Posted by: Helen Caley20 JAN 2012
My previous blog concerned the issue of receiving acommunity summer placement when I actually really wanted a hospitalplacement. I did not know whether toturn down the community placement andfully focus on getting a hospital placement or whether that would be too muchof a risk.
Thankfully, soon after posting my blog I received an offerof a week’s placement in a hospital which I was delighted about. It meant that I would be able to go on myfamily holiday; however it did clash with the community placement. I considered my options and decided to acceptthe hospital placement rather than the community placement as I am determinedto become a hospital pharmacist. It mayappear that I have short-changed myself by opting for a one week placement overa six week placement, however I realise I would have trouble motivating myselfto work full-time in a community pharmacy for six weeks when I know that Ireally wanted a hospital placement. Afterall I have worked in an independent community pharmacy for several years so Ialready have plenty of experience in this sector. Moreover, if I accepted the communityplacement I would be very disappointed if I then received an offer of ahospital placement during that time. Essentially I now feel that I am keeping my options open to receivingfurther hospital placements – if I have already received a placement offer fromone hospital I feel confident that I will hopefully secure another placementthis summer.