The ABC’s of Target pharmacy: I is for Immunizations

Had I been told when I was in pharmacy school that I would have to give shots to patients, I would have high-tailed it out of there.  Goodbye pharmacy, and hello accounting! After all, I have suffered from trypanophobia all my life.  Anytime syringes were involved, I was sure to pass out.  The list of my fainting episodes is a running joke in my family including when:

  • I saw my sister get her ears pierced when I was 9.
  • my friend gave herself her insulin before a meal, and my head ended up in my plate.  Luckily there was no food in it yet!
  • my boss gave me the details of his knee surgery, especially the anesthesia part.
  • at least eight times I had to get blood drawn or immunizations.
  • the two IV’s I was given with the c-sections of my two kids.
  • and, the best one, the first time I sold syringes in a pharmacy.

My heart dropped when I read that Target pharmacists were going to start giving immunizations.  My first instinct was to tell my boss the truth, that I was the equivalent of a 4-year-old when I saw any syringe.

But, then I decided this was my one chance to overcome my phobia and face my fears head on.  After dipping my toes in the water with the online training, I attended an 8 hour live training where I dove in head first.   I survived without a single scene being made.

Since then, I’ve grown to enjoy giving immunizations.  It’s forced me to learn something new and step out of my little pharmacy box.   I was worried the whole process would disrupt work-flow, forcing my regular guests to wait longer than usual.  I was worried someone else would suffer from trypanophobia and would faint on me also.  I was worried I might fall back on my old ways and faint while giving a shot.  Knock on wood, none of my worries have come to pass…

I’d like to say I’m 100% cured, but that wouldn’t be true.  Last winter, I had some blood drawn and passed out on the poor nurse.   I wasn’t as grown up as I thought.  So, next fall when I’m giving you your flu shot, do as I say and not as I do and just “Be brave!”

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One Reply to “The ABC’s of Target pharmacy: I is for Immunizations”

  1. Hello,

    I am an undergrad student at the University of Minnesota, and we are currently working on a Case Analysis of Target Pharmacy. We are presenting our case at the end of the year to Target executives, and are looking to interview members of Target’s pharmacy team. It seems you are very knowledgeable, and if you have the time, I would love to send you over a few questions.

    Let me know!

    -Eric Curtis

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