Company/Organization: Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Cente
Mentor(s):Mrs. Rose Lee
Topic of Internship
On September 10, 1978, a group of dedicated volunteers from the North Hudson-South Bergen community helped relocate the North Hudson Hospital to the North Bergen waterfront. The hospital was renamed Palisades General Hospital. This group of volunteers helped fulfill a dream to ensure the care of patients in the entire Hudson County. This 350-bed hospital works alongside each other in order to provide acute care to its patients. In 2013, the Hackensack UMC Palisades was recognized by Modern Healthcare are one of the 100 "Best Places to Work in Healthcare." The pharmacy department consists of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and interns who work as a team and family in order to ensure that all tasks are completed with great care.
Summary of Internship
The pharmacy of Palisades Medical Center has truly opened my eyes as to what the pharmacy field has to offer. Not many people are given such a prestigious opportunity to work alongside pharmacists and be able to help them perform numerous tasks in order to ensure proper treatment for patients. I enjoyed working in an environment where learning and asking questions were not just encouraged, but also a part of the experience. Throughout my time at this internship, I was able to observe pharmacists and I learned that filling medications is not the only job pharmacists have. As an intern, I was given the responsibility of observing and participating in the process of helping patients. I was responsible for filling patient cassettes for an assigned floor. I would receive a list that had each of the patient's name with their medications listed under them. Sometimes there would be so many medications that the cassette would overflow. One important thing that I learned while doing this task is that precision is key and that the slightest error can be fatal to a patient. Some of the medications contain either a DR or an EC in its name and they can be easily mistaken for one another. Giving a patient the correct one is very crucial. However, even if you mistake it for another drug, there are safety measure in place. After I would fill a cassette, a pharmacist would go through my work and see if everything is correct. I also had the pleasure of witnessing the procedures of compounding IVs. I took immense interest in this not only because it looked like it was a very enjoyable task, but also due to the fact that certain dosages needed to be determined through calculations. Being able to shadow pharmacists and pharmacy technicians and work alongside has caused my interest in pharmacy to grow. It has impacted the way I look at the pharmacy field and has aided in my decision to pursue pharmacy as a career.
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