Hannah Knowles MPS loves being involved in every stage of a patients’ journey, an interest well suited to her new role at a leading Brisbane hospital pharmacy.
Why did you choose pharmacy?
Coming from a rural background, I saw the impact of a pharmacist on a community. Pharmacy combines my interest in science and people and the opportunity to work in a wide range of practice areas.
Throughout my degree, I worked in different community pharmacies and then transitioned into hospital pharmacy in my intern year.
I am currently completing my residency training at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.
Was community pharmacy a stepping stone for your current interests?
Yes, working in community pharmacy has been invaluable for my development as a pharmacist.
I have worked with and been mentored by some exceptional pharmacists who fostered my passion for the profession, my appreciation for the importance of developing effective relationships, and the key skill of explaining medicines in a way patients can understand.
How has COVID-19 impacted your role?
This is a response that could change quite quickly!
Currently, I am upskilling for partnered charting and as being the second check for medicine administration in addition to my regular work.
In partnered charting, credentialled pharmacists work closely with the medical team to undertake a medication review and chart medicines for nursing staff to administer.
There are COVID-19 specific research projects and trials within the department ongoing, and social distancing has meant that all meetings have moved onto a virtual platform.
What are the benefits to early career pharmacists in attending FIP and PSA conferences?
Conferences are a fun and effective way to connect with other people in the profession, to discuss current issues in pharmacy and to share ideas.
Through attending International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) conferences, I have gained a global network of pharmacy colleagues, broadened my understanding of international pharmacy practice and the importance of policy to implement programs and how it relates to my daily practice.
What are your thoughts on pharmacists’ remuneration?
The role of a pharmacist is evolving quickly to meet the needs of patients and the healthcare system. The increasing complexity and accountability of pharmacy roles should be supported with training pathways and advanced practice credentials.
This change in role needs to be reflected in remuneration. This is discussed in detail in the PSA Roles and Remuneration report published last year.
I’m excited to see new roles for pharmacists emerging. For now, I will be completing my foundation residency training, attending professional conferences and working on my research skills.
A DAY IN THE LIFE of Hannah Knowles MPS,
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