This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more The Overton Brooks VA Medical Center is seeking a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Emergency Department that will be located at our Medical Center in Shreveport, LA. The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in the Emergency Department has full time responsibility for providing pharmaceutical care for patients in the inpatient and outpatient areas to optimize patient response and resource utilization. The Clinical Pharmacist Specialist assumes the routine duties and responsibilities including but not limited to: A. Medication dispensing and distribution (1) Inpatient/outpatient orders are checked to include patient information, correct medication dose, route, and frequency of administration. Orders are checked for patient allergies, drug interactions, incompatibilities, duplication, and priority. (2) Identifies, interprets, and resolves prescribing and dispensing issues, including pharmacotherapeutic and the formulary. Documents interventions as necessary. (3) Dispenses controlled substances with accuracy according to current policies and procedures for inpatients and outpatients. B. Clinical (1) Performs medication reconciliation for patients upon discharge from the emergency department. Makes a pharmaceutical care plan for those patients who need pharmaceutical care, and will document the pharmaceutical care plan in the pharmacy initial assessment or progress note. Completing medication reconciliation includes updating the medication profile to reflect an accurate, active list of VA and non-VA medications. This may include adding non-VA medications or discontinuing duplicate medications or those the patient is not taking. (2) Practices as the Clinical Pharmacy Specialist for the emergency department. The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist supervises all pharmacotherapy provided by team providers to ensure that National Treatment Guidelines are being followed in addition to adherence to National Formulary and local policy. (3) Serves to renew medications prescribed for chronic medical conditions if deemed appropriate after interviewing patient, interpreting laboratory values, patient response etc. (4) Utilizes the highest level of clinical privileges for Clinical Pharmacy Specialists to manage assigned patients. ( 5) Interfaces with providers, including physicians, P As, ARNPs in the design of the veteran's treatment regimen with a focus on acute care management to achieve optimization of patient outcomes who present to the emergency department for care. (6) Designs a therapeutic regimen or plan related to the patient's specific acute care issues, based on patient-specific information, which includes establishing a therapeutic endpoint, electing an appropriate drug and related therapy, designing an appropriate monitoring plan and establishing an appropriate dosage regimen. (7) Serves as an authoritative information source on drugs and their utilization in therapy, with special emphasis on medications used in treatment of the assigned patients. (8) Form a verbal or written patient presentation of signs, symptoms, laboratory tests and diagnoses, recognizes and lists important medical problems, disease states, symptoms or abnormal laboratory values that may necessitate altering the therapeutic regimen or which may be induced by drug therapy. (9) Under scope of practice and in collaboration with the attending physician, assumes limited authority to direct drug therapy and order, perform, review and/or analyze appropriate laboratory tests and other diagnostic studies necessary to monitor and support the patient's drug therapy as a member of the treatment team. ( 10) Orders consults (i.e. dietician, social work) as appropriate to maximize positive drug therapy outcomes. ( 11) Provides consultation on selection of appropriate therapeutic regimens as a follow-up of non-therapeutic drug concentrations obtained from ambulatory care and inpatients. (12) Works to develop, upgrade, and disseminate acceptable criteria for use of formulary and nonformulary medications and other high cost items directed at employing cost effectiveness without compromising the quality of patient care. (13) Identifies all drug-induced problems that may be affecting the patient or contributing to a need for hospitalization. This would include drug side effects, allergic reactions, toxicities, improper dosage regimens, non-compliance, etc. (14) Makes recommendations to the responsible physician for optimal management of drug-induced problems either verbally or in writing. (15) Evaluates the risk-benefit ratio of various therapeutic alternatives, develops a therapeutic plan utilizing the most efficacious, least toxic and most economical pharmacological treatment modalities available, and communicates these plans to the patients' physician. Work Schedule: 8am to 4;30pm Monday through Friday Weekends, Holidays and hours outside of the designated tour may be required Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 599959100
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