Under general supervision, provides direct consultative services to health care professionals and patients regarding drug therapy; conducts a training program in clinical pharmacy; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.
An employee in this class is responsible to monitor and evaluate the therapeutic effects of drugs and to advise physicians in the appropriate use of drugs. The incumbent also teaches clinical pharmacy techniques to students using both classroom and patient-care settings.
Monitors use and administration of patients' drug regimens and appropriateness of serum drug levels; verifies appropriateness of dose; provides baseline for adjustments; and consults with physicians and nursing as to the appropriateness of drug use; reviews drugs and recommends additions to formulary.
Teaches students the technical skills used in monitoring drug therapy; advises students on actions to undertake in solving drug therapy problems; and teaches interpersonal communication and patient counseling techniques; evaluates students' oral case presentation; grades students' reports; and assigns topics and leads group discussions.
Monitors and evaluates adverse drug reactions and pharmacist interventions; compiles and reports statistical information; develops quality assurance plans to assess appropriate use of drugs.
Coordinates clinical pharmacy activities with physicians and nursing, pharmacy and laboratory personnel; develops and assists in the implementation of clinical pathways and therapeutic guidelines.
Provides in-service training programs for physicians, nursing and pharmacy staff members on drug therapy and related topics; edits and publishes information bulletin for health care professionals at the hospital.
Develops protocols to monitor drug therapy; conducts routine prospective DUE's; and maintains an up-to-date drug information service.
Serves on hospital committees as designated to provide clinical drug information and critical analysis of use.
May interpret, fill and dispense prescriptions and perform other pharmacist duties as assigned.
Education: A Pharmacy Doctorate degree from an accredited university.
Experience: Two years of professional experience as a pharmacist in an acute care hospital which included clinical responsibilities.
Substitution: The completion of an approved one-year clinical or general residency program in pharmacy may be substituted for the required experience.
License: Possession of a valid license as a Registered Pharmacist issued by the California State Board of Pharmacy.
Techniques used in pharmacokinetic monitoring of drug therapy; principles and practices of pharmacology and toxicology; pathophysiology; composition and clinical use of drugs; goals of clinical pharmacy training programs; techniques used in teaching.
Train students in a patient-care setting using a problem oriented medical record approach; evaluate student's performance; manage a clinical pharmacy training program; develop and implement clinical pharmacy services including but not limited to: providing drug information services, drug therapy consultations and the development and monitoring of drug use evaluations and other Quality Assurance activities; utilize advanced office equipment and computers.
Mobility-Operation of a data entry device; constant standing for long periods; Lifting-Frequent lifting of 5 pounds or less; Visual Requirements-Constant reading/close-up work; ability to read case files and computer screens; constant good overall vision and reading/close-up work; frequent color perception and use of eye/hand coordination; occasional use of depth perception and peripheral vision; Dexterity-Frequent holding; reaching; grasping; manipulate syringes, needles and vials while wearing gloves; handle individual papers; Hearing/Talking-Constant hearing normal speech and talking in person; frequent hearing and talking on the telephone; Emotional/Psychological Factors-Constant decision-making and concentration; frequent public contact; frequent exposure to hazardous materials; Special Requirements-May require working nights, weekends, and overtime; Environmental Factors-Occasional exposure to varied weather conditions.