Alumna Involved in National COVID-19 Task Force
Written by Jenna Pizzi
Published on June 15, 2020
Laura Finn, P’84, BCGP and Adjunct Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, is a member of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacist Collaborative COVID-19 Task Force and their Field Guide Development Team, which recently released national strategies to help clinicians working in long term care settings with medication management and drug reduction.
“These guides provide practical strategies for working with the interdisciplinary team of medical clinicians and nurses in reducing medication burden for both older adults and their caregivers as they face this pandemic,” said Finn. “With so many challenges facing our health care teams, senior care pharmacists need up to date resources to share and ASCP has been a leader in the provision of tools to assist in the care of older adults.”
Pandemic resources are extensive and can be reached at ascp.com/disaster, Finn said.
“Whether working behind the scenes to facilitate the deprescribing process or providing encouragement to hands-on staff, pharmacists and pharmacy students are positively impacting older adult communities,” said Finn.
The USciences student chapter of ASCP has met virtually over the last few months and has reached out to a community partner to assess their needs.
“We may not be able to visit the nursing home in person at this time for staff education or BINGO, but our students are able to provide notes of appreciation to the nursing staff and encouragement to the residents,” said Finn. “Involvement in professional organizations is rewarding on a personal level and when crisis strikes, our ability to aid our patients through professional organization involvement is a bright spot.”