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If you want to be a nurse, Become a Pharmacy Technician first!

Anna is a longtime friend and colleague. We worked together in the inpatient pharmacy at Riverview Health where I was her supervisor. I watched her work tirelessly in her efforts to reach her goal of becoming a nurse and celebrated with her every step of the way. Starting in a very different position, Anna worked her way up the ladder at the hospital throughout the last 14 years. In this interview Anna talks about how working as a pharmacy technician helped her in her goal to become a nurse.

Katie: Wow! Here we are discussing your role as a nurse and how you used to be a pharmacy technician, which feels like a lifetime ago. It’s hard to believe that our friendship started with me as your supervisor. Can you talk a little bit about what that was like?

Anna: It does seem like forever ago! As a supervisor, you were very connected, encouraging, and organized. You were dedicated and kept things running smoothly. You were also VERY excited, learning about your role and bringing the team together.

Katie: [laughs]. Tell me about your road to becoming a pharmacy technician. How did that happen?

Anna: Well, I guess it would begin with being a single mom of four. I knew I wanted to become a nurse eventually and in 2008 I took a position in housekeeping at the hospital just to get my foot in the door. I worked in housekeeping for 8 years, cleaning both the lab and the pharmacy areas. The Pharmacy Director a