Willingness and Teamwork Can Accomplish a Lot

I am currently in the role of Interim Pharmacy Director. This was a new role for me and I have found it extremely fulfilling. I believe one factor that made it fulfilling was because of how warmly I was received by the staff within and outside of the Pharmacy Department. The pharmacy staff wanted to learn. They wanted to be led. They wanted the feedback. I believe another factor that contributed to the fulfillment was my attitude coming into the position. I refused to be a “placeholder”, but instead rolled up my sleeves and was determined to make a difference. The staff didn’t feel listened to, so I listened. Full potentials were not being reached, so we came up with a plan to move staff toward reaching their potential. The workflow was not at its optimum efficiency, so we worked together to optimize. There were gaps in medication safety, so we collaborated with other departments to close some of those gaps. And in some cases, staff who were not well suited to being part of the team gained clarity and made choices to go elsewhere. Bottom line, even though interim I have treated this team as permanent and together we have done some great things.

When you have balance in your life, work becomes an entirely different experience. There is a passion that moves you to a whole new level of fulfillment and gratitude, and that’s when you can do your best… for yourself and for others. –Cara Delevingne

Terri Vidals
Terri Vidals

Terri has been a pharmacist for over 30 years and is a drug diversion mitigation and monitoring subject matter expert. Her years of experience in various roles within hospital pharmacy have given her real-world insight into risk, compliance, and regulatory requirements, as well as best practices for medication and patient safety.

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