October is National Pharmacist Month and we couldn’t miss this opportunity to spotlight our Heart ‘n Home Hospice Pharmacist. Trenton Jenks performs his pharmacist duties within his role as Senior Vice President of Clinical Services here at Heart ‘n Home. He also is the managing owner of The Prescription Pad Pharmacy which is located in Fruitland, Idaho. He is a busy man, a caring man, and he is a friend to all he meets.
I thought it would be fun to learn a little more about him. I asked him the following questions. Check out his answers below:
Tell me about some of your hobbies or interests.
I enjoy spending time with family whether that is, skiing, hiking, biking, watching movies, or traveling. It doesn’t really matter as long as we are having fun. I am an avid reader. I enjoy learning and particularly enjoy reading non-fiction, historical, political, and business books.
I love watching and supporting our local athletes and enjoy watching any sport. It’s always more fun when you know athletes on the team you are watching and supporting.
Tell me a little bit about your family.
I have a kind and beautiful wife and have been married for 20 years. We have four children (three boys and one girl). We have lived in Fruitland since 2006 and it has been a great place for our family.
What lead you to get your degree as a pharmacist?
I knew that I wanted to do something in healthcare because I enjoyed science and biology. My father-in-law was a pharmacist for 35+ years. I worked with him in a pharmacy in downtown Boise for a couple of summers as a clerk and pharmacy technician before I applied to pharmacy school. He tried to talk me out of it, but I didn’t listen and here I am.
What would you do for a career if you weren’t a pharmacist?
I would like to be a farmer as this was my plan in the first place before I went to college. My family has a farm that I grew up on in Washington, which my brother runs currently. We raised apples, hay, corn, etc. I miss driving a tractor and having time to ponder and reflect. I think farm life is a great place for families to learn the value of hard work.
What was the last experience that made you a stronger person?
I feel our experiences every day add up little by little and they make us stronger. It’s hard to see the results of the daily experiences, but as you look back and reflect you see how far you have come. You get big experiences that come and force you to be stronger, quicker, than what you were hoping for. Sometimes, more than you think you can handle. But, I have said to multiple people, “It will all work out in the end.” I truly do believe that. I also know that I am never going through things alone. I know that these experiences, even though I may fail at times, are what helps me to succeed in the end and each experience helps me learn something.
Tell us something that we might not know about you?
I grew up in a wrestling family and I love the sport. I still watch college wrestling on TV when I get the chance. Also, I served a church mission to Santiago, Chile from 1997-1999. And finally, I have completed a few triathlons. I enjoy swimming and biking, but not so much running. About 10 years ago, I trained for a few sprint and Olympic distance triathlons.
Aside from working for Heart ‘n Home, you work with a local pharmacy called The Prescription Pad. Tell us more about that.
I am the managing owner of The Prescription Pad pharmacy and initially, when we bought the pharmacy in 2014 I was very involved. The other owners and I put a lot of time and love into turning that pharmacy around as it was struggling when we took over. I spent a lot of time in operations management; helping to get finances under control, and making sure our contracts and policies were good. I continue to oversee the operations there, but have delegated a lot of responsibilities to our pharmacy manager, Judd, and his wife, Annie, who is our operations outreach technician. I love the independent community pharmacy and wanted to keep that alive in our community. It has always been a great partner for our hospice and other providers in the community. We are the only compounding pharmacy within 30 miles, so it’s important to keep that going. It’s a great option for patients who need medications that aren’t commercially available, medications that can be tailored/customized to them specifically.
Can you think of a time when you were able to help a patient by managing their medications which helped them for the better?
Almost every day I feel that this happens. Whether it is a nurse or physician calling to ask about a patient’s medication or regimen, a family member asking about putting medications in special packaging, making a custom medication specific for a patient, helping someone who calls in the middle of the night to fill a prescription, or something as simple as filling an antibiotic for someone that isn’t feeling well. I feel that pharmacists, all around, help patients feel better and are a listening ear for people to share their story and tell you things that they may not tell others. This is why pharmacists are one of the most trusted professions.
What advice would you give to a person interested in the pharmaceutical field?
To find what area of pharmacy you like and determine what area fills your bucket. Then go and do that for the rest of your life. It is so important to love what you do, enjoy the people you work with, and have a purpose. These things are what gets us up every morning to go and do what we do.
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