The Oncology clinical pharmacy specialist (CPS) functions at the highest level of clinical practice, works independently under their individual scope of practice to directly care for patients. The CPS serves as a mid-level provider to initiate, modify or discontinue medication therapy specific to oncology treatment and adjuvant regimens and as a consultant for intensive medication therapy management services. This includes, but is not limited to, the following: designing, implementing, assessing, monitoring and documenting therapeutic plans utilizing the most effective, least toxic and most economical medication treatments; helping achieve positive patient centric outcomes through direct and indirect interactions with patients, providers, and interdisciplinary teams in assigned areas; performing physical assessments; and ordering laboratory and other tests to help determine efficacy and toxicity of medication therapy. CPS will have knowledge of best pharmacy practices, ASHP Policy Positions and Guidelines, The Joint Commission requirements, Veterans Affairs (VA) performance measures, Pharmacy Benefits Management (PBM) initiatives and the ability to integrate these standards into practice. Clinical - Direct Patient Care Activities that require a scope of practice; Organizes, develops, and oversees innovative pharmaceutical care program for telehealth oncology services and other duties as assigned by the Chief of Pharmacy; Functions as a mid-level provider to design, implement, and monitor therapeutic drug plans to achieve definite outcomes through direct interactions with patients and providers in assigned areas. Orders, performs, reviews, and analyzes appropriate laboratory tests and other diagnostic studies necessary to monitor and support the patient's drug therapy. Follows-up with patients on lab or test results to discuss the plan of therapy including changes in medication therapy, referral to primary care or specialty provider. Indirect Patient Care Activities; Reviews patient medication regimens for clinical effectiveness, drug selection, dosing, contraindications, side effects, potential drug interactions and therapeutic outcomes as required. Communicates findings with prescribers and provides appropriate alternatives to current treatment plans as needed. Performs medication reconciliation upon admission, transfer and discharge and informs healthcare providers of any discrepancies noted. Education and Research - Participates in self-development activities to maintain and increase professional competence. Participates in the training and in-servicing of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, pharmacy students, pharmacy residents, and other medical center personnel as required. Program Management - Program planning and evaluation for short and long range clinical goals to ensure these goals are consistent with existing resources and necessary function and programs within Pharmacy Service Participates in the appropriate, effective and safe use of pharmaceuticals by contributing to criteria development, data collection and drug use evaluation and other quality improvement activities as assigned. Drug Information - Serves as an authority on drug usage, interactions, over-dosages, and compliance to medical staff, nursing staff, technicians and students. Uses appropriate references to research drug information. Has a good working knowledge of information resources, both written and electronic. Performs other related duties as required. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.