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About Us

Harris Health is a nationally recognized health system comprising three teaching hospitals and an extensive network of ambulatory care centers serving the people of Harris County, Texas, since 1966. Staffed by the faculty, fellows and residents from two nationally ranked medical schools, Baylor College of Medicine and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), Harris Health is the first healthcare system in Houston to receive the prestigious National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) designation for its network of patient-centered medical homes.

Each year, Harris Health provides more than 1.8 million total outpatient visits through its more than 40 ambulatory care facilities. Additionally, Harris Health sees more than 177,000 emergency visits at its Level 1 and Level 3 trauma centers and 35,000 hospital admissions through its three hospitals: Ben Taub, LBJ and Quentin Mease.

Established by voter referendum to enhance the level of charity care available in the community, Harris Health System has often received national recognition for serving those in need and for its achievements in operational excellence, such as being named to the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Most Wired Hospitals lists by the American Hospital Association’s Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.

Additionally, Harris Health System is pleased that each of its three hospitals — Ben Taub, Lyndon B. Johnson and Quentin Mease — achieved Pathway to Excellence™ designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Job Profile

Job Summary
The Program Manager, Controlled Substances provides oversight and direction for the daily operations of the drug diversion prevention, detection, and response program in partnership with the Pharmacy Quality Manager responsible for the same. The Program Manager serves a critical role in keeping patients and employees safe by preventing and detecting possible mishandling or diversion of controlled substances and ensuring appropriate response in the event of mishandling or diversion. The Program Manager develops and contributes to policies and procedures relative to drug diversion and follows current recommendations by professional organizations guiding drug diversion prevention strategies, including providing recurrent education to employees. The Program Manager coordinates with department leaders to meet reporting requirements related to the mishandling and diversion of controlled substances by employees. The Program Manager upholds high standards of integrity and ethical behavior, mentors others, and role models professionalism.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduate of an accredited school of Nursing. Holds one (1) of the following: Bachelors, Masters, or Doctoral degree. Master¿s degree in Nursing preferred.

Licenses & Certifications:
Licensed to practice professional nursing in the state of Texas.
Certification in relevant nursing specialty within two (2) years of employment.

Work Experience: Five (5) years nursing experience.

i.Five (5) years of experience in investigations and investigative report processing or 8 years of health care experience
ii.Experience in leading/reporting complex or sensitive information to diverse groups
iii.Previous experience in trending and analyzing data
iv.Thorough understanding of medication dispensing technologies (automated dispensing cabinets, etc.), pharmacy operations (e.g., ordering, receiving, storage, distribution, administration, returns, wasting), and other hospital areas (i.e., perioperative, anesthesia, procedural areas, clinics, etc.)
v.Trained in interviewing techniques

Management Experience: Five years of experience managing complex projects preferred.

Communication Skills: Above Average Verbal (Heavy Public Contact), Writing / Correspondence, Writing / Reports

Proficiencies: MS Word, P.C.

Job Attributes

Knowledge/ Skills/ Abilities: Analytical, Medical Terminology, Mathematics

Work Schedule: Weekends, Holidays, Flexible

Other Requirements:
a. Experience in drug diversion prevention processes
b. Federal and state medication handling and controlled substance regulation
c. Familiarity with DNV or TJC Medication Management standards, DEA, EPA and FDA regulations, and the Medicare Conditions of Hospital Participation.
d. Familiarity with national, state, and local drug abuse and diversion trends
e. Critical thinking necessary to appropriately assess and care for employee injuries and illnesses.

Benefits and EEOC

Harris Health System benefits program is designed to provide you with more flexibility and choices in meeting your specific needs. Harris Health System benefits program allows you to protect your income in case of illness, death and disability, and to help you save for retirement.

It is the policy of Harris Health System to provide equal opportunity for all applicants for employment regardless political affiliation, race, color, national origin, age, sex, religious creed or disability. Applicants may request any reasonable accommodation(s) to participate in the application process.

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