Pharmacy Technicians University™ is dedicated in memory of Emily Jerry, a two-year-old girl who lost her life due to a medication error made by a hospital pharmacy. A portion of proceeds from the sale of these courses is donated directly to the Emily Jerry Foundation.
The Emily Jerry story has had a profound effect on us at RxTOOLKIT®. When we first learned about the story of her tragic death from a preventable medication error, we decided that the ordinary expressions of sadness were not enough.
We started to talk to our colleagues, in the many health professions, and question them about preventable medication errors. We started a blog, called medsafetyonline.org, to facilitate the discussion and promote awareness. We quickly learned that technology could be a double-edged sword. On one hand, technology can certainly increase safety. On the other hand, it has the potential to dull the worker’s senses, making them complacent about the tasks they perform, and even creating detachment from the outcome.
We believe that technology can only truly be effective when it is utilized by a competent and engaged healthcare worker. That premise is the foundation on which we have built RxTOOLKIT eLEARNING.
It is our intention to advance both the individual and the profession by promoting competency, engagement, best practices, innovative technology, mentoring, advocacy, industry leadership, job placement, ethics, and awareness.
Our main objective is to join competency and technology at the point of care.
We dedicate all of our pharmacy technician courses to Emily, and in her name, we want to consistently remind all healthcare workers that there is an Emily in everything you do. The better you know your job and the more engaged you are, the more likely you are to prevent her story from being repeated.
Emily is our inspiration and you are the advocates. Together we can build competency, promote safety, and keep Emily’s memory alive.