Company/Organization: Hackcensack UMC Palisades
Mentor(s):Dr. Rose Lee
Topic of Internship
Hackensack UMC Palisades (formerly Palisades Medical Center) is a 202-bed non-profit hospital and a member of the Hackensack University Health Network. The hospital was founded in September 10, 1978 with the help of the volunteers of the North Hudson-South Bergen community. Known previously as the North Hudson Hospital, the hospital was relocated to the North Bergen waterfront and was renamed to Palisades Medical Center. Since then, the hospital has been providing healthcare to the 400,000 residents of the northern Hudson and southeastern Bergen Counties. Hackensack UMC Palisades has been a vital component in managing emergency response in the event of disasters around the urban area such as the Flight 1549 crash. Over the years, Hackensack UMC Palisades has continued to follow its mission statement by providing world class care to the community, being recognized by various health associations, including in 2013 recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of the 100 “Best Places to Work in Healthcare.”
Summary of Internship
As a pharmacy intern at Hackensack UMC Palisades, I have access to the pharmacy department every Thursday. On Thursday, I fill medication labels for patients, prepare the patient medication cassettes for the floors, and do research on five drugs. In my research, I find and write down information on these drugs such as its mechanism of action, side effects, dosage forms, and usages. An important skill in the pharmacy is memorization because interns have to fill patient cassettes or medication labels, which requires knowledge of the drugs brand name, generic name, and location in the pharmacy. Responsibility and maintaining trust are also important because my mentor doesn’t often admit interns from high school, meaning I have to have a professional attitude and work ethic to meet the standards of the hospital. I have learned that each department has to work together to take care of patients. Communication is the key to this profession. Every week I learn more and more about not only different drugs and treatments, but also more about the hospital and the community it serves.
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