As soon as the pharmacy gates opened up, a line had already formed at Pick Up. My heart starts to beat faster, and my anxiety slowly builds up.
My technicians are both up front helping patients, and I can overhear conversations escalating.
I’m trying to focus on my pharmacist duties, but the volume of voices increases up front. I can’t concentrate knowing there’s a crisis impending.
We’ve only been open for a total of 5 minutes. Help. Continue reading “My Origin Story”
Everyone’s shut their doors, barricading themselves from the masses.
They have turned their backs on fellow humans as they seek self-preservation during these uncertain times.
Apocalypse is finally happening. Continue reading “Thriving in Quarantine”
Today, I was thinking how important an organ the heart is.
For our bodies, the heart is the engine that keeps everything going. Continue reading “The Heart of Pharmacy”
This morning, I’m laying on the floor of my garage after an intense battle ropes session.
I started working out again 4 weeks ago after a heart to heart moment with my bathroom scale.
“No way,” I said. Stagnation and complacency were taking control of me.
This felt all too familiar because I felt the same way 3 years ago at the pharmacy. Continue reading “Ten Pounds Lighter”
It’s holiday week at the pharmacy, and there’s an eerie, unfamiliar calm. I would say it’s tranquil bliss because I’m not working at the pharmacy, but it’s more than that.
Normally, holiday week is crazy with last minute requests from patients, end of the year business priorities, and sick call outs.
But this year, I decided to make something different happen. Continue reading “The Calm Before The Storm”
When I was a pharmacy technician in training, I listened to senior techs tell me what a good pharmacist should be like.
When I was a pharmacy student, I listened to jaded pharmacists tell me their definition of happiness.
When I was a new grad pharmacist, I followed my boss’s expectations for what success looked like.
After 3 years, I finally could start breathing because I accomplished so much at my pharmacy, and I had what others wanted.
Yet, I still felt a little empty inside. Continue reading “My Pharmacy Mission 2.0”
It’s an unspoken rite of passage in Retail Pharmacy.
Something we don’t talk about during Pharmacy School, but we know it’s lurking, waiting for us when we graduate from school.
We all hear the painful, agonizing stories from our comrades in arms.
Drug seekers wearing us down little by little, day by day. Continue reading “25 Opioid Dispensing Mistakes That Make Retail Pharmacy A Nightmare”
Flu season apocalypse is the breaking point for so many pharmacies.
Colleague after colleague throws in the towel and turns in their resignation letter.
Even your Pharmacy Manager is quitting.
You know you have a house of cards when any one thing collapses your entire operations.
With so many voices yelling at you from all corners (patient, boss, regulatory, etc.), how do you focus on the truly important activities your pharmacy needs?
Everyone knows that staffing is the problem, but how do you actually double down on that?
The one thing that will get you out of this situation is a commitment to purpose.
Continue reading “Everyone’s Quitting at the Pharmacy”
Today, I was working in the “field,” aka not stuck behind the computer screen.
I still opted to use my pharmacy as my office, and I was able to witness a different side to the ordinary chaos.
Now that we’re in the heat of flu season, I’m used to the colors on the screen.
The computer screen bellows with all its fury. Continue reading “Who Laughs In The Face Of Danger?”