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Pharmacist - Temporary

Company: Aspen Valley Hospital
Location: Aspen
Posted on: August 1, 2022

Job Description:

Company Overview:

Embrace the adventure of a career at Aspen Valley Hospital. Aspen Valley Hospital is a twenty-five-bed community hospital that represents the best of two worlds - the warmth and friendliness of a small town and the technical expertise of a major medical center. Our award-winning hospital, nestled in the heart of Aspen, CO, includes a team of more than 500 people dedicated to making a difference for our patients, families, and community. Nationally we are recognized for providing some of the most exceptional patient care of any hospital across the country.

This Position Offers:

Highly competitive pay, temporary position, being part of a very cohesive & supportive team, four of North America's top ski resorts at your doorstep, and much more. The expected term for this temporary assignment will be from April 1st - August 31st, 2022 (these dates are subject to change as needed):

We will need full time coverage for the following dates:

April 1-10, 25th-30th, May 13th-30th, June 16th-25th. July 16th-31st, August 5th-14th.

When not covering full time, this position will offer 1-2 days/week of work.

Job Overview:

Clinical staff pharmacists fill orders for medications, monitor patient medication therapies, provide drug information, and supervise and direct support personnel. In the absence of the pharmacy manager, a staff pharmacist may be required to assume the essential responsibilities and perform the duties of the pharmacy manager. They compound and dispense medication and other pharmaceuticals according to established operational and pharmaceutical procedures as prescribed by legally authorized and qualified prescribers in the state of Colorado. They review prescriptions, obtains clarifications as necessary and regularly consults with medical, nursing and other professional staff in order to coordinate the delivery of high-quality pharmaceutical services to hospital patients.

Primary Scope of Responsibilities:

  • Fully competent in primary role on unit; performs patient and family assessment and problem identification, plans care accordingly, implements and evaluates plan of care so that problems are resolved.
  • Adheres reliably to all accepted patient safety standards.
  • Identifies and promotes new learning around changing patient safety standards of practice.
  • Serves in advocacy role; encouraging active involvement of patient and family in their care.
  • Prioritizes patient's situations and takes appropriate action in an efficient, effective manner.
  • Makes value-added resource decision for patient care with respect to supplies, equipment and acuity of care.
  • Keeps patients informed regarding what to expect pre/during/post procedure
  • Provides individualized patient and family education consistent with patient's learning style, readiness to learn and self-care needs
  • Evaluated the effectiveness of patient learning
  • Records pertinent clinical documentation in accordance with regulatory requirements, professional standards and hospital policy.
  • Adheres to federal, state and hospital rules and regulations concerning HIPAA privacy and security.
  • Follows Hospital compliance plan and policies, including the Code of Conduct.
  • Participates in required training for compliance related activities (HIPAA, Compliance, Patient Safety, TJC, etc.)
  • Demonstrates responsibility and accountability for own professional decision making.
  • Develops professional goals and diversity of responsibilities within practice; consistent with hospital mission and goals
  • Demonstrates role awareness and seeks individualized/department specific continuing education that improves patient care or professional practice.
  • Able to express values around patient/family centered care and assists others to achieve shared understanding.
  • Active participant in quality improvement processes.
  • Identifies need to seek out additional information when needed and apply relevant findings to practice
  • Demonstrates purposeful service excellence through exceeding patient and co-worker expectations.
  • Represents the department and hospital as a dedicated, courteous and responsive employee.
  • Interprets medication orders (verbal and written) and transcribes to computerized patient medication profiles accurately. Determines accuracy of medications by reviewing medication therapy regimens for drug-drug interactions, allergies, incompatibilities, appropriateness of drug and dose and therapeutic duplications.
  • Prepares and dispenses sterile and chemotherapy compounding as required using aseptic technique and ensuring compatibility and stability of all added ingredients. Labels all preparations with appropriate data and warnings. Also compounds special solutions, ointments, etc. when not commercially available. Dispenses medications accurately ensures that they are safe, appropriate, cost-effective medication therapies for patients.
  • Assists with pharmacokinetics consult service, renal dosing services, IV to PO switch services, antimicrobial stewardship services, and any other therapeutic drug management per organizational protocols
  • Maintains records pertaining to all phases of drug and supply ordering, storage, and distribution as required by hospital policy and/or governmental regulations. Completes necessary paperwork for the preparation of patient charges, pharmacy statistical data, scheduled drug control records, patient profiles, etc. Ensures all equipment, balances, Laminar air flow hood, etc. are maintained in good working order and that work area is maintained in an orderly, clean and when necessary aseptic manner. Ensures nursing stations are periodically checked for outdated and overstocked medications.
  • Clinical pharmacists identify, resolve, and prevent medication-related problems. They recommend and monitor patient medication therapy and provide drug information. Clinical pharmacists interact with patients, family, and other healthcare providers as appropriate to ensure continuity of services and to achieve desired patient outcomes through safe, timely, cost-effective medication therapy.

    Minimum Qualifications & Requirements:

    • Ability to concentrate and show attention to detail
    • Relatively high degree of analytical abilities
    • Strong interpersonal skills required
    • Ability to work independently
    • Ability to read and communicate effectively in English

      • Graduation from an accredited school of pharmacy and registered with the State of Colorado to practice pharmacy
      • Knowledge of procedures, schedules and basic medical terminology
      • Current State of Colorado pharmacy license
      • ACLS Recommended
      • Required certifications through American Heart Association:
        • BLS

          Benefits & Compensation:

          Hire-in rates of pay are based upon the relevance of years of experience, education and certifications. Our talent acquisition team will help you understand how your direct experience will be considered.

          Pay range for new hires: $57.41 - $74.69/ hr.

          Temporary Benefits: As an employee you will be eligible to purchase discounted bus passes for transportation to and from work, discounted ski pass options, 457B, and also participate in a number of AVH hosted programs including cell phone discounts or computer software.

Keywords: Aspen Valley Hospital, Aspen , Pharmacist - Temporary, Healthcare , Aspen, Colorado

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