As we all know, the role of pharmacist in health care is expanding quickly. Pharmacists are making a big jump from the “lick, stick, pour, count” stereotypical model of the past, to the new age of the comprehensive patient care initiative. Let’s hope however, that the “lick” aspect of that previous statement never really accounted to patient care!
Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy is continuously taking steps to prepare us for the pharmacist role expansion. For instance, the American Pharmacy Association has developed a protocol and learning seminar to prepare pharmacist and student pharmacist to give vaccinations to patients. We completed this program as second year pharmacy students!
Before the live seminar, there were online tutorials and an exam to complete, but that was nothing compared to the live training! The material was simple; we students are used to learning the facts! However, on a pretty Saturday, the entire P2 class piled in to a lecture hall and prepared to stick each other, with not just one, but three shots! Hands on learning taken to a whole new level!
Everyone’s nerves were on edge, you could see fear and excitement on faces through-out the room, especially as we began drawing up our syringes with saline solution FOR INJECTION!!! It really made for a comical view! Though most of us had no experience administering shots, everything went smoothly! Not one person fainted! And after a day’s worth of learning and sticking each other, it was yet another accomplishment PCSP gave us!
Taking the course at school meant three really great things: 1) it was FREE, where most pharmacists have to pay to get certified, 2) the certification last for the duration of your career, and 3) it was fun! Having our whole class there, seeing the direct correlation with our school and the initiative to expand pharmacy practice, gave everyone a prideful boost! All in all in was a GREAT day, even though I did get 3 shots!
P2 - Class of 2017