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PICU Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at The Nemours Foundation in Orlando, Florida

Posted in General Business 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

As one of the nation’s leading pediatric health care systems, Nemours is committed to providing all children with their best chance to grow up healthy. We offer integrated, family-centered care to more than 300,000 children each year in our pediatric hospitals, specialty clinics and primary care practices in Delaware, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Nemours strives to ensure a healthier tomorrow for all children – even those who may never enter our doors – through our world-changing research, education and advocacy efforts. At Nemours, our Associates help us deliver on the promise we make to every family we have the privilege of serving: to treat their child as if they were our own. 

Nemours is seeking a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist to join our Nemours Children's Hospital team in Orlando, Florida.

Located in Orlando, Fla., Nemours Children’s Hospital is the newest addition to the Nemours integrated healthcare system. Our 100-bed pediatric hospital also features the area’s only 24-hour Emergency Department designed just for kids as well as outpatient pediatric clinics including several specialties previously unavailable in the region. A hospital designed by families for families, Nemours Children’s Hospital blends the healing power of nature with the latest in healthcare innovation to deliver world-class care to the children of Central Florida and beyond. In keeping with our goal of bringing Nemours care into the communities we serve, we also provide specialty outpatient care in several clinics located throughout the region.

This position is responsible for providing and coordinating specialty Pharmacy Services within the Pharmacy Department at Nemours Children’s Hospital. The clinical pharmacy specialist will be responsible for clinical and distributive activities in the assigned area of practice.  This position works closely with the medical staff, nursing staff, and pharmacy staff to develop and maintain services that utilize the pharmacist’s drug knowledge base to improve patient care, reduce cost, reduce medication errors, and improve efficiencies.  The clinical pharmacy specialist will develop, implement, monitor and review Pharmacy Services specific to their specialty area of practice.  

Position Responsibilities

  • Reviews, interprets, and verifies medication orders for accuracy using sound principles, accounting for pharmacology of the drug, pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic variations in drug absorption, distribution, metabolism and elimination with responsibility for establishing and continually improving the delivery of pharmaceutical care to patients within areas of direct responsibility and assisting others in the department with the same.

  • Consults, educates and works cooperatively with internal customers (e.g. members of the pharmacy staff, medical staff, clinical staff, research staff, nursing staff, and informatics staff) concerning information on medications, therapeutic evaluations, and drug protocols. Develops and provides drug information material. Meets and/or coordinates with medical and/or personnel to resolve problems related to Clinical Pharmacy Services in their specialty area of practice.

  • Provide specialized pharmaceutical services with a focus on critical care to improve drug usage and therapeutic outcomes including advising physicians and practitioners on issues concerning drug therapy in both the hospital and clinic settings, the inherent toxicity of drugs, drug-drug, drug-food interactions and side effects, as well as assisting in the prescribing of appropriate doses.

  • Assists the Clinical Pharmacy Manager in maintaining compliance with Joint Commission and other regulatory standards. Assists in the development and maintenance of performance measures, reports and statistics. Effects change as needed to improve services provided and assures compliance with regulatory requirements and protocols.

  • Develops quality improvement projects and participates in the quality improvement and medication use review activities of the department. Collects data; monitors processes; maintain logs, records, and other documentation as assigned.

  • Provides clinical support for multidisciplinary committees, including the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, through the development of materials to support clinical evaluation of drugs, procedures, and processes including the coordination and reporting of adverse drug reaction reporting, pharmacist interventions and other quality initiatives, within areas of direct responsibility. Promotes the use of the Nemours Children’s Hospital drug formulary by converting non-formulary orders to formulary alternatives when clinically appropriate.  Coordinates procurement of non-formulary drugs when necessary.

  • Supports clinical staff pharmacist education and training associated with core competencies and performance review.

  • Participates in policy, procedure, and order set development for the pediatric population. 

  • Oversees activities of pharmacy technicians and mentors pharmacists-in-training including but not limited to Pharmacy Practice Residents, School of  Pharmacy clerkship students; activities include both practical and didactic experiences.

  • Able to maintain punctual attendance consistent with Nemours policies, regulatory, and federal, state, and local standards.

  • Work with other NCH colleagues to engage the patient and their family in medication discussions, planning and educational sessions to support Patient and Family Centered Care.

Position Requirements

  • PharmD with PGY-1 residency or 5 years hospital experience.  PGY-2 specialized residency training preferred.  Board Certification in Pediatrics preferred.

  • Currently licensed by the State of Florida or legally eligible, Knowledge and experience with Pediatric unit dose drug distribution systems.

  • Minimum of 3 years experience with unit dose training, IV, and TPN. Drug Storage, Distribution, and Automation Technology Systems. EPIC experience preferred, Pyxis experience preferred, good working knowledge infusion pump technology preferred

  • American Heart Association BLS required upon hire

Our dedication to professionals who are dedicated to children frequently earns Nemours a spot on the list of top workplaces in the communities we serve. Our Associates enjoy comprehensive benefits, including our unique “Bridge to a Healthy Future” pediatric health plan, an integrated wellness program, opportunities for professional growth, and much more. As an equal opportunity employer, Nemours focuses on the best-qualified applicants for our openings.