Pharmacy Technician Jobs Available in Florida

Pharmacy Technician Staffing and ResponsibilitiesPharmacy technicians provide invaluable support to pharmacists throughout the State of Florida. Since 1989, HCC (Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing) has been placing certified, highly trained, professional pharmacy technicians throughout Florida (including the Tampa, Miami, Orlando and Jacksonville areas). Currently statistics show that there are over 30,000 pharmacy technicians being employed in Florida with an average salary of over  $33,000 as of February 26, 2020 (but the average salary range typically falls between $29,980 and $37,085 annually). For complete information regarding becoming a registered pharmacy technician in Florida and their tasks performed, please click here.

Looking for Qualified Registered Pharmacy Tech(s) in Florida?

Whether they are needed to help expedite prescriptions, count, mix, pour, weigh, retrieve, or measure medications, they offer experience to serve your needs and help with your pharmacy business and patients. As you may already have done business with HCC in helping you meet your needs with part time relief and full time pharmacist staffing, you can count on us for outstanding customer service and to deliver the best technician candidates available to fill your pharmacy technician staffing needs. Please note that we deal exclusively with technician placement only in the State of Florida. Additionally, here at HCC our pharmacist relief and temporary staffing services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. HCC maintains one of the largest active pools of relief and temporary pharmacists in the nation, allowing us to quickly locate available, qualified and reliable temp and relief pharmacists for you in the following states:
– Florida
– Georgia
– Texas
– North Carolina
– South Carolina
– Alabama

Additionally, Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing has been a national leader in regards to pharmacy recruitment, permanent placement and direct hire of pharmacists throughout the entire USA (in all fifty states) since 1989. Pharmacist recruitment, permanent placement and direct hire have been our specialty for over 31+ years now, as HCC deals with all aspects of matching the correct pharmacist to the job description requirements and to the employer’s needs in every type of situation and setting. Our in-house staffing experts have experience nationally in all 50 states with all pharmacy job types: retail, hospital, clinical, institutional, compounding, mail-order and all types of specialty pharmacies. We also offer a six month pro-rated satisfaction guarantee!

If you are a pharmacy located in Florida and are in need of hiring qualified registered technicians for your pharmacy operation or business, please contact us online now, or simply call us now at 1-800-642-1652. One of our experienced in-house technician placement specialists will get back to you right away to assist you in finding the right technician to best meet your unique pharmacies’ needs and fill your position. As with our pharmacist staffing services, HCC offers the same satisfaction guarantee for technician recruitment that we 0ffer with our pharmacist staffing services!

Looking for a New Job as a Registered Pharmacy Technician in Florida?

If you are a licensed and registered pharmacy technician in Florida looking for a new opportunity or job, we strongly suggest you contact us today. HCC can place you in a variety of pharmacy types throughout Florida (including retail, hospital, institutional, specialty, compounding, mail-order, clinical and other pharmacy settings and operation types). We currently are looking to place certified pharmacy techs in the Tampa, Orlando, Miami and Jacksonville Florida areas. Most of these job opportunities are full-time (40 hours per work) positions for at least the next year. Call us now at 800-642-1652, or click here NOW to apply online and to provide us with your availability. One of our experienced in-house technician placement specialists will get back to you right away with additional information and will assist you in finding the right employment opportunity to best meet your needs and lifestyle.

 


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Coronavirus Could Result In Pharmacy Staffing Shortages

coronavirus and pharmacy prescriptions
There’s been a lot of discussion the past few days regarding the spread of the coronavirus and the possibility of it leading to a shortage of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians on a national level. Everyone knows how inconvenient the shortages of necessary commodities such as toilet paper, paper towels and hand sanitizer are, but a shortage of pharmacists and pharmacy workers would be have disastrous effects. With the coronavirus spreading so rapidly and now reported in all fifty states, pharmacists have demonstrated over the past several weeks that they are truly on “the frontlines” of the pandemic and that all pharmacy workers are playing a vitally important role in attempting to slow down the spread of COVID-19.

Retail community pharmacists and their pharmacy co-workers have all been working long extended hours under stressful conditions and, as everyone knows, they are the most accessible health care workers available to the general public. In most cities, towns and communities across the nation, the pharmacist is the most easily accessible healthcare provider and usually acts as the first “touchpoint” for a patient engaging with the US healthcare system. In fact, over ninety percent of all Americans reportedly live within five miles of a retail community pharmacy. This is especially true in many rural areas of our nation and in communities that experience shortages of doctors and physicians. In those areas in particular, a pharmacist may be the only healthcare provider that is immediately within reach of many patients and their family members. Not only providing medications, prescriptions and medical supplies, pharmacists are being called on to be a source of the latest critical information and to be a support for the general public at large across the country.

