HCA Physician Services Group
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St. David's North Austin Medical Center is part of St. David's HealthCare, one of the largest health systems in Texas, which was recognized with a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2014. The 378-bed multi-specialty, acute care facility is dedicated to the highest level of women's health services, including maternity and newborn care with Level I, II and III nurseries at the adjacent St. David's Women's Center of Texas. The facility also features a 24-hour emergency department, the Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery, the Bariatric Center, heart and vascular center, neurology and neurosurgery, a kidney transplant program, inpatient and outpatient surgery, and acute inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, among many others. St. David's North Austin Medical Center is also home to St. David's Children's Hospital. In 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016, the hospital earned a national distinction for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group
Responsible for daily function of drug distribution systems, inventory control, drug information and education, departmental performance improvement and medication use activities.
Complies with hospital/departmental policies and procedures, i.e., attendance, mandatory education, safety, infection control, etc.
Assists in coordinating and supervising departmental functions.
• Takes responsibility to see that required daily functions are completed when working as "MAIN" pharmacist (drug purchases, drug charges, floorstock replenishment, etc.).
• Supervises the pharmacy support staff in a consistent, fair manner and leads by a professional example.
• Effectively communicates important issues with oncoming shift.
• Resolves conflicts professionally.
• Maintains departmental adherence to state and federal law and professional standards.
Accurately and effectively provides medication therapy.
• Prioritizes work.
• Appropriately reviews physician order(s) and inputs into the pharmacy profile system.
• Reviews drug regimen for drug allergies, rational therapy, contradictions, reasonable dose and route, reasonable directions, duplication of therapy, drug-drug interactions, other interactions, and adverse drug reactions.
• Applies knowledge of pharmacotherapy to identify patient and family requirements relative to age-specific needs (see age-specific criteria).
• Communicates with other disciplines and the patient to resolve issues.
• Appropriately check all medications prior to dispensing.
Actively participates in intervention, performance improvement and professional programs.
• Makes or recommends appropriate therapeutic interchanges.
• Reports Adverse Drug Reactions and Medication Errors.
• Provides consults upon request.
• Provides patient medication counseling upon request.
• Provides drug information upon request.
• Assists in training, educational, and quality assurance programs.
• Serves on hospital teams, as directed.
• Provides medication in-services, as directed.
• Completes special projects as assigned by Director.
• Offers constructive recommendations for improving departmental performance.
Education and Experience:
Required: Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy or a PharmD; Two years hospital pharmacy experience; NICU/Pediatric experience
Licenses and Certificates:
Required: Current licensure in Texas as a Registered Pharmacist; ACPE certification in sterile products
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively; excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to relate to diverse populations in an open, friendly, and accepting manner; ability to make timely and sound decisions under stressful conditions. Management of conflicting priorities; problem solving, team building; comfort level with ambiguity and autonomy; ability to form effective working relationships to achieve established goals and objectives. Computer/data entry skills. Adherence to customer service behavioral standards. Must be able to identify medication use safety issues and intervene in professional manner with nursing and medical staffs. Must be able to demonstrate understanding of HCA's and St. David's "Patients First" safety initiative by strict compliance to all safety protocols and procedures.