Pharmacist Carson Feix’s role in providing excellent patient care
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National Pharmacy Week acknowledges the invaluable contributions pharmacists and technicians make to patient care in hospitals, outpatient clinics, and other healthcare settings. It is a time to recognize the powerful impact pharmacists have on patients and an opportunity to raise awareness about the vital role pharmacists play on the healthcare team.
For Pharmacist Carson Feix, a fascination with organic chemistry and a passion for science and helping others opened the gateway to the world of pharmacy. “I didn’t know any pharmacists when I was growing up, so I hadn’t even thought about it as a career until college,” he shares. “I ended up working with a couple of great pharmacists at the OSU campus health center who invested in me and were patient enough to teach me the basic elements of pharmacy practice.”
Carson now returns that favor by serving as a preceptor for pharmacy students from Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU). “I love working with them and teaching them about what we do. I find it rewarding to invest in them in the same ways that I benefitted from when I was a student,” he says.
As a first-year pharmacy student, Carson learned about Bethany Children’s through his wife, Rachel, who was a Hospital employee. “I was able to see what a unique workplace this is and how much effort and priority are given to mission and culture,” he says. “I knew that this was the environment I wanted to be in.” In 2016, after his first year of pharmacy school, Carson joined the team.
Since then, Carson has honed the skills required to provide outstanding pharmacy care. He says attention to detail, a good memory for remembering facts about medications and patients, and good communication skills to act as liaison between providers, nursing, case managers and other team members are top qualities for pharmacy staff.
“Pharmacists are responsible for verifying everything that is filled or compounded, and review every new medication order for safety and appropriateness,” Carson explains. “We do sterile compounding in the IV room and schedule/dispense/store/document vaccinations. We also help clinically with tapers, antibiotics and other medication information questions.”
In addition to the clinical side of pharmacy, he enjoys the logistical elements. “I like working with FLEX to make sure orders are entered appropriately and working to resolve medication scanning issues when possible,” he says.
The Bethany Children’s pharmacy staff has expanded, and major improvements and new initiatives are underway. Carson says, “I’m excited for the new community pharmacy building and the opportunities it will provide for growth. Bringing the Pyxis™ medication management software and dispensing machines into the inpatient pharmacy will also be an exciting step for the Hospital.”
Carson’s family has grown in the last few years, too. When he’s not working, he’s spending time with Rachel, their two children and their cat, Odin.
Something you might not know: “I minored in Ancient Greek language and literature in college.”
First job: Intern at a law office (filing/scanning papers and moving boxes)
Favorite hobbies/ways to spend free time: Watching sports and playing or reading about chess.
Favorite TV show or movie: Parks and Recreation
Favorite food: “Qdoba or Chipotle burrito. I know it’s controversial, but I like them both.”
Dream weekend: “Eating good food and watching football with family and friends”
From the bucket list: Attend a World Cup soccer match