“I like to come to work and feel like I’m doing my part to serve the people of eastern North Carolina.”

Laural Morgan, Pharmacy Tech Specialist I, ECU Health Medical Center, shares her story:

“I got my first job in pharmacy when I was 17 years old. The pharmacist at the time was also the owner and he taught me so much about medications. During that time, I became very involved and interested in pursuing a career in the field. I was able to meet many pharmacy professionals and hear their reasons for choosing pharmacy as a profession.

When a position became available at ECU Health Medical Center, I applied and was selected. Throughout my time at the medical center, I’ve been able to work in various areas within the pharmacy department and had the opportunity to cross-train.

I love my job and the people who I work with. There are so many of us and we are spread out throughout the hospital but we still function as a unit. We laugh and cry and I know they have my back. We have such a great nursing staff. They are so thorough which helps us do our jobs to the best of our ability. My coworkers are a driving factor in why I come to work every day. We are very team oriented. It’s one of our goals to help each other and make deeper connections. We are always helpful to the medical team and anyone who walks into the hospital. Knowing that we have very sick patients, I like to come to work and feel like I’m doing my part to serve the people of eastern North Carolina.

I don’t get to see patients physically — instead I see their names, birthdates, how tall they are, how much they weigh and sometimes their profile pictures on their medical record. But just because I don’t see them, doesn’t mean I don’t care about them. We have patients who are here for a long time and when their names don’t pop up, it’s hard — I don’t know always know the outcome, and my hope is that they went home or their health status improved.

I remember one of our patients who was at the hospital for a while wanted to go to prom. A few team members and I were able to donate to her prom expenses to buy her jewelry, dress and shoes. Those are the moments I cherish.”