Posted by: Sophie Khatib29 OCT 2012
So, after a bit of a dodgy start to the day, calculations tests, difficult lectures and a dispensary session, I have to say, I’m very proud to be a pharmacy student.
Not many students have such diverse knowledge and skill set as pharmacy students. Yes, it’s extremely difficult when you have to swap from one mind set to another: moving from x-ray diffraction to long division to counselling points for colestyramine sachets seamlessly. Having said that, on what other course would you have such a change in focus and wide range of expertise. It’s very easy to forget that as pharmacists, we will use every single module we have been taught – it may be difficult to see at the time but it’s true. Queries from patients as to why they can split their Imdur MR tablets but not their Tildiem Retard tablets make the formulation lectures necessary. Hospital Kardex charts written up for teicoplanin with a microbiology code need you to understand your microbiology lectures in order to clinically check the prescription against the report from the labs. Whether you work in hospital or community, every single module will play its part in shaping you as a good pharmacist, enabling you to do your job well and show that we are an invaluable member of the healthcare team.
I’m so excited to start my pre registration year and get stuck into the start of my working life. I know that the job market for pharmacists isn’t the best at the minute, as I have been told many times, but personally it gives me something to strive for and something to work hard for. Only the pharmacists that are the BEST at their job, those with new ideas and those with enthusiasm will shine and make a job for themselves. Employers want pharmacists who are proactive and stand out from the crowd – why can’t that be me? Or any one of us? Someone has to put new and fresh ideas forward....GO FOR IT!!!