Contributed by Joy Cornwell, Campus Librarian
Remington College graduate and Certified Pharmacy Technician Kayla Mackaney completed her externship at QVL Pharmacy in Fort Worth, Texas. When her externship was complete, Kayla was offered a position with the staff and quickly accepted. “I love working here, and the people are so friendly,” said Kayla.
QVL Pharmacy had ordered an abundance of equipment and supplies when the pharmacy opened several years ago. “The pharmacy had originally intended to fill bulk orders, but due to the decline in demand, the pharmacy never used the equipment intended for those bulk orders,” said Kayla. Consolidating their equipment and supplies was something QVL Pharmacy was considering when they asked Kayla if her former instructors in the Pharmacy Technician program at Fort Worth could benefit from the equipment.
Pharmacy Technician Graduate Remembers, Gives Back
“I loved my time at Remington College, and I remember knowing that if I had a question, I could always call one of my instructors and they would help me,” said Kayla. She quickly called Pharmacy Technician Instructor Danielle Massie and asked her if she thought the program could use the equipment in the classroom.
“I was excited when I heard from Kayla,” said Danielle, “I was even more surprised when I heard that QVL Pharmacy wanted to donate all of their new and unused equipment and supplies to our school.”
Director of Education Don McLaughlin personally made the trip to QVL Pharmacy in Fort Worth to pick up all of the equipment and supplies in his truck.
Donated Equipment Benefits Pharmacy Technician Students
The many mortars and pestles and the two electronic stirrers graciously donated by QVL Pharmacy are now being used to help our students practice compounding. And the two large electronic mortars and pestles donated are used by our instructors to demonstrate the type of bulk compounding done in large hospitals and physical therapy environments.
Other donated items included multiple syringes, which are typically used in compounding; weighing scales; graduated cylinders for measuring liquids; and capsule filling trays, which allow students to practice adjusting the amount of medication for prescriptions.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including weigh boats, face masks, oral syringes, goggles, and glass funnels were donated as well.
Thanks to QVL Pharmacy
Ms. Massie said, “All of these materials are giving our students the opportunity for much more hands-on learning and are expanding the knowledge our students will gain in compounding. We are very grateful to QVL Pharmacy and to Kayla for their generous donation. This experience serves as just one great example of how important it is to keep the lines of communication open after graduation.”