Prescription for Success
Pharmacy Clinical Manager Tyler Turek knew before he graduated from college where he wanted to work: Sanford.
“I chose Sanford immediately because I was really looking for the opportunity to be a member of the team, taking care of patients, working with many other disciplines such as nurses, providers, respiratory therapists, as well as pharmacy technicians,” says Tyler.
Tyler believes the interdisciplinary approach to medicine make a difference when staff is helping patients improve their health using medication and prescription treatments. It’s why he chose to become a pharmacist over a doctor or nurse.
“I love the opportunity to come to work, be a valued member of the interdisciplinary team, providing care to patients that are in need of our services, he says.
There’s never really a dull moment in the world of a pharmacist at Sanford, either, as on any given day, Tyler is tasked with computer conundrums and staff management.
“I also really like the opportunity to troubleshoot a lot of different things along the way as far as information technology, identifying certain opportunities to make improvements in work flows or processes, and working with our pharmacy team to make sure that our medication use is a safe process,” he says.
Because the Sanford network places great value on continuous education and training opportunities, Tyler has become ACLS certified, teaches ACLS Provider courses, and has received Board Certification as a Pharmacotherapy Specialist, among other opportunities.
“Sanford allows the individual to pursue their own goals while working at aligning those goals with that of the rest of the team. Sanford looks to have its employees provide areas of improvement and look for those opportunities to do a better job of what we do every day,” he says.
Out of the Sanford values that Tyler places great emphasis on, the one that resonates most with him is that of advancement.
“I've identified a lot of opportunities to make advancements in how we're caring for our patients, and I find that all of the members of the team that I collaborate with are on that same page,” Tyler says. “So embracing opportunities to enhance how we care for our patients, make our medication use process safer, provide effective and timely medication therapy to our patients, all the while looking at how do we do just a little bit better job every day or every month or every year.”
Training the next generation
Tyler is proud of his work developing and maintaining Sanford’s pharmacy residency program, a project that gives three pharmacy residents the invaluable opportunity to gain real-life experience in a medical setting helping the team care for patients.
He also emphasizes his role in the Health Fair each year, which gives him the opportunity to reach out to community members and educate them on medicine and pharmaceuticals.
“I think it's a unique opportunity to build that sense of community and really see that everybody is interested in maintaining the health of the citizens of Sioux Falls,” he says.
It’s safe to say Tyler is at Sanford for the long run, as he’s already talking about what he plans to do in the future.
“Everybody here is connected to one another, almost always has a smiling face, and is willing to reach out to their colleagues. We’re all interested in one another, building those long-lasting relationships with a wide variety of professionals all focusing on taking care of patients,” Tyler says.
Posted Date: August 2013