If you, or a loved one, have been admitted into the hospital, chances are you have required some kind of Intravenous (IV) treatment. What you may not know is that the majority of IV bags used in hospitals are specially made, by hand, by dedicated pharmacy technicians like Kayla Ross.
Sylvia Yazbeck and Kelly Foster are Clinical Pharmacists at Halifax's IWK Hospital. Both are Dalhousie Pharmacy graduates who work in obstetrics and women's surgery. Their patients ages range from 0 (newborns) to senior citizens in their 90s. Their practice is varied and extremely rewarding.
While many students can become narrowly focused on their studies, as a student Craig Connolly was able to see a bigger picture. From that time on, the past ten years, he has been involved in expanding the profession of pharmacy through his extensive work with the Nova Scotia College of Pharmacists (NSCP), the organization that licenses and regulates pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacies in Nova Scotia.
If you have a rare infectious disease, an amputation, or need a very unique medication, Pharmacy Technician Peter MacMillan is in your corner. As a patient, you may never get to meet Peter, but your treatment and healthy recovery may depend on him.
Pharmacist Harriet Davies grew up in small-town Nova Scotia, where the pharmacies were the heart of the community. Her parents are Welsh and immigrated to Canada in 1970. The staff at the local independent pharmacy were very helpful to the couple who had two young children. When she was growing up, Harriet says she saw the important place a pharmacy had in the community. She wanted to help people like the individuals in that pharmacy. She also had a love of science. The role of pharmacist allowed her to pursue both interests.
At only 23 years old and a year out of pharmacy school, Brandon Toner exhibits the vision and commitment to his profession rarely seen in someone so young. He is already helping to incorporate new practice ideas and develop strong relationships with patients at a pharmacy in his native Sydney.
It's all about what activities you are participating in when preparing to have a healthy trip abroad, says pharmacist Cheryl Hoddinott who has a Certificate in Travel HealthTM.
Although you may think that it's the country you are travelling to, which is important, that makes the biggest difference when planning to prevent illness when travelling, it's more about what you are doing that will affect the advice that Cheryl gives her patients.