My first months as a healthcare professional.
Anum is a newly qualified, hospital pharmacist. In this blog, Anum shares her experiences of moving from a student to a healthcare professional.
If like myself, you decided to enter the world of hospital pharmacy, I am sure you experienced the same overwhelming feeling of being confused and unsure ALL the time! As matter of fact, regardless of what sector of pharmacy you decided to enter, I’m sure the feeling was the same. It suddenly dawns on you that your ability to remember anything you learned over the past five years is pretty shocking. You quickly develop a love-hate relationship with the BNF app; you can’t possibly do your job without it but why does it have to take up an unfathomable amount of space on your phone?!
Wherever you work you feel like you are at this weird, uncertain stage of your career. You have a GPhC number and are qualified so you feel like you are expected to know everything, but in reality, you find yourself having to look up things that you should probably just know, triple checking that box of amlodipine and did you just advise that doctor on how to dose gentamicin correctly?? If this sounds all too familiar, worry not! You are not alone, being a newly qualified pharmacist myself and hearing about my friends and colleagues experiences, this is all apparently normal!
So whether you are a pharmacy student and want an insight into the challenges of qualified life, a newly qualified pharmacist and want some useful hints and tips, or an experienced pharmacist looking for a laugh and a chance to reminisce on the good times when, like me, you also had no clue then please read on! These are my top 5 survival tips to help you survive being a newly qualified pharmacist.
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