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Lorrie Dovel, CPhT

by Margo Fuerst | Feb 01, 2012

Sterile Prep Technician

Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg, VA

Lorrie Dovel began her career in health care as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). Soon after, she found herself working two part-time jobs, one as a CAN and the other as a pharmacy technician training in non-hazardous/hazardous compounding and impatient pharmacy. When a full-time pharmacy technician position opened up at her hospital, she moved into that position and went one to become a PTCB Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) in 2002.

"I initially became certified because I felt it would demonstrate my commitment to the pharmacy profession," said Dovel. "I then realized the career advancement opportunities and increased earning potential I may experience in my career as a result of becoming a CPhT."

In her current role as Sterile Prep Technician at Rockingham Memorial Hospital , Lorrie has become one of the most senior pharmacy technicians at the hospital and is responsible for acting as a preceptor, training and evaluating new IV pharmacy technicians. Working under the supervision of a registered pharmacist, an IV pharmacy technician is responsible for preparing intravenous solutions that contain medications that are given to patients. These IV solutions might contain antibiotics, chemotherapy solutions, narcotics, or nutritional supplements.

"What I find most rewarding about my career," said Dovel, "is the daily impact I have on patient safety at the hospital. I am a strong advocate for the IV room and make it my duty to always notify the pharmacists when I notice a situation that may result in an error or compromise a patient's wellbeing."

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