The ASHP Says That Pharmacists Should Do More?

Both the ASHP (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists) and the The California Pharmacists Association (CPhA) called upon the US Federal government and all of the state governments last week to officially recognize pharmacists and their supporting pharmacy staff members as “front-line providers” during the coronavirus pandemic that we are facing. In fact, the ASHP just published their Pharmacy Readiness for Coronavirus Disease
2019 (COVID-19) – Recommendations for State Policymakers. The ASHP stresses that the change must come at the state level, as each state is really autonomous in their actions on this no matter what the US Federal government chooses to do.

Although the ASHP builds a very strong case to allow pharmacists to provide expanded functions, the basis of their recommendations revolve around state lawmakers taking the following five (5) steps to ensure that pharmacists in their areas and communities are empowered to effectively support the prevention and response efforts for outbreaks such as the current coronavirus crises poses (COVID-19):
• That pharmacists are authorized to order and administer immunizations for prevention of infectious diseases.
• That pharmacists are authorized to order point-of-care testing for infectious diseases.
• That pharmacists are authorized to initiate time-sensitive therapies, such as antivirals.
• That pharmacists are reimbursed for direct patient care services related the to prevention and treatment
of infectious diseases.
• Involve pharmacists in emergency response planning and coordination efforts as being designated “front-line providers”.

Doesn’t the Coronavirus Place Pharmacists at Risk?

What the ASHP recommendations really revolve around is that each state’s lawmakers needs to evaluate their state’s laws and emergency plans to make sure that pharmacists practicing in all settings (retail community drugstores, hospitals, clinics, hospice settings, specialty pharmacies, physician offices, and our countries’ uniformed services) are able to effectively support the COVID-19 response and are essentially trained in such practices already. However, many note that while pharmacists and pharmacy workers are doing all of this to ensure that the general public has access to their medications and their necessary medical supplies, they too face the very real dangers of being exposed to COVID-19 infection themselves. Pharmacy employees are designated as “essential workers” and must be protected in order to continue doing their part in this crises!

Now we get the news that a pharmacy technician in the San Diego, California area died several days ago (March 25th of 2020) after contracting the coronavirus. The 25 year old pharmacy tech reportedly had no underlying health conditions or issues. According to the Riverside County health officials, the young man was exposed to COVID-19 and was in self quarantine in La Quinta when he passed away. The 8 deaths reported previously in Riverside County had all been in patients that were older than seventy and who had underlying health conditions or problems before contracting the virus. This shows that the COVID-19 infection can be deadly to anyone, regardless of age and health.

Contact a Pharmacy Staffing Firm and be Prepared

Although step are being undertaken to help ensure the safety of pharmacists and their staffs from exposure to the coronavirus, the fact that numerous pharmacists and pharmacy technicians will come down with the virus is a reality that cannot be overlooked. All pharmacy owners and managers must now rush to have a plan in place if one or more of their pharmacists becomes afflicted with the coronavirus.

Choosing the pharmacy staffing firm that best suits your potential requirements and needs is essential. Choose a firm that’s not too small as to be geographically constrained and has a limited number of available pharmacists that meet your business’s needs. If you own or run a “smaller” pharmacy operation it’s important that the staffing agency you partner with is not too large itself and, therefore, is not service oriented when dealing with a “smaller” client’s immediate needs like yours.

The perfect choice if your pharmacy is located in the Southeast is HCC (Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing). Our pharmacist staffing service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. HCC maintains one of the largest active pools of relief and temporary pharmacists in the nation, allowing us to quickly locate available, qualified and reliable pharmacists during an emergency situation in the following states:
– Florida
– Georgia
– Texas
– North Carolina
– South Carolina
– Alabama
Our proprietary online system allows HCC to match your needs with the most qualified available candidates to work temporary relief during emergency times as these. HCC also ensures that our emergency pharmacists comply with all HIPAA requirements and also have and maintain professional liability insurance.

