What attracted you to study Pharmacy?
I had done two years of a nursing degree and decided to take a break before my last year. I knew I enjoyed Health, and helping people, so I found a job in a pharmacy. I loved it!
How has your course at NZMA helped you?
I actually started my study with Open Polytech, but the pharmacy I was employed with also had Pharmacist Interns, so it was hard to get support. I decided to study full-time with NZMA, which also meant I would qualify much faster. NZMA teach ‘best practice’ so I learned the right way to do things – and the reasons why we do things this way. I also really enjoyed learning in-depth about medicines
Where are you working now and what is your role?
I have been working at Parkside Pharmacy in Auckland, as a senior technician since I graduated a year ago.
What does your work involve?
Parkside Pharmacy is a unique site which mainly caters to rest homes. It’s situated in a high-rise building in the Auckland city, so we don’t see any customers face-to-face. Instead, we liaise directly with doctors and nurses about their patients. I work as a senior technician, processing prescriptions and dispensing medicines. We dispense a lot of compliance packs and stock for rest homes and I also make aseptic products.
What’s the most exciting aspect of your job?
I love the responsibility I have, and the fact that I still learn new things.
What were the highlights of your course?
My work placement – I got to experience hospital pharmacy and I loved it. I learned so much that I had never seen in a community pharmacy. I feel that Parkside Pharmacy is somewhere between the two.
What is your career goal?
I want to do my Level 6 qualification, and also to qualify as a Pharmacy Accuracy Checking Technician.
I was considering entering the Technician of the Year awards, but decided to wait till I have another year’s experience. I want to be the best technician I can be!
What is the one lesson you learnt during your study and work?
Just keep going – sometimes it seems really hard, but you WILL get there!