Company/Organization: The Valley Hospitalís Robert and Audrey Luckow Pav
Mentor(s):Mr. Louis A. Spinelli R.Ph.
Topic of Internship
The Robert and Audrey Luckow Pavilion is the satellite facility of The Valley Hospital, which includes the Daniel and Gloria Blumenthal Cancer Center, the George R. Jaqua Same Day Services Center, as well as the Valley Health Pharmacy. 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 Jaqua Same Day Services Center contains six same-day surgical suites and four procedure rooms where various types of surgeries can be completed without the patients needing to stay overnight in the hospital. The Valley Health Pharmacy is their full-service retail pharmacy which is available daily to the community, including the patients or employees of The Valley Hospital for prescription or over-the-counter medications. The Luckow Pavilion is an ambulatory care facility containing areas staffed by licensed professionals. This includes physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other health care professions who provide exceptional patient care and excellent service.
Summary of Internship
I am participating in an educational and intensive internship every Thursday of my senior year by gaining real-world experience in the field of pharmacy at The Valley Hospitalís Luckow Pavilion in Paramus, New Jersey. My pharmacist mentor is Louis Spinelli who works on the OR floor of the hospital. Hence, I am able to observe my mentor in his everyday routine and interactions with the Pre-Op, OR and PACU team. With my mentorís help and guidance, I have been gaining knowledge and skills within the pharmacy department on a weekly basis. Everyday of internship, I start my day by putting on scrubs and a hairnet. I check the anesthesia carts by ensuring the correct number and type of drugs are placed into their slots of the carts. These carts are for the anesthesiologists and doctors who commonly use these medications for their surgeries. Moreover, I learned how to use software of Meditech and Pyxis Connect 2 on the computers in my mentorís office to verify medication prescriptions of the patients ordered by the doctors and requested by the nurses. Another key skill I have been learning and developing in the pharmacy is to how physically make solutions of the medications needed for surgical procedures. I have had the opportunity and much practice in making numerous medications including antibiotics and eye drops for cataract surgeries. While making the medications, I learned it is extremely important to keep in mind the right drug, dose, concentration, calculations, quantity, label and expiration date. I learned many practical and useful skills such as sterile technique of how to hold a syringe properly, how to invert the bottle, how to place the filter needle onto the syringe, being able to mix solutions together, place solutions into an IV packet, and work in the sterile hood; all basic skills I would need to know as a pharmacist. I continue to learn more about the pharmacy profession and this opportunity has only further strengthened my desire to become a pharmacist.
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