The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (CPS) functions at the highest level of clinical practice, works independently under their advanced scope of practice greater than 25% of their time. The CPS plays a defined role in budgetary execution and serves as a mid-level provider who functions to initiate, modify or discontinue medication therapy and as a consultant for intensive medication therapy management services. Clinical: Engages in direct patient care for an aging population, which requires the knowledge, skills and consideration of specific patient conditions. Assumes clinical responsibility for the clinical area of practice. Evaluates a wide variety of patients and provides therapeutic and pharmacokinetic consultations in a timely manner when requested. Evaluates, prescribes, and monitors the provision of medications to patients and identifies drug related problems that may be affecting the outcome of patient care. Participates in the investigation, documentation, and reporting of adverse drug reactions and medication errors. Develops individualized therapeutic plans utilizing the most efficacious least toxic and most economical pharmacological treatment modalities available, and communicates recommendations verbally or in writing to the patient's health care provider. Develops individualized dosing regimens bases on the pharmacokinetics of the drug(s) employed, renal and hepatic functions, and other pertinent parameters of the patient in question, and communicates recommendations. Selects appropriate subjective and objective parameters necessary to monitor the therapeutic and toxic effects of drugs utilized. Dispensing: Dispenses medication upon computer-generated orders or written orders of providers, in accordance with dosage form requirements. Inputs and/or verifies information into the computer system for outpatient oral or injectable medication orders. Dispenses controlled substances and accounts for inventory in accordance with existing VA regulation and Federal law. Responds to copay and billing concerns. Education: Participates in the education of VA/Texas Tech post-graduate Pharmacy Residents and undergraduate Pharmacy Students as assigned. Accepts responsibility for obtaining sufficient formal continuing education to maintain state licensure. Assists in the training of new personnel with routing job duties. Participates in providing clinical pharmacy-oriented conferences and in-services for Pharmacy Staff, other Medical Center Health Care Personnel, and Texas Tech affiliates when requested. Participates in providing information to patrons and the public at large through a wide variety of methods such as lectures and seminars to small or large groups, as well as one-on-one sessions when necessary to communicate important information to patients. Participates in vaccination campaigns as needed. Program Management: Serves as the technical authority on therapeutic clinical pharmacy matters involving the area of practice, except those which affect pharmacy policies or procedures, or are outside the pharmacy domain. Maintains clinical development of pharmacists as an underlying priority whenever possible. Encourages pharmacist activities such as; clinical interventions, pharmacokinetic monitoring, and rug information counseling. Provides Drug Information Services to all health care personnel and is responsible for participation in the maintenance and expansion of pharmacy-based drug literature resources. Serves as an active participant or consultant for Medical Use Evaluations. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM. Compressed work schedule available. Work will include some Saturdays 8:00 AM - Noon (approximately 2 per year) 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.