Owning an independent pharmacy was a lifelong goal for Mary Stewart Murphey. This BPS Board Certified Nuclear Pharmacist realized that dream when a marketing opportunity presented itself in an underserved area. The fact that her business specializes in nuclear pharmacy and PET services was the result of having worked with a BPS-certified mentor as a student.
Nuclear Pharmacy is a complex specialty. It was during employment as a hospital-based nuclear pharmacist that Ms. Murphey tackled the “tough exam,” which she believes forces the practitioner to move beyond a staff position. “The level of clinical knowledge and the personal confidence in dealing with patients are definitely different.” A significant motivator for her was also the peer recognition as an expert that comes with certification.
Now as a business owner, Ms. Murphey employs only BPS board certified professionals or pharmacists who are willing to pursue the rigorous credential. After passing the exam, employees receive an automatic salary adjustment to mark the accomplishment. New therapeutic agents are continually brought to the market, and she is convinced that the best way to stay informed about advances in Nuclear Pharmacy is through BPS specialty designation and recertification.