I welcome you all to the Hospital Pharmacy Forum where we will share various topics regarding this setting.
If we could all start out by mentioning where we are from that would be great!
I will begin the first post, and I look forward to hearing from you all!
Greetings from California, USA! Whether you're in Australia, South America or Asia I am sure all of us as pharmacy students remember the first day we stepped into a hospital pharmacy.
I am curious so do tell:
What were your expectations of what a hospital pharmacy would look like? Were you anxious? Scared? Nervous? Excited?
Did the experience meet your expectations?
I still remember of my first day as an intern at a hospital that had just opened in town. It was a modern hospital with less than 50 beds and I was super excited to meet the staff as well as get a tour of the hospital.
It was during December which happens to be winter time and also the busiest time of the year due to flu season. The parking lot was full and it was difficult finding a spot. I was nervous that I would be late on my first day as I had 15 minutes to park and to find the pharmacy in a 5 floor building.
I was lucky enough to find a spot after driving around for a few minutes.
I was able to make it to the pharmacy after roaming the hospital halls. The pharmacy technicians greeted me at the door and began to explain to me where everything was.
Everything had been organized alphabetically on shelves by generic name by dosage form. Tablets were all in the first section, vials in the next, refrigerators along the wall. The IV room was the whitest and cleanest room I had ever seen. The phones would constantly ring which was a bit overwhelming at first but I quickly got used to it.
Some of my classmates had mentioned that they had attended what we call "Code Blues" which is when a patient goes into cardiac arrest- a pharmacist usually is in charge of handing the nurses or physicians the medications with the doses already prepared. The medications are held in what we call a crash cart. So I obviously was terrified yet excited to get to witness this happen but it thankfully didn't happen!
The staff was wonderful! They were always eager to answer any questions I might have.
The best part was that they had a tube system that delivered medications throughout the whole hospital!!
I think that's the part that excited me the most 🙂
Overall, it was a great experience. I learned many things from the various pharmacists that I shadowed. I don't think I exactly knew what to expect in the beginning but I was pleasantly surprised.
I look forward to hearing how everyone else's experience was!