Company/Organization: The Valley Hospital's Robert and Audrey Luckow Pav
Mentor(s):Mr. Louis Spinelli R.P.
Topic of Internship
The Robert and Audrey Luckow Pavilion is a facility of The Valley Hospital It includes the George R. Jaqua Same Day Services Center, the Daniel and Gloria Blumenthal Cancer Center, and the Valley Health Pharmacy. The Luckow Pavilion serves to lessen the congestion at the Valley Hospital by providing services such as same-day surgery, chemotherapy, and retail pharmacy. The Jaqua Same Day Services Center houses six Same Day Surgical Suites and provides many types of surgery that can be completed within a 24-hour stay. The Blumenthal Cancer Center provides radiation oncology, TomoTherapy, chemotherapy infusion, PET scanning, surgical oncology, clinical trials & cancer registry program, oncologistsí offices and cancer prevention and detection programs. The Luckow Pavilion houses a state-of-the-art cancer center in the tri-state area. The Luckow Pavilion houses many noteworthy centers and strives to provide great care, service, and a good experience with its certified and successful employees such as nurses, surgeons, and pharmacists.
Summary of Internship
Every Thursday, I have the privilege of going to The Valley Hospitalís Robert and Audrey Luckow Pavilion instead of attending school. This provides me with a hands-on experience of what is like to work in the real world, which is something you definitely cannot learn in school. I am lucky to have such a great mentor, Louis A. Spinelli, who teaches us about everything that deals with pharmacy in a hospital setting. I really want to become a pharmacist in the future, so I am extremely thankful that I was able to have this unique and invaluable opportunity to actually learn from a pharmacist who has been working for The Valley Hospital for over 25 years. Also, one of the really useful aspects of being an intern at this particular hospital is that I was placed in the operating portion of the pharmacy, so I was able to get a ďreal-feelĒ of what it is like to be a pharmacist at a hospital.
My day always begins by me going to the menís locker room and changing into scrubs. I have to wear scrubs in order to make sure I donít contaminate anything because I work in the Operating Room section of the hospital. After changing into scrubs, my mentor usually tells me to restock the anesthesia boxes that will be used that day in later surgeries. After that, I then fill orders, file charges, and update patient records. Although this may seem meticulous, it is really important and helpful to the entire faculty working in the hospital. Also, after I finish all of these duties, my mentor always allows me to do something incredibly interesting, such as mixing certain drugs and even watching occasional surgeries. Throughout my stay at The Luckow Pavilion, I have learned an unbelievable amount of information relating to pharmacy. I have also been able to build strong bonds with many of the surgeons and nurses who work there. For example, one of the nurses, Carol, is like a second mother to me. She always asks me how my day is going and helps me with whatever I am working on. The Valley Hospitalís Robert and Audrey Luckow Pavilion is an amazing place to intern, and the place is very welcoming. It has taught me a great deal about the field of pharmacy and has made me certain that pharmacy is what I want to do in the future. The Luckow Pavilion gave me a remarkable and cherished experience, and the information and skills I learned here will always be with me throughout my life.
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