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Pharmacy Technician Graduate Utilizes Bi-Lingual Skills to Help His Community

Pharmacy Technician Graduate Utilizes Bi-Lingual Skills to Help His Community

Anthony Guevara, who earned his pharmacy technician diploma at the Nashville Campus in August 2012, is helping others in his community as he works side-by-side with pharmacists, filling prescriptions for customers at Kroger Pharmacy. Anthony takes pride in making his customers’ day better. “You don’t know how their day has gone,” he explained. “[I] try and make them get out of there with a smile—happy with their medications.”

Anthony spent a large part of his childhood living in Mexico, and he feels that he is particularly an asset in his work in the pharmacy because he is bi-lingual. “It’s really helpful for the community because, they even ask for me now. Before, they were struggling,” said Anthony, who is able to assist the pharmacy’s Spanish-speaking customers with any concerns that they may have about their medications.

Anthony feels that he was able to find success in his new career because of the personal attention that he received from the staff and faculty at National College. He liked learning about medications and their benefits and side-effects; and he also enjoyed learning to compound prescriptions. When he doubted his ability to make it through a class, his instructors and his fellow classmates encouraged and supported him. “She believed in me…,” he said of one particular instructor, “so I started believing in myself.”

He first began working at Kroger Pharmacy as an extern when he was placed there as part of his pharmacy technician program. He was nervous at first. “The patients knew that I was new and they were really patient with me. You get to earn their confidence,” recalled Anthony, whose supervisor called him following the externship and offered him a permanent position.

Anthony is glad that he put his spare time to use to get an education. “I had too much time on my hands, and [National College] turned that time into education, and now money,” said Anthony.

Anthony Guevara (pictured) advises, “Time flies. Don’t wait too long. The quicker you get out of school, the better for you.”

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Student Uses Knowledge from HIT Program to Start New Committee for NAACP

Student Uses Knowledge from HIT Program to Start New Committee for NAACP

Many American National University students are excited to take their newly acquired skills and put them to good use in their communities, and student Takiesha Black is no exception. Takiesha will soon graduate from the health information technology (HIT) degree at the Columbus Campus and she has been working with the Licking County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to set up an HIT committee. She is working with President Ralph Franklin, and this committee will work to keep people aware of health care rights and responsibilities.

Although in the early stages of development, Takiesha said that the committee hopes to focus on issues such as senior living, low-income housing, wills, powers-of-attorney, and health insurance. Members of the committee will work with people in the community who need to know the legal and technological details in these areas. She said they will also work with people who are uninsured and help them find ways to get coverage. Anyone can join the committee regardless of ethnicity, and the group will help anyone who needs help.

“My core classes in HIT really helped me understand how healthcare can play a role in everyday living,” Takeisha said. “I have learned a lot of terminology and statistics.”

Soon-to-be graduate Takiesha Black (pictured) found a way to support the community with her new skills.

CustomRx Helps Graduate Learn and Offers Her a Job

CustomRx Helps Graduate Learn and Offers Her a Job

Latisha Benson, a graduate of the Fort Wayne Campus, used her strong people skills and her new knowledge from the pharmacy technician program to find success through her externship at CustomRx Pharmacy, a compounding pharmacy that mixes the prescriptions in their lab as prescribed by a doctor.

As an extern, she was able to get hands-on experience in mixing and compounding medications. She also learned about the preparation of sterile products which is given top priority to assure the safety and therapeutic efficacy of the extemporaneously prepared products. Latisha made such a good impression as an extern at CustomRx that they offered a job.

“There is never a day that goes by that I do not learn a new medication mixture made specifically for a patient,” Latisha explained of her new career. “There is never a dull moment, nor does the learning ever stop.”

Latisha completed her education at the top of her class in November 2012. She credits her success to the instructors and the college’s pharmacy technician program.

Latisha Benson (right) is pictured at her new job with pharmacist Gregg Russell at CustomRx.

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