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Pharmacist-Special Projects


Department Description: Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham (BID Needham) is a licensed 58–bed acute care hospital offering the same care as our direct affiliate Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in your community.
This close affiliation with BIDMC, since 2000, has facilitated the clinical integration of staff and resources in emergency medicine, hospital medicine (hospitalists), cardiology, radiology, orthopaedics, general surgery, pathology and oncology. Physicians in Needham maintain very close relationships with the staff at BIDMC; so in cases where patients need to be transferred from Needham to Boston for more advanced care, there are systems in place to make that transition happen quickly.

Job Location: Needham, MA

Req ID: 35241BR


Job Summary: The Special Projects Pharmacist is responsible for project management of specified special projects assigned by the Director of Pharmacy including, but not limited to, upgrading, evaluation, implementation, and quality assurance of all pharmacy computer systems including Meditech, Pyxis, and future pharmacy systems. Is responsible for project planning and implementation of the medication portion of interdisciplinary projects along with other members of the healthcare team. Performs the job by demonstrating technical ability, understanding of expectations, and ability to multi-task in compliance with and also assists in revising and updating organizational policies and procedures. Applies knowledge of information systems and the medication-use process to improve patient care by ensuring that new technologies support safe and effective medication use. Understands aspects of pharmacy informatics systems and their impacts on other hospital systems. Supports the functions of the healthcare team in regards to the Meditech medication dictionary.

Supports the mission of the department by ensuing that the right patients receive the right medication in a safe and timely manner under the direct supervision the Director of Pharmacy. This position will be responsible for managing the various technology and non-technology projects of the department. In particular this position will assist with the implementation of a point of care bedside verification system, including ensuring that all products dispensed from the Pharmacy have a bar code that is readable by the system used on the nursing units.

Essential Responsibilities:
  1. Applies the knowledge of information systems and the medication-use process to improve patient care by ensuring that current and new technologies lead to safer and more effective medication use. Regularly supports the implementation of new technologies and maintenance of current technologies leading to safe and effective medication- use by working to develop system improvements)
  2. Manages daily controlled substance replenishment of Pyxis automated dispensing cabinets (ADC) on the nursing units, as well as all of the Anesthesia cabinets within the OR.
  3. Develops and maintains a system monitoring discrepancies for both nursing units Pyxis ADCs as well as Anesthesia ADCs. Communicate with anesthesiologists and CNRAs on an ongoing basis to resolve discrepancies.
  4. Participates in the identification and resolution of system problems and procedures and evaluates solutions to identified problems. Discriminates between user/education and system problems; works towards resolution of problems through application of technical knowledge and provide communication and follow-up.
  5. Develop a system of monthly review by nursing supervisors and the Director of Anesthesia for all nursing and anesthesia staff using modified reports from RxAuditor, to monitor possible drug diversion.
Required Qualifications:
  1. Bachelor's degree in Pharmacy required.
  2. License Massachusetts Pharmacist required.
  3. 3-5 years related work experience required.
  4. Previous experience with Pharmacy Computer systems especially Meditech Magic 5.6 with V2 allergies. Previous experience with automated dispensing devices; Pyxis preferred. Previous experience with EMAR, BMV, and RXM within a Meditech environment preferred.
  5. Good communication skills including the ability to communicate with people of differing work experiences and backgrounds. Ability to work in a leadership or team member role in interdisciplinary teams including, but not limited to: pharmacists, nurses, physicians, IT, patient financial services.
  6. Must be able to work independently with minimal direction. Must be able to manage/multi-task several projects and tasks at the same time and able to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines. Must be well organized and systematic.
  7. Experience with computer systems required, including web based applications and some Microsoft Office applications which may include Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Access.
Preferred Qualifications:
  1. Previous experience in building medications in PHA preferred
Competencies:
  1. Decision Making: Ability to make decisions that are guided by precedents, policies and objectives. Regularly makes decisions and recommendations on issues affecting a department or functional area.
  2. Problem Solving: Ability to address problems that are highly varied, complex and often non-recurring, requiring staff input, innovative, creative, and Lean diagnostic techniques to resolve issues.
  3. Independence of Action: Ability to set goals and determines how to accomplish defined results with some guidelines. Manager/Director provides broad guidance and overall direction.
  4. Written Communications: Ability to summarize and communicate in English moderately complex information in varied written formats to internal and external customers.
  5. Oral Communications: Ability to comprehend and communicate complex verbal information in English to medical center staff, patients, families and external customers.
  6. Knowledge: Ability to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of concepts, practices and policies with the ability to use them in complex varied situations.
  7. Team Work: Ability to act as a team leader for small projects or work groups, creating a collaborative and respectful team environment and improving workflows. Results may impact the operations of one or more departments.
  8. Customer Service: Ability to provide a high level of customer service and staff training to meet customer service standards and expectations for the assigned unit(s). Resolves service issues in the assigned unit(s) in a timely and respectful manner.

Physical Nature of the Job:
Light work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force frequently to move objects. Some elements of the job are sedentary, but the employee will be required to stand for periods of time or move through out the hospital campus

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