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Recession-proof pharmacists

by Cyrus on July 2, 2009

Being a pharmacist means you will remain in demand for decades to come. It is a profession that is recession-proof and will remain viable as along people need medicine. I have looked at the Bureau of Labor Statistics and it stated that employment among pharmacists will grow by 22% through 2016. It is considered the fastest rate of employment among most occupations.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics of May 2008, the average annual salary of pharmacists is $104,200. I can remember working as a pharmacist right after college making $35,000/year. I can’t believe how far we have progressed. As my father has always said, “You will never starve as a pharmacist.” Thanks dad, you were right!

We had a national shortage of pharmacists back in 2001. This was due to changing the curriculum from BS Pharmacy to the Pharm.D program. Pharmacy colleges weren’t producing enough pharmacists to meet the demand. Presently, we are meeting the demand, but there are still shortages depending on location around the United States. With the growing influx of prescriptions needing to be filled and more Americans living longer, the demand for pharmacist will always be needed to provide that service.

In President Obamas proposed health care reform, it stresses a team-based approach to care. I have seen working at several VA hospitals where primary care doctors are teamed up with the pharmacist to increase better patient care. I have seen pharmacist increasin g their role in providing immunizations, pain management, and doing blood monitoring for patient taking blood thinners. With this faltering economy, I have seen many patients seeking a pharmacist for free advice instead of spending money for an office visit with their doctor.

We are in an exciting time for our profession. It is not only counting pills by five, it is an ever evolving dynamic profession that is being interweaved with other healthcare professions. I have always believed that we are a very highly educated profession, but the least utilized. But with the advent of people living longer and high level of stress among doctors, I see a glimmer of light that our education will be fully realized.

Cyrus Pacis is a pharmacist who often works on long-term relief pharmacy jobs through RPh on the Go.

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Travel pharmacy equals job security

by Cyrus on June 11, 2009

Since graduating pharmacy college, I soon started to appreciate politics. If you work and earn a paycheck, you too should be concern what your government is doing. Whether we like it or not, we are inundated with rules and regulation that affects us every day of our lives.

I have been getting emails from other traveling pharmacist sharing concerns about the state of the economy–high unemployment, and job security in particular. Now, what I have told them is what I am going to tell you. With the current rate of spending by the federal government, there are three areas that are not being affected: government-related jobs, education, and health care. If you are working in any division of health care, consider yourself very lucky. Doctors, nurses, health care technicians, and pharmacists seem to be immune from the high unemployment numbers we are witnessing.

Yet even compared to other health care professionals, traveling pharmacists have great job security right now. [click to continue…]

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Hi. My name’s Cyrus Pacis. I’m an RPh on the Go pharmacist and will be taking over the blogging here starting today.

I started with humble beginnings as a pharmacist. I once believed getting a job and staying with that job till retirement was the norm, but I found it totally not fulfilling. Complacency is the evil that we all share in the work place. It brings boredom, which leads to careless mistakes. It brings laziness, which leads to animosities among co-workers.

For the first 11 years as a pharmacist, I found myself in that trap of being complacent. Each one of us went through this. Haven’t you noticed doing the same mundane routine day in and day out? Haven’t you noticed some co-workers are getting on your nerves? Haven’t you noticed questioning yourself if this is the best it can get? Well, that was me. [click to continue…]

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Hi. My name’s Cyrus Pacis. I’m an RPh on the Go pharmacist and will be taking over the blogging here starting today.

I started with humble beginnings as a pharmacist. I once believed getting a job and staying with that job till retirement was the norm, but I found it totally not fulfilling. Complacency is the evil that we all share in the work place. It brings boredom, which leads to careless mistakes. It brings laziness, which leads to animosities among co-workers.

For the first 11 years as a pharmacist, I found myself in that trap of being complacent. Each one of us went through this. Haven’t you noticed doing the same mundane routine day in and day out? Haven’t you noticed some co-workers are getting on your nerves? Haven’t you noticed questioning yourself if this is the best it can get? Well, that was me. [click to continue…]

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The "can do," the "will do" and the "fit"

by Brigid DeFalco on May 13, 2009

At RPh on the Go, we ensure that all of our pharmacy professionals and clients are a good match. How do we do this? We work intensely with both our clients and our staff to find out what expectations each has as a prospective employer and as a staff member.

