Along with this month’s issue, PP&P is publishing its annual Oncology supplement focusing on the management and safety issues associated with antineoplastic medications. These concepts are analogous to the safe medication practices advocated in the main issue, such as adopting bar coded medication preparation, distribution, and administration technologies and evaluating automated dispensing cabinets (ADCs) for safe usage throughout the hospital. While these all are important concepts that pharmacy administrators have embraced for some time now, there is a corresponding thread among these topics that exists outside the pharmacy, and that is the vital role of nursing in safe medication management.
There may be times when various departments within the hospital appear at odds with each other, either operationally or hierarchically. That being said, these conflicts can simply be tolerated, or they can serve as a call to action. As the leaders of medication use in the hospital, it is within pharmacy’s purview to embrace the medication safety issues facing nursing so that these two vital areas of health care can work together and be champions of each other. Thus, pharmacy must bring solutions to the table that not only benefit the pharmacy, but benefit other departments as well. It is important to understand that the risk profile for nursing is different from that of pharmacy, and in order to ensure the safety of both the patient and the practitioner, pharmacy must be cognizant of the best ways to ensure that safety.
This month, PP&P is proud to present editorial that discusses ways in which pharmacy can expand their influence to provide benefit to the facility as a whole. By embracing these ideas, pharmacy can become a facility leader as well. As the practice of health system pharmacy continues to flourish and expand, it will become more and more important for this leadership to remain apace.
All the best,
R. Mitchell Halvorsen
We would like to take his opportunity to congratulate a long-time author, editorial board member, and friend—Fred Massoomi, PharmD, FASHP— who took office as president of the Nebraska Pharmacists Association on January 1st, 2014. We have no doubt that Fred will greatly benefit the office of president, and we wholeheartedly support his future endeavors. Congratulations, Fred!
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