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.
As members of a High Reliability Organization (HRO), every employee should practice CHAMP behavior and strive to make patient safety a top priority. A pharmacy practice resident is enrolled in an accredited post-graduate training practical training program. The program is accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) that runs from July through June each year. The pharmacy resident reports to the Clinical Services Manager and is coordinated by the Residency Program Director. The resident will abide by all regulations, standards and evaluation processes that ASHP mandates for continued accreditation. The pharmacy resident shall provide pharmaceutical care consistent with entry level of practice; synthesize an acquired body of knowledge with experience gained in order to have a positive impact on patient care and demonstrate the basic skills required to execute clinically sound decision making.
Responsibilities: 1. All patient care responsibilities will be performed consistent with special population-specific criteria and in accordance with all hospital policy and procedures. 2. Drug Therapy Management 3. In a timely fashion, reviews all medication orders to assure safe, accurate, cost effective drug use. 4. Understands patient specific drug therapy management plans and therapy endpoints 1) Performs interventional medication use interventions incorporating patient specific data and documenting in appropriate patient records 2) Able to evaluate drug regimens and suggest changes or improvements when appropriate. 5. Prevents, monitors, detects and documents Adverse Drug Reactions and Medication Use Variances according to hospital policy 6. Understands formulary process. Identifies and recommends alternative drugs for requests for non-formulary drugs 1) Intervenes in situations in which use of an alternative drug requires understanding of complex therapeutic issues. 7. Interpretation of Clinical & Pharmacokinetic Lab Data 8. Demonstrates knowledge of basic pharmacokinetic principles 1) Performs pharmacokinetics calculations. Recommends drug therapy changes to prescribers, and/or prospectively initiates appropriate dosage regimens. 9. Adjusts dosage regimen based on renal function. 10. Demonstrates knowledge of basic laboratory values used in therapeutic drug monitoring. 11. Identifies targeted serum drug levels/lab values requiring pharmacist intervention 1) Evaluates the efficacy of drug therapy, anticipates side effects, toxicity or adverse effects. 12. Evaluates the effect of current disease states, organ systems functions and other patient specific parameters on drug therapies. 13. Problem Identification & Resolution 14. Communicates and documents problem detection, relevant findings, recommendations, and necessary follow-up. 15. Identifies recurring drug-related problems and suggests a plan for improvement. 16. Demonstrates effective collaboration skills with patient care team regarding patient management decisions as measured by constructive resolution to patient problems, consultation and timely response to all formal orders/consults including emergency response. 17. Interacts confidently, diplomatically and persuasively with patient care team when advising and/or adjusting specific treatment/therapy, recommendations or other problem solving activities; takes the initiative to offer corrective suggestions and input. 18. Drug Information 19. Serves as primary source of drug information to physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals. 20. Given any category of drug information request, employ a systematic approach to: 1) Receive and categorize requests from health professionals and patients, obtaining all necessary background information related to the request 2) Locate and record the answers to requests selecting appropriate textbooks, retrieval systems, and primary literature 3) Effectively communicate verbally and in a timely fashion accurate and complete answers to the requestor, with written supplementation when indicated 4) Provides for appropriate follow-up and internal documentation as required. 21. Reviews and interprets the literature and applies this information to specific patients' situations. 22. Relationships with Peers, MD, RN, Patients, Other Health Care Professionals 23. Understands role as integral member of the health care team: 1) Demonstrates effective oral and written communication skills related to assigned responsibilities by keeping staff (peers, support personnel, clinical management staff, and patient care team) apprised of progress, concerns, including proposed solutions and recommended actions 2) Able to exchange information with patients and their families 3) Becomes an integral member of an interdisciplinary team in a practice area. 24. Leadership and Organizational Ability 25. Monitors work of support personnel and students, and reassigns tasks as needed: 1) Acts as a student preceptor, assisting in learning activities and evaluating progress. 26. Demonstrates priority-setting in his/her approach to patient care issues. 27. Provides oral/written feedback to preceptor and rotation specific evaluations, provides self-assessment at each rotation 28. Seeks improvement in methods that assure optimum efficiency and cost effective use of resources. 29. As a member of an interdisciplinary team, maintains an effective professional working relationship as measured by enthusiasm for the role, flexibility under stress, meaningful interdepartmental relations, and positive feedback from team members, patients and family members. 30. Educational Activities 31. Participates in and contributes to educational forums within the department: 1) Pharmaceutical care conference/Journal Club 2) Prepares and presents inservices/CE for pharmacists 3) Prepares and presents inservices for technicians 32. Education of Other Health Care Professionals: 1) Prepares and presents inservices/CE for nurses 2) Lectures at Yale University School of Nursing 3) Prepares and presents inservices for physicians 33. Patient Education: 1) Performs patient counseling 34. Provides departmental training for peers, students and technicians: 1) Serves as a preceptor to Doctor of Pharmacy students from University of Connecticut and other colleges of pharmacy as requested. 35. Participates in community awareness and outreach programs 36. Written Professional Activities 37. Submit material for intra- or inter departmental publication 38. Completes a self assessment for performance evaluation which includes a career development action plan 39. Participates in the development of drug related patient educational material 40. Drug Distributive Activities 41. Oversees the drug distribution processes, assuring accurate and timely dispensing of medications to patients via automated pharmacy systems and centralized dispensing systems 42. Effectively demonstrates the principles and conduct consistent with a High Reliability Organization
Graduation from an accredited College of Pharmacy with a B.S. or Pharm. D. degree or equivalent experience required. Must be eligible for Connecticut pharmacist licensure.
Hospital pharmacy work experience preferred.
This individual should demonstrate knowledge of pharmacology and therapeutics. Excellent communication skills and the ability to work with others are required. Experience in teaching and research activities are desirable.
The individual in the position is held accountable to the Residency Program Director for maintaining the highest level of professional standards and fulfilling the requirements of the position. Must perform all position responsibilities at a meets expectations level or higher and maintain state pharmacist licensure.
The position requires leadership qualities and the ability to effectively communicate, both written and verbal. This individual requires a high degree of planning and discretion in making therapeutic and technical decisions. The ability to take construction criticism and instruction are required. Must apply new ideas, knowledge and skill gained from experience and education to current situations; and should possess a knowledge of current standards of pharmacy practice.