Meet Rachel Purdy

Chapter: Nu Chapter (Drake University)

About Rachel

I work at Iowa Lutheran Hospital and really love my job! I spend most of my time making IVs or helping with med recs. For hobbies, I love cooking and trying new recipes, especially cuisine from other cultures. My favorite recipe is probably falafel. I also enjoy playing piano. I don’t get much time to play during the year, but sometimes I keep piano books in my bag and go play in the practice rooms in the music building. It’s a great stress reliever. I am currently VP of Professionalism for Nu Chapter. I am in charge of setting up Chrysalis presentations, which is where we tell middle schoolers about either prescription or OTC medications. Additionally, I am hosting an alumni-advisor-student mixer. I hope this will allow the alumni to see what’s happening currently in the chapter, the advisors to get to know us better, and the students to develop networking opportunities that LKS provides. I’m also part of the national WHI Committee and have tried to integrate this into our chapter by having two women from the John Stoddard Cancer Center to speak to us about skin cancer for Founder’s Day. So far the corn maze was my favorite event from this year. It’s a really great time to bond with sisters. I attended Convention in 2016, which was a terrific experience. I’m trying to raise funds so I can attend this year and hopefully bring more members from Nu Chapter!

Why did you join LKS?

I joined LKS because I wanted to be more involved so I could meet new people. When the chemistry tutor came to speak to my class about LKS, I decided to go since I regularly went to the chemistry sessions and she was very helpful and understanding. (Current Nu Chapter president Kellie Arensman was the tutor, and she became my big once I joined.) I liked that LKS would help me advance in the field of pharmacy, and it just sealed the deal when I bonded with current members over Doctor Who and Harry Potter!

Most memorable LKS experience?

My most memorable LKS experience is probably attending convention this past summer. I attended along with Cassie Owens, and we roomed with some girls from Alpha Iota. I felt welcomed, empowered and motivated to make my chapter better when I returned home. Convention gave me new perspective about where LKS has been, where it’s going and how other chapters run things differently.

What are your career plans?

I am currently a P2 and hope to go on to complete a residency and then work in hospital pharmacy. I enjoy doing med recs and working in the IV room. I learn so much just by listening to the pharmacists when I go to work, both factual knowledge and methods of finding answers. I love that hospital pharmacy deals with a variety of patients, diagnoses and treatments.

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