This is done by going through the process of verifying, for both client and staff, that for each placement we have the “Can Do”, the “Will Do” and the “Fit”.

The “Can Do” is validating experience level for the position you currently wish to fill. We also evaluate the individual environment of your staff opening to ensure that we find the absolute best candidate for you and that they “Can Do” the job. Not only are we validating experience levels, but we also take into account personality, career goals and past performance. When you staff your pharmacy with RPh on the Go, you can be sure that your pharmacist “Can Do” the job you require.

The “Will Do” is a more elusive evaluation. Each pharmacy has its own individual personality type, some environments require a higher level of people skills, some environments require a high energy individual who can keep up an ongoing hectic pace and some require an ability to be more assertive and proactive, perhaps supervising other staff or engaging a higher level of management skills than others.

At RPh on the Go we ensure that the pharmacy staff we place with you will have a clear understanding of the expectations of the position you are filling and we are confident that our staff “Will Do” everything you require in order to have you staffing expectations met or exceeded. We work so closely with our staff members that we always ensure that not only are we meeting your organization’s needs, but that your position is meeting the expectations of our staff as well, creating an excellent match.

The final step of our placement process is ensuring that we have a good “Fit”. This means that we select the member(s) of our staff for you that desires a schedule equal to your requirements, is interested in working in the environment you have created, and is well aware of any idiosyncrasies inherent to your individual pharmacy and is prepared to work with them for your mutual success. You can expect a seamless integration of our staff into your facility as our Career Consultants work with each pharmaceutical professional on an individual basis to ensure that both the client and the staff member are right for each other.

The best way to ensure that you have the “Can Do”, the “Will Do” and “The Fit” for your pharmacy is to come to RPh on the Go for all of your pharmacy staffing needs.

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The “can do,” the “will do” and the “fit”

by Brigid DeFalco on May 13, 2009

At RPh on the Go, we ensure that all of our pharmacy professionals and clients are a good match. How do we do this? We work intensely with both our clients and our staff to find out what expectations each has as a prospective employer and as a staff member.

This is done by going through the process of verifying, for both client and staff, that for each placement we have the “Can Do”, the “Will Do” and the “Fit”.

The “Can Do” is validating experience level for the position you currently wish to fill. We also evaluate the individual environment of your staff opening to ensure that we find the absolute best candidate for you and that they “Can Do” the job. Not only are we validating experience levels, but we also take into account personality, career goals and past performance. When you staff your pharmacy with RPh on the Go, you can be sure that your pharmacist “Can Do” the job you require.

The “Will Do” is a more elusive evaluation. Each pharmacy has its own individual personality type, some environments require a higher level of people skills, some environments require a high energy individual who can keep up an ongoing hectic pace and some require an ability to be more assertive and proactive, perhaps supervising other staff or engaging a higher level of management skills than others.

At RPh on the Go we ensure that the pharmacy staff we place with you will have a clear understanding of the expectations of the position you are filling and we are confident that our staff “Will Do” everything you require in order to have you staffing expectations met or exceeded. We work so closely with our staff members that we always ensure that not only are we meeting your organization’s needs, but that your position is meeting the expectations of our staff as well, creating an excellent match.

The final step of our placement process is ensuring that we have a good “Fit”. This means that we select the member(s) of our staff for you that desires a schedule equal to your requirements, is interested in working in the environment you have created, and is well aware of any idiosyncrasies inherent to your individual pharmacy and is prepared to work with them for your mutual success. You can expect a seamless integration of our staff into your facility as our Career Consultants work with each pharmaceutical professional on an individual basis to ensure that both the client and the staff member are right for each other.

The best way to ensure that you have the “Can Do”, the “Will Do” and “The Fit” for your pharmacy is to come to RPh on the Go for all of your pharmacy staffing needs.

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