SEARHC is a non-profit health consortium which serves the health interests of the residents of Southeast Alaska. We see our employees as our strongest assets. It is our priority to further their development and our organization by aiding in their professional advancement.
Working at SEARHC is more than a job, it’s a fulfilling career. We offer generous benefits, including retirement, paid time off, paid parental leave, health, dental, and vision benefits, life insurance and long and short-term disability, and more.
This position functions within the pharmacy division and its primary purpose is to assure efficacious, safe, and cost-effective drug therapy and appropriate outcomes in the use of drugs and medicines. To prepare and distribute medications according to Federal and State law, provide patient counseling and education, and to advise the medical and nursing staff on drug therapy. Select and maintain an appropriate drug inventory. Formulate and participate in quality improvement activities. Maintain CMS pharmacy regulations for long term care. The services directly impact the healthcare of our patients. Performs in a professional manner, respects confidentiality, and demonstrates qualities outlined in the SEARHC Human Resources Manual.
Independent professional judgment is used prior to the filling and dispensing of each medication order to evaluate it for appropriateness and safety. If any question arises, the prescriber must be consulted and recommendations for the alternate therapy are made by the pharmacist. Judgment failure could seriously affect the health care of one or more individuals. Extensive knowledge and understanding of the Pharmacy Services section of the CMS Long Term Care Operations Manual. Responsible for meeting CMS requirements for pharmacy services for the facility. Responsible for monitoring and maintaining Joint Commission's Medication Management standards for Critical Access Hospitals. These duties performed by the pharmacist results in better patient care, educates medical staff, and can result in cost-savings to the hospital. Decision making is required in the formulation of policy and procedure which affects the overall operation of the department.
Reviews all drug orders for appropriateness of therapy, legality, completeness, contraindications, interactions, allergies, adverse drug reaction, lab value abnormalities and follow up by screening patient’s chart. Provides clinical consultation and clarification and resolves any concerns or questions with prescriber prior to dispensing. Documents all clinical activities and interventions accurately and completely. Enters prescriptions into pharmacy software.
Performs monthly drug regimen reviews for each patient in the Long-Term Care setting. Makes recommendations on drug therapy and documents accordingly. Performs medication reconciliation on new admits to the facility. Verifies orders in a timely manner. These orders must be filled accurately while maintaining all required record keeping and documentation. Works independently with minimal supervision. Organizes and prioritizes work assignments. Ensures pharmacy services are provided in a timely manner.
Maintains drug stock for the facility per formulary, manages drug procurement, storage, and record keeping per state and federal law. Stocks and maintains automated dispensing machines, floor stock, ED prepacks, unit doses, and verification and storage of patient's own medications.
Performs chart reviews for prescription refills and medication therapy management. Writes recommendations for providers and requests prescription refills on the patient’s behalf. Provides drug information, drug therapy consultation and staff education relating to drug therapy.
Maintains clean room to USP 797 and USP 800 standards. Prepares sterile compounded drugs for the facility and infusion clinic per USP 797 and 800.
Participates in clinical and administrative activities including quality control and quality improvement within the department and clinic. Attends meetings and participates on committees as requested. Assures availability, preparation and control of medications. Selects appropriate drugs for formulary. Takes on additional departmental duties and responsibilities as assigned.
• Pharm.D. degree and licensure as a registered pharmacist. Candidates licensed prior to 2003 with a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree will be considered with 3 years of experience in hospital and/or ambulatory clinic pharmacy. There is no equivalent substitution for the degree.
• An unrestricted license as a registered pharmacist in any state.
• Certification in Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (CPR and AED, may be obtained within 1 year of hire).
• Completion of a nationally recognized (by ASHP) pharmacy residency program preferred.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
• In order to work efficiently as part of the medical team; it is necessary to be proficient at reviewing the patient’s medical history, labs, and medications orders using an in-depth knowledge of the pharmaceutical sciences.
• Filling prescriptions also requires unerring knowledge of state and federal laws governing the practice of pharmacy.
• The Pharmacist must provide care appropriate to the needs of patients of all ages.
• Must be able to communicate both orally and in writing to patients and staff.
• Must have a working knowledge of computer application skills.
• Math skills are required in the accurate calculation of drug dosages both oral and intravenous and to compound formulations.
• Ability to work cooperatively within health system and pharmacy staff and exercise sound professional judgment.
• Ability to handle frequent interruptions and adapt to changes in workload and work schedule.
• Ability to work independently, set priorities, make critical decisions, and respond quickly to emergency requests.