Ashley N. Williams
Company/Organization: Hackensack University Medical Center
Topic of Internship
Hackensack University Medical Center is one of the Nation's Leading Hospitals. This 781 bed nonprofit hospital serves as a research and teaching hospital and is the 4th largest in the nation. It is located in Hackensack, New Jersey on Prospect Avenue. HUMC is the largest inpatient and outpatient service provider. The pharmacy department consists of three inpatient satellites, a main pharmacy, an OR satellite, and an outpatient cancer center. There are 94 pharmacists (excluding clinicians) and 199 total pharmacy employees.
Summary of Internship
In the pharmacy department, I have been given the opportunity to observe pharmacists at work along with pharmacy technicians. I have completed simple tasks such as going on rounds in the hospital with the pharmacy technicians and by carrying out jobs given to me by the staff. I have learned the ways of a hospital pharmacy and the importance of patience, responsibility, and accuracy. This learning experience has benefitted me greatly as a prospective pharmacy student. Although there are limitations in the department, this experience has definitely made my interest in pharmacy stronger.
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