The Lead IV Pharmacist is a provider of pharmaceutical care and are concerned with the outcomes of their services and not just the provision of these services. These include leadership and practice management, drug information and education, activities to ensure rational medication therapy, drug distribution and control, maintaining a professional workspace, and participation in drug therapy research.
Possesses a minimum of 3 years of experience in IV sterile compounding and or certification in IV sterile compounding.
Prepares IV's and antibiotic syringes following USP 797 policy. Follows IV quality control procedures. Has a thorough understanding of USP 797 and USP 795.
Works closely with the Pharmacist In Charge (PIC) to ensures sterile compounding practice is conducted in accordance with Board of Pharmacy and USP 797 standards.
Must be able to learn to use EMR – Evident and other Pharmacy related softwares.
Work with the pharmacy team to manage prescription workflow.
Documents all communication with physicians, nurses, other members of the healthcare team and patients/residents and their family members in the medical record.
Supervises all pharmacy personnel, in the practice of pharmacy, IV sterile compounding in accordance with local, state, federal, and company regulations
Inputs physician’s orders accurately and promptly onto the patient's drug profile to maintain workload and workflow.
Reviews the order for appropriateness of therapy against the patient's profile, noting and discerning all pertinent information for pharmacy (indication, dose, route, frequency, duration, contraindications, warnings, restrictions, drug allergies, drug-drug, drug-food interactions, drug-disease interactions) and takes appropriate actions to prevent related adverse events.
Checks for and enforces adherence to the hospital drug formulary and other restrictions as established by the P&T Committee or policies and procedures; uses good judgment in the procurement of non-formulary items, e.g. cost, timeliness
Contacts physicians, nursing staff or other health care personnel regarding any recommended change in orders, in a courteous and professional manner and provides safe, effective, and cost-containing recommendations and drug information.
Updates the patient's profile accurately with pertinent patient-specific information, e.g., allergy, weight, height, diagnosis, special instructions, etc.; ensures that the patient's profile is accurate with important information such as room number, account number, and medical record number.
Fills and labels medications accurately, consistently and in a timely manner to maintain workload and workflow.
Demonstrates/ensures proper aseptic and protective safety techniques in preparing IV, TPN and chemotherapy products; ensures IV, TPN and chemotherapy medications are prepared in compatible solutions, correct concentrations, etc.
Keeps accurate perpetual inventory of Schedule II Controlled Substance when adding to the inventory, signing out inventory, and returning or destroying controlled substances.
Determines and fills the appropriate quantities of controlled substances for each nursing unit.
Screens each nursing unit's controlled substances record sheet for signatures and other pertinent information and takes appropriate measures or investigative steps to assist in resolving narcotic discrepancies.
Uses judgment and follows policies and procedures in the dispensing of discharge medications and other outpatient prescriptions and provide patient counseling in a clear, easy to understand manner, if needed.
Ensures the use of Medi-Cal approved formulary drugs for the treatment of patients in the Subacute Unit and Coastside; collects and reports needed information for the submission TARs to cover non-Medi-Cal drugs.
Ensures that the medication needs of Coastside (SNF, acute, ER, Pyxis) are met on a timely basis and during emergency off-hours (evenings, nights and weekends) according to policies and procedures.
Maintains an adequate inventory level of all drugs, including narcotics, and communicates with the buyer on routine and special procurement needs.
Uses good judgment and follows polices and procedures when loaning and borrowing medications.
Ensures that medications are stored properly, rotates stock and checks for expiration dates.
Demonstrates accuracy and proficiency in the use of the inpatient pharmacy computer system (QCPR), automated dispensing system (Pyxis), outpatient pharmacy computer system (QS1) and the parenteral nutrition computer program (Abacus) and the parenteral nutrition automated compounder (Baxa Exacta Mix 2400).
Maintains current knowledge on and demonstration of changes, new features, upgrades, interfaces, etc. of the above systems as it relates to pharmacy practice and operations.
Demonstrates consistency, accuracy, competency, relevance and timeliness when providing safe and effective clinical recommendations for appropriate drug of choice, dosing, drug interactions, contraindications, etc.
Demonstrates consistency, accuracy, competency, relevance and timeliness when providing drug information to patients or health care professionals.
Provides drug in-services to nurses and other health professionals in an organized, concise manner.
Participates in drug use evaluations, studies and audits.
Reports and investigates adverse drug reactions according to policies and procedures.
Maintains complete, accurate and timely documentation of clinically related activities according to policies and procedures, e.g. interventions binder, logs, etc.
Demonstrates competency and efficiency in the execution of the Pharmacokinetic Service, the Anti-Infective Management Program and the monitoring and management of parenteral nutrition patients.
Communicates with other pharmacists, written and oral, regarding important patient care issues to maintain consistency and quality of clinical services.
Maintains current clinical expertise, which reflects practice at Seton/Seton Coastside.
Prioritizes workload (dispensing and clinical) and performs duties in a timely and proficient manner to meet the needs of the department and maintain adequate workflow.
Follows up on pending problems or issues; tends to all areas of the department (inpatient, Coastside, clinical, Pyxis, etc.) when on duty.
Directs work flow and personnel in an effective and professional manner to maintain productivity.
Supervises and checks the activities of technicians, interns, volunteers and trainees to assure accurate and proficient completion of assigned tasks.
Counsels staff in a courteous and effective manner when necessary.
Communicates areas of concern to the Director of Pharmacy.
Discusses and contributes ideas and solutions for problems, issues or other developments pertaining to the operation of the pharmacy.
Ensures order and cleanliness in the pharmacy.
Completes duties as assigned in a timely manner and according to predetermined criteria.
Pharm. D. or MS in Pharmacy with minimum of 3 years of inpatient experience. Completion of Sterile compounding certificate program is preferred, PGY-1 Residency training is preferred.
Seton Medical Center (originally Mary's Help Hospital) is a 357-bed hospital owned by AHMC Healthcare. Founded in San Francisco, the current facility is located in Daly City, California, United States.
Seton also operates Seton Coastside, a 116-bed skilled nursing facility with a 24-hour standby emergency department in Moss Beach.