Life of a STEMmer- Hospital Pharmasist
It is always intriguing to find out a little more about the different professions, so here I will be introducing to you what it is like to be a Hospital Pharmacist!
To begin with, it is true that it does take a couple of years to earn a professional qualification in this field and it is 4 years at University followed by a Pre-Registration Year at the end of which we have what we call the “registration exam”. To be able to practice as a Pharmacist this registration exam must be passed at 70% or above and this is crucial not only in terms of making us a better Pharmacist but also to give the wider public confidence in the quality of care that we provide.
The amount of knowledge we learn is phenomenal, from pharmacology to pharmacogenomics and pharmacokinetics – it does indeed cover a lot of medicines related modules! And by now you have probably realised that the majority of our daily lives are therefore spent dealing with medicine related queries. Pharmacists are medicine experts, they evaluate every aspect of the pharmaceutical care from checking interactions between the different medicines that the patient may be on to checking whether the medicine dosage is appropriate (for example by considering the patient’s renal function and full blood counts) – the holistic management of medicines is indeed a complex process!
In the hospital, Pharmacists are also involved in counselling patients on the different side-effects that the medicines might have, they also monitor the patient’s blood pressure and other related observations which can help to determine how best we can derive a pharmaceutical care plan which is suitable for that individual patient.
Doctors, Pharmacists, Nurses and other Healthcare Professionals all work together on the wards to provide the best care possible to the patient – everyone works together in a team and we all contribute to make the patient better.
It is a very rewarding career to go into, you learn about various medicines, what they are used for, how they work in the body (in other words their mechanism of action), how the renal and hepatic impairment affects how drugs are handled by the body and how the natural human physiology affects the medicines pathway in the body from little babies to very elderly patients – we get to manage the treatment of everyone and touch their lives in one form or another.
In my next blog, I will be talking more about this topic and if there is anything else you want to know about then please don’t hesitate to comment below. I look forward to hearing from you too!