Clinical Pharmacist - Oncology

Munson Healthcare   •  

Traverse City, MI

Industry: Healthcare


Not Specified years

Posted 171 days ago

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Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy or Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) Degree (preferable) from an accredited School of Pharmacy.

Oncology Pharmacy Residency or equivalent clinical oncology experience

Board Certification in Oncology Pharmacy highly desirable

BCLS certified

Current Michigan license or eligible immediately apply and process successfully at first opportunity

Two to three years of hospital experience. Experience and familiarity with drug distribution systems, oncology-specific electronic medication administration record (eMAR) and cancer research/investigational drugs desirable.

Demonstrated knowledge base in clinical oncology, therapeutics, pharmacokinetics, pain management, providing drug information (verbal and written), patient monitoring and assessment skills, and investigational drug regulations.

Under supervision of the Pharmacy Clinical Manager and Lead Oncology Pharmacist.

May receive instructions/direction from the Pharmacy Operations Manager or Pharmacy Director.

Has regular contact and maintains a close working relationship with the Pharmacy Staff, Nursing Staff, the Director of Oncology Services, the Medical Staff, and other appropriate departments, such as Social Services, Home Care/Hospice, Laboratory, etc.

Responsible for overseeing all aspects of Oncology Pharmacy Services, including Pharmacy technical support, Pharmacy interns, residents, clinical students, pharmacists, interactions with ancillary departments (i.e. Logistics), inventory control, etc.

Responsible for education of Pharmacy staff and various hospital staff in safe handling/disposal of cytotoxic agents and other hazardous medication/waste.

Responsible for overseeing receipt and coordination of oncology drugs including research drugs.

All ages served.

1. Supports the Mission, Vision and Values of Munson Healthcare.

2. Embraces and supports the Performance Improvement philosophy of Munson Healthcare.

3. Promotes personal and patient safety.

4. Uses effective customer service/interpersonal skills at all times.

5. Assists in maintaining efficient working environment in Oncology Satellite Pharmacy so that equipment/procedures are easily followed by other Pharmacy staff members.

6. Assists in maintaining updated standard dilution, stability, and administration information for all cytotoxic agents.

7. Perform product evaluations on new/improved products used in the preparation/handling of cytotoxic agents, make recommendation as needed/requested.

8. Supervise all technical functions associated with Oncology Infusion Pharmacy (i.e. Pharmacy technician stocking, materials management, housekeeping, etc.).

9. Supervise and/or perform the preparation of all parenteral cytotoxic agents ensuring compliance with USP and State standards.
a. Technician - physical supervision of work.
b. Pharmacist - double-check computer entry and patient profile to assure accuracy and correct charging.

10. Assists with entry and maintenance of standard protocol sets in the computer system to allow for ease and consistency of order entry.

11. Plan, based on Oncology/Outpatient Oncology/Hematology Clinic admissions and case mix, the minimum amount of inventory of each oncology agent necessary to meet patient needs.
a. Make recommendations to wholesaler(s) for inventory back-up.

12. Assist Utilization Pharmacist in annual usage estimates for oncology and oncology-related pharmaceuticals for budget/analysis purposes.

13. Develop and utilize Performance Measurement Indicator standards to maintain high quality patient care and assure appropriate billing of pharmaceuticals.

14. Maintain pharmacy patient dispensing records that contain all information pertinent to:
a. Patient - height, weight, age, allergies/sensitivities, diagnosis.
b. Treatment plan - drug(s), dose, route, frequency/length of planned therapy, administration date/time, dilution (if applicable), rate of administration.
c. Patient reactions to treatment - lab results, special considerations per patient needs (i.e. lengthen infusion time due to pain).
d. Verify record of total life time doses of all applicable cytotoxic agents.

15. Maintain patient profiles in retrievable location for needs of insurance evaluation/questions (including deceased patient records for a minimum of 7 years).

16. Input or verifies all patient cytotoxic therapy (inpatient and outpatient) on a daily basis so that information on therapy is readily available for other Pharmacy/Medical Staff members.

17. Develop, adapt, and maintain electronic order sets for chemotherapy treatment protocols (i.e. Aria Treatment templates). Maintain back-up system in the event of EMR system downtime.

18. Work with providers to standardize treatments/processes in caring for cancer patients.

19. Monitor drug therapy for oncology patients by regular chart review, discussion with Nursing and medical staff. Provide assistance to medical staff/patients/families as necessary.

20. Competent in managing hypersensivity reactions and functions in concert with nursing staff and document in the "Hypersensitivity Infusion Reaction Protocol for Adult Oncology and Outpatient Infusion Clinical Medication" protocol.

21. Competent in Oncology Pharmacy Medication Management policy and performs management of treatment related dose adjustments and toxicities as delegated in the policy.

22. Performs pharmacokinetic dosing and symptom management consultations as requested by medical staff.

23. Train all new Pharmacy personnel in the work flow and special techniques/precautions of Oncology Pharmacy.

24. Participate in teaching of Pharmacy interns, residents, and clinical students as required.

25. Assist Oncology Nurse Educators in evaluation of educational materials for nursing staff, patients, and families.

26. Participate (as co-facilitator educator) in Oncology Nurse Education Course. Offer "Chemotherapy Update" classes as appropriate.

27. Act as resource person for other hospital departments (i.e. Housekeeping, Safety) regarding cytotoxic policies and procedures. Perform in-services as needed/requested to such departments to assure safety in handling and disposal of cytotoxic waste.

28. Performs drug distribution from Oncology Infusion Pharmacy including computer order entry or verification and dispensing of appropriate first doses of medications and solutions.

29. Might serve as committee member: Oncology Operations, Oncology Conference Planning, P&T Subcommittee/Oncology Issues, Cancer Advisory Committee (Grand Rapids CCOP)

30. Coordinate and supervise investigational drug ordering/dispensing and education associated with oncology research.

31. Attend Tumor Conference, Cancer Research Consortium of West Michigan (CRCWM) as able, and medical meetings as needed to maintain awareness of new therapeutic protocols for treatment of cancer patients.

32. Interacts with all hospital staff, providers, and guests in a professional and courteous manner consistent with hospital ESP rules.

33. Maintains clinical and distributive skills through literature review, educational programs, and practice.

34. Ability to identify discrepancies when reviewing medical orders.

35. Strives to maintain cost-effective pharmaceutical services.

36. Ability to analyze, evaluate, and interpret the needs of the patient, providers, nurse, and other pharmacists regarding oncology-related topics as they arise on a daily basis.

37. Oversees the maintenance and use of the automated medication dispensing cabinets in the Outpatient Infusion Center.

38. Responds to cardiac arrests (Code Blue) and medical response team (MRTs) as needed.

39. Performs all other duties, as assigned.

Req # 30870


$89K - $135K