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ICHP Leadership Spotlight
Meet Erin Shaughnessy, PharmD, MBA, BCPS

What is your leadership position within ICHP?
I am the Treasurer of NISHP.

Where is your practice site?
I am the Director of Pharmacy at Rush University Medical Center.

What is a pharmacy issue that keeps you from sleeping at night?
As we all know, COVID-19 and other societal challenges have put immense pressure on our healthcare system and our teams this year. Sustaining a parallel between providing high quality patient care, balancing pharmacy practice models, and having a culture that encourages team members’ wellness is at the forefront of my mind. Finding that consistent stability is a challenging opportunity, but it is important for all of us.
How do you apply ICHP learning and resources into your work?

I find the NISHP educational dinners and the ICHP Reverse Expos to be especially useful in my practice. The NISHP educational dinners are a great way to refresh clinical knowledge and compare processes with colleagues. The ICHP Reverse Expo “speed dating” format allows me to explore a multitude of vendors and products in an expedited time frame. Each time I attend an educational dinner or a Reverse Expo I walk away with 1-2 new insights, products, and/or vendors that I may never have found otherwise.

What makes ICHP great?
ICHP is great because it provides a way for all of us to get involved in advocating for our profession. There are many changes and challenges in the future and ICHP helps us to ensure pharmacy needs are heard. It also provides diverse opportunities for leadership development and growth at many levels.

Is there an individual you admire or look up to, or a mentor that has influenced your career?
I have been fortunate to have had a group of strong role models and coworkers throughout my career. They have shown me how to be a leader through example, encouraged me to take on new challenges, engaged in vigorous discussions and debates, and supported me during tough times. Even when our professional paths have advanced on different courses, we have continued to keep in touch and support each other’s successes. Thank you to the UIC pharmacy team, the MetroSouth pharmacy team, the AdvocateAurora pharmacy and respiratory care teams, and the Rush University Medical Center pharmacy team for being outstanding colleagues!

What advice do you have for pharmacy students?
Don’t forget to start networking immediately and broadly. ICHP is a great place to begin networking within our profession. Meet a wide range of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians and then start networking outside of pharmacy. It’s important for nurses, physicians, and hospital leadership to understand how integral our role is to the success of the healthcare team. It’s also important for pharmacists to understand the perspectives and the roles of other professions in order better collaborate on patient care.

Do you have any special interests or hobbies outside of work?
Outside of work I am an avid hiker, camper and yogi. I love to go on long backwoods hikes and camping trips with my friends and family. A sky full of stars and a roaring campfire is my favorite way to spend a weekend.

What is the most interesting/unique fact about yourself that few people know?
I am also a yoga and meditation instructor! My favorite classes to teach are hatha and restorative yoga. 



Directly Speaking

President's Message

Crank's Corner


Board of Pharmacy Update

Government Affairs Report

ICHP Leadership Spotlight

ICHP Leadership Spotlight

New Practitioners Network


Public Education & Awareness Outreach Publication Subcommittee

Attention ASHP Pharmacist Members

Educational Affairs

Educational Affairs

Educational Affairs

Educational Affairs

Professional Affairs - CPE Opportunity!

Organizational Affairs


Staff Changes

Passing The Baton To Our Team

ICHP's Newest Affiliate Leaders

Opioid Task Force - CPE Opportunity

Annual Meeting Recap

College Connection

Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy

Rosalind Franklin University College of Pharmacy

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy

University of Illinois Chicago College of Pharmacy


Upcoming Events

Welcome New Members!

Pharmacy Action Fund Contributors

Board of Directors

ICHP Membership Application

Regularly Scheduled Network Meetings

Chicago Area Pharmacy Directors Network Dinner
3rd Thursday of Odd Months

Regularly Scheduled Division and Committee Calls

Executive Committee
Second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.

Educational Affairs
Third Tuesday of each month at 11:00 a.m.

Government Affairs
Third Monday of each month at 5:00 p.m.

Marketing Affairs
Third Tuesday of each month at 8:00 a.m.

Organizational Affairs
Fourth Thursday of each month at 12:00 p.m.

Professional Affairs
Fourth Thursday of each month at 2:00 p.m.

New Practitioner Network
Second Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m.

Technology Committee
Second Friday of each month at 8:00 a.m.

Chicago Area Pharmacy Directors Network Dinner
Bi-monthly in odd numbered months with dates to be determined. Invitation only.

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