Houston Methodist Sr. Staff Pharmacist - Evenings in The Woodlands, Texas
At Houston Methodist, the Senior Staff Pharmacist is responsible for an expanded clinical role that may include responsibility for proactive review of patient profiles, participation in basic clinical functions such as discharge counseling, medication histories, completion of pharmacy consults, and participation in special projects. This position provides day-to-day comprehensive, patient oriented pharmacy services in any or all areas of the department to include processing orders, therapy review, and education to patients and other members of the direct patient care team. Other duties include serving as a role model and preceptor for staff pharmacists, pharmacy students, and residents in the integration of clinical and distributive services in the Department. This position also contributes to fulfilling the department’s mission by collaborating to provide innovative, personalized, cost effective pharmaceutical care in a culture dedicated to quality and safety.
PATIENT AGE GROUP(S) AND POPULATION(S) SERVED
Refer to departmental "Scope of Service" and "Provision of Care" plans, as applicable, for description of primary age groups and populations served by this job for the respective HM entity.
HOUSTON METHODIST EXPERIENCE EXPECTATIONS
Provide personalized care and service by consistently demonstrating our I CARE values:
INTEGRITY: We are honest and ethical in all we say and do.
COMPASSION: We embrace the whole person including emotional, ethical, physical, and spiritual needs.
ACCOUNTABILITY: We hold ourselves accountable for all our actions.
RESPECT: We treat every individual as a person of worth, dignity, and value.
EXCELLENCE: We strive to be the best at what we do and a model for others to emulate.
Focuses on patient/customer safety
Delivers personalized service using HM Service Standards
Provides for exceptional patient/customer experiences by following our Standards of Practice of always using Positive Language (AIDET, Managing Up, Key Words)
Intentionally rounds with patients/customers to ensure their needs are being met
Involves patients (customers) in shift/handoff reports by enabling their participation in their plan of care as applicable to the given job
PRIMARY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
Job responsibilities labeled EF capture those duties that are essential functions of the job.
PEOPLE - 25%
Promotes a positive work environment and contributes to a dynamic, team focused work unit that actively helps one another to achieve optimal department results. Collaborates with all members of the patient care team by actively communicating and reporting pertinent patient care information and data in a comprehensive manner. Role models to team members effective communication skills, assisting in their development of such skills. (EF)
Guides and mentors pharmacy technicians, students, and new pharmacists to help build confidence in skills, knowledge and abilities. Serves as a coordinator for the shift overseeing and leading activities of technicians and other support staff.
Develops educational materials and provides educational programs for the pharmacy staff and other hospital personnel.
SERVICE - 20%
Serves as a unit based pharmacist and exercises good judgment in patient care decisions by providing operational and clinical support which may include, but is not limited to: order verification, processing orders/requests and automatic stop orders, providing pharmacy consults, medication histories, patient counseling, proactive drug therapy reviews and monitoring, collaborating with other health care staff for problem resolution for the achievement of patient specific goals. (EF)
Monitors workload fluctuations and work output of pharmacy technician(s), adjusting assignments as appropriate to ensure accurate and timely delivery of medications to patient care areas. (EF)
Conducts proactive drug therapy reviews and monitoring, providing drug information, patient counseling, and management of pharmacist based dosing protocols, collaborating with other health care staff for problem resolution for the achievement of patient specific goals. (EF)
QUALITY/SAFETY - 25%
Collaborates with other health care professionals to manage patient’s drug therapy for effectiveness, side effects, adverse drug reactions, toxicities, drug interactions, and incompatibilities following guidelines for formulary management and clinical intervention tools. Documents patient care activities and patient outcomes as impacted by pharmaceutical care and clinical interventions. (EF)
Participates in departmental quality management activities, i.e. medication use evaluations, adverse drug reactions and medication error reporting, clinical interventions, medication center reviews, and inventory management documentation and reporting. (EF)
Works with other departments and/or committees to improve medication safety and implement best practices in line with ISMP safety guidelines. (EF)
FINANCE - 15%
Manages inventory to minimize waste and expired drugs in the work area as well as uses one’s resources effectively and efficiently. (EF)
Identifies cost savings and/or revenue opportunities for the hospital and shares their ideas with the pharmacy staff and management team. Self-motivated to independently manage time effectively and prioritize tasks for self, pharmacy technicians, and other support staff. (EF)
GROWTH/INNOVATION - 15%
Participates in inter- and intra-departmental activities including in-services, article publication/presentation, preceptorship, and additional training. Seeks opportunities to expand learning beyond baseline competencies with a focus on continual development as a Staff Pharmacist. (EF)
Participates in technology assessment, selection, development, planning and implementation of system changes. Identifies and helps to resolve operational and clinical service issues related to technology.
