Meet Jessica Taylor, a pharmacist in our intensive care units.
Why did you become a pharmacist? Unfortunately, there is not a “magical” answer for that question. When I began thinking about what I wanted to do in the future, I knew that I enjoyed and did well in math and science and I also enjoyed helping people. At that time, our neighbor’s daughter was a pharmacist and my mother suggested I look into that profession, but to be honest, I never stepped foot into a pharmacy until I was in college. I applied to a program out of high school for undergraduate and pharmacy school work, and the rest is history. Fortunately for me, the more I began to learn about what a pharmacist does and the opportunities there were in the profession, the more I realized that I had indeed made the right decision to pursue this career. A chance decision which worked out for the better, pharmacy fits well with how my brain works.
What drew you to pediatrics? Like most people who go in to pediatrics, I have always loved children. Nearly all of my jobs have involved caring for children. At first I was nanny in the summer for three wonderful boys. From going on hikes, to catching frogs to taking them to t-ball, we were always having adventures. I then become a Girl Scout camp counselor where I was a lifeguard, counselor and ropes-course facilitator who taught young girls to sail, canoe, wind-surf, overcome their fears on the high-ropes course and teach them about having fun in the outdoors. I love the curiosity, playfulness, goofiness, honesty and hope that shine through in each individual child’s personality and combing my passion for children, with my career choice seemed like the perfect combination!
What do you enjoy most about your job? I love how resilient children are. I work primarily as a decentralized pharmacist in the intensive care units on the Minneapolis campus and in those units, I get to be a part of the team that cares for these incredibly sick children. I enjoy working with the team to optimize their care, especially as it relates to medications. But more than that, it constantly amazes me how quickly these children heal after heart surgery or some major illness, and I am honored daily that I get to play a small part in their care.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? Traveling is one thing that I take pleasure in and wish I could do more of! If I could travel anywhere in the world, I would travel to India. I enjoy learning about and experiencing different cultures (especially the food!) and would love to visit Taj Mahal, Varanasi, Udaipur and many other places.
When you’re not at work, how do you spend your time? I spend a lot of time either in Des Moines, Iowa, visiting familiar faces or at home in the Twin Cities. Usually you can find me listening to music concerts in the parks during the summer, visiting a farmer’s market, trying a new restaurant, or catching a Twins or Wild game.