Joseph Scuro
FPA Member Since
2014

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FOCUSING ON PHARMACIST

Being a Pharmacist means always leading with a servant attitude.

I believe that we are a profession of humble servants striving to enrich every person that we counsel.  We are drawn into this profession not to meet metrics, but to educate and positively impact our patient’s health care.  Sadly, many of us have become convinced that we have been stamped as labor” and can no longer improve our declining work conditions.  I believe that all the ingredients we need to realize our professional passions already exists and mixed together with the courage held within our numbers together we can influence and bring about meaningful change.

 

JOE’S BACKGROUND:

Education:

 

Advanced Certifications:

 

Professional Service:

 

KEY POSITIONS

As a steward of the pharmacy profession and your Florida Pharmacy Association President-Elect I promise to work across the State to develop the following programs:

1.  FOCUSING ON PHARMACISTS

Any Association’s success rests in its ability to answer one fundamental question:  Why should I join this Professional Association?

As the Florida Pharmacy Association works very hard to advance the practice of pharmacy it  needs the direction and the tools to become a vigilant watchdog and communicator of the very real and negative consequences that change sometimes brings to pharmacists.  Today, far to many pharmacists feel alienated and voiceless in their own profession.

The Focusing on Pharmacists Program would require that policy decisions supported by Florida Pharmacy Association would first have to be studied and then published for review specifically outlining how this program or policy is expected to impact a Pharmacist’s workday.

Transparency of intent and consequences results in a better understanding, greater acceptance and engagement.

 

2.  EXPAND GRASSROOTS DIALOGUE

Membership should be measured by more than dues paid.  The Grassroots Program will focus on:

A.  Ensure that Regional Pharmacy Association members have greater input into FPA decisions by communicating with local leaders and seeking advice and input before decisions are made.

B.  Promote outreach programs that support Regional Pharmacy Association membership goals and activism at the local and State level.

C.  Promote programs that focus on increasing pharmacist visibility and public image by appearing on various free local media outlets like doing in studio interviews on various TV stations throughout the State.

3.  COMMITTEE ON MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Develop a Special Committee on Mental Health and Wellness to serve pharmacists and their families.  The Wellness Program will focus on:

A.   Healthy strategies to deal with pharmacist’s professional demands and work to enhance the mental health and wellness of pharmacists and their families.

B.  Study and improve the Florida Pharmacy rules and programs related to mental health and wellness of pharmacists and to ensure that pharmacists (including technicians) are aware of mental health issues and are able to access services they may be needed.

C.  Educate employers and pharmacists how to identify and address mental health illness and create a best practices” on how to address mental health issues.

4.  LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

Pharmacists generally do not know how they can utilize the Florida Pharmacy Association.  We need to cultivate a sense of ownership.  The Leadership Academy will focus on:

A.  Building professional engagement starts with soliciting membership opinions and providing leadership opportunities.  The Leadership Academy is a multi-session training program designed to focus on:

B.  The tools pharmacists can utilize in becoming better leaders within the profession.

C.  Transforming the meaning of membership from INCLUSION TO OPPORTUNITY.

D.  Raising the awareness and engagement among pharmacists regarding issues facing the pharmacy profession. 

E.  Encourage and promote diversity and inclusion in all aspects of the Florida Pharmacy Association and the Pharmacy Profession.

5.  PHARMACIST ADVISING PHARMACIST

When a pharmacist is confronted with an unfamiliar issue the pharmacist advising pharmacist program can provide quick access to a pharmacist who has the experience to help.

Program promoting pharmacist mentoring a buddy system” to address pharmacists who are seeking mentorship.

6.  EXPAND STATE PHARMACY ASSOCIATIONS AND SPECIALITY PARTNERSHIPS

Pharmacy influence in Tallahassee is controlled by numbers and dollars.  Individually we are but one voice it's only when we all work together will we be strong.  The Partnership Program’s will be focused on:

A.  Expanding partnerships with all State Pharmacy Associations and Speciality Societies to facilitate dialogue, partnerships, resources and pharmacist opportunities.

Thank you for the opportunity to introduce myself. 

Dr. Joseph Scuro

Book of Proverbs (23:7) proclaims, As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.”