Gesley Fisher, Senior Pharmacy Technician

Gesley Fisher

Gesley Fisher, a senior pharmacy technician in pediatrics at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, interned at the hospital through environmental services when he was in college.

I started my career in medicine being a CVS pharmacy technician. Fresh out of college, it was hard to find jobs. A friend who wanted to become a pharmacist was working at CVS. He gave me a recommendation to work in their pharmacy and they hired me. I did a three-to-six month training program that prepared me for the Maryland Pharmacy Technician Certification Board exam (PTCB). Once I passed, I was a certified pharmacy technician through the state of Maryland.

Two and a half years later, I followed that same friend from CVS to The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He gave me a recommendation to work here as well. I wanted something new. I am one of 41 pharmacy technicians within the pediatric pharmacy.

When I got to Johns Hopkins I needed to be nationally certified to do IVs. Because of this, for my first few months I didn’t go in the “IV hood.” This is a sterile environment where IV fluids and injections are made. I was mostly doing the “PO section,” which is a signature code for “by mouth.” Outside the hood is where I made liquid medicine or oral solutions, such as tablets.

Once I passed the national PTCB , I was able to train and go in the IV room.

I picked up making IV medicine so well, I became a chemotherapy technician. I worked in the special handling hood and dealt with drugs that were hazardous. Since the beginning of October, I’m a senior technician in pediatrics. It’s still early on, but so far I have a few new responsibilities, such as training newcomers. I have the same responsibilities as I did in my positions before, but I am now more of a leader.

I’ve only been here for a year and a half and have been steadily going up the ladder in a very quick fashion.

I’m on a rotating shift and I work mostly day shifts, sometimes nights. Depending on the letter of the day, I will have different responsibilities. I might have to restock the entire pharmacy one day, make oral compounds the next, or make dilutions for the next batch of medicine going out to patients another day.

When I first arrive at work, depending on my shift, I will make one of the three batches of medicine that are delivered to pediatric patients throughout the day. Depending on the prescription, they have different colored labels. Once all batches and first doses are finished, they are sorted onto different carts and delivered to their assigned units within pediatrics.

I am handling so many things, so it’s important that I am accurate, that I am not giving a patient too much of a drug, that I’m delivering the right drugs to the right patients, and doing everything in a sterile environment. On average, about  3,000 doses of medicine are customized for specific patients and dispensed each day in pediatrics.

Seeing the impact my job has on pediatric patients is motivating. I’ve seen how people, like my co-workers, talk about how hard I work. Helping children when they are sick and knowing my job is to make them feel better is fulfilling.

As far as my education, I have an undergrad degree in biochemistry with a minor in forensic science. I’ve always had an interest in science. I like the concept of analyzing evidence to come to a conclusion. My ultimate goal is to become a forensic scientist. I plan on going back to grad school to work on that when the time is right.

--As told to Sarah McCormick

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Richard November 16, 2018 at 9:21 am

Great Job Gesley! Very proud of your achievements, keep up the amazing work you do everyday for our patients and the pharmacy as a whole.

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Pam N November 14, 2018 at 6:57 pm

Thank you for your focus on excellence in your daily practice. We are lucky to have such dedicated and motivated staff. You are an inspiration. Good luck in all your future endeavors.

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Trivia Biscoe November 14, 2018 at 9:48 am

Very inspiring story- It make me happy to hear these kinds of stories for our patients. Keep up the Great work!

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Chiedza November 14, 2018 at 9:40 am

Your work is certainly appreciated, keep up the good work. You are such an inspiration and hope others will be motivated by your story. I wish you success in your journey to become a forensic scientist.

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Mary November 14, 2018 at 9:01 am

Very inspiring - keep it up! Good luck and God bless!

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Tori November 14, 2018 at 8:49 am

Very inspiring story! 🙂

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