Please also note that HCC can fill all of your staffing needs regarding pharmacy technicians (in Florida only). HCC has been the leading provider of qualified, registered, licensed and professional pharmacy technicians (CPhTs) in Florida since 1989. As with pharmacists, satisfaction with our pharmacy technician staffing is guaranteed!

We strongly urge you to be proactive regarding establishing a relation with us now (this way all required paperwork is completed before an emergency situation actually occurs or, as is the case of the coronavirus we presently face, escalates). Then, when you do actually require an a relief pharmacist, HCC will be ready to meet your needs so that you can relax and rest easy. Call us now at (800) 642-1652 or take a moment and Contact Us Online and an HCC in-house staffing consultant will contact you as soon as possible to discuss all of your staffing needs.

 

 

 


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Orlando and Central Florida Pharmacist Jobs 

New Pharmacy jobs and pharmacist jobsRegistered Pharmacist jobs and positions (R. Ph.) are currently on the rise throughout the Orlando and Central Florida metropolitan area. Licensed pharmacists are currently in demand due to the immense population explosion that is occurring in the Orlando area. With Orlando being the second fastest growing city in the United States according to Forbes Magazine, job opportunities for all medical professionals are rising exponentially. In addition is the fact that new statistics have shown that in 2016 alone Orlando actually grew faster than any of the thirty largest metropolitan areas in the entire nation. More pharmacies have been started and opened in Orlando and its surrounding communities than ever before, resulting in an a rapidly expanding job market. According to the Forbes article, not only will the population growth in Orlando during 2020 actually exceed the growth seen in any previous years, but the projected job growth is estimated to exceed 3.5%. Additionally, the projected GMP growth in Central Florida will increase to over 6% in 2020 (as compared to slightly less than 4% in 2019). Lastly, with a projected salary and wage increase of an estimated 8.2%, Orlando and the Central Florida metropolitan area will become the #1 fastest growing city in the nation this year.

What Does this Mean for Registered Pharmacist Jobs?

It is estimated that almost 20% or one-fifth of the nearly 4,000 pharmacies in Florida are located in the Central Florida metropolitan and surrounding areas. Central Florida is also known as the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford Metropolitan Area and is synonymous with Disney World of course. With a population of over two and a half million people, it is much more than just a tourist attraction. Along with Disney’s Magic Kingdom, International Drive, Universal Studios and SeaWorld are the Central Florida colleges and universities (UCF being the 2nd largest university in the nation with over 64,000 students), the rich cultural environment (the new Dr. Phillips Center being a great example) and the major sport teams (the Orlando Magic and Orlando City Soccer) that make Orlando such a vibrant city to live in.

When referencing employment opportunities and pharmacist jobs in the Orlando and the Central Florida area, included are many notable cities such as Kissimmee, Sanford, Winter Park, Lake Mary, Altamonte Springs, Maitland and Lakeland. Yet the Orlando area also includes numerous additional smaller cities like Heathrow, Taft, Apopka, Windermere, Winter Garden, Ocoee, Mount Dora, Oviedo, Longwood, Pine Castle and Eatonville to name just a few. In all of these cities exist opportunities and jobs for qualified licensed Registered Pharmacists (plus Florida Certified Registered Technicians and CPhT’s).

How Many Pharmacist Jobs in the Orlando Area are there?

There are estimated to be a total of over 20,500 jobs for pharmacists in Florida according to the latest available numbers released by the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (in their 2017 Occupational Employment Statistics Report). A search today on the Indeed.com website (considered to be the largest and most often used job listing website) lists 395 open job positions available when a search was performed for “Pharmacist Central Florida”. These pharmacist open job positions exist in all types of pharmacy settings. This includes the traditional independent retail community pharmacies and retail chain pharmacies, as well as institutions, clinics, hospital pharmacies and specialty pharmacies (such as compounding pharmacies, IV infusion pharmacies and mail-order pharmacy businesses).  Although this may perhaps change in years to come due to the projected increase in the number of pharmacy graduates (according to an article in Medscape), currently the reality is that open positions far outdistance the number of potential candidates that are realistically available.

Are you a Pharmacist looking for a new opportunity in the Orlando or Central Florida area?

Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing is a nationally renowned pharmacy staffing company that has been a leader in matching qualified pharmacists and pharmacy technician candidates in Florida to the right job and employer for over 31+ years now. Headquartered in Central Florida, HCC has an in-house team of trained consultants that can help assist registered pharmacists to find a job that matches their skills and experience, plus fits their lifestyle and needs. Call us now at (800) 642-1652 or click here now to let us know your availability and we’ll get right back to you to discuss which job opportunities best match your skills and needs.

