To mark International Women’s Day, Pharmacist Support approached several influential women within the world of Pharmacy. Here we talk with Senior Teaching Fellow in Pharmacy Practice & Pre-reg Coordinator at UCL Nadia Bukhari – the youngest woman ever to be awarded Fellowship of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society – about her experiences and inspirations.
Who were your role models? I have many female role models I look up to; but the one who has helped me shape my career right from my undergraduate days and continues to inspire me is Catherine Duggan; Director of professional support and development at the RPS
What was the defining moment in your career? My defining moment was when I became a Fellow of the RPS. The feeling I had when I received this recognition was indescribable. This accolade has motivated me further to do even more greater things for our profession.
What does it mean to be a woman in the profession? It is widely accepted that more women than men enter the pharmacy profession; however we see more men than women in leadership positions within pharmacy. I agree that the change is occurring, and it’s great to see more women leaders, but we still have a lot more work to do!
And given the charity’s focus on wellbeing – a question we ask all of our interviewees – Do you have any wellbeing tips or coping mechanisms that might help others in the profession? Always carve time out for yourself – ‘me time’ in its true sense; no distractions. This allows time for self-reflection as well as giving and opportunity to recharge your energy from the world. For me, juggling family life whilst being a career woman has its challenges. There are times I feel negative or feel demotivated. In such times I take some time out and confide in someone I trust. I often have found when I talk to a confidante, I feel lighter and less negative, which helps me cope and drives me to keep going.