JOB DESCRIPTION: Prepares, compounds and dispenses medications and ensures accuracy and integrity prior to issuance by the pharmacy.
Manages required record-keeping activities; serves as a resource to other medical professionals; identifies and employs appropriate pharmaceutical care. Follows policies regarding non-formulary requests and effectively utilizes the non-formulary algorithm. Recommends appropriate cost effective formulary alternatives to prescriber.
Utilizes correct method of order entry for nonformulary medications. May oversee the work performed by pharmacy students, interns, and/or technicians to ensure that performance standards are maintained and that work is accurate and precise in accordance with state, federal and organizational regulations. Recognizes system and process failures and makes suggestions to management of ways to improve clinical and distributive services.
Reads, interprets, and processes physician orders accurately and efficiently. Clarifies orders with prescribers as appropriate. Accurately enters orders in the pharmacy computer system (correct drug, dose and route). Documents allergy and other clinical information as required.
Handles post-op and transfer orders in accordance with departmental policy and procedure. Verifies accuracy and appropriateness of all completed/filled medication orders (correct medication, dose, route and quantity). Assures accurate preparation of sterile products by pharmacy technicians following proper aseptic and cytotoxic technique. Checks sterile products prepared by technicians for the correct medication, diluent and volume prior to dispensing.
Ensures that dispensed medications are in date, labeled and packaged appropriately. Prepares sterile products following proper aseptic and cytotoxic technique, if required. Utilizes nomograms and other departmental guidelines when providing medication-related recommendations.
May respond to codes. May recommend appropriate dosing for designated kinetics patients. Participates in patient education by instructing them on the appropriate use of medications; provides counsel regarding adverse reactions, drug interactions, and signs of toxicity (i.e., warfarin). Responds to questions from patients regarding their medications.
Identifies drug-related problems during review of medication orders; verifies appropriateness of dose, route and frequency. Utilizes computer alert screens for drug allergies, interactions, duplicates, dosages and other warnings. Prevents and/or resolves drug-related problems through consultations with the ordering prescriber and appropriately documents interventions.
Responsible for completion of service/care and customer satisfaction. Maintains records to meet legal requirements for pharmacy operations. Ensures the accuracy of records pertaining to controlled substances, medication compounding, prepackaging, and sterile product preparation.
Documents medication orders in the patient's medical record. Documents adverse drug reactions and medication variances per policy. Performs other related duties as required.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Graduate of an accredited school of pharmacy. Licensure or eligibility for licensure in Georgia.
Basic Life Support (BLS) or must be obtained within 3 months of employment. One year of hospital experience preferred; OR New graduate who is under contract through the Emory tuition program. Preferred: PGY1 residency with skill set to advance to Clinical Pharmacist II.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS (Medium): 20-50 lbs; 0-33% of the work day (occasionally); 11-25 lbs, 34-66% of the workday (frequently); 01-10 lbs, 67-100% of the workday (constantly); Lifting 50 lbs max; Carrying of objects up to 25 lbs; Occasional to frequent standing & walking, Occasional sitting, Close eye work (computers, typing, reading, writing), Physical demands may vary depending on assigned work area and work tasks.
ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS: Factors affecting environment conditions may vary depending on the assigned work area and tasks.
Environmental exposures include, but are not limited to: Blood-borne pathogen exposure Bio-hazardous waste Chemicals/gases/fumes/vapors Communicable diseases Electrical shock, Floor Surfaces, Hot/Cold Temperatures, Indoor/Outdoor conditions, Latex, Lighting, Patient care/handling injuries, Radiation, Shift work, Travel may be required. Use of personal protective equipment, including respirators, environmental conditions may vary depending on assigned work area and work tasks.