Who Can Help You With Finding the RIGHT Pharmacist Job?

If you are seriously considering making a change, HCC can help you to “boost” your chances for success. Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing has been known nationally as a full service Pharmacy staffing agency since 1989. With all the services that we provide to both pharmacies and pharmacists, it is sometimes easy to overlook the fact the we are one of the most successful and respected pharmacy staffing and placement firms in the country. Pharmacy staffing and job placement are our primary business now for over 31+ years. If you are a pharmacist looking for a new position in the Orlando and Central Florida area (or considering a career change), we urge you to talk with us. With both temporary and permanent placement positions immediately available, contact us today online or call us at 800-642-1652 to explore how we can help you in your choice of a new pharmacy career path in Central Florida.


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Emergency Pharmacist Positions and the Coronavirus

coronavirus and pharmacy prescriptionsThe coronavirus has dominated the news recently and is the singular topic of discussion for the vast majority of people across the country for obvious reasons. Yet, until recently, the pharmacy profession had received very little public attention as it relates to the rapid spread of the virus in the United States and the precautions that are being taken publicly in our nation’s efforts to slow the coronavirus down. Now, however, several steps taken recently by numerous retail community pharmacies nationwide are placing the danger that many retail pharmacists are facing into the media “spotlight” when it comes to pharmacists and other ancillary pharmacy personnel being “front-line providers” for the public during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Is Curbside Only Prescription Service In The Near Future?

Many community pharmacies are now offering only curbside prescription pickup and dropoff as a means of protecting pharmacists and pharmacy personnel from exposure to the virus. Pharmacists have always been what’s been termed “easy access health professionals”, being physically accessible to the public at large in a business that is essentially location based and welcomes customers into their retail stores and locations to get their prescriptions filled and shop for various items like over-the-counter medications and remedies.
Here are just a few examples of the new curbside only prescription pickup and dropoff service that were featured in the news in just the past few days:
– In Omaha, Nebraska, customers of a local community pharmacy are no longer allowed inside the store to pick up or drop off their prescriptions. Stopping their customers at the door, no public traffic at all is allowed to enter Kubat’s Pharmacy. They offer patients the additional options of delivery service or mailing the Rx’s out, but if the patient insists on coming to the pharmacy, they simply won’t let them come inside. Instead, in an effort at keeping the staff safe from the threat of coronavirus exposure, the transaction is made right in the doorway of the pharmacy.
– In Colorado, the Good Day Pharmacies located in both Longmont and Loveland now offer customers only curbside prescription pickup and dropoff, along with the additional option of delivery service. Good Day management said that their retail operations want to do their part to help prevent the virus from spreading and they’re hoping that their “customer free stores” will help in doing just that.
– Just yesterday this curbside prescription pickup and delivery spread to a Health Center in Florence, South Carolina. McLeod Choice Pharmacy is the outpatient pharmacy at McLeod Health and began curbside pickup and delivery of prescriptions to patients. With designated parking spaces right outside the pharmacy, runners are stationed out in front of the pharmacy, taking prescriptions from patients and dropping off the prescriptions to the customer’s car when ready. In addition to filling just prescriptions, the employees and patients can give the runner a list of over-the-counter medications and they will do the shopping for them and take it all back to the car as well. Starting yesterday at about noon, the pharmacy serviced an estimated 120 customers by the time they closed their doors at 7 PM EST.

This curbside service is how customers are now goding to be “forced” to drop-off and pick up their prescriptions, OTC medicines and other items at community pharmacies all across the United States according to numerous industry experts. This change comes about in an effort to both slow down the rapid advance of the coronavirus, plus help protect the pharmacists and pharmacy personnel as “front-line providers” from getting the virus during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Relief Pharmacists in Emergencies Like the Coronavirus

The need for temporary and relief pharmacists during emergency situations like the one that our nation is currently facing is nothing new. Numerous potential lethal scenarios and emergency situations can and do occur – those times when an emergency relief pharmacist can be of such critical importance to a community. Potentially saving the lives of one’s own family, friends and neighbors, plus perhaps even helping to save the lives of complete strangers in dangerous times such as these, makes being an emergency relief pharmacist such a gratifying and rewarding job opportunity. In smaller rural areas with no pharmacists to rely on for “back-up” support, emergencies such as the one we now face dealing with the coronavirus can quickly turn into an escalating crisis for an entire community .

