The Pharmacy service at the James J. Peters VAMC is currently recruiting for one Clinical Pharmacy Specialist-Infectious diseases. The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist functions as a Licensed Independent Provider and the therapeutic expert in drug use and drug utilization. The incumbent monitors drug use makes recommendations on the correct utilization of drugs, exercises duties as outlined in their scope of practice and educates medical center staff and providers on drug utilization. The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (Infectious Diseases Program) is responsible for a major program area within the Pharmacy Service. The individual spends most of the time practicing in the specialty area of infectious diseases. The pharmacist promotes and manages drug therapy based on current clinical knowledge that is consistent with policies established at the national, VISN, and local levels. The pharmacist functions in conjunction with the Infectious Disease team, as well as other services providing infectious disease agents to their patients. This covers direct and indirect patient care, patient teaching, quality assessment, and staff education and consultation, and is often in association with or in support of physicians, psychologists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, and others. The clinical pharmacy specialist (CPS) functions at the highest level of clinical practice, works independently under their scope of practice as defined by the individual medical center to directly care for patients. A CPS plays a defined role in budgetary execution and serves as a mid-level provider who functions to initiate, modify or discontinue medication therapy and as a consultant for intensive medication therapy management services. The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (Infectious Diseases) serves as the ASHP PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy residency program director. The pharmacist is a licensed professional with knowledge and proficiency in pharmacy practice including pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacotherapeutics. The incumbent is responsible for analyzing real and potential drug-related medical problems and implementing corrective action to ensure that patients receive optimal drug therapy. The pharmacist also applies standards relating to all aspects of distribution and control of scheduled and non-scheduled drugs. The primary function of a pharmacist is to assure the safe and appropriate use of medications, and be an advocate of rational drug therapy through the following: evaluation of the appropriateness of drug therapy based on patient specific factors; individualization of drug therapy; evaluation, dispensing and providing medications, and drug information. Some Major job duties include but are not limited to: The clinical Pharmacy Specialist to ensure staff receives professional guidance, policy and communications, along with department missions and goals, especially regarding the VA National Formulary, VISN and local medical center Pharmacy and Therapeutic Committee objectives for formulary management activities and patient safety. Provides pharmaceutical services to focus on therapeutic drug monitoring. Analyzes medication regimens to ensure the most effective, least toxic, and most economical treatment plan. Understands and applies the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic differences in the geriatric population.Daily, monitors all patients receiving antibacterial, antiviral, and/or antifungal therapy. Specifically, monitors inpatients and outpatients who are receiving parenteral antimicrobial therapy. Based on established criteria and guidelines, determines when inpatients and outpatients can be converted to oral therapy and recommends adjustments and antimicrobial dosing. Collaborates with medical staff throughout the health care system, case managers and non-VA agencies to ensure the safe and effective administration of parenteral antimicrobial therapy to inpatients and outpatients. Evaluates a wide variety of patients in assigned patient care areas. Designs, recommends, and implements antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal pharmacotherapeutic regimens and corresponding monitoring plans. On a regular basis, meets with Infectious Disease staff to discuss patient medication therapy. Identifies those patients who are ready to be discharged. Counsels patients regarding adherence to antimicrobial therapy. Participate and contributes to educational programs (i.e. providing in-services/staff education, serves as a preceptor for pharmacy residents and students) Serves as the ASHP PGY2 Infectious Diseases Pharmacy residency program director. Is directly involved in the design, implementation and monitoring of therapeutic drug plans to achieve definite outcomes through direct interactions with patients and providers in assigned areas. Is actively involved in reviewing patient medication regimens for clinical effectiveness, drug selection dosing, contraindications, side effects, potential drug interactions, and therapeutic outcomes as required. Reviews and evaluates requests for non-formulary and restricted drugs for appropriateness and compliance with established criteria where applicable. Promotes and monitors compliance for established drug therapy policies, inclusive of facility performance goals with respect to medication usage. Work Schedule: Monday to Friday 7:30am-4:00pm, one weekend a month required Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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