of Ethics and Corporate Compliance Program, and complies with all relevant policies, procedures, guidelines and all other regulatory and accreditation standards.
The Clinical Pharmacist is responsible for identifying, preventing, and/or resolving medication related problems; for providing authoritative information to other health care professionals, patients, and the public; and for assuring that the informational, clinical, and drug distribution components of pharmacy services function as an integrated system to provide patient centered care to the patients and staff of Northwestern Medicine.
The mission of the Department of Pharmacy is to deliver the safest, highest quality, most effective and efficient patient care while developing the best people, advancing research, and integrating pharmacy services to successfully coordinate care across the Northwestern Medicine enterprise.
The vision of the Department of Pharmacy is to be a recognized as a national leader in advancing the pharmacy enterprise through excellence, innovation, education and research.
- Facilitates safe and timely preparation of investigational and standard of care medication for Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s early phase Oncology research clinic (NMDTI).
- Participates in the study activation process for research managed by IDS Pharmacy.
- Performs medication reviews to ensure appropriateness with research protocol inclusion/exclusion criteria and concomitant medication requirement.
- Ensures treatments in NMDTI clinic are accurate and appropriate for the involved research study, standard of care prescribing information, and relevant guidelines.
- Serves as the content matter expert for Oncology related studies managed by the IDS Pharmacy.
- Educates all patients starting new therapies in the NMDTI clinic and others as needed.
- Partners with clinic nursing staff, Advanced Practice Providers, and Oncologists on clinical initiatives and best practice implementation in NMDTI clinic.
- Interprets medication orders to ensure safety and proper use of medications and is alert to compatibilities, incompatibilities, medication duplication, medication allergies, and potential medication administration errors.
- Coordinates the solving of medication related problems between pharmacy, nursing, and prescribers, demonstrating initiative and sound judgment.
- Monitors medication therapy for significant drug-drug, drug-diet, or drug-laboratory test interactions. Intervenes in circumstances of significant interactions, therapeutic duplications, and other occasions where pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetic expertise is warranted.
- Evaluates and documents that the medication(s) selected are appropriate for achieving the desired therapeutic outcome.
- Communicates potential problems and likely solutions to the prescriber.
- Acts as a consultant in the areas of pharmacokinetics and adverse reactions to physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals.
- Participates in all therapeutic drug monitoring or intervention programs; adjusting therapy as indicated by patient condition and laboratory results.
- Processes all medication order information into the Electronic Health Record to ensure accuracy of records regarding past, current and future dispensing and charging.
- Maintains a comprehensive pharmacy patient profile. The profile should include age, maturation, weight, allergies, diagnosis, estimated and actual pharmacokinetic parameters, and pertinent information which may affect medication therapy decisions.
- Oversees the packaging labeling, and distribution of medications for all patients and employees according to established policies, procedures, and guidelines.
- Monitors the use of scheduled medications on the nursing units and maintains controlled inventories of medication in the dispensing areas.
- Compounds and dispenses pharmaceuticals including sterile products, chemotherapy and parenteral nutrition products.
- Verifies medication orders before delivery to patient care areas and ensures accuracy and completeness.
- Resolves discrepancies as necessary.
- Reviews all laboratory data for appropriateness of medication use and recommends changes when needed, including microbial culture and sensitivity data, toxicology, therapeutic drug monitoring, etc.
- Develops and presents orientation, education and training programs for medical, nursing, hospital and pharmacy staff, as well as assisting in the educating of pharmacy students, residents, and fellows.
- Educates patients and their families about specific medications.
- Responds to emergency situations to assist with medication management (e.g. response to cardiac arrests).
- Provides accurate and timely medication information and or teaching to healthcare professionals or patients.
- Maintains the hospital formulary and acts to limit medication usage to formulary items when appropriate.
- Documents all clinical activities and interventions performed.
- Collects data, maintains logs, records and other documentation as required by the department.
- Communicates professional knowledge effectively in both oral and written forms to patients and other health professionals.
- Participates in quality improvement and medication use review activities of the department.
- Organizes, prioritizes, and plans workload within given time constraints.
- Works cooperatively with fellow pharmacists to oversee and direct the activities of the work area, to assign work to technicians, and to assure that the established department objectives are accomplished.
- Reviews restocking automated dispensing cabinets (ADCs) throughout the hospital and resolves any problems.
- Ensures compliance with hazardous waste collection and disposal procedures.
- Maintains proficiency and expertise in area/s of practice through continuous professional development.
- All other job duties as assigned.
EOE Minorities/Women/Disabled/Veterans. VEVRAA Federal Contractor.Qualifications
- Current license to practice pharmacy in the State of Illinois.
- Bachelor's degree in Pharmacy or a Doctor of Pharmacy degree.
- Completion of an ASHP-accredited PGY1 pharmacy residency program
- Completion of an ASHP-accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency in Hematology/Oncology
- Board Certified Oncology Pharmacist
- Experience in an Oncology clinic setting (oncology research clinic or IDS experience a plus)
- Training and knowledge of specialty areas (neonatology, critical care, oncology, etc.)
- Completion of a pharmacy residency program or equivalent hospital pharmacy experience
Northwestern Medicine is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation or any other protected status.