This pharmacy is part of a large health center in Granada. Different departments of this health center are among others: GP, physiotherapy, urology, pediatric GP, orthodontics, nutrition and dietetics, bacteria and viruses, psychology, etc. Patients who receive receipts from the doctors or specialists of the different departments visit this pharmacy. The main activities of the pharmacy are:
· Checking the dosage and use of different medicines simultaneously
· Dispensation of medicines to patients
· Providing information to patients and staff
· Administration of medicines.
In Nicaragua the public basic health care is free, however this sounds better than it is. Many medical services and medicines are not included in the free healthcare. Many of the free medicines are often not available and waiting lists for certain treatments are often so long that only limited results can be expected.
The free medicines are distributed by the Ministry of Health to the different public health care bodies, how much and which medicines depends per health care body. The pharmacy in the health center has about 150 medicines available. On average the pharmacy receives approximately 300 receipts per day and 75 patients. Most common diseases of patients at the health center are: respiratory problems, bronchitis, diarrhea, hypertension, chronic diseases and there are a lot of pregnant (teen) mothers.
Working hours are from Monday - Friday from 8am - 5pm. Interns can also work fewer hours or less days. There work two people at the pharmacy, who are both experienced in this work for years and have followed various courses and studies regarding to pharmacology. They both will supervise you during your internship, however the head of the pharmacy will be your final internship supervisor.
Activities for interns
Interns assist with the daily activities in the pharmacy, such as:
· Dispensation of medicines for patients at the health center
· Manage and control of medicines
· Check all prescribed medicines and analyze the interaction of other medicines
· Calculate the correct dose based on the data of the patient
· Advise and provide information to patients and staff
Besides the daily activities, students can also conduct research or carry out an assignment. Some examples are:
- Make an inventory of the medicines which are regularly used by patients of the health center, but that are not available at the health center, because they are not part of the free healthcare
- Conduct research about the internal control of the pharmacy
- Conduct research regarding education and providing information
- Students can find a suitable topic to investigate based upon their observations or interest
It is obligatory to wear a white doctor coat during work, you need to bring this with you from you country. All your colleagues and patients at the health center only speak Spanish, for this reason it is necessary to speak at least basic Spanish before starting your internship. You can take an intensive Spanish course of 4 or 3 weeks through On-Stage in Nicaragua.Interested?
Just to be clear:
On-Stage Latin America provides many internships for all kinds of study programs. Besides the available vacancies on the website, we also offer a wide range of other internships. If you have a specific request, send us an e-mail and we will do our best to help you,
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