'Pharmacy' is the support service to the healthcare activity and the pharmacist is a support professional in the healthcare team.
The pride of the pharmacist is in the good performance of the therapeutic team and his contribution and support to the leader / captain of the team.
Good performance of the team means effective support and co-ordination leading to timely and fruitful deliverables leading to successful therapy leading to smile on the face of the patient and his well-wishers.
Sometimes, the therapy may not yield desired result. But a dedicated support and service delivered gives the satisfaction that we did our best.
To cite an instances:
I had prepared Sod bicarbonate injection in my I V Fluids mfg department as a trial batch. I had kept it under lock and key in my custody for a simple physical observation before sending it for lab test. One evening around 5 pm I got a call from a doctor inquiring for Sod bicarb injection 7.5% (if my memory is correct). This was not available in stores and explained the doctor the status of what stock I had. It was a preparation prepared without any permission and formal approval not tested and certified by any lab but a one prepared
After 2 hours the doctor came in person to me and explained the urgent need to administer the drug as patient was going into heavy acidosis due to starvation (a uncared traveller found in bus stand). He said, Mr Bhagavan, the patient will not survive. But giving your preparation may help him to recover otherwise he will have logical end. We also discussed the consequences. I gave the sod bicarb inj vial to the doctor and went along with him to see the patient. Patient's attendants were explained.
Next day, the doctor came running to me and thanked me profusely as the patient who was almost written off was fund sitting on his bed.
Now tell me, who should feel the ego? Or is there a place for ego?
Honestly, this was the enjoyment I had all through my 31 years of service in the hospital and in the administration in the health care department.
This attitude helped me to float and swim comfortably in the healthcare ocean amidst doctors, nurses and other co-professionals gaining their social and professional friendship and rapport.
There are innumerable instances in the professional life of every pharmacist which may be a simple attending to request in wee hours of the night or arranging the supplies through global contacts.
Every action gives pleasure and satisfaction.
Hence I feel there is no room for ego in healthcare services.
But we pharmacist should respect and support the team leader and other members of the team.
I want every pharmacist to develop this attitude.
Good luck and good wishes.