North Oaks Health System   Hammond, LA   Full-time     Pharmacy
Posted on July 5, 2024
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Status: Full Time

Shift: Primarily day shift M-F

Exempt: No 

The Clinical Pharmacist will be responsible for further development, implementation, and documentation of the clinical program at NOMC and NORH with an emphasis on infectious disease/anti-infectives. This will be accomplished through collaboration with the Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator, Pharmacy Director, staff pharmacists, medical staff and other healthcare professionals. The goal of the program is to ensure clinical and microbiological effectiveness of anti-infectives, decrease the emergence of resistance, education of medical and hospital staff in therapeutically efficacious and cost-effective therapy, improve patient care by decreasing adverse reactions and predisposition of secondary infections and shortening length of stay, promote conversion of intravenous therapy to oral antibiotics, and control anti-infective costs. This pharmacist will coordinate the pharmacokinetics service according to the most recent guidelines and recommendations published in pharmacy and medical literature. The pharmacist will assist other hospital personnel in the development of clinical pathways, protocols, polices and procedures and provide advanced education to students, pharmacists, and other health care professionals. The pharmacist will use data to trend antimicrobial resistance patterns, prescribing patterns by physician and disease state, and any other areas of concern and report these findings to the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. 

Other information:
1. PharmD degree from an accredited college of pharmacy.2. 2 years experience in hospital pharmacy practice or Pharmacy Practice Residency.3. Current and valid license with the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy as a pharmacist.4. Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills. Must have excellent presentation skills. Should have good computer skills and a good working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint.AGE-SPECIFIC CONSIDERATIONSIs involved in providing patient care for people of the following age groups:Neonates (Birth – 28 days)Peds (28 days – 8 years)Adolescents (9 – 17 years)Adults (18 – 60 years)Geriatrics (60 years and older)

1. Collaborate with providers to individualize drug therapies promoting safe, effective and economical patient care.2. Maintain a strong clinical foundation based on primary literature and critical assessment of evidence based practice.3. Provide drug information to physicians, nurses and other health care professionals.4. Interpret physician orders and create a patient medication profile. Demonstrate competence in interpreting computerized prospective screening and communicating information as appropriate.5. Develop intervention strategies (e.g. target drugs, target disease states, etc.).6. Work with Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator, Infection Prevention, and ID Consultant to develop anti-infective guidelines.7. Educate caregivers about appropriate antibiotic use.8. Evaluate new anti-infectives and make formulary recommendation to Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.9. Utilize collected data to trend antimicrobial resistance patterns, prescribing patterns by physician and disease state, and any other areas of concern and report these findings to the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.10. Participates on hospital committees and multi-disciplinary teams as assigned.11. Monitors drug therapy regimens for contraindications, drug-drug interactions, drug-food interactions, allergies, adverse drug reactions and appropriateness of drug and dose.12. Documents all clinical activities and interventions accurately and completely.13. Performs other duties and assignments as assigned such as in-service education, updating references, ordering and receiving merchandise, and general housekeeping duties to maintain department and hospital cleanliness.14. Performs duties with an awareness of patient’s age, growth, development, cultural and spiritual differences.15. Provides prompt, courteous service to all internal and external customers. Prioritizes and addresses customer needs and demands in a professional manner, providing follow-up and developing cooperative relationships.16. Identifies opportunities and recommends methods to improve customer service, work processes and financial performance. Assists in design and implementation of quality improvement initiatives on departmental and organizational levels.17. Assists team members in completion of tasks and assignments to ensure continuity of service. Orient new co-workers and actively support team development.18. Follows North Oaks Health System’s compliance programs and all Federal and State regulatory guidelines.