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Passing the registration exam and becoming a Pharmacist!

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I am happy, proud, excited, delighted and surprised to say that I have passed the registration exam and am on the way to becoming a Pharmacist! I still cannot believe I have made it and it has almost been a week since I found out. Seeing my name on the pass list brought up so many emotions from all the hard work five years has produced.

I found the registration exam really difficult. The questions were different to the previous years sample papers and I made sure I went through the 2012-2013 sample papers and sample questions right before the exam. Tips for next year’s pre-regs would be to make sure they revise everything; it is unpredictable as to what will come up! For example, I was surprised the exam asked about blood test results and reference ranges – it would be a good idea for future pre-regs to therefore learn how to interpret blood test results! Also, learn how to respond to symptoms regarding children. The majority of the questions this year were based around childhood symptoms and advice.

Overall, I found pre-reg year harder than university. It is difficult to balance working full time, writing up performance standards, completing an audit, doing presentations and I am now waiting to be on the register. I was not in a hurry to send my application and documents in, so I am probably looking at 1st September to start working as a fully registered Pharmacist. I am happy for a month break – I think I deserve it after all this hard work!

So the future for me? I am hoping to get a job at another hospital. I have already had a few interviews but competition is tough! Until I get a more permanent position, I am happy to locum and develop my experience in community too. I plan on sharing what it is like to be a newly qualified Pharmacist through my future blogs.

The lesson to learn here is this: if I can make it to become a Pharmacist, then so can the future pre-regs.

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