As accessible healthcare providers, pharmacists are well-positioned to make a great impact for their patients in various ways. I'm most excited about using our accessibility and positioning within the broader healthcare system to fulfill unmet needs.
Pharmacists have so much clinical knowledge that is often underutilized. When you’re able to provide an alternate perspective on health and wellness to a patient and they are grateful for this, it really makes being in this profession worthwhile.
It's unfortunate but I still hear things like "pill pusher" or "pill counter" when referring to pharmacist skill sets. We are so much more than that and I will continue to advocate for pharmacists by creating systems where pharmacists can become leaders.
On the busiest of days, a familiar smile or wave from across the counter reassures me that we are making an impact in the community and that gives me all the adrenaline I need to come into the dispensary every day.
There has traditionally been a barrier to community pharmacists being engaged in research. I have worked to overcome this barrier. We are on the frontlines. What we do is practise, and this has real-world applications.
I truly believe our impact can be far-reaching and long-lasting if we work to knock down barriers to women in leadership, empower all our pharmacists with the autonomy to define what meaningful work means to them, and help them develop the strategy and leadership skills to execute on their passions.