Summer is swooshing by, the new Crayola 64-packs are in stores, and thoughts are turning back to school. What learning are you contemplating for the fall? What could inject some zip in your career and some zing in your patient care?
Five questions for fall
When deciding what areas of practice you might like to know more about, consider these questions.
- What learning do I require to be successful within the new pharmacy services framework?
- Do I have a plan, including short-, medium- and long-term priorities, to incrementally build success through the new practice framework?
- How can I provide leadership within my team so we are all successful?
- What changes are required within my work environment to optimize my accessibility to my patients?
- How can I collaborate most effectively with other health professionals so that everyone benefits from the changes in my practice?
Your answers will help you map the priorities, milestones, and goals for your learning plan.
Other resources to help you plan:
The Competency Profile for Alberta Pharmacists – This profile describes the knowledge, skills, behaviors and attitudes held by pharmacists in Alberta. It is a great starting point and reference for your ongoing self-assessment of competence. (Registrant-only resource)
The Continuing Professional Development Plan – This is the foundation of your personal learning portfolio. It helps you effectively manage your continuing professional development. Pharmacists can access the personal and confidential plan through the Registrant Profile, just like your CPD log.(Registrant-only resource. NOTE: For all but the plan instructions, you must log in a second time.)
Learning Links – This page on the ACP website provides links to a multitude of CE providers and courses.
Practice guidelines and references – This page of the ACP website links to specific resources on topics such as administering drugs by injection, drug error management, ordering lab tests, and narcotics and controlled substances. A review may provide education and spur you on to further learning.
Originally published in the July 24, 2012 issue of The Link