t Steward Health Care System, we are committed to improving the health of our communities by delivering exceptional, personalized behavioral health care with dignity, compassion and respect. Our continued focus on the patient experience informs our caregivers in how to provide care that is respectful of and responsive to individual patient and family preferences, needs and values.
We dedicate ourselves in the communities we serve to delivering affordable health care to all and being responsible partners. No matter what your role, as a member of the Steward family, you are a specialist in the making every patient and family feel right at home, every co-worker a key to our success, and every referring practice, a team of prized colleagues.
In support of this, we commit ourselves to the following values:
A. Position Summary
A unique opportunity within the Boston area to be a direct care provider for critical care patients in a high acuity critical care unit as well as being a stakeholder for Critical Care Pharmacy Services within a 25 hospital system.
The clinical pharmacy specialist is responsible for all aspects of the medication use system in a designated clinical area. This encompasses daily monitoring, assessment and recommendations for pharmacotherapy, interdisciplinary patient care and education to patients and team members. The specialist serves as the subject matter experts in their designated area, collaborating with pharmacy, medical, nursing and other healthcare professionals, ensuring appropriate pharmaceutical care. Specialist must have strong interpersonal skills. It is expected specialists will participate in the in the training and education of healthcare professionals, including pharmacists, technicians, nurses and medical staff. Specialists are expected to work independently, under general supervision, and within the limits of established pharmacy policies and procedures and guidance from the clinical manager.
B. Job relationships
- Supervise and/or reportable to the following:
- Clinical pharmacy manager
- Director of pharmacy
- Must be able to collaborate and effectively communication with medical staff, pharmacists, nurses and other health professionals.
- Serve as practice and professional role model in behavior, attitude and patient care.
- Supervises Pharmacy Residents and rotational Pharmacy Students
C. Responsibilities & Essential function
- Compiles and maintains a portfolio of achievement commensurate with a Clinical Pharmacist III.
- Liaisons and improves medication processes between the department and the area/discipline under focus.
- Develops, implements and maintains departmental policies and procedures related to safe & appropriate use of medications
- Participates in daily patient care rounds in a designated practice area (cardiology, critical care, infectious disease, emergency medicine) and provides drug information and consultation with physicians, pharmacists and nurses regarding appropriate drug therapy and facilitates the drug ordering process.
- Evaluates all drug therapy for appropriate indications, dosage, drug interactions and allergies; monitors patients’ regimen for effectiveness & adverse drug events and intervenes as appropriate.
- Reviews the completeness and accuracy of medication profiles. Reconciles and updates profiles as required.
- Monitors the prescribing and use of high-risk medications, ensuring safe & appropriate use.
- Acts as a liaison between pharmacy, nursing and medical staff to educate health professionals regarding current drug-related procedures, policies, guidelines and pathways.
- Identifies adverse drug events and participates in event reporting system & assist in management, prevention and development of process improvements to reduce drug errors and preventable ADEs.
- Implements and maintains departmental policies and procedures related to safe & effective use of medications in designated practice area.
- Participate in code blue response related to designated areas.
- Provide patient education during and prior to discharge as appropriate.
- Identifies opportunities for cost savings and optimal medication use to ensure appropriate patient selection for high cost agents.
- Participated in multidisciplinary committees at the institution and Steward Healthcare System level. (Pharmacy & Therapeutics, Clinical Pharmacy Enterprise & practice area specific committees as needed)
- Maintain individual portfolio demonstrating specialist level work to be reviewed annually.
D. Education and Training
- Serves as a preceptor to pharmacy students from local schools of pharmacy
- Serves as a preceptor for PGY1 and PGY2 residents in designated practice areas
- Serve on Residency Advisory Committee
- Participate in department activities aimed at professional development for all staff members including clinical pharmacists, technicians, residents and students.
- Advise trainees and clinical pharmacists in projects including but not limited to: medication use evaluation, research, continuing education, in-services, lectures etc.
- Provide lectures for pharmacy, nursing and medical staff as needed focused on practice specific areas.
o Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited college of pharmacy with at least 5 years hospital experience or Doctor of Pharmacy degree with at least 2 years hospital experience.
o PGY-1 Residency Training with minimum 3 years of experience in designated practice area.
o PGY2 Training in designated practice area
o Added qualifications or Board of Pharmaceutical Specialty Certification in designated area.
Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled
Important COVID message
Please note, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center is taking additional, necessary preparations to ensure patients can receive compassionate care in a safe, carefully managed environment - with confidence and without fear. Our Safe and Ready program consists of a rigorous [five-point] standard ensuring patient safety, confidence and convenience: Expanded hours will allow previously cancelled procedures to be scheduled as quickly as possible. Any COVID-19 related care takes place in designated areas away from other patients and their families. Emergency Departments are reorganized to be a safe place to treat all emergency patients. A stringent cleaning policy has been implemented throughout the hospital. A strictly controlled visitor and masking policy is required for patient safety. You can rest assured that we have made the necessary preparations to provide care in a safe, controlled and professional way.