Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

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New Haven, CT
Dec 17, 2018


Job Description

To be part of our organization, every employee should understand and share in the YNHHS Vision, support our Mission, and live our Values. These values-integrity, patient-centered, respect, accountability, and compassion - must guide what we do, as individuals and professionals, every day. EEO/AA/Disability/Veteran
As members of a High Reliability Organization (HRO), every employee should practice CHAMP behavior and strive to make patient safety a top priority. To be part of our organization, every employee should understand and share in the YNHHS Vision, support our Mission, and live our Values. These values-integrity, patient-centered, respect, accountability, and compassion - must guide what we do, as individuals and professionals, every day.

The clinical pharmacy specialist supports the vision, mission, and goals of YNHHS and the Department of Pharmacy and demonstrates proficiency in all clinical pharmacist skills. The clinical pharmacy specialist must have met all general requirements of the clinical pharmacist and clinical pharmacist II positions, in addition to requirements as set forth by the department Career Ladder
  • 1. Customer Service Quality
  • 1.1 Demonstrate and promote CHAMP behaviors
  • 1.2 Provide excellent customer service to patients and other healthcare team members, with attention to the needs of all staff, with positive feedback from staff and co-workers
  • 1.3 Provide medication counseling to patients and families, as applicable to work area
  • 1.4 Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills
  • 1.5 Demonstrate ability to escalate issues as well as proposed solutions for improvement to management and/or collaborating prescribers, implementing proposed solutions as appropriate
  • 2. Medication Management
  • 2.1 Conduct timely, accurate medication order review that considers all patient characteristics including laboratory values and vital signs
  • 2.2 Provide medication therapy monitoring for assigned patients, adjusting medication therapy based on patient factors
  • 2.3 Develop an effective interdisciplinary relationship with the health care team, with attendance medical rounds (where applicable)
  • 2.4 Act as a source of medication information for the health care team, providing at least two documented educational inservice to nursing or provider staff
  • 2.5 Participate in patient-centered initiatives (e.g. antimicrobial stewardship, vaccines, etc.)
  • 2.6 Ensure clinical continuity where applicable to work area
  • 2.7 Consistently document interventions within the medical record, including follow through on process resolution
  • 3. Medication Preparation and Distribution
  • 3.1 Demonstrate competency in pharmacy automation and technology as applicable to work area
  • 3.2 Oversee sterile and non-sterile compounding to ensure compliance with regulatory statutes (e.g. USP Chapters), as applicable to work area
  • 3.3 Oversee medication distribution/dispensing process in work area, to ensure safe, effective, timely medication distribution/dispensing
  • 3.4 Demonstrate competency in and oversee controlled substance management, including monitoring and documentation
  • 4. Medication Safety, Regulatory Affairs, and Quality Assurance
  • 4.1 Adhere to all departmental policies, procedures, protocols, and guidelines, identifying barriers to compliance and implementing proposed solutions
  • 4.2 Adhere to appropriate state and federal regulations, identifying barriers to compliance and implementing proposed solutions
  • 4.3 Report medication events and near misses, as well as proposed solutions for improvement
  • 4.4 Demonstrate HRO principles and conduct in all interactions with patients and staff
  • 4.5 Participate in quality assurance activities, including attendance at daily pharmacy safety huddle
  • 5. Leadership
  • 5.1 Provide education and training to other pharmacy staff members, pharmacy students and residents, and health care team members, via educational inservices and as a primary preceptor
  • 5.2 Participate in professional development activities
  • 5.3 Lead departmental and interdepartmental, and system projects and committees
  • 5.4 Attend departmental staff meetings
  • 5.5 Oversee pharmacy staff as necessary in work area
  • 5.6 Coordinate participation of others in department or hospital-sponsored community service and volunteer events
  • 5.7 Demonstrate formal leadership within a local or national pharmacy society
  • 6. Financial/Volume Results
  • 6.1 Contribute to departmental cost-reduction or revenue generation, including generation and implementation of ideas for departmental cost-savings or revenue generation
  • 6.2 Participate in pharmacist-driven cost management protocols where applicable
  • 6.3 Provide cost-effective clinical care (formulary stewardship)
    Other information:


    Graduation from an accredited College of Pharmacy with a B.S. or PharmD degree


    Achievement of board certification in area of specialty or specialty pharmacy certification is preferred. Five years of relevant post-graduate experience is required, with at least one year in specialty area. If PGY1 and/or PGY2 residency trained, each residency year is equivalent to two years of post-graduate experience.


    Current Connecticut Pharmacist License, or eligible for pharmacist licensure in the state of Connecticut


    This individual should demonstrate in depth knowledge of pharmacology and therapeutics, and understand pharmacy systems of drug distribution and formulary management. Experience in drug utilization review and data analysis is highly desirable. Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work with others are required.

    The individual in this position is held accountable to maintaining the highest of professional standards and promoting rational and cost-effective therapy to positively influence patient outcomes. Must meet Career Ladder criteria for Clinical Pharmacy Specialist. Must complete all hospital and department competencies and requirements for employment and maintain annual continuing education credits as mandated by the State of Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection.

    The position requires leadership qualities and the ability to effectively communicate, both written and verbal. This individual must utilize clinical and professional judgement in making therapeutic and technical decisions. Must apply new ideas, knowledge and skill gained from experience and education to current situations. Should possess a superior knowledge of current standards of pharmacy practice.

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    Job Info

    Job: 1396

    Department: Med Oncology Pharmaceuticals
    Category: Pharmacy
    Status: Full Time
    Shift: DAYS
    Hours: 40.00