Dr. Pawasauskas is a Clinical Professor of Pharmacy at the University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy, and a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in pain management at Kent Hospital in Warwick, Rhode Island. She is responsible for pain management content in the Doctor of Pharmacy program in required coursework and has been teaching an interdisciplinary elective course in Palliative Care at the University for over 15 years. At Kent Hospital, she offers a consultation service for patients requiring pain management and precepts students completing their clinical rotations in general internal medicine at the site.
She also collaborates with the hospital’s Palliative Care Service, providing consultative service and educational programs and precepting pharmacy residents completing a palliative care rotation. She is a member and previous co-chair of the hospital’s Pain Management Clinical Steering Committee and has worked closely with medical staff to create pain management protocols and perform drug safety surveillance. She has been active in the surrounding community by educating patients, adolescents, and public service employees about recognizing and preventing prescription drug abuse.
She has partnered with other healthcare professionals and law enforcement to create safe and sustainable drug disposal mechanisms and raise public awareness of the need for the safe handling of pharmaceuticals. Most recently, she collaborated with an interdisciplinary team to implement an inpatient naloxone dispensing program and has been invited to speak on the topic of opioid stewardship for numerous health systems around the country. She has been a recipient of the Cardinal Health Generation Rx award, which recognized her work in prescription drug abuse prevention. She is a past Chair of the Pain & Palliative Care Practice & Research Network of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.
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