GENERAL DUTIES:Provide pharmaceutical services for patients and disseminate drug information to nursing and medical staff maintaining the highest standards of patient care that is consistent with the philosophy and goals of the Comprehensive Cancer Center.These services further the vision of Desert Regional Medical Center to create unique environments, where patients, their families, doctors and staff come together to achieve longer and better lives in the fight against cancer.DEPARTMENT SPECIFIC DUTIES: Reviews physician orders and recommends changes according to FDA approved indications, standard chemotherapy protocols, and investigational drug studies. Recommends to physician any dosage adjustments for drugs based on the patient’s height, weight, body surface area, blood count values, renal function, or liver function.Prepares all intravenous admixtures according to documented stability and diluent guidelines.Provides drug information to physicians, nurses, and other members of the healthcare team upon verbal request or through formal inservice.Counsels patients about uses and side effects of medications. Also instructs patients on the operation of ambulatory infusion devices.Maintains written and computerized patient profiles containing all doses of chemotherapy dispensed.Maintains drug data including adequate drug inventory by ordering items daily, maintaining accurate narcotic inventory control by recording daily counts and transfers to the nursing station of controlled substances, log of all chemotherapy drugs dispensed and their corresponding manufacturers, lot numbers, and expiration dates, accurate storage, accountability, and distribution records for all investigational drugs, and maintains log of ambulatory pumps currently being used by patients.Utilizes computer to generate charge reports. Records drug purchases and generates monthly inventory reports using spreadsheet software, Microsoft Excel.Identifies and reports pharmacy interventions and adverse drug reactions.Identifies and segregates expired medications monthly.WORKING RELATIONSHIPSWork closely with physicians and nurses to provide safe medication use for the patient. Provide drug information and ambulatory pump instruction to patients and their families.MAJOR CHALLENGES• Timely coordination of patient services with medical and nursing staff resolved by discussion and cooperation.• Staying abreast of continually changing treatment options which includes new protocols, drugs, and technologies resolved by attending continuing education seminars, reviewing the pharmacy literature, and obtaining references from the medical literature for new protocols.• Balancing administrative and operational duties with clinical responsibilities resolved by discussion and compromise.DECISION MAKING RESPONSIBILITIES• Professional judgments for drug information requests, compatibility issues, and antibiotic dosing recommendations.• Proper dosing of chemotherapy medications. Selection of diluents and IV fluids for chemotherapy based on standard guidelines and manufacturer recommendations.• Daily ordering of chemotherapy, biologicals, and injectables from wholesaler in amounts not to exceed $30,000 based on inventory requirements.
POSITION QUALIFICATIONS: Required: • Complies with regulatory requirements (i.e. TJC) appropriate for position• Posses a valid CA pharmacist’s license (maintain current at all times)• Current American Heart Association BLS (maintain current at all times)• BS Pharmacy from accredited college• 2 years oncology experience and aseptic technique• Good verbal and written communication skills; computer literate Preferred: • Pharm.D. completion of an ASHP residency program. Masters or other post-graduate degree, Job: Pharmacist/Staff/ClinicalPrimary Location: Palm Springs, CaliforniaHospital Location: Desert Regional Medical CenterJob Type: PT1Shift Type: 8 Hour Day Employment practices will not be influenced or affected by an applicant’s or employee’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status or any other legally protected status.
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