Choose an Emergency Pharmacy Staffing Firm

As these new and somewhat drastic precautions are being undertaken to help ensure the safety of retail pharmacists and ancillary personnel such as pharmacy technicians from being exposed to the coronavirus, the fact that numerous pharmacists will come down with the virus is a reality that cannot be overlooked. All pharmacy owners and managers must now rush to get an emergency relief plan in place if one or more of their pharmacists becomes afflicted with the coronavirus.

As with all other vendors, choosing the right pharmacy staffing agency is critical. You want one that is not too small as to be geographically constrained and that has a limited number of viable pharmacists that meet your specific needs. If you own or run a “smaller” pharmacy operation or business, then it’s important that the staffing firm you select to partner with is not too large and, therefore, is not service oriented when dealing with a “smaller” client’s immediate needs like yourself.

The perfect choice if your pharmacy is located in the Southeastern part of the US is Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing. Our emergency pharmacist staffing service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. HCC maintains one of the largest active pools of emergency pharmacists in the nation, thus allowing us to quickly locate available, qualified and reliable pharmacists during an emergency situation in the following states: Florida, Georgia, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama. Our proprietary online system allows us to match your needs with the most qualified available candidates to work temporary relief during your emergency. HCC also ensures that all of our emergency pharmacists comply with all HIPAA requirements and also maintain professional liability insurance.

Please also note that HCC can fill all of your emergency relief staffing needs regarding pharmacy technicians (in Florida only). HCC has been the leading provider of qualified, registered, licensed and professional pharmacy technicians (CPhTs) in Florida since 1989. As with emergency pharmacists, satisfaction with our emergency pharmacy technician staffing is guaranteed!

We strongly urge you to be proactive regarding establishing a relation with us now (this way all required paperwork is completed before an emergency situation actually occurs or, as is the case of the coronavirus we presently face, escalates). Then, when you do actually require an emergency relief pharmacist, HCC will be ready to meet your needs so that you can relax and rest easy. Call us now at (800) 642-1652 or take a moment and Contact Us Online and an HCC in-house staffing consultant will contact you as soon as possible to discuss all of your emergency and staffing needs.

 

 

 


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Relief Pharmacist Jobs

Emergency Relief Pharmacist StaffingYears ago the term “relief pharmacy jobs” was a term that one never really heard very frequently. In the not too distant past, if a pharmacist was ill, went on a vacation, or simply needed time off for an unscheduled absence (such as a death in their family), his or her co-workers simply worked overtime to cover their shifts. This scenario has definitely changed in the last decade. Now many times it can be a major challenge for a pharmacy owner to get a temporary pharmacist to work relief in certain instances to staff their store. This is even more critical for pharmacy owners in smaller towns and rural areas where there are far fewer pharmacists. With very few pharmacists to rely on for relief, a pharmacy can be faced with a situation where it can not even up its doors for business. To deal with potential crisis situations that can occur, a pharmacy owner must learn to be pro-active versus reactive, plus avoid the temptation of hoping that it simply will never happen to them!

Why It’s Harder to Fill Relief Pharmacy Jobs

There are several reasons that finding a temporary relief pharmacist has become difficult. Plus why this trend will continue to escalate. Let’s take a quick look at just a few:

– The tremendous increase in RPh salaries:
The average pharmacist in the United States makes approximately $120,000 a year according to statistics from the US Department of Labor. Many of us older pharmacists can still remember when salaries were roughly a third of this. In 1980 for example, $20 per hour was the norm, as compared to the $60+ per hour rates that are seen now. What this means is that the average pharmacist makes a pretty substantial living and simply isn’t as interested in working overtime for more money than in the past. Plus if the projections regarding salaries continuing to steadily increase for the next five or more years, the problem of finding relief and temporary pharmacists will obviously also continue to increase.

– Less pharmacists available for temp work:
The AACP (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy) released a study way back in 2014 (named the National Pharmacist Workforce Study) that showed that as few as eight percent (8%) of pharmacists worked a second job as a relief pharmacist. Compare that to 1990, when approximately fifteen percent (15%) of all pharmacists worked second jobs. The study also revealed that pharmacists now average only 6 hours per week working as relief, as compared to the 10 – 12 hours extra per week seen back in 1990. The study also noted that a significant decrease has been seen every year since 2009 in the number of available pharmacists who were even willing to work temp or relief jobs. This trend can only continue and results in a decreased number of pharmacists to choose from should a relief situation arise in your business operation.

