AJP chats with Morgan Kennedy: pharmacy assistant turned pharmacist, member of the Wanni White Coats, and MIMS/Guild Intern of the Year 2016
1. What were you doing before starting life as a pharmacist?
Before becoming a pharmacist I was a pharmacy assistant. I have worked for the Capital Chemist Group for 10 years and working with such enthusiastic and inspirational pharmacists is what inspired me to become a pharmacist. I also think that working in a pharmacy before you become a pharmacist is really important as you learn exactly what a pharmacist does and how a pharmacy works.
2. What are you enjoying most about pharmacy so far?
The people! The patients are what I enjoy most about being a pharmacist, because helping someone with a problem gives you a great sense of satisfaction. That’s why I became a pharmacist, to try and help people and make their lives a little easier.
3. How would you describe your team?
Motivated, enthusiastic and caring. If we set a team goal we are all so motivated to try and achieve it! If we start a new program or services we are all enthusiastic learning about it and carrying it out and we always to try look after our patient’s wants and needs.
4. What’s the one main thing you learnt during your intern year?
It is really important to have a good team and support group around you. Your intern year is one of the most stressful times of your life and having people to support you, help you, who you can study with, learn from and share experiences with is really important. It is also important to remember that every time you help a patient it is an opportunity to learn and improve yourself, don’t be afraid to say you don’t know something, as that knowledge will make you a better pharmacist.
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