The foremost professional responsibility of the pharmacist is to provide pharmaceutical care: identifying, assessing and solving medication problems. This includes promoting safe, efficacious and cost-effective medication therapy. The pharmacist is responsible for providing physician, staff and family (caregivers) with drug information. The pharmacist organizes and directs work to meet the patients' medication needs and in doing such, is responsible for processing all prescriptions, maintaining appropriate records, distributing and controlling all pharmaceuticals. Pharmacists are responsible for the supervision of pharmacy technicians and pharmacy support personnel .
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Reviews prescriptions issued by physicians or other authorized prescribers to assure accuracy and determines formulas and ingredients needed.
Compounds medications using standard formulas and processes, such as weighing, measuring and mixing ingredients.
Monitors all posting onto the patient profiles in order that accuracy, drug allergies, drug interactions, duplicate therapy, rational drug therapy and incompatibilities may be realized, and better patient care received.
Performs all aspects of patient care in an environment that optimizes patient safety and reduces the likelihood of medical/health care errors.
Prepares IV admixtures and extemporaneous parenteral products under aseptic conditions.
Directs Pharmacy Department personnel engaged in admixing, packaging and labeling pharmaceuticals.
Answers questions and provides information to physicians, nurses, patients and other healthcare professionals on the appropriate use of medications, drug interactions, side effects, dosage, storage, etc.
Assists in teaching programs (departmental, medical, nursing, community).
Endorses policies and procedures of the department and of the hospital.
Ensures the maintenance and proper operation of equipment and supplies in the work areas.
Maintains established procedures concerning quality control, security of controlled substances and disposal of hazardous waste.
Enters data into the computer system (Pharmacy program), such as patient, prescribed medications and cost, and maintains patient profiles and charge system.
Instructs students and other medical personnel on matters pertaining to the Pharmacy Department.
Reviews and monitors drug therapy that requires dosing adjustments, initiation, or discontinuation of medications as authorized by the physician through P&T protocols or Collaborative Practice Agreements.
Provides pharmaceutical care to all ages of patients from newborns to the elderly. Understands that there are dosage variations between newborn, pediatric, adult and geriatric patients, and knows where to find appropriate information.
Treats patients and their families with respect and dignity. Identifies and addresses psychosocial, cultural, ethnic and religious/spiritual needs of patients and their families.
Assists the Pharmacy Director on special assignments.
Supervises at least one to two (1-2) members of the Pharmacy Department staff on a daily basis as needed per license allows as well as state and federal laws & regulations.
Assists the Pharmacy Director with responsibilities in accordance with the organization's mission, policy and any applicable laws.
Interviews and assists in the hiring process, trains personnel, plans, assigns and directs work, addresses complaints and resolves problems as/if needed or assigned.
Demonstrates ability to read, analyze and interpret pharmacy-related journals.
Demonstrates ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies or members of the hospital staff.
Demonstrates ability to compose presentations and ability to effectively present information to management, medical staff, hospital staff and public groups.
Demonstrates ability to apply advanced mathematical concepts and operations to such tasks as dosage calculations, formulation of pharmaceutical preparations, data analysis, and any such mathematics relating to the practice of pharmacy.
Demonstrates ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions. Demonstrates ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions and deal with several abstract variables.
Assures the availability of adequate equipment to safely prepare compounded sterile preparations.
Ensures that pharmaceutical preparations are sterile, properly packaged, labeled and stored, and not outdated.
Certifies the skills of the compounding staff.
Maintains air quality check records.
Ensures compliance with USP <797>.
Low-risk compounding: The applicable media-fill test will be performed and passed annually, after the initial training and media-fill test is completed and passed.
Medium-risk compounding: The applicable media-fill test will be performed and passed annually, after the initial training and media-fill test is completed and passed
Demonstrates the ability to provide excellent patient care/customer service in person and on the telephone.
Assist in ensuring that pharmacy activities comply with all regulatory, billing, documentation, and accrediting body requirements.
Demonstrates leadership skills.
Demonstrates effective communication skills.
Takes responsibility for self-development.
Creates environment that fosters professional behavior.
Demonstrates fiscal responsibility.
Adheres to dress code, appearance is neat and clean.
Completes annual education requirements.
Maintains patient confidentiality at all times.
Reports to work on time and as scheduled, completes work within designated time.
Wears identification while on duty.
Attends department staff meetings as required within the department.
Demonstrates Professional Responsibilities
Performs Position Responsibilities
Demonstrates Skills in the Continuous Improvement Process
Complies with Health and Safety Standards and Guidelines
Represents the organization in a positive and professional manner.
Recognizes and Follows Up with the Reporting of Abuse & Neglect.
Position primarily serves pediatric (adolescent), young adult, middle adult and later adult.
Complies with all organizational policies regarding ethical business practices.
Unit-based pharmacists are expected to maintain residency preceptor status per ASHP residency accreditation standards
Communicates the mission, ethics and goals of the hospital, as well as the focus statement of the department.
Licensure or eligibility for licensure as a pharmacist in Montana.
Pharm.D. degree, with Residency or equivalent experience, from an accredited school of pharmacy preferred.
Anticoagulation Therapy Management Certification, from ACPE accredited course and/or Certified Anticoagulation Provider, from ASHP, when applicable
As a not-for-profit community health system, Benefis is driven to provide the highest level of care. We serve nearly 230,000 residents across a 15-county region that is bigger than Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont combined. Benefis is the largest non-governmental employer in the Great Falls area, with more than 3,000 employees. Benefis has 530 licensed beds (that includes 146 beds in long-term care, 71 in assisted living and 20 beds at Peace Hospice of Montana) and partners with over 250 area physicians.
Our hospital has been recognized for its exceptional work in quality care by providing a wide range of programs and services to help you live the best life possible. We’re here to help you “Live well.”
Benefis Health System came about when two Christian-based hospitals became one. Our founders believed in providing good care to all in need, and trusted that this would be accomplished. The Benefis name was derived using Latin root words: "Bene-" meaning good, and "fis-" for faith and trust. It’s these same root words that make up such terms as ‘be...neficial’ and ‘confidence'. Benefis has been a trusted provider of care for more than 125 years. And our name speaks to our commitment: good care one can put faith in.
Benefis is consistently ranked among America’s top hospitals by the nation’s leading healthcare ratings organizations for a range of services, including cancer care, joint replacement, stroke treatment, wound care and home health.
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