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Pharmacist - Poison Center

Description

The Pharmacist- Poison Center is a Registered pharmacist and a member of the care delivery team. The Pharmacist is responsible to set the standards for the level and quality of care. The Poison Pharmacist has responsibility, authority, and accountability for the provision of care. The Pharmacist manages and provides patient care activities for a group of patients and their families through the application of independent judgment, communication, and collaboration with all team members. The role of the Pharmacist encompasses leadership, partnership, collaboration, and supervision. The Pharmacist establishes and maintains collaborative relationships with physicians, other health care providers, and patients to achieve desired patient outcomes throughout the continuum of care. The Pharmacist demonstrates a commitment to the community and to the medical profession.

The pharmacist responds to and answers poison information questions for health care providers and proxy treatment of children, adults and animals suffering poisonous and potentially poisonous substances. Interacts with health care professionals, patients, families, government officials (local, regional, state and federal), and business and industry clients.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Serves as a role model of professional pharmacy practice by serving as a recognized unit leader in one or more of the following areas: clinical expertise, teacher, specialized resource pharmacist and/or evidence based practice.
  • Consistently gives appropriate feedback to all members of the health care team and participates in the peer review process. Promotes change that enhances the quality of patient care and the unit environment.
  • Serves on teams and leads successful teams as a part of daily practice.
  • Demonstrates highly developed clinical assessment and analytical skills within the context of Relationship Based Care.
  • Actively participates in shared governance at unit level.
  • Provide evidence-based general and patient-specific poison information in a continuous manner taking into account the age and clinical condition of each patient.
  • Provide and documents recommendations that positively affect patient outcome.
  • Receive telephone calls from or concerning poisoned persons. Request and record pertinent data, analyzes toxicity problems, determines type and severity of exposure.
  • Review, maintain, and screen patient medication records and profiles for allergies, drug interactions and therapeutic duplications while entering orders and/or verifying medications.
  • Organize daily operational duties and assist in the supervision of pharmacy technicians, pharmacy aides, student interns and other ancillary personnel involved in providing pharmaceutical care.
  • Adhere to all regulatory requirements, professional standards of practice, and hospital quality management policies and procedures in providing pharmaceutical care.
  • Provide drug information and/or educational programs to healthcare professionals and pharmacy students.
  • Utilize all available technologies in the provision of pharmaceutical care (i.e., computer systems and databases, Acu-Dose, Robot-Rx, pneumatic tube system, etc).
  • When answering poison information questions, recommends corrective measures, and initiates treatment actions as needed. Refer poisoned victims to health care facilities when appropriate.
  • Interact with poisoned victims or other concerned individuals during periods of acute duress, calm the caller and elicit accurate information concerning the emergent situation.
  • Function effectively in emergency and often life-threatening situations.
  • Serve as a resource to and interact routinely with patients, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, other healthcare professionals, business and industry clients, other resource agencies, and other poison and drug information personnel.
  • Support poison center-related research. Maintain expertise in area(s} of practice through continual learning experience. Document activities through required documentation systems, departmental reports and quality assurance mechanisms.
  • Performs in accordance with system-wide competencies/behaviors.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • B.S. degree in Pharmacy or Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D.) from an accredited school of pharmacy required. 3-6 months hospital pharmacy experience is preferred.
  • Annual completion of approved contribution at the department, hospital, or health-system level.
    • Must obtain a Solid/Strong/Good or higher on a Performance Evaluation to be promoted to this level.
    • Must maintain a Solid/Strong/Good or higher on annual performance evaluation to maintain status.
    • Ability to establish and maintain positive, caring relationships with executives, managers, physicians, non-physician providers, ancillary and support staff, other departments, and patients/families.
    • Critical thinking skills necessary to exercise and to lead others in application of the clinical process. Mobility and visual manual dexterity.

 

Licensures, Certification and Clearances:

  • Certified Specialist in Poison Information (CSPI} certification from the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC} preferred; Must obtain Certificated Specialist in Poison Information (CSPI} designation from the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC} within 2 testing cycles in which the candidate is eligible.
  • Must work to maintain certification throughout employment at the Poison Center. After successfully obtaining the CSPI designation, it may lapse for no longer than one testing cycle.
  • Current Pennsylvania licensure as a Registered Pharmacist required. CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire
  • Pharmacist
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) OR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

 

UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

Individuals hired into this role must comply with UPMC’s COVID vaccination requirements upon beginning employment with UPMC. Refer to the COVID-19 Vaccination Information section at the top of this page to learn more.

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