Identifies new trends in medication therapy and hospital pharmacy management and assists pharmacy management to incorporate them into the workflow. (EF)
This job description is not intended to be all inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.
o Graduate of education program approved by the credentialing body for the required credential(s) indicated below in the Certifications, Licenses and Registrations section
o Must have one of the following:
o Successful completion of an ASHP-accredited post-graduate year one (PGY1) residency training program
o Three years of hospital based pharmacist experience
o One year of experience precepting pharmacist students and/or pharmacy residents
CERTIFICATIONS, LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS REQUIRED
o Texas Pharmacist License or eligible for Texas Pharmacist License; must obtain licensure within 90 days of employment
o American Heart Association Basic Life Support certification within 90 days of employment
o Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) certification and training within 90 days of employment as determined by entity need (See manager for details and tracking certification information)
o Texas Pharmacist Preceptor Certification within 90 days of employment
o Sterile Compounding and Aseptic Technique (SCAT) and horizontal and/or vertical use Certification within 90 days of employment (*If verifying and/or preparing any sterile product- See manager for details and tracking certification information)
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED
o Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills, competency assessments, and performance evaluations
o Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or security
o Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles
o Exhibits strong interpersonal, teamwork and leadership skills with all levels of the healthcare team and assures delivery of excellent customer service to all patients, visitors, physicians and co-workers; capable of assuming responsibility for coordinating the activities of a major pharmacy service area
o Knowledge and skills in comprehensive pharmacy services and rational drug therapy including unit-dose drug distribution, intravenous admixture preparation, nutrition support services, and target drug monitoring
o Ability to assist in the coordination and supervision of activities of a major pharmacy service area
o Demonstrates the knowledge of advanced principles regarding rational drug therapy, including but not limited to, professional and technical competence in the selection, evaluation, utilization, and distribution of drugs and drug information and apply these to all patient groups, neonate to geriatric
o Working knowledge of medical information systems and their design, development, and integration into clinical practice
o Proficient in all areas of pharmacy technology
o Highly organized with the ability to multi-task and work effectively with team and stakeholders to ensure efficiency, accuracy, and timeliness
o Computer skills to include proficiency in MS Office and EMR software
Work Attire Yes/No
Business professional Yes
Other (dept approved) No
On-Call* No (for Non-Exempt or Exempt jobs)
*Note that employees may be required to be on-call during emergencies (ie. Disaster, Severe Weather Event, etc) regardless of selection above.
May require travel within Yes
Houston Metropolitan area
May require travel outside No
of Houston Metropolitan area
**Travel specifications may vary by department.
Please note any other special considerations to this job: All pharmacy staff are required to be trained on the risks and safe handling of hazardous drugs; and confirm in writing an understanding of the potential reproductive risks associated with handling hazardous drugs
Houston Methodist The Woodlands opened in 2017 as the eighth hospital in the Houston Methodist system. This 187-bed, 470,000-square-foot, full-service, acute care hospital offers many of the same services as our flagship hospital in the Texas Medical Center. Also on the $380 million hospital campus, located at the intersection of I-45 and TX 242, is a medical office building, which opened in 2016. Medical Office Building 1 includes a breast care center, cancer center & infusion center, orthopedics & sports medicine, rehabilitation services, wellness services, and an outpatient laboratory in addition to multi-specialty physician practices. A second medical office building and 785-car parking garage opened in 2018.
Street: 17201 Interstate 45 S
Regular Shift: 2nd - Evening