Congratulations to Brandy Hopkins, medication safety officer for Central Arkansas locations, who recently completed her Medication Safety Certification through the Institute of Safe Medication Practices and the American Society of Health System Pharmacists.
Brandy began her current role in March 2017 and started working on her certification in June. She completed her certification earlier this month.
Brandy has always had a passion for safety, and after starting in her current role, she enrolled in the certification program to increase her knowledge.
The program focuses on the importance of improving medication safety in hospitals and health systems by developing the knowledge and skills necessary to identify and engage in efforts to minimize and eliminate the occurrence of medication errors.
The program’s curriculum includes fundamental principles of the medication use process and medication safety culture, as well as strategies for identifying and implementing opportunities for medication safety improvements. Participants in the program must become proficient in the fundamental concepts required for risk identification, medical error investigation, risk reduction, and general actions required to sustain safe medication practices in multiple practice settings. Successful completion of the program is required to earn the professional certificate.
Brandy received her degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 2007 and began working at the Infirmary as a clinical pharmacist the same year.