This position is located in Pharmacy Service, Memphis VA Medical Center. The Clinical Staff Pharmacist provides support to Inpatient, Outpatient and Telephone Care Pharmacy, critical and acute care sections of inpatient beds and for ambulatory care areas. This position covers direct and indirect patient care, appropriate, safe and economical medication use and provides pharmaceutical care services, including monitoring, quality assurance/ improvement, staff/patient education and consultation. The Clinical Staff Pharmacist serves a multi-functional role and is specially prepared by pharmacy education and experience to have an advanced knowledge of pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotherapeutics. Fills prescriptions by selecting the correct drug and dosage form, reducing the drug from bulk to the quantity prescribed, compounding when necessary, then packaging and labeling the drug in an appropriate manner. Exercises care in the dispensing of drugs, especially controlled substances, investigational and cytotoxic drugs, to assure that legal and agency regulations and instructions are followed, that proper and complete record keeping is maintained, and that the drug storage areas are stocked, safe, and secure. Prevents and identifies drug-induced problems that may be affecting the patient, takes appropriate steps to manage these problems and/or communicates these findings to his/her primary provider (includes drug side effects, allergic reactions, toxicities, duplicate therapy, dosage regimes, and non-compliance concerns). Monitors patient medication profiles and ensures information is correct and up to date. Provides consultation to physicians, nurses, and other health professionals on medication management issues. Makes recommendations in the selection of formulary alternative and/or therapeutic interchange medications when those requested are not available or when a more clinically effective or economical approach appears appropriate to patient needs. Serves as a consultant for proper parenteral medication therapy and scientific compounding techniques for physicians, nurses, and other members of the health care team. Assists in the orientation and training of new pharmacy employees, students, residents and volunteers. Functions as a consultant to the medical staff on pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacokinetics, and toxicology via effective written and oral communication. Checks, guides, and advises lower-grade co-workers on the receipt, interpretation, compounding, and filling of medication orders. Analyzes data and completes reports, including ward inspections and chart reviews, according to established policy. Participates in the DUE/MUE process by assisting in; determination of problem areas, criteria development, analysis and follow-up recommendations for improved drug therapy as deemed appropriate; e.g., education, review, software/programming enhancements, etc. Participates in investigational and research drug studies for inpatients and outpatients as required in accordance with VA policy, IRB and approved research protocols. Work Schedule: Sunday - Saturday rotating schedule (40 hours per pay period, weekend coverage, and rotating holiday schedule) Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.