Innovation and Creativity in Pharmacy Workplace Learning

A special issue of Pharmacy (ISSN 2226-4787). This special issue belongs to the section "Pharmacy Education and Student/Practitioner Training".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2020) | Viewed by 677

Special Issue Editor

School of Biomedical Science, Charles Sturt University, Locked Bag 883, Orange 2800, Australia
Interests: pharmacy education; allied health; workplace learning; assessment; sustainable practice
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Workplace learning or placement has an established role in pharmacy education. Learning in an authentic pharmacy environment assists students with professional identity development, the application of skills such as counseling and patient education, and experiencing the ways that professional services are offered by the pharmacy. This helps graduates to be work-ready and job-ready as they develop profession-specific skills and the oft-called “soft skills” valued by employers, such as working successfully in a team, adaptability, resilience, self-leadership, and effective time management. Increasingly, there is a recognition, and an anticipation, that innovation and creativity skills will be brought to their future employment sites by young graduates to help them negotiate the challenges of the current and future workplaces.
However, in the 21st Century, the scope of practice of pharmacists is changing, as is the adoption of technology in practice, such as the use of robotic dispensing systems. Further, in many areas, demand for workplace learning exceeds supply, and authentic workplace learning is becoming more and more challenging to provide. Increasingly, pharmacy educators are seeking innovative approaches to workplace learning to address these issues. Some of these include simulation pre-placement activities and virtual reality experiences.

We invite you to share your approaches in developing innovative workplace learning experiences for your students, including those enablers that facilitated your new approaches and the challenges that you had to overcome. We hope this Special Issue will inspire you and other educators to share your own creative solutions, approaches and innovations to enhance student learning and educational outcomes globally.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Maree Donna Simpson
Guest Editor

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  • Creativity
  • Innovation
  • Workplace learning
  • Work-integrated learning
  • Virtual
  • Global
  • Simulation

Published Papers

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