Job Description

  • Job LocationUS-AZ-PHOENIX
    Requisition ID
    01 - Days
    RX Pharmacy Specialty
    John C Lincoln Med Center
    Position Type
    Regular Full-Time
    Physical Work Location and New Employee Orientation Location : Address
    250 E DUNLAP
    Work Hours
  • Overview

    HonorHealth is a non-profit, local healthcare organization known for community service and outstanding medical quality. HonorHealth encompasses five acute care hospitals with approximately 11,500 employees and 4,500 volunteers, over 70 primary and specialty care practices, clinical research, medical education, an inpatient rehabilitation hospital, an Accountable Care Organization, two foundations, and extensive community services.

    HonorHealth is a leader in medical innovation, talent and technology with a genuine commitment to your growth. The health system's vibrant careers take place in an environment filled with opportunity and respect because we see the HONOR in you.


    Bachelor's Degree in Pharmacy from an accredited College of Pharmacy. Required

    Eight (8) years clinical hospital pharmacy experience OR Five (5) years clinical hospital pharmacy experience and one (1) year post-graduate year one (PGY1) pharmacy practice residency Required
    Five (5) years leadership experience in pharmacy practice or managed care Required

    Licenses and Certifications
    Registered Pharmacist (RPh) Must obtain State of Arizona licensure within 90 days after hire Required


    Job Summary
    As a member of the pharmacy leadership team, the Medication Safety Officer is responsible for developing and executing Medication safety practices which are congruent with the mission, vision, values and strategic goals of the organization. The medication safety leader is a clinical practitioner designated by an organization to serve as the authoritative expert in safe medication use. This position reports directly to the VP Pharmacy and will work closely with all aspects of the system wide medication enterprise involving the acute care, ambulatory, medical group and Innovation Care Partners (ICP).
    • Collaborates with various health care professionals, support staff, and management and consider all components of the medication-use process in both inpatient, outpatient, and clinic settings in order to improve medication safety. Responsible for leadership, medication safety expertise, influencing practice change, research, and education. Visible campaigner and authoritative resource on medication safety, is the steward of internal and external evidence, information and knowledge related to medication safety issues, is charged with identifying best practices, viable improvement strategies and practical tools to apply to this work, is the advocate for the mission and vision of medication use excellence throughout the organization.
    • Develops a vision of an ideal safe medication-use system for the organization, Oversee the planning, creation, review, and refinement of a medication safety plan, proactively develop and lead implementation of error prevention strategies based on practice standards, literature review, medication safety tools, and analysis of the organization’s medication safety data, participates in the planning, design, and implementation of the organization’s medication-use technology and automation systems, builds a culture of safety through "lesson learned" education and communication across the entire organization, oversee processes to collect information on the organization’s medication errors and system failures to ensure that they are captured and barriers to reporting are addressed, ensure compliance with state and federal regulatory and legal requirements relating to medication safety and assist in the accreditation process by ensuring that the organization’s medication-use processes meet applicable medication management standards and NPSGs.
    • Serve as an authoritative resource on medication safety for the organization, contribute the medication safety perspective for technology initiatives, internal and external emergency-preparedness planning, understand evaluate and support regulatory compliance across the system, serve as an internal consultant to investigate medication safety events or issues and develop recommendations for action, serve as the chair of the medication safety committee, whose duties may include setting the agenda, reviewing general and specific error reports, and examining the progress of projects and initiatives assigned to the medication safety team, knowledgeable in the application and use of a variety of quality-improvement methodologies and tools (e.g., FOCUS-PDCA or Lean methodologies, RCA, FMEA), collect, review, and analyze, as the leader of review teams, the organization’s medication-use, medication error, adverse drug reaction, and continuous quality improvement data (e.g., markers of adverse drug events, smart pump event data, triggers and surveillance information, automated dispensing system and bedside bar-code scanning reports) and use appropriate data analysis techniques to identify needed improvements and develop high-leverage error-reduction strategies, predict and prepare to manage medication safety issues caused by potential or actual drug product shortages and the use of replacement drug products, maintain knowledge of trends and developments in the patient safety field through continuous professional development; and using information from the Institute of Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) National Medication Error Reporting Program, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) MedWatch program, and similar programs, Participate Knowledge of performance-improvement methodology and tools, including root cause analysis (RCA), failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA), cause-andeffect diagramming, process-flow mapping, and methods for monitoring projects and measuring the progress of performance-improvement local and national levels in patient safety and medication safety organizations and initiatives.
    • Collaborates with other departments (e.g., pharmacy, risk management, patient safety), hospital or healthsystem senior leadership, frontline staff, and nursing and medical staff leadership to identify and prioritize safety issues and develop riskreduction strategies using the methods listed above to identify opportunities to improve medication safety; Manage changes in the medication-use system to enhance medication safety, ensure that appropriate measures are taken to address and resolve medication safety issues, and see that hospital staff and faculty are supported in providing safe care for patients; Work closely with others (e.g., the patient safety officer) to integrate medication safety into the overall strategic plan for patient safety and coordinate medication safety initiatives with organizational patient safety initiatives; Participate in or lead multidisciplinary hospital and health-system committees concerned with medication errors, adverse drug events and reactions, near misses, policy review, safe medication use, new product review, and patient safety to identify risk points and prioritize system improvements to reduce the potential for medication error and patient harm; Consult with and advise specific clinical teams and the hospital and health system generally on opportunities and strategies to improve patient care; Encourage organizationwide medication error reporting through an established and accepted error reporting system that utilizes appropriate error detection methods (e.g., trigger tools) and through other appropriate avenues such as the pharmacy and therapeutics committee, medication safety committee, and patient safety committee; Develop effective methods for spreading best medication-use practices throughout the organization; Use continuous quality-improvement principles to assess and report on the status of efforts to improve medication safety; Periodically review and update clinical decisionsupport tools to alert staff to high-risk situations and educate staff as needed.
    • To further research and education regarding medication safety, the medication safety leader will design and assist in the implementation of education and orientation programs in safe medication use, including; Development of competency assessment for staff tasks related to medication safety (e.g., use of smart pumps and automated medication dispensing systems); Education of health care providers, other pertinent staff, and (as possible) patients to ensure they are competent in safe medication-use practices, and; Provision of effective ongoing programs and presentations related to safe medication use to diverse audiences (e.g., nursing, pharmacy, respiratory care, and medical staff); Share information about actual or potential medication errors or harm with safety organizations such as ISMP, FDA, drug or product manufacturers, and state error reporting programs; Conduct medication-use safety research through welldesigned, externally validated studies and implement evidence-based practices for medication safety; Contribute to the literature on medication safety; Provide medication safety education to pharmacy colleagues, students, and residents, as well as other health care professionals; Integrate medication safety into orientation and training for all health care providers who participate in the medication-use process.
    • Participates on departmental, hospital, health system and school of pharmacy committees, actively participates in national, state and regional professional organizations.
    • Performs other duties as assigned.

    It is the policy of HonorHealth to provide equal opportunity in employment. Selection and employment of applicants will be made on the basis of their qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or any other legally protected status.

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