If there’s one important thing I learnt from pre-reg, it’s that pharmacists and technicians are worthwhile friends. My fellow pre-regs were there to help me gather those final evidences, for tea and cake during revision, and for cram sessions before appraisals. This is extrapolating to my life as a newly qualified. If I find myself with a complex medication query I can bleep the specialist pharmacist, but if it’s a daft, simple question , I know I can bleep a fellow junior to help me out. We can stay that extra half hr to make someone’s on call run smoothly or answer our mobiles to help out to help a “resie” in crisis. Befriend your ward technician and you have a point of guidance and are “in the know” of everything that’s going on with the patient’s drugs. The downside to pharmacists and technicians as friends is banning the word pharmacy night out -to save from the ranting.
However don’t overlook the importance of MDT (multidisciplinary teamwork). Befriend a doctor and you turn into a well oiled TTO (discharge prescription) machine. You can reconcile your drug histories in half the time and ask daft questions about medical diagnosis. However most importantly get the tip off as to where the next doctor’s mess is held (payday party). Befriend a nurse and you can know everything there is to know about your patient and their discharge plans. If you make an effort with a ward they have been known reward the pharmacist with a cup of tea.
So sure you can come to work put your head down and get on. Work for me would not be the same without the banter. Get to know everyone and certain processes become easier. A smile is a good start and cakes have been reported to go down well.
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