working in this hospital showed me how to be a part of a team.
Pros: sales representatives would give out free pens, pads, and lunch which kept alot of us from leaving the pharmacy for breaks.
Cons: it's hard to see children sick.
Childrens National Center was my first hospital pharmacy job, so I learned a lot about close patient care. A typical day included making bulk IV solutions and syringes, calibrating the Baxa pump for TPN's, drawing oral syringes, and filling med carts. I was also responsible for patient transfer and discharges before delivering medications cart at the end of my day. We rotated between oral and intravenous cart fills daily and that required working with different people. I caught on quickly, worked well with my co-workers, and after a couple of months I was training new employees. The hardest part of the job was learning the generic names for trade name drugs. The management team was great. They had daily meetings so we could discuss our concerns, they gave everyone a fair chance at working in different areas, and they also had an open door policy so you could speak to them anytime. It was exciting for me to be able to work with children, and I enjoyed being a part of a team that helped children get better.