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Drug Diversion Specialist (Full Time, Day shift) at Nicklaus Children's Health System in Miami, Florida

Posted in Health Care 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Job Summary

Provides oversight and direction for the daily operations of the Controlled Substance Diversion Prevention Program. Accountable for all aspects of drug diversion education, prevention, monitoring, investigation, and reporting at Nicklaus Children's Hospital.

Minimum Job Requirements

  •  Registered in the State of Florida as a Pharmacy Technician- maintain active and in good standing throughout employment.

  •  3-5 years of Registered Pharmacy Technician experience

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 


  •  Experience in drug diversion prevention processes

  •  Strong interpersonal, analytical, organizational and problem-solving skills

  •  Excellent public speaking and teaching abilities

  •  Ability to effectively implement change and work collaboratively with diverse, multidisciplinary teams

  •  Thorough understanding of medication dispensing process and technology

  •  Ability to work independently with minimal supervision

  •  Proficient computer skills including word processing and spreadsheet applications

  •  Knowledge and understanding of federal and state medication handling and controlled substances regulations

  •  Familiarity with accreditation standards, DEA, EPA, CMS, and FDA regulations, and ISMP and ASHP guidelines and recommendations

  •  Previous experience in trending and analyzing data

  •  Training in interviewing techniques

Job Specific Duties    

  •  Maintains and optimizes an effective drug diversion education program for all NCH staff, including physicians in training, mid-level providers, and medical staff. 

  •  Actively participates in multidisciplinary education activities relating to drug diversion, impairment, and controlled substance handling.

  •  Maintains and optimizes a comprehensive surveillance and auditing program to detect drug diversion and non-compliance in medication handling. 

  •  Collects & tracks diversion-related data, including, but not limited to, medication handling & security issues, disputed orders for controlled substances, pain relief patient complaints, etc.

  •  Maintains a database containing all data collected that may relate to diversion, and monitors the database continuously to identify evolving trends.

  •  Leads the investigation process of suspected drug diversion incidents. Ensures that all required internal and external reporting occurs following each diversion event. 

  •  Coordinates with the Drug Diversion Response Team to assess cases of potential diversion and leads any Response Team activities.

  •  Develops and presents institutional drug diversion reports to the Director of Pharmacy and Controlled Substance Diversion Prevention Team.

  •  Develops or contributes to drug handling and diversion prevention, detection policies and procedures.

  •  Works collaboratively with all relevant departments and serves as a controlled substance and diversion resource for all staff.

  •  Stays abreast of relevant DEA, Board of Pharmacy, FDA, EPA, CMS, ISMP, ASHP, accreditation, and other relevant regulations, standards, and best practices

  •  Serves as a liaison within the community and works cooperatively with other healthcare facilities in preventing and addressing drug diversion by healthcare personnel.