FCAPhO Recipient 2016 - Lynne Nakashima

Lynn Nakashima FCAPhOOncology Pharmacy is a challenging and rewarding field of practice.  I first became interested in Oncology Pharmacy when I was a Pharm.D. student.  An enthusiastic professor encouraged me and I have been excited and humbled by this field ever since.

By definition, it embodies change, growth, learning, teaching, collaboration, sharing and research.  Our patients are among the best in the world.  Being an Oncology Pharmacist has always been an amazing experience!  I have had the chance to work with patients and their families, other health care providers, administrators and Pharmacy staff towards a common goal.  Together, we have contributed towards improved care, safer care, increased knowledge and ultimately better outcomes for our patients.

Pharmacy is a profession in which we are given the opportunity to give back.  Teaching and mentoring students, working with our colleagues, being a part of research projects, professional practice and shaping the future is an exciting part of what I do.  I have tried to work hard, think hard and always put our patients first.  And now, in a more administrative role, I am encouraging and growing the next generation of Oncology Pharmacists.

I have been honoured to have had so many opportunities within the field, but in particular, CAPhO President, vice-chair of the BCCA Research Ethics Board, co-chair of the NCIC Pharmacists Network Steering Group, Pharmacy Professional Practice Leader for the Vancouver Centre, BCCA Pharmacy Residency Director and now BCCA Pharmacy Director.

Oncology Pharmacy has spanned my entire career so far, and I certainly hope for the foreseeable future!  I love the profession of Pharmacy and especially Oncology Pharmacy and am very grateful for all of the opportunities this has afforded me.