Company/Organization: The Valley Hospital/The Robert and Audrey Luckow P
Mentor(s):Mr. Louis Spinelli
Topic of Internship
The Robert and Audrey Luckow Pavilion is located in Paramus, NJ. It is a separate building a part from the main hospital in Ridgewood. It is the site of same day surgeries, cataracts and other joint surgeries. The Pavilion also has departments that deal with chemotherapy, MRIs, and IVF transfers. The Pavilion, structurally, has three floors with multiple OR rooms. It also has three separate pharmacies: the retail pharmacy, OR pharmacy and the main pharmacy.
Summary of Internship
Instead of attending classes every Thursday, us seniors are given the opportunity to attend internship. Every Thursday I wake up early in the morning to get ready for my day at the Robert and Audrey Luckow Pavilion. Located in Paramus, the pavilion is the site of same day surgeries. My mentor, Mr. Louis Spinelli, is an operating room pharmacist. He helps make syringes and other medications for the patients that are going into surgery that day. Each morning gets hectic as he prepares for the day. I often help by checking doctor cases and replenishing the medications within the boxes. The boxes are then kept in the OR rooms if necessary. As the day continues, I often also get the chance to mix certain drugs/substances and dispense certain eye medications into different containers. At my internship, I am also given the opportunity to help my mentor verify orders and make sure that the patient are getting the right medications. Moving forward, one of the most essential lessons I learned from my internship was that a hospital works together as a whole. My mentor helped me realize this by exposing me to other units of the pavilion like the PACU and Pre-OP where there is more patient interaction. Every Thursday, I get the opportunity to interact with other pharmacists in the lab, surgeons and nurses.The pavilion also has hoods, the Pyxis machines and the meditech system that all helped me understand how hospital equipment works and is used. I am overall very thankful to have picked the pavilion as one of my internship choices junior year. I am even more thankful that I received the chance to have my internship at my top choice. This experience helped me realized that a career in pharmacy is really the one that interested me the most. The pavilion will always be very important to me especially throughout the next couple year of my life as I attend pharmacy school.
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