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  • 07/05/2021 2:10 PM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    VSHP Membership Spotlight

    Jennifer Gaissert

    What initially motivated you to join VSHP?

    I've been a practicing Pharmacy Technician in Southside Hampton Roads for 39 years. The VSHP meetings were a great way of keeping in touch with everyone, as well as accruing CEs.

    Where have you trained or worked?

    I joined the Navy in 1980 as a Hospital Corpsman, and received my Pharmacy Technician training at the Naval School of Health Sciences in Portsmouth in 1982. I was then stationed at the Admiral Joel T. Boone Clinic outpatient pharmacy, on what was then the Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base, where I was the lead, and narcotic vault, technician . Five years later, I returned to NSHS as a Master Training Specialist. I was also the senior instructor at two civilian Pharmacy Technician schools: Mansfield School of Business in the late 1980's, and Everest College in the mid 2010' s. I worked full-time at the old Naval Hospital's inpatient pharmacy as a civilian contractor for a year after leaving the Navy preparing IVs, and taking and entering orders. I began working evenings at what was then Chesapeake General Hospital beginning in 1985 while still on active duty, and full-time for a year after I was honorably discharged in 1989, then part-time again after my son was born. prepared sterile admixtures: IVs and IVPBs, chemos, and TPNs/hyperalimentation. In the 80's people could smoke in the pharmacy breakroom, and all IVs were in glass bottles! Between full- and part-time, I worked at CGH for 19 years. I left CGH in 2004 to accept a position at Radiology Services of Hampton Roads in Chesapeake, a nuclear pharmacy headed at the time by John Tabb, and now by Steve Mize, having worked with both of them at CGH. I was promoted to Lead Nuclear Pharmacy Technician in 2009 . In addition to drawing

    sterile radioactive isotope doses, radio labeling white blood cells, and performing quality control analysis, as lead tech I also do scheduling, inventory management, and train radiologist residents and nuclear medicine technologists during their clinical rotations through our facility.


    Describe your current area of practice and practice setting:

    We are, by far, the largest nuclear pharmacy in the region. We prepare radiopharmaceuticals for the nuclear medicine departments in all regional Sentara hospitals and clinics (including Williamsburg and Albemarle) all regional Bon Secours hospitals and clinics, Chesapeake Regional Healthcare, and the vast majority of independent clinics and facilities.


    What advice would you give to a new technician?

    Stick with it! Pharmacists are being given significantly more responsibilities, which is going to require many of their previous responsibilities to be delegated to senior and more highly trained Pharmacy Technicians. A more experienced and highly trained technician, managing more responsibility, makes more money and has greater job satisfaction!


    Do you have any special interests or hobbies outside of work?

    Being a new grandmother definitely tops the list! I also am a member of Mensa and Virginia Beach Christian Church.


    What is your favorite place to vacation?


  • 06/28/2021 5:12 PM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    VSHP Membership Spotlight

    Matt Bates

    What initially motivated you to join VSHP?

    -          I initially learned about VSHP at my college (Appalachian College of Pharmacy) on orientation week. I was motivated from the beginning to learn more about the field and connect with those that have similar goals and are smarter than me in the profession. I think that if we as students ever have an opportunity to pick another Pharmacist’s brain, then it is in our best interest to do so. I have learned that surrounding yourself with other like minded people will set yourself up for the greatest success in transitioning from an intern to a pharmacist. This trait about VSHP really stood out to me because of their values behind their organization. VSHP has the goal to promote a community of Pharmacists, from all areas within the field, and this really attracted me to the organization in furthering my education with others.


    What school are you attending and what year? 

    -          I am a P3 student at the Appalachian College of Pharmacy.

    Do you currently work in a pharmacy and if so what practice setting?

    -          I currently have the opportunity to intern at a Walgreens pharmacy here in southwest Virginia. Shoutout to Walgreens store #09948! My daily responsibilities are to help in work-flow, complete Medication Therapy Management outcomes for our patients, communicate with other health care professionals in regards to treatment for patients, and of course help out with vaccinations (thanks COVID) among others. I want to continue my career after graduation in the community pharmacy, as it has given me the biggest sense of fulfillment in my early career.

    What advice would you give to a P1 student or someone interested in pharmacy school?

    -          My biggest insight that I can give to an incoming student or one who wants to pursue pharmacy is to really try and get a general understanding for the Top 300 drugs. These will not only help with entry level work your P1 year, but will also get you into the habit of understanding what you really need to know when you start your pharmacotherapy courses. Working in a pharmacy prior to school and during school will be the biggest help in the success that a student has during school. You can definitely do well in pharmacy school with no background in drug knowledge or as a technician, but it definitely makes the process of pharmacy school smoother.

    Do you have any special interests or hobbies outside of work?

    -          I am very interested in the field of personal development. I love reading books and listening to podcasts that will help further my knowledge in goal setting, career planning, entrepreneurship, my spiritual faith, etc. I am also obsessed with coffee, personal fitness, hanging out with my family, and watching the New York Yankees (when they are winning).

    What is your favorite place to vacation?

    -          Without a doubt, my favorite place to go on vacation is to Disney World with my family. My brother and his wife had recently welcomed a boy (in photo) in early 2020, so I cannot wait to go as a bigger family.

  • 09/29/2020 10:08 AM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    Join us in congratulating Rafael Saenz in his new position with APhA

  • 09/29/2020 9:48 AM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Brittany Tyree, from Shenandoah University School of Pharmacy who was appointed to the ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum advisory group

  • 09/29/2020 9:45 AM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Brendan Shifflett, from Shenandoah University School of Pharmacy who was appointed to the ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum advisory group 

  • 09/29/2020 9:41 AM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Alissa Clayton, from VCU School of Pharmacy who was appointed to the ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum advisory group

  • 09/29/2020 9:38 AM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    Niranda Norvell, from VCU School of Pharmacy has been appointed to the ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum advisory group.  Congratulations.

  • 09/29/2020 9:31 AM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    Congratulations to VSHP member, Anhmy-Eliane Nguyen,  from VCU School of Pharmacy who was appointed to ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum advisory group

  • 09/29/2020 9:27 AM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    Stephen LaHaye, PharmD, BCPS has been appointed to the ASHP Section of Pharmacy Informatics and Technology (SOPIT) Section Advisory Group (SAG) on Professional Development  for 2020-2021. An active member of ASHP for over 25 years, Dr. LaHaye has served on many ASHP Section Advisory Groups (SAG), Councils and Commissions including the SOPIT Education Steering Committee, the SOPTI SAG on Operations and Automation, Commission on Affiliate Relations, Council on Pharmacy Practice and Membership Development Advisory Group. Additionally, Stephen served several terms on the ASHP House of Delegates as a delegate from Virginia and is a Past-President of the Virginia Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

  • 08/28/2020 5:05 PM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    Congratulations to R. Dale St. Clair, Jr. of Goochland, Vice President, East Region Remedi SeniorCare for his appointment to the VA BOP

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