This hospital pharmacy provides medication for the hospitalized patients and it has an important advisory role in medication use and provides information and instructions to the patients. For the control of the quality of the medicines and the measurement e.g. of the amount of medicines in the blood of the patient the hospital has its own laboratory. The prescribed medicines are registered, so the pharmacy is able to monitor the medication of the patients. In short, the hospital pharmacy is in charge of:
· checking the dosage and use of different medicines simultaneously
· monitoring drug use
· dispensation of medicines and quality control of medicines used in the hospital
· it also has laboratorial-, informational- and educational jobs and scientific research among its tasks.
In Nicaragua the public basic health care is free, however this sounds better than it is. Many medical services and medicines are not included in the free healthcare. Many of the free medicines are often not available and waiting lists for certain treatments are often so long that only limited results can be expected.
The free medicines are distributed by the Ministry of Health to the different public health care bodies, how much and which medicines depends per health care body. The hospital pharmacy has about 180 medicines available. Every day the pharmacy receives receipts for the patients and prepares the medication per room in the hospital. Most common diseases of patients in the hospital are: chronic diseases, diabetes and hypertension.
Working hours are from Monday - Friday during the morning shift from 7am - 3pm. Interns can also work fewer hours or less days. The morning shift consists of approximately five persons of which pharmacists and technical staff. The head of the pharmacy will be your internship supervisor; he is a pharmacist and has a Bachelor degree in pharmacology.
Activities for interns
Interns assist with the daily activities in the pharmacy, such as:
· Dispensation of medicines for patients in the hospital
· Manage and control of medicines
· Check all prescribed medicines and analyze the interaction of other medicines
· Calculate the correct dose based on the data of the patient
· Use of reagents in the laboratory
· Advise and provide information to doctors, nurses and patients
Besides the daily activities, students can also conduct research or carry out an assignment. Some examples are:
- Conduct research about adverse drug reactions, such as metformin in patients with diabetes
- Conduct research about adverse drug reactions in general
- Conduct research about the internal control of the pharmacy (e.g. to avoid that medicines expire)
- Students can find a suitable topic to investigate based upon their observations or interest
It is obligatory to wear a white doctor coat during work, you need to bring this with you from you country. All your colleagues and patients at the hospital only speak Spanish, for this reason it is necessary to speak at least basic Spanish before starting your internship. You can take an intensive Spanish course of 4 or 3 weeks through On-Stage in Nicaragua.Interested?
Just to be clear:
On-Stage Latin America provides many internships for all kinds of study programs. Besides the available vacancies on the website, we also offer a wide range of other internships. If you have a specific request, send us an e-mail and we will do our best to help you,
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