CARIBOU — Laurie Nicknair recently was hired by Cary Medical Center as a staff pharmacist, bringing the number of pharmacists to three at the medical center.
Nicknair was born in Presque Isle and grew up in Houlton. She graduated from Houlton High School in 1985, and attended Albany College of Pharmacy in Albany, N.Y., from 1985 to 1990. She completed her internship at The Aroostook Medical Center in Presque Isle and finshed three required rotations: one in retail pharmacy, another in a nursing home facility, and at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Albany.
Of her choice to work in a hospital setting, Nicknair said, “I decided to come to work at Cary because it is close to where I grew up and I am very happy working in a hospital setting. It is exciting to see the interaction that occurs as various drugs are ordered by the doctors, we receive and fill the orders, and evaluate the effect of the drug or drugs on the patient.”
George Carter, director of pharmacy services at Cary Medical Center, spoke of the significance of Nicknair’s recruitment.
“The recruitment of qualified pharmacists is one of the most demanding tasks in hospitals throughout the country,” said Carter. “We have been searching for this position for nearly two years. We are very pleased to have a quality person like Laurie with us who also has some familiarity with our environment.”