Title: Pharmacy Education Director, Educator
Location: Lake Tapps, Washington, United States
Connie Nelson, Pharmacy Education Director and Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in pharmacology education.
Mrs. Nelson’s foray into the pharmaceutical world began as a curious interest while working as a cosmetician in a drug store. She later pursued the field, and as sometimes the way things work out, was asked to become an instructor after hers decided to retire. Since then, Mrs. Nelson has taught, lead programs and wrote curriculums. From 2003 to 2010, she provided her services with Nuclear Pharmacy. In her career, she has worked as a pharmacy curriculum consultant and on the Educational Task Force of the Pharmacy Board. She has also been the Pharmacy Department Director at Eton Technical Institute and an instructor at Clover Park Technical College. Earlier in her career, she served as the co-chair of the Washington State Educational Task Force and instructed at Bates Technical College. She has also served as a pharmacy assistant with the St. Joseph Medical Center. Outside of these endeavors, she was President of Architectural and Land Development for the West Tapps Maintenance Company.
Mrs. Nelson is a Level A licensed pharmacy assistant and has been the Executive Director of the Washington State Society of Pharmacy Assistants since 1991. Her other professional endeavors include various roles with the Washington State Society of Pharmacy Assistants, such as serving as the legislation chairman and representative assistant. Mrs. Nelson is most proud of her work in improving her profession. Pharmacy technicians across the United States are underpaid and in the state of Washington they were called pharmacy assistants so it gave them a slight advantage on trying to compete for wages. In fact, Mrs. Nelson created the Washington State Society of Pharmacy Assistants. In regard to her program, which was pretty tough, she would get asked by students and she would say “what are you offering?” She would tell them that wasn’t enough money and the students always got a three dollar an hour start because of her. She interned in hematology, oncology and pediatrics at the Madigan Army Medical Center.
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