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?”
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 “The Corporate PharmD Origin Story”
It’s 4 pm at the pharmacy, and the hordes come flocking.
Flu season is like zombie apocalypse.
I have 60+ prescriptions screaming OVERDUE at me in a blood orange color
I think to myself, “If I don’t take a lunch break now, it will never happen.”
But right as I’m about to flee to the back, 2 of my regulars come up to the counsel window, waving me down. Continue reading “Mind Over Stomach”
I pick up the pharmacy phone and start dialing to make one of those “dreaded adherence calls.”
As the phone is dialing, I peruse my patient’s profile for some notes only to find one that says, “Patient hates adherence outreach calls, DO NOT CALL.”
This feels like I’m about to open Pandora’s box.
Continue reading “The Adherence Call – Pandora’s Box”
At the pharmacy today, I had 3 pharmacists in training to oversee.
I love coaching and mentoring, don’t get me wrong.
But these days bring me so close to the end of my tether. Continue reading “To Be Human Again”
I’ve never been one to complain about having to work off the clock
Sadly, it’s almost a rite of passage for the Retail Pharmacist to experience this sort of trauma
It shouldn’t be this way, and we all deserve better working conditions Continue reading “A Hammer Without The Nail”
I’ve heard other pharmacists tell me that I’m lucky.
Lucky to have techs that step up as leaders and do more than their jobs call for.
Lucky to have a staff pharmacist that acts like a pharmacy manager.
Lucky to have a great work culture and work/life balance.
Luck has nothing to do with it. Continue reading “The Lucky Pharmacist”
You’ll see pharmacists on Reddit using the term “three letter chain,” fearing the wrath of CVS like Harry Potter for Voldemort.
You’ll see pharmacists on Twitter preface their tweets with “all thoughts are my own” as if it protects them for all the terrible things they have to say about their own company.
“Stay away from retail pharmacy if you want to love your job and patients.”
Do you ever wonder why pharmacists are so quick to snap at the limbs when talking about the company they work for?
Continue reading “Chained and Whipped: Pavlov’s Pharmacists”