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Transitions is published bi-monthly for members of the APhA New Practitioner Network. The online newsletter contains information focused on life inside and outside pharmacy practice, providing guidance on various areas of professional, personal, and practice development. Each issue includes in-depth articles on personal financial management, innovative practice sites, career profiles, career development tools, and residency and postgraduate programs.

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March 2019

Declutter your life in 2019

“Don’t own so much clutter that you will be relieved to see your house catch fire.”—Wendell Berry

If you are like me, you accumulate things. Amassing items can be a really great thing. When I was younger, Beanie Babies brought me happiness that you couldn’t imagine. I remember the day I discovered “Sting,” an ultra-rare, fourth-generation stingray Beanie Baby, at a store in our local mall. When I saw him, I immediately collapsed onto the floor and began crying. You can still see evidence of these tears on the red heart-shaped TY tag on his ear. 

Cooking with Christine

Welcome to “Cooking with Christine”! Reporting live from a brand-new kitchen, brand-new state, and brand-new job, this new version of the old Christine is rarely home in her kitchen in St Petersburg, FL, and rarely has time (or frankly, finances) to make anything fancy for dinner. However, my loss is your gain! This semi-regular column was established to bring you the quickest, healthiest, and cost-savings-est recipes for the new professional on-the-go, repaying their student loans, or even, in particularly my case, too tired or too lazy to learn how to cook.

How to live in a new location

Up until July 2017, I had spent my entire life in central Ohio, including college and pharmacy school. But living in a new place became an increasingly realistic possibility as I looked at residency programs in surrounding states and across the country.  When Match Day came, I learned I had matched to a program in Cincinnati, a few hours away from where I had called home for more than 25 years. 

Motivational interviewing: How patients motivate themselves

It is another typical day in the family medicine clinic. Your first patient of the day is a gentleman with an A1C of 12%. He has been coming to appointments in the clinic regularly with you for the past 6 months, but his A1C remains elevated. He reports missing several doses of medications each week because he forgets.

Sometimes you have to stop and pet the dog

Whether it’s their hilarity, devotion, or quirky personalities, pets make our lives brighter. As a dog owner myself, I know that even after my toughest workday, my dog will cheer me up when I get home. As  New Practitioners, we not only experience stressful days at work, but also must balance the growth of our careers with the evolution of our personal lives. There can be so much going on in a single day, week, month, or year that we can get burnt out without realizing it.

Automate your finances

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed as a New Practitioner when you are faced with multiple financial priorities. You not only have your monthly bills to pay, but you are also juggling how to pay off those pesky student loans while saving for retirement, building a down payment for a home, and hopefully having some fun along the way.

Giving back to my APhA–ASP Chapter

When I was as a member and co-president of the Butler University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences APhA–ASP Chapter, I was fortunate enough to meet and learn from the best mentors, both at the college and in the pharmacy community. I am still close with many of my mentors that I met during my time with APhA–ASP, so it really excites me that I am able to serve as a APhA New Practitioner Mentor for the chapter that has given me so much.

From resident to management: First months of life lessons

Since becoming a pharmacy manager in July, I have been challenging myself to implement lessons learned on leadership, management, human relations, and business planning to better my pharmacy, staff, and myself. Many of the shared thoughts below come from mentors, coaches, teachers, and friends who have had, and continue to have, an impact on my life.