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COVID-19: Resources to Combat Staffing Shortage


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Dave Warner, ASHP Director of the Center on Practice Development and Brad Pierson, ASHP Senior Director of CareerPharm discuss CareerPharm Rapid Connect, a new free service, to alleviate staffing shortages during this crisis. With the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic many areas such as NY, NJ, WA, and CA to name a few are hard hit to care for an enormous numbers of critically ill patients. Many facilities are faced with staffing shortages due to shear volume, staff illnesses, and caring for patients with or without COVID-19. Dr. Warner and Mr. Pierson discuss this new platform to unite individuals and facilities to help alleviate staffing shortages.


Brad PiersonBrad Pierson serves as the Senior Director of CareerPharm at ASHP. Mr. Pierson received a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the Robert H. Smith Business School at the University of Maryland. He is responsible for the oversight of Residency Showcase and Personnel Placement Service (PPS) at the Midyear Clinical Meeting and all CareerPharm-related products and services. Prior to his current role at ASHP, which began in November 2012, Mr. Pierson served in marketing and consulting roles including serving as Senior Manager at the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society.

David WarnerDavid J. Warner is Senior Consultant, ASHP Consulting, and Director, Center on Practice Development in the Practice Advancement Office at ASHP, Bethesda, Md. Prior to this, he was Director, International Residency Program Development, in the Accreditation Services Office at ASHP. For more than 30 years, David has been a clinician, an administrator, an educator and a leader in his roles at ASHP, Duke University Hospital, and University Hospital at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. David brings his experience in clinical services and practice model evaluation, didactic and experiential adjunct faculty roles, pharmacy leadership, residency training programs, and hospital pharmacy management to his consulting practice. His results-oriented and collaborative style have produced positive results when evaluating domestic and international residency programs as well as pharmacy practices.

David earned his Pharm.D. from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy and afterward completed a clinical pharmacy residency there. David has been recognized in clinical practice and educational roles with such honors as the Distinguished Teaching and Preceptor of the Year awards.

Vicki BasalygaVicki Basalyga, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCPPS, is the Director for the Section of Clinical Specialists and Scientists. In this role Vicki serves as an information resource and provides guidance to ASHP members regarding science and scientific developments affecting pharmacy practice in health systems. She serves as secretary to the Section executive committee and coordinates activities to accomplish the objectives established by the Section. Additionally, Vicki has assumed the position of Council Secretary for the ASHP's Council on Therapeutics.

Vicki received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Duquesne University and completed an ASHP accredited PGY1 at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. Vicki is also a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and a Board Certified Pediatric Pharmacotherapy Specialist.

Prior to her current position at ASHP, Vicki practiced as critical care pharmacist in both the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. Other activities Vicki performed included drafting policies and procedures, co-chairing the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, creating and drafting order sets for CPOE conversion and precepting residents and students.

The information presented during the podcast reflects solely the opinions of the presenter. The information and materials are not, and are not intended as, a comprehensive source of drug information on this topic. The contents of the podcast have not been reviewed by ASHP, and should neither be interpreted as the official policies of ASHP, nor an endorsement of any product(s), nor should they be considered as a substitute for the professional judgment of the pharmacist or physician.