PRMC Pharmacy Student
From Nursing to Pharmacy
After working for more than 30 years as a nurse, Gail Unruh is changing course. She is about to begin her third year as a pharmacy student at Kansas University School of Pharmacy.
“I’ve been a nurse for a long time, and was ready for a change,” Unruh said. “My daughter attended KU School of Pharmacy and was continually encouraging me to become a pharmacist. She graduated in May 2007, and I started (pharmacy school) in August 2007. So, I’m following in her footsteps.”
Unruh is spending a one month clinical rotation in Pratt Regional Medical Center’s pharmacy as part of an education requirement. She is learning about how hospital pharmacies work and how they play a role in the total healthcare team. “I’ve enjoyed my time at PRMC,” Unruh said. “Everyone has been great to work with. I want to express my appreciation to everyone for being so willing to share their time, experience and knowledge with me.”
Pharmacy students are not new to PRMC. Pharmacist Megan Olson spent a couple of summers and holidays doing her rotations at PRMC before joining the hospital’s pharmacy staff last year.
“We are fortunate at PRMC to be designated as an institutional rotation site for the KU School of Pharmacy,” PRMC Pharmacy Manager Doug Meyer said. “Rotations enable PRMC the opportunity to bring pharmacy students to western Kansas and also serve as a recruitment tool for future pharmacists in this area. Gail’s background as a registered nurse has allowed Megan Olson and I to provide a more focused approach to pharmaceutical care of hospitalized patients than would a traditional student. Consequently, this rotation has gone by very rapidly for both Gail and the pharmacy staff at PRMC. She has been a pleasure to have as a student.”
Looking forward to graduation in May 2011, Unruh says her future is open as she has not made a decision about where she will begin her pharmacy career.