The Pain Management Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (CPS) must be a licensed pharmacist with a Pharm.D., preferably with an accredited Pharmacy Practice Residency, or other equivalent experience demonstrating competency. Previous experience managing all types of pain modalities (opioid and non-opioid) across various settings including primary care, anesthesia/pain, oncology, palliative, and inpatient are preferred. The CPS is responsible for planning, developing and maintaining effective clinical pharmacy programs by implementing rational cost-effective drug therapy to improve patient outcome in Pain Management. The incumbent will service as a CPS specializing in drug monitoring and management of therapy, with emphasis on controlled substances/pain monitoring. Responsibilities include participation in the program involved with the monitoring and management of drug therapies, formulary management , participation in the assigned patient care program medication needs, provision of education services to staff, residents, students, and patients, the development and management of clinical program such as drug usage evaluation and adverse drug reactions, involvement in medical center committees, polypharmacy, interaction with regulatory agencies/vendors/inspectors, and ensuring the effective clinical pharmacy services are being provided. The incumbent will also assist with clinical education activities, provide drug information, contribute to medication use evaluation (MUE) activities, provide support to the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, as well as other hospital committees when called upon and provide drug information/education to patients. Distributive responsibilities will be incurred in this position when appropriate. Functions at the highest level of clinical practice and works independently under the pain management scope of practice at their facility equivalent to 25% of their time as a clinical pharmacist provider. 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. This includes, but is not limited to, the following: designing, implementing, assessing, monitoring and documenting in writing therapeutic plans utilizing the most effective, least toxic and most economical medication treatments. Works towards helping achieve positive patient centric outcomes through direct and indirect interactions with patients, providers, and interdisciplinary teams in pain management. Performs patient assessments; and ordering laboratory including urine and blood toxicology screens and other tests to help determine efficacy and toxicity of medication therapy. All patients' interviews and assessment notes are completed appropriately and, in a manner, consistent with the current quality assurance policies and are documented in writing in the medical record. Possess knowledge of potential side effects of pain medications and their treatment and management strategies. Assess the potential for pain medication non-compliance and develop strategies for non-compliant patients and patients with a history of addiction or potential for addiction. Screens and assesses patients appropriately for safety risk including suicidal ideation and completes the comprehensive suicide risk assessment note where appropriate. Monitors for the completion and documentation of the universal precautions of prescribing opiates including opiate informed consents, urine drug screen completion, PDMP review, morphine equivalents per day, and naloxone distribution/education. Provides in-service educational programs directed to the development of the pharmacy staff and education of other health care disciplines. Interacts with and educates students, residents, house staff, and attendings from various clinical services with regard to pain medication therapy. Presents lectures and conferences to medical, nursing, and pharmacy staff and students concerning pain medication therapy. Creates an environment to stimulate, encourage, and support the participation of pharmacy personnel in providing drug information to the medical center staff and other facilities as deemed appropriate. Acts as a source of drug information for health professionals through direct response to specific inquiries concerning medications and therapy. Educates patients, family members, or care givers on the proper use and storage of medications through daily interactions and documents these interactions in the medical record. Printed educational material should be provided to the patient, family member, or care giver as appropriate. Maintains his/her professional competency by keeping current with information on new drugs, new drug therapies, innovations in pharmacy practice, and integrating this information into his/her daily practice. Supervises and trains pharmacy residents and students, and medical residents in the Pharmacy Pain Medication Program. Evaluates residents and students based on performance, presentations and examinations. Maintains an organized, structured, clinical pain management rotation for pharmacy students and residents. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8 hour shifts between 7:00am - 5:30pm.
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