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Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Critical Care
Based on Experience
Clinical Pharmacy Practitioner
Jamaica, NY
Position Description
The Critical Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at the Jamaica Hospital Medical Center will be responsible for provision of pharmaceutical care to patients managed by intensive care services involving the Medical Intensive Care Unit (6 beds), Coronary Care Unit (7 beds), Surgical Intensive Care Unit (13 beds), and Intermediate Care Unit (28 beds). Activities include participation in rounds: evaluate, monitor and modify drug therapy; provide recommendations to optimize patient outcomes and medication verification. The pharmacist will also work to develop and implement medication use protocols or guidelines as they pertain to critical care (Medical, Coronary and Surgical) patients including optimization of effectiveness, minimization of safety issues and insuring cost effectiveness. The pharmacist should be an effective communicator and be able to integrate themselves within the health care team and current structure of the pharmacy department as well as document clinical activities.

• Practice with other members of the critical care team and focus on the needs of critically ill patients
• Round as a member of the multidisciplinary critical care team to provide pharmacotherapeutic management for all ICU patients
• Prospectively evaluate all drug therapy for appropriate indications, dosage, drug interactions, and drug allergies; monitors the patients’ pharmacotherapeutic regimen for effectiveness and ADEs; and intervenes as needed
• Identifies ADEs and assists in their management and prevention, reporting and develops process improvements to reduce drug errors and preventable ADEs
• Provides pharmacokinetic monitoring when a targeted drug is prescribed
• Provides drug information and intravenous compatibility information to the ICU team and nursing staff
• Provides drug therapy related education to ICU team members
• Documents clinical activities that include, but not limited to, disease state management, general pharmacotherapeutic monitoring, pharmacokinetic monitoring, ADEs, education, and other patient care activities
• Provides didactic lectures to health professional residents and students in critical care pharmacology and therapeutics, where applicable
• Acts as a liaison between pharmacy, nursing, and the medical staff to educate health professionals regarding current drug-related procedures, policies, guidelines, and pathways
• Participates in training pharmacy students, medical residents, and pulmonary fellows through experiential critical care rotations, where applicable
• Develops drug monographs on issues related to drug use in the ICU
• Implements and maintains departmental policies and procedures related to safe and effective use of drugs in the ICU
• Collaborates with nursing, medical staff, and hospital administration to prepare the ICU for The Joint Commission survey and responds to any deficiencies identified
• Provides consultation to hospital committees, such as Pharmacy Therapeutics and Nutrition, when critical care pharmacotherapy issues are discussed
• Identifies how drug costs may be minimized through appropriate use of drugs in the ICU and through implementation of cost-containment measures
• Participates in quality assurance programs to enhance pharmaceutical care

• Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from an accredited College of Pharmacy
• Completion of PGY1 Pharmacy Practice residency
• PGY2 specialty residency in Critical Care (preferred)

Experience and/or skills required:
• 2 years of clinical experience (preferred)

• New York State Pharmacists License, or eligibility to sit for the exam
• Board Certification in Pharmacotherapy (BCPS) or Critical Care (BCCCP), Basic Life Support (BLS) or Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) preferred
Contact Information

Veronica Zafonte, PharmD, BCIDP
Jamaica Hospital Medical Center
8900 Van Wyck Expy
Jamaica, NY 11418
Telephone: 718-206-6090
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