Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy Professor Nicole Pezzino Receives “Ten Under Ten Award”, Installed to Board of Practice Directors
Nicole Pezzino, Pharm. D., an assistant professor of pharmacy practice in Wilkes University’s Nesbitt School of Pharmacy, was awarded the Ten Under Ten Award at the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Annual Conference. At the same conference, she was also installed as the 2017-2018 academia practice director for the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association’s board of practice directors.
The Ten Under Ten Award recognizes the top ten pharmacists practicing for less than ten years who demonstrate commitment to advancing the profession, involvement in the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association and other pharmacy associations, and service to their community. The awards are presented every three years.
The Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association’s board of directors is charged with establishing the strategic direction of the association and overseeing all of its operations. The board meets approximately five times a year, including at each of the two main conferences.
Pezzino is a 2014 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. Upon graduation she completed a one-year community-based pharmacy practice residency at the University of North Carolina, Eshelman School of Pharmacy. After earning her teaching certificate, Pezzino began teaching at Wilkes in August 2015.
An advocate of community service, Pezzino dedicates time at various community centers across Wilkes-Barre empowering students to give back to the community while developing a professional identity through interacting with members of the community. Pezzino and the student volunteers provide blood pressure, blood glucose, weight management, and cholesterol screenings and also provide medication management services.
Pezzino is also involved on a national level with the American Pharmacists Association New Practitioners Network. Her involvement includes creating the training for a community health ambassador position to help other pharmacists give back to their communities and learn the process for developing and maintaining community relationships.
Founded in 1878, the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association is a professional membership organization of more than 2,300 pharmacists and pharmacy students across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, representing almost all facets of pharmacy practice. As the leading voice of pharmacy in Pennsylvania, it promotes the profession through advocacy, education, and communication to enhance patient care and public health.
Pictured is Nicole Pezzino, assistant professor of pharmacy practice.