Pharmacist, Home Health

Location:Lafayette, IN
Exempt/Non-Exempt:Non-Exempt
Benefits:Benefits Eligible
Type:PRN
Facility:Franciscan St. Elizabeth - Lafayette
Description:

The Home Health Pharmacist is responsible for the provision of medications and infusion therapy for patients in the home setting as well as in extended care facilities.  The Pharmacists assures that drug and infusion therapy is safe and effective through communication with physicians, nurses, patients and other caregivers.  Reports to the Infusion Program Manager.

Duties:

General Daily Operations

  • Provides pharmacy services in compliance with federal and state laws.
  • Oversees the drug control system including receipt of prescriptions, storage of medications, preparations of drugs, labeling of prescriptions, preparing drugs for distribution and dispensing of medications.
  • Recognizes orders that are inappropriate and takes responsibility to assure that the order is modified promptly and correctly; documents interventions.
  • Performs final check of all medications and infusion therapies that are ready for distribution.
  • Provides written and verbal information to health professionals, patients and caregivers about drugs and drug therapy.
  • Consults on drug therapy and coordinating with the Hospice Interdisciplinary Group and participates in related meetings.
  • Provides controlled substances following the procedures established by law and the agency.
  • Recommends initial dosing and timing of drug levels for a variety of medications.
  • Compounds intravenous admixtures and chemotherapy as required.
  • Directs support personnel in a variety of drug distribution activities.  
  • Takes responsibility for:
    • Assessing, monitoring and  documenting the therapeutic appropriateness of the drug choice.
    • Therapeutic duplication in the patient's drug routine.
    • Appropriateness of dose, frequency, route of administrations.
    • Adherence to the drug regimen.
    • Potential drug, food or diagnostic test interactions/allergies or disease limitations to drug use.
    • Laboratory and clinical monitoring methods to detect drug effectiveness, side effects, toxicity or adverse effects.
    • Preparing and maintaining clinical records.
    • Managing/monitoring pain therapy, parenteral nutrition, pediatric dosing, pharmacokinetic dosing, renal dosing and addressing complex infectious disease issues. 
  • Identifies appropriate outcomes of drug therapy.
  • Participates in on-call responsibilities.

 

Qualifications:
  • Demonstrates proper intravenous admixture and chemotherapy preparation techniques.
  • Knowledgeable about Board of Pharmacy, state and federal regulations.
  • Has working knowledge of pharmacology and pharmacokinetics, drug therapy and dosing and infectious disease.
  • Has working knowledge of drug interactions and adverse drug reactions and their management.
  • Has the ability to evaluate the current literature utilizing appropriate drug information resources.
  • Possesses problem solving skills.
  • Understands business aspects of pharmacy services, including cost-effectiveness.
  • Knowledge of department software preferred.

 

Minimum Position Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy or Pharm D. is required.
  • Prior hospital or retail experience is preferred.
  • Licensed or eligible for licensure in Indiana as Registered Pharmacist.

 



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