By Jennifer McCree, Pharm D. (Doctor of Pharmacy)
I’ve been at Cardinal Glennon for four years. I began my work here as a student at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, and I liked it so much that I just never left! One of the things I really enjoy about my work at Glennon is a regular rotation through the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
In addition to my work in the hospital pharmacy, I spend one week each month in the NICU. The work here provides a great change of pace from the pharmacy and allows me to be close to the patients. You get to see a lot of things firsthand and learn from the neonatal physicians’ interaction with parents and resident physicians. I feel like my base of knowledge is always growing.
My typical day in the NICU includes order entry on the floor; making rounds with neonatal physicians, neonatal nurse practitioners and residents; double-checking dosing and administration of medications; and collaborating with physicians and nurses on the medications given to our young patients.
It is well-documented that having a pharmacist in the NICU will reduce medication errors and cost, while improving outcomes and shortening the length of time babies are hospitalized.
It’s really amazing to be around babies who are so small that they can fit in your hand, and to know that you play a role in helping them survive and eventually go home. I find my work very fulfilling!