Morris Finds Student Pharmacy Work Rewarding
In coordination with the Recognition and Rewards Committee of the ECU Staff Senate, the Pieces of Eight series honoring exceptional ECU staff members recognizes Greg Morris.
By Judy Currin
Greg Morris doesn’t mind taking a pie in the face or even spending time in jail, if it’s for a good cause.
The good-natured pharmacist was amazed at the number of “complete strangers willing to donate a dollar to hit me in the face with a cream pie,” during the Wellness Education Department’s health fair last year.
Morris is the supervising pharmacist for Student Health Service at East Carolina University.
Morris joined Student Health in 2000. In addition to filling prescriptions for students, Morris’ role is to educate patients about the medications they are taking, as well as acting as a resource regarding overall wellness.
“Greg’s positive attitude, his willingness to participate in outreach efforts, and a true interest in working with the students to achieve optimal health make him an asset to the Student Health Service,” director Jolene Jernigan said.
After years in the pharmaceutical retail sector, Morris feels more at home in a university setting.
“This job fits,” Morris said. “I find it rewarding to work with the students. They are more relaxed than the general public can be and they listen very well to instructions I give them regarding their medications.”
Jernigan credits Morris with developing Student Health’s website. He keeps the site up to date with the latest health related information and upcoming events, she said. “Greg has been key in creating a self-assessment station on the Web for students. They are able to make informed decisions regarding their own health care by accessing health education models and materials via the Internet,” Jernigan said.
Morris invites fourth year pharmacy students from Campbell University to come to ECU’s Student Health Service and work in the clinic. He serves as their preceptor, or instructor.
“We usually have three students per year,” he said. “I feel we offer a unique training experience. Since we are a clinic, the pharmacy students can see all aspects of medical care from disease diagnosis to laboratory testing to the end result of medication dispensed.”
Morris’ position with Student Health Service allows him the opportunity to serve on committees and assist with projects on campus.
“Greg supplies the fun give-aways and the single dose packs of over the counter medications that we give away during health fairs and flu clinics,” Nurse Manager Michelle Camarena said. “During a voluntary half-day incarceration in the Pitt County Jail in January, Morris made phone calls requesting donations to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association, raising over $600.”
He also is preparing to enroll in the Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner Program. “It’s a long process though, and I’m in the middle of it right now,” he said.
Upon certification with the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy and the North Carolina Medical Board, Morris will be approved to prescribe medications, change medication orders and order tests specific to the diseases, for which he has been certified.
“My hope is eventually to be a referral source for the providers and patients at Student Health,” Morris said. “ Between scheduled visits with the doctors, I’ll be able to adjust medication regimens if necessary.”
He expects to complete his course work in December.