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Employment Type:
Intern/Co-op
Posted:
4/25/2019
Job Category:
Pharmacy
Pharmacy Intern
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Job Description

Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, a subsidiary of Massachusetts General Hospital, is renowned as one of the largest acute care hospitals in the Seacoast region of New Hampshire and Southern Maine. At Wentworth-Douglass, we value people who contribute to patient-centered care that enhances community health; we recognize and reward those who share our values and transform our patients' lives. We invite you to explore opportunities, cultivate community wellness and professional growth.

The pharmacy intern obtains medication histories for new patients admitted through the Emergency Department or through Surgical Services. Medication history information will be obtained from the patient directly from the patient's family, retail pharmacy, or provider's office. The intern enters the medication history into the electronic patient database or updates the database if a medication list already exists. The intern will communicate the completion of the medication history to the provider, nursing and pharmacist. The intern may perform the duties of a certified or sterile compounding technician as needed.

1. Demonstrates competence in the performance and responsibilities related to providing the safe and appropriate dispensing and preparation of medications in accordance with federal, state and local laws and in compliance with the requirements of the state's Board of Pharmacy.

o Interprets medication orders (verbal and written) and accurately enters such information into the patient's medication profile under the direct supervision of a pharmacist or the resident.

o Compounds and accurately dispenses medications and sterile IV products including TPN.

2. Demonstrates competence in the performance and responsibilities as they relate to the review of medication orders assuring they will contribute to positive patient outcomes

o Accurately monitors drug therapy regimens for contraindications, drug/drug interactions, food/drug interactions, allergies and appropriateness of drug dose and frequency

o Provides clinical consultation and clarification to practitioners and patients. Suggests appropriate, cost effective therapeutic alternatives to medical staff as needed, as evidenced by clinical intervention logs.

3. Demonstrates competency in the performance and recognition and reporting of adverse drug events and areas of process improvement within the department

o Participates in the recognition and reporting of all potential adverse drug reactions to the clinical pharmacy coordinator responsible for the collection, review and interpretation of all adverse drug reactions

4. Contributes to the quality and effective operation of the department.

o Answers the telephone in a courteous and timely manner and identifies self by name when taking calls. Responds or redirects requests as appropriate, as evidenced by personal monitoring and number of complaints received.

o Works independently under supervision of a pharmacist. Organizes and prioritizes work assignments. Ensures pharmacy services are provided in a timely manner as evidenced by lack of complaints.

5. Demonstrates proficiency in information systems including clinical information system, automated dispensing system, and vault management system.

o Knowledgeable on those clinical modules necessary to provide appropriate patient care.

o Able to operate the Pharmacologists Inventory management system and dispense medications from the Carousel.

o Able to receive controlled substances into the Pyxis C-2 Safe and issue controlled substances to Pyxis meditations throughout the building.

6. Performs medication history collection for Emergency Department patients

o Utilizes all sources of information (i.e. Nextgen, Soarian, patient list) to create an accurate medication list.

o Interviews patients or patients' family to verify accuracy of list.

o Calls patients' pharmacies to verify accuracy of medications when necessary.

o Verifies or adds patients' preferred pharmacy.

o Verifies or adds patients' preferred pharmacy.

7. Oversees the medication distribution process for the Emergency Department.

o Manages inventory and par levels of Emergency Department automated dispensing units.

o Replaces medications (including control drugs) to automated dispensing units. Informs charge nurse as well as pharmacist of all control drug inventory discrepancies assuring all discrepancies are resolved within 48 hours.

o Accurately performs daily C-II safe functions by pulling narcotics for automated dispensing units.

o Replaces and reconciles narcotic boxes for EMS services.

8. Actively participates in quality improvement activities.

o Collects and analyzes data accurately for projects and initiatives specific to the Emergency Department.

o Completes and documents medication storage area inspections on a monthly basis for the Emergency Department. Identifies and replaces outdated and unusable drugs.

o Ensures TJC medication management compliance in the Emergency Department.

Experience Preferred/Desired

* Health System experience preferred, but not required.

Education Minimum Required

* Enrolled in an accredited school of Pharmacy or is a graduate who has established educational equivalency by obtaining a Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination certificate.
* Someone who is a qualified applicant awaiting examination for licensure.
* Entering first professional year of a six year program

Special Skills Minimum Required

* Ability to work independently with minimal direct supervision.
* Ability to work cooperatively with health-system and pharmacy staff.
* Ability to handle frequent interruptions and adapt to changes in workload and work schedule.
* Ability to set priorities, make critical decisions and respond quickly to emergency requests.

Licensure and/or Certifications Required

* Registered by the New Hampshire Board of Pharmacy as a Pharmacy Intern prior to employment.

About Wentworth-Douglass Hospital

Wentworth-Douglass Hospital was conceived as a 30 bed hospital on March 15, 1904 when the Dover City Council accepted "the receipt in trust of a legacy under the will of the late Arioch Wentworth" who gave "to the town of Dover, NH, for a hospital to be called the Wentworth", one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000). The hospital opened on August 30, 1906. The Wentworth Hospital consisted of three cottage-type buildings connected by corridors - the Men's Ward, Women's Ward and Nurse's Home and administrative building. All that remains today of the original buildings is a stone wall along Central Avenue. In 1982, Wentworth-Douglass Hospital became the first Seacoast hospital to be designated as a trauma center and that same year the hospital separated from the city and incorporated as a non-profit community hospital. Today, Wentworth-Douglass is licensed for 178 beds making it the largest acute care hospital in the Seacoast. The hospital strives to meet the medical needs of the community it serves, changing as times change. But just as in 1906, the patient is still the center of our timeless tradition of providing the best in compassionate and comprehensive care.