Ibrahim Hawash is a newly graduated pharmacist student from Lebanon. Graduating from Lebanese University, Mr. Hawash traveled to St. Louis, Missouri where he currently calls home. Currently he is self-employed but he holds five years of practice in a hospital setting in Lebanon. Ibrahim Hawash is currently in the process of fulfilling the requirements necessary to start his own pharmacy practice in the state of Missouri and his career goals are to advance his hospital practice skills with a potential to work as an infectious disease pharmacist specialist.
While this website is to display the recent advancements in the field of pharmacy as well as the news that arises from the field, many individuals may not know exactly what a hospital pharmacist does. Below you can find important information on the subject from pharmacy.com.
Typically in an inpatient setting in a hospital pharmacy you are going to see patients treated by hospital pharmacists to have more complicated conditions than patients that would arrive at the other units of the hospital. Staff pharmacists often see many different conditions and could have exposure to oncology, medication therapy, intravenous, pain therapy, nutrition, dispensing medication, monitoring drug therapy, making purchase decisions, overseeing drug administration and preparing IV medication.
On a daily basis hospital pharmacists are primarily interacting with nurses and physicians. Often they do not end up working with patients directly but rather with the other health care providers to optimize the patient’s therapy. The report mentioned on pharmacy.com’s site mentions that some hospitals do offer opportunities for pharmacists to see patients by rounding with physicians and nurses.
“Twenty-five percent of a staff pharmacist’s time is spent on patient care services and another 25% is spent on medication dispensing, including associated patient counseling. An additional 11% of their time is spent on medication preparation/compounding. Eight percent of their time is spent on health professional consulting with an equal percent on data management.”