Andrea Simon.

Patient Centered, Dynamic Clinical Pharmacist

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Highly educated, licensed Pharmacist with experience providing exceptional top-notch pharmacy services to a diverse patient population. Outstanding interpersonal skills with a track record of establishing positive relationships with patients, medical professionals, and staff members. Respected leader with the ability to train and manage diverse teams to deliver peak performance. Dedicated to providing quality patient care and fast and accurate medication dispensing. Exceptional academic qualifications include a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency. ◆ Effectively expanded and lead a hospital-wide antimicrobial stewardship program, achieving a 20% increase in average monthly acceptance rate to greater than 90%. ◆ Successfully piloted pharmacist led medication reconciliation program in surgical patients, achieving 100% completeness and accuracy. ◆ Efficiently managed all aspects of chemotherapy preparation for both inpatient and ambulatory care patients, including expediting preparation and verifying treatment plans within EPIC’s Beacon portal for appropriate use. ◆ Proactively managed all aspects of policy writing and education: pharmacy to dose vancomycin and aminoglycosides, clozapine medication management, metformin with iodinated contrast, and probiotics. ◆ Efficiently implemented key technician practice changes including IVPB barcode practice change, tamper resistant tape for bulk medications and the standardization of NICU auxiliary labels to drive efficiency and safety. ◆ Retained a friendly and professional demeanor when communicating with nurses, physicians and pharmacy staff members to dispense medications and optimize patient care.

Work experience

2016 - Present

Dignity Health Northridge Medical Center

Clinical Pharmacist/Lead Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist

◆ Lead regular antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP) clinical rounds with an infectious disease physician to discuss appropriateness of therapy and make evidence based recommendations to practitioners regarding antimicrobial choice, dose, and duration of therapy. ◆ Empower pharmacy staff and practitioners to question the need for antimicrobials and urge for the prompt discontinuation of antimicrobial agents when there is a lack of infectious markers, such as fever or elevated white blood cell count, positive cultures, and elevated pro-calcitonin. ◆ Participate in hospital infection prevention committee meetings by providing ASP outcome data, present pharmacy initiatives, and contribute a pharmacist perspective to infection prevention concerns and improvements. ◆ Develop electronic data collection tools for patient profiling and data trending for antimicrobial use, prescriber specific issues, hospital acquired infections, and multidrug resistant organisms. ◆ Write and educate pharmacists on policies and protocols, such a vancomycin and aminoglycoside dosing and monitoring, probiotic ordering for patients meeting criteria, renal dosing and IV to PO conversions when indicated. ◆ Oversee operations and manage clinical duties in pharmacy satellites, which include general medicine floors, telemetry units, surgical patients, and the intensive care unit. ◆ Support Emergency Department staff by actively responding to Level 1 Trauma Codes, Code Blue, Code Stroke, Code MI, and Code Sepsis. ◆ Provide main pharmacy services, which include order verification and clarification, IV admixture preparation, drug information, adult TPN formulation, neonatal and pediatric TPN review, and patient monitoring.

2015 - 2016

Providence Saint Joseph

PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Resident

◆ Gained extensive experience in core rotations: Internal Medicine, Critical Care (ICU), Infectious Diseases (ID), Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU), Oncology, Administration, Informatics, Emergency Department and Medication Safety. ◆ Successfully piloted pharmacist led medication reconciliation program in surgical patients, achieving 100% completeness and accuracy. ◆ Efficiently managed all aspects of chemotherapy preparation for both inpatient and ambulatory care patients, including expediting preparation and verifying treatment plans within EPIC’s Beacon portal for appropriate use. ◆ Collaborated to achieve continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) policy and procedure implementation. ◆ Consulted with interdisciplinary staff on adult extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) anticoagulation orders. ◆ Closely supervised the preparation and expediting of drug delivery while also managing anticoagulation monitoring, renal dosing, IV to PO conversion, drug dosing and monitoring for vancomycin, aminoglycosides, warfarin and heparin and medication profile reviews. ◆ Served as a preceptor for 4th year pharmacy students in antimicrobial stewardship and pharmacy practice rotations to enhance their development and learning process. ◆ Actively participated in interdisciplinary rounds in the ICU, NICU and ID to assure top safety, productivity, and efficiency. ◆ Proactively managed all aspects of policy writing and education: pharmacy to dose aminoglycosides, clozapine medication management and metformin with iodinated contrast. ◆ Efficiently implemented key technician practice changes including IVPB barcode practice change, tamper resistant tape for bulk medications and the standardization of NICU auxiliary labels to drive efficiency and safety. ◆ Coordinated and conducted extensive monograph formulary reviews presented for P&T approval: Folotyn, Gazyva, Istodax, Opdivo, Sylatron, Cupric, del Nido cardioplegia solution and Darzalex.

2012 - 2015

Providence Saint John's Health Center

Pharmacist Intern

◆ Organized and performed a thorough Medication Error Reduction Program (MERP) audit for 100% patient cassette accuracy. ◆ Effectively led the bar code medication administration (BCMA) practice change in the pharmacy department including creating a key medication database, fully training all pharmacy staff members and quickly resolving a variety of complex recognition issues. ◆ Retained a friendly and professional demeanor when communicating with nurses, physicians and pharmacy staff members to dispense medications and optimize patient care. ◆ Administered comprehensive training to new technicians and interns on pharmacy procedures, including IV mixtures and unit dosing, ensuring the complete understanding of their responsibilities and organizational policies. ◆ Productively maintained a number of Omnicell dispensing machines and promptly resolved various discrepancies. ◆ Collaborated with nurses, anesthesiologists and pharmacists in operating room satellites to maintain anesthesia trays, dispense medications and respond to codes.

2011 - 2012

Rite Aid Pharmacy

Pharmacy Intern

◆ Provided excellent patient service by delivering appropriate medication consultations and OTC recommendations. ◆ Administered full assistance to the pharmacists by calling for transfers and transcribing new prescriptions while coordinating with technicians to fill patient prescriptions. ◆ Safely and properly administered vaccines and provided comprehensive counseling for a diverse range of patients. ◆ Assured strict compliance with all federal and state regulations. ◆ Enforced established policies and procedures for controlled substances to avoid patient overdoses/misuse. ◆ Educated patients and their families regarding potential side effects and drug interactions. ◆ Utilized a strong clinical knowledge to meet the needs of patients and provide them with exceptional service.

Education

2015

USC School of Pharmacy

Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)

2010

University of California, Irvine

Bachelor’s Degree, Psychology

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