Clinical Pharmacist - Duke HomeCare and Hospice (PRN)
Duke University Health System
Location: Durham, North Carolina
Internal Number: 230780
Duke Homecare & Hospice Duke Homecare & Hospice offers hospice, home health and infusion services as well as serves as the home for the Duke Caregiver Support Program. Our Hospice team works closely with a patient's physician to provide comprehensive, individualized care in the comfort their home or at our inpatient hospice facility located in Durham. Our team of nurses, therapists, social workers, counselors, and chaplains help patients and their families manage advanced medical conditions. Duke Home Health provides services in a patient's home that include skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, social service, home health aides, and pain and wound management. Our infusion team comes to a patient's home to administer intravenous medications, including antibiotics and chemotherapy, to children and adults. Our nurses, pharmacists, dietitians, and patient services coordinators work under the direction of a patient's doctor to monitor needs and treatment.
Work Location: Duke HomeCare and Hospice - Durham, NC
General Description of the Job Class
Provide pharmaceutical care services to the patients of the Duke University Health System including, but not limited to oversight, monitoring, preparation, dispensing and proper documentation of patient medication therapy as well as providing drug information, patient information and oversight of information and dispensing systems; ensure compliance with Federal, State and local laws and regulations as well as proper storage and documentation. May also advise physicians on matters pertaining to drug usage and control; participate in the development and delivery of continuing education programs for Pharmacy, Patient Care Services, Medical Staff and students.
Duties and Responsibilities of this Level
Review and monitor patient's medication therapy and orders written by appropriate caregivers for safety and efficacy considering specific patient conditions and health status; advise patient care team of issues with, or possible enhancements to, patient's medication therapy and document such interventions. Prepare, label and dispense medications for patients in accordance with physicians' prescriptions; ensure compliance with Federal, State and local laws and regulations pertaining to the dispensing of drugs and narcotics and the maintenance of required records.
Maintain appropriate records of dispensing and oversee and maintain the systems that charge or credit for medications and medication treatments.
Provide drug information and educate caregivers, patients and students regarding medications and their proper use and monitoring. Oversee and monitor all aspects of the medication process; collect data and present reports and recommendations regarding issues with the medication systems.
Ensure that appropriate medications are available for patients and properly procured, prepared, stored and maintained.
Supervise the process and technical personnel who assist in preparation, maintenance and dispensing of drugs and supplies.
Provide support, education and oversight for investigational medications for patients; provide information regarding their preparation, labeling and availability within the medication system; maintain appropriate and required records and documentation for investigational drugs.
Provide specialized pharmaceutical services to improve drug usage and therapeutic outcomes including advising physicians on issues concerning drug therapy, the inherent toxicity of drugs and side effects, as well as assisting in the prescription of appropriate doses.
Contributes to the education of students and pharmacy residents.
Maintain liaison relationships with medical and nursing staff; provide timely information pertaining to pharmaceutical supplies, drug usage and compatibility, state and federal regulations regarding drug controls, and Joint Commission standards.
Conduct and evaluate medication histories, assess compliance and suggest modifications so as to achieve desired outcomes; instruct patients in the proper use of prescribed drugs; participate in patient care rounds with multidisciplinary teams to evaluate patient progress.
Individualize medication regimens using sound principles, accounting for 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.
Conduct and participate in research including, but not limited to, performing as the primary investigator or co-investigator for research programs which will impact on the delivery of quality care or examine the pharmacoeconomic impact of providing care to the patients in the Duke Health System.
Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Ability to communicate clearly in oral and written form.
Extensive knowledge of drug products, medical therapeutics, pharmacokinetics, and disease states. Ability to work with information systems, automated and technical equipment.
Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with various members of health care teams
Doctor of Pharmacy Degree OR BS Pharmacy Degree
With a BS Pharmacy degree, two years of pharmacy practice experience, or acceptable board certification, or completion of an accredited residency program and demonstrated ability to achieve positive patient outcomes in a similar environment is required.
With Doctor of Pharmacy degree, no experience is required.
Degrees, Licensures, Certifications
Licensed Pharmacist or eligible to practice pharmacy in North Carolina
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