Pediatric Pharmacist. My name is Monica Bogenschutz. I’m a Pediatric Clinical Pharmacist at American Family Children’s Hospital.
What is a pediatric pharmacist?
I wanted to be a pediatrician, but I wanted to explore more chemistry and another side of the science. And, as I explored more about career options, Pharmacy stuck with me as something that I’d be able to take all of my interest in science and math And use it throughout my career.
Pharmacists bring such an incredible value to hospital Care for patients. We are that safety net at the end of the day.
Pharmacists are there at the forefront being able to catch errors that have gotten through, which is because systems are built. Perfectly. I get to interact with patients regularly.
I work primarily in the Pediatric ICU. Children are so resilient that I just love being able to come to work.
You might have a patient, that’s incredibly sick. And it’s so rewarding to see them get better.
What does a pediatric pharmacist do?
Pediatric pharmacy, I think, is just an incredible option, Because there’s so little data known about the majority of Pediatric disease states. Especially when it comes to medications that work within their Growing bodies. So I work with patients that are premature weighing less than a kilogram to patients that weigh well over a hundred kilos.
It’s incredibly important that we are paying very close attention to checking the medications to ensure they’re the exact dose that the patient needs. What excites me most about my job is that every day I walk in and I’ll never know what the day is going to be like.
I have the opportunity to work with students, medical residents, physicians, attendings fellows.
I work with a bunch of amazing nurses. And the patient care that we provide here is second to none.
Where do pediatric pharmacists work?
The greatest thing about working at UW, Health and American Family Children’s Hospital is that as a pharmacist, we get to practice at the top of our license. It’s everything that I learned in pharmacy school that pharmacists have the opportunity to do.
We get to do it here. In the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, we’ll see patients needing cardiac surgeries, patients that have had asthma exacerbation any motor vehicle accident, leading to a traumatic brain, injury. I’ll start my day, pre-rounding on patients, meaning that I’m looking at patient labs.
I’m looking At patient’s medications, I’m looking at what their urine output has been like what their blood pressures are, what their heart rate is looking like. , And I take all of that information and I look back at the past 24 hours of their stay. And I try to help Put together a plan of what their next 24 hours are going to be looking like.
While pharmacists are on rounds with American Family Children’s Hospital, we are in charge of all the patients on each unit that we’re working on. So while some of the resident physicians or the fellows might be cross covering, we know the patient’s story from start to finish, because we’ve been there every single day of the week.
I think everyone should come to UW Madison School of Pharmacy. It’s such a neat place to learn and train and grow.
The relationships I was able to build with not only my students in my class but also my professors. That trained me is something that I will forever be able to fall back.
Love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life. And I embrace that.
I love being able to use Math and Chemistry, integrate them with patient care and that’s why I’m a pharmacist.
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Little Talk With Tara Smith, Pediatic Pharmacist
I was hired to be the Pediatric Pharmacist. So primarily I work on the pediatric side of things.
Looking at order sets and kinda gearing us up for the new incoming Nemours project. Focusing on the peds aspect of a pharmacy right now.
What’s the typical day for a Pediatric Pharmacist, What are you doing?
A typical day is looking at mostly the Pediatric OR in the morning, ’cause. They get started very bright and early and then assessing any patients on the floor that might be up in the pediatric ward and then, of course, any add-ons from the ER or OR or any patients that are coming in for other procedures and surgeries and things.
What do you love best about being a pharmacist?
That I can work in pediatrics. It’s a very specialized area and it’s just been a good career. It’s been a fun area because pediatrics is so different. You get to see the good side of kids getting well and going home, and so that’s the positive side of it. And I enjoy working in that field with the families and the children.
Is being pediatric pharmacy busy?
Yeah sure. And it’s gotten busy here. We have a lot in January alone, I think around 163 pediatric surgeries. So it’s getting busier.
what do you love best about your pharmacy department?
The people, you are surrounded by are Wellbeing fairly new here, They welcomed me very easily and very quickly, and it’s just a great group of people to work with.
We always help each other out and if anybody has any needs, somebody else is right there to support you and they’ve trained me well taught me well, and just been very good to me. I’ve enjoyed it.
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why pediatric pharmacy?
As a pediatric pharmacist, we do help parents in medication administration for their children. We help verify orders and, of course, making sure the dosing is all correct.
I’m inappropriate for the patients, but we’re also there to help the physicians and the nurses, with any questions that they have. All I knew about was working in the retail pharmacy and you see the pharmacist behind the counter, counting The pills and the medications and dispensing the medications. So that wasn’t the most enticing thing to me when I was in college so learning more about what pharmacists do.
Working in the hospital actually being involved in ambulatory care, where they actually do patient interactions and counseling pharmacists are just getting involved in many many different fields. My advice for students to be a pediatric pharmacist is just to have that good foundation. So Once you finish pharmacy school, I think it’s very important to have that PGI one residency program on your resume as a pediatric pharmacist, the most important thing is to have good communication skills and to be very approachable.
Our flexibility and our schedule are very good as well, and it’s a growing field, so there would be probably a lot more positions out there in growing hospitals, the biggest drawback of being a pediatric pharmacist is seeing our Children suffer or seeing them pass away. In our units, when parents stopped me in the hallway and thanked me for helping in caring for their child’s that’s what makes it all worth it.
Hello my name is Rijani, S.Far., Apt. I graduated from pharmacy school in 2009 at Sanata Dharma of Pharmacy and Ahmad Dahlan University. I am a big believer in that you get out of life what you put in. This is my way of giving back and helping future pharmacists as well as current ones.