Collaborative Care: Pharmacy & Nursing, 2nd Edition
Corum once again was given the opportunity to host a group of nursing students in a BSN program to show them what long-term care pharmacy (and pharmacy in general!) is all about. We always enjoy spending time with our health care partners and hearing their thoughts and experiences while in this setting. Below is what Liza and Devin shared with us after their time in the pharmacy.
If there is one thing we would like the world to know about pharmacies and pharmacy employees…. It is how much they truly care about the patients taking the medications that they distribute. From our previous experiences with patient care, it is not uncommon for clients to express some level of contempt for pharmacies. This is mostly due to the perspective that views pharmacies as companies with a foundation in sales rather than a foundation in health care.
As nursing students, we had the opportunity to work with and learn from the team at Corum Pharmacy on two occasions, which have revealed to us what actually occurs behind-the-scenes. The truth is, the pharmacists and technicians at Corum Pharmacy are dedicated to not only improving the well-being of their clients but to also improve the financial burden some clients may experience as a result of inflated medication prices. Pharmacies are taking a more central role in the population health aspects of health care by assuming a larger responsibility in vaccine distribution both for COVID-19 and other vaccinations.
As nursing students, we are excited about the direction that our nation’s healthcare is going because interdisciplinary collaboration is, in our opinion, one of the most vital components to our practice. As future nurses, we wish more light could be shed on the various disciplines within health care to improve client understanding of the professions as well as improve our understanding as team-members.
If we could tell the world one thing we wish more people would know about nursing… It is how important team-work and collaboration is to our practice. When something goes wrong or a schedule is delayed, we rely on everyone to keep the ship floating. We value every individual who has a passion for health care and helping others, and hope that one day more medical professions can be recognized for how important they are to us as team members and colleagues.
By: Liza Basan and Devin Brown, BSN Candidates 2022
Introduction By: Megan Holland, PharmD
Collaborative Care: Pharmacy & Nursing, 1st Edition