TITLE: Clinical Partner – NICU/PEDIATRIC Pharmacist Specialist
ROLE: See job description for Clinical Partner for generic job duties
AREA OF ASSIGNMENT: Hospital and Pharmacy Department
HOURS OF WORK: Assigned Days and Shifts
RESPONSIBLE TO: Director of Pharmacy
The NICU/Pediatric pharmacist specialist keeps the patient and their well being as the central focus of their professional activities. The NICU/Pediatric pharmacist specialist is responsible for providing drug therapy review/monitoring, prescribing, preparation, counseling, dispensing and drug control in accordance with departmental and hospital policies and procedures as well as all applicable laws and regulations. Work situations are frequently non-routine requiring analysis and the use of discretion and good judgment in decision making. Major decisions are subject to the review and approval of pharmacy management. These responsibilities require excellent communication skills with patients and their families, medical staff members and department/hospital staff. The NICU/Pediatric pharmacist specialist also takes an active, participating role in the development and implementation, and training of new policies and procedures as it relates to NICU and pediatric patients, while supporting and facilitating other programs already in place.
1. Pass oral and written examinations pertaining to the areas of current VMC clinical
pharmacy service responsibilities.
2. Licensed as a Registered Pharmacist in the State of Washington or eligible for and pursuing such licensure.
3. Demonstrated teaching ability.
4. Demonstrated experience in the following areas: NICU and Pediatric unit dose, IV admixture, prepackaging, drug use evaluations and drug information.
Advanced cardiac life support and PALS certification or eligible for such certification.
1. Completion of an advanced degree preferred.
2. Professionally ethical and experienced in directing and supervising pharmacy interns,
students and/or pharmacy technicians.
3. Completion of an ASHP Accredited Residency and/or Fellowship preferred.
4. Demonstrated ability regarding bedside manner with NICU/Pediatric patients. Able to effectively communicate with their families and other health care professionals.
5. Current in prescribing trends, new drugs and drug treatment developments in the
6. Demonstrated skill in developing and maintaining positive interpersonal relationships
with a diverse population.
7. Participates in and supports professional organizations.
8. Ability to communicate and work effectively with the physical and emotional
developments of all age groups.
UNIQUE PHYSICAL/MENTAL DEMANDS, ENVIRONMENT AND WORKING CONDITIONS:
1. Extensive walking (65% + of shift).
2. Lifting of moderate to heavy weights (5-20kg).
3. Extensive medication/IV order entry (keyboarding) into computer.
4. Requires the ability to continually change priorities in response to changing patient
5. Requires the ability to work in an environment of constant interruptions.
6. Requires the maintaining of a knowledge base of current medications, drug therapies
and distribution services.
7. Maintain working knowledge of ACLS and PALS drug selection and dosing guidelines.
8. Must be able to get to all Code 199 situations in a timely manner, perform basic CPR,
if needed, and prepare IV push syringes and IV medication drips accurately and
rapidly and administer medications if needed.
9. Same as generic job description.
A. Generic Job Functions: See Generic Job Description for Clinical Partner
B. Unique Job Functions:
• Responsible for providing quality pharmaceutical care to inpatients and ambulatory care patients of Valley Medical Center. This includes all aspects of therapeutic selection, implementation (including prescriptive authority protocols), monitoring,
modification and dispensing of drug therapy - all with appropriate documentation and
• Responsible for documenting drug information questions, drug utilization evaluation
activities and adverse drug reactions.
• Understands and reacts effectively to the unique needs of neonatal, pediatric,
adolescent, adult, and/or geriatric patients as demonstrated by effective
documentation in progress notes and pharmacy care plans.
• Responsible for adherence by pharmacy interns, pharmacy externs and pharmacy
technicians to departmental policies and procedures as well as State and Federal
laws and regulations.
• Promotes the adherence to the VMC Drug Formulary as approved by the Pharmacy
and Therapeutics Committee of the Medical Staff.
• Assures that proper charging documentation is completed correctly for services
• Promote and market Valley Medical Center and the pharmacy department to the
community, patients, hospital employees, members of the medical staff and their
office employees in an informal manner.
• Maintain a positive, direct, open communication line with members of the VMC
Medical Staff and their employees.
• Maintain clinical competency through successful completion of the self-study
modules and providing clinical services in practice.
• Provide teaching, direction and supervision of pharmacy technicians, interns and
students working under your direction.
• Completes assigned competency assessments.
• Completes additional responsibilities/projects when assigned by Manager/Clinical Supervisor/Director.
Clinical Practice/ Patient Care
Provides direct NICU/Pediatric care using relevant theories and current scientific knowledge.
- Assists individuals and families in complex situations to formulate plans for carrying out prescribed medical regimens.
- Participates in discharge planning in complex patient situations.
- Collaborates with other health professionals in delivering pharmaceutical care to inpatients and outpatients.
Initiates and participates in multidisciplinary approaches to strategic planning.
- Participates in the development of clinical programs in accordance with departmental and strategic planning goals.
- Participates in the development, implementation and evaluation of standard of care and practice.
- Assists Clinical Pharmacists to develop professional clinical practice.
Acts as a resource/consultant to pharmacy staff, providing a high level of pharmaceutical expertise.
- Works effectively with staff to access, plan, implement and evaluate pharmaceutical care.
- Acts as a resource to staff with Valley Medical Center in the area of NICU and pediatrics.
- Encourages a multidisciplinary approach in the planning and delivery of care.
- Provides expertise in the introduction, evaluation and use of new drugs and technology.
- Participates in department and hospital committees as needed/required.
- Consults with private and public community agencies as needed.
Identifies and assures the educational needs of staff are met in the area of NICU/Pediatrics.
- Develops and provides inservices and continuing education programs in collaboration with the Pharmacy Clinical Supervisor.
- Partricipates in orientation of new staff.
- Participates in competency-based evaluation of staff as appropriate.
- Serves as an educational consultant to students from educational institutions.
- Seeks educational opportunities for professional growth.
Identifies and develops strategies to meet educational needs of patients and families.
Maintains current knowledge of research and literature in NICU/pediatric care, evaluating and utilizing research findings.
- Promotes the incorporation of research findings into general pharmacy practice.
- Utilizes research in the development, implementation and evaluation of standards of care and practice.
- Collaborates in the design and implementation of quality management programs.
Provides expert and compassionate care to the patient and family served by Valley Medical Center.
- Promotes visibility; of NICU/pediatric specialist role throughout Valley Medical Center.
- Develops and participates in community programs through support groups, task forces, coalitions and related organizations.
Evaluates products and care to determine quality and cost-effectiveness.
- Documents the fiscal effectiveness of the specialist position.
- Participates in projects as determined by the strategic goals of the department and facility.
- Collaborates with Pharmacy Management concerning patient care and professional issues to determine the most effective use of resources.
developments of all age groups.