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After this webinar, you will be able to:
1. Describe the legislative and regulatory framework that dictates pharmacy practice in Kansas and Missouri.
2. List strategies for being a successful advocate for the profession.
3. Describe how to best work with various regulatory bodies.
President's Message from Nathan Hanson PharmD, MS, BCPS
It’s Time to Grow!
I am so honored to write this first article as President of MSHP. The reason that it’s an honor is that MSHP represents so many exceptional pharmacists, technicians and interns who are leaders across the state. MSHP has had a huge impact on my career and my professional growth, and I am so grateful that I have been given the opportunity to give back in this way.
We are emerging from 2 hard years, and when I look at 2022 into 2023 I think that it’s Time to Grow, on many levels. In this article I’d like to highlight 2 of those important areas.
Nurturing Our Leaders
We need to help the people on our teams to grow. I live by the belief that each and every one of us is a leader. John Maxwell says that Leadership is influence, and each one of us has the opportunity to influence others every day, whether you have a fancy title on your business card or not. So, each one of us can help the people on our teams to grow. Will you make 2022 the year where you take specific steps to foster the development and growth of someone who could benefit from what you have? You may be a new practitioner with no experience at all, but you are still one step further along the path than a pharmacy student. So invest in their growth. Another idea? I believe that our pharmacy technicians are crucial, valuable members of our teams. I want to challenge all of you pharmacists out there, to invest in your technicians. I’ll remind you that we as pharmacists have been blessed by many professors and preceptors who have invested in our growth. Let’s make 2022 the year where you find one technician who has high potential, and you invest in their growth. I guarantee that you will be glad that you did. So no matter who you are, or what role you play, please think about how you can invest in someone’s growth this year. We can't solve all of the problems that face our world, but we can each do our part to make our colleagues feel safe and valued. You can make a difference in the life of someone who has been marginalized, discriminated against, or excluded. Your personal care can provide the encouragement they need so they can have the courage to grow.
We also need to invest in our own growth. The last 2 years have made it very difficult to do that, as we have done what was necessary to adapt and care for our patients in a difficult environment. But if we do not start investing in our own growth, we will find that this is not sustainable. To use a track analogy, you can run one or maybe two laps at a dead sprint, but it is not possible to continue to sprint longer than that. So in the same way in our pharmacy race we also need to think about how to care for ourselves as we continue on. I believe that having a strong sense of purpose and a solid plan for our own growth is a crucial first step for work-life integration and resilience. We can only give what we have, so we need to be sure we are taking stock of where we are and purposefully investing in our growth this year. It doesn't have to be anything huge - just start with something small and achievable. Build some habits that will help you to grow into the leader that our patients and coworkers need us to be.
So, let's make 2022 a year where we invest in our own growth and in the growth of our coworkers. It is my hope that MSHP can provide a key piece of the puzzle for both of these areas. I’d like to hear from you – how can we support you? What do you need? How can we build on what we have done already to support your growth and the growth of those around you?
Thank you again for granting me the opportunity to serve as MSHP president this year. I look forward to growing with you.
-Note: this contains excerpts from the Presidential inaugural address delivered at the 2022 MSHP Spring Meeting