2019 New Hospital Pharmacy Practitioner Award Recipient

Laura V Minard, BSc, BSc(Pharm), PhD, ACPR
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Award sponsored by SteriMax Inc.

Laura completed a BSc (Honours) in biochemistry and molecular biology combined with psychology at Dalhousie University, followed by a PhD in biochemistry at the University of Alberta. She went on to pursue a BSc(Pharm) at the College of Pharmacy, Dalhousie University, and completed a hospital pharmacy residency at the QEII Health Sciences Centre. Following her residency, Laura worked in cardiology and cardiac surgery for one year before transitioning into her current role as a clinical pharmacist in medical oncology with the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA).

Laura is passionate about research. As part of the oncology team, she has precepted pharmacy residents and supervised their research studies with a goal of optimizing patient education about oncology medications and ultimately improving patient care. This research has won both local and national awards and has been published. Laura has been involved in other areas of research at NSHA, including a point prevalence study of benzodiazepine and sedative-hypnotic drug use at Nova Scotia hospitals and a qualitative analysis of pharmacists’ perspectives on barriers and facilitators to implementing clinical pharmacy key performance indicators (cpKPIs). Laura also works as a research associate at Dalhousie’s College of Pharmacy, where recent topics of her research have included opioid use by patients with cancer at the end of life, statin utilization by Nova Scotia seniors, and pharmacist prescribing.

Laura has worked as a Skills Lab Demonstrator at Dalhousie’s College of Pharmacy and, as part of her NSHA role, has served as a preceptor for both undergraduate pharmacy students and pharmacy residents. She recently provided education about oral chemotherapy agents to pharmacy staff across Nova Scotia, with the goal of reducing medication errors upon hospital admission. Laura volunteers as the Senior Chair of the CSHP Nova Scotia Branch Membership Committee and as a member of the Research Committee of the Canadian Association of Pharmacy in Oncology.  Laura is also a member of several committees within NSHA, such as the Pharmacy Research Committee, the Oncology Subtherapeutics Committee, the cpKPI Leadership Team, and the Patient Medication Safety Committee.