Advantages of Using a Pharmacy Staffing Agency

The use of a pharmacy staffing agency is the best solution available today for a pharmacy owner when it comes to filling relief pharmacist jobs that they have open. Staffing agencies offer qualified and dependable temporary and relief pharmacists to work in many areas and locales. This also includes registered pharmacy technician staffing and CPhT relief staffing. The right agency equates to having a pool of qualified pharmacists or pharmacy techs available and ready to work when needed.

When objectively considering using a pharmacy staffing agency, the following advantages are worth noting:
– Most agencies will perform the necessary license and reference verifications, plus do a criminal background check on the pharmacists and technicians that they employ. The right agency can also provide drug screening and competency testing, along with all the other pre-employment documentation.
– The agency takes care of all the hiring expenses. They do the advertising and recruiting for every pharmacist and tech. Not only is job advertising money saved, but valuable time is saved by not having to review resumes and then interview potential job candidates.
– The agency takes care of processing all payroll and tax reporting, resulting in lowered accounting expenses for the pharmacy.
– Insurance and Workman’s Comp are taken care of by the staffing agency.
– Payroll taxes are not applicable using an agency.
– No overtime expenses to existing staff are incurred.

Choosing a Pharmacy Staffing Agency

When choosing a pharmacy staffing agency, finding one that you can consider a “partner” is crucially important. You want one that is not too small as to be geographically restricted and thus have a limited number of viable candidates that can meet your specific needs. You also want one that is not too large and is not service oriented when it comes to servicing the immediate needs that you may have.

The perfect choice in the Southeastern region of the USA is HealthCare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing. Our staffing service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and maintains one of the largest active pools of temp pharmacists in the nation. This allows us to quickly locate available, qualified and reliable pharmacists in the following states: Florida, Georgia, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama. Our proprietary online system allows us to match your needs with the most qualified candidate to work relief and ensures that all of our pharmacists comply with all HIPAA requirements and maintain professional liability insurance. As always, with HealthCare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing, your satisfaction is guaranteed!

Please also note that HCC can fill all of your relief staffing needs for pharmacy technicians (in Florida only). HCC has been the leading provider of qualified, registered, licensed and professional pharmacy technicians (CPhTs) in Florida since 1989. As with our pharmacists, satisfaction with our pharmacy technician staffing is guaranteed!

We strongly urge you to be proactive regarding establishing a relationship with us now (this way all required paperwork is completed before an emergency situation actually occurs). Then, when you have need of a relief pharmacist, HCC will be ready to meet your needs so that you can relax and rest easy. Call us now at (800) 642-1652 or take a moment and Contact Us Online and an in-house HCC staffing consultant will contact you as soon as possible to discuss all of your staffing needs.

About Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing

At Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing we have been helping pharmacies throughout the Southeastern United States with temp and relief pharmacists for over 31+ years now. HCC centers its focus primarily on the following six states:
– Florida
– Georgia
– Texas
– South Carolina
– North Carolina
– Alabama

We encourage you to be pro-active in regards to the issue of getting dependable and qualified pharmacists for relief when the need arises for you. Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing has been a national leader in regards to temporary Pharmacist staffing and is known as a “full service” Pharmacy staffing company since 1989. With all the services that we provide to pharmacies, it is sometimes easy to overlook the fact the we are one of the most successful and respected pharmacy staffing firms in the nation. Our pool of qualified and dependable pharmacists available covers all aspects of job types: retail, hospital, clinical and specialty pharmacies.

Call us today at 800.642.1652, or contact us online to talk with our experienced staff to start a discussion on how we may be able to help you. That way when you do need a temporary or relief pharmacist, help is only a phone call away!

 

 

 

 

 


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Need Relief or Temporary Pharmacist

Emergency Relief and Temporary Pharmacist StaffingThe issue of getting qualified relief or temporary pharmacist staffing when you suddenly need a pharmacist became an even larger one based on the news the past several weeks regarding two pharmacy schools either losing their accreditation or facing the possibility of losing it. Let’s quickly discuss the two cases receiving all of this media attention that’s focused on them and how it could affect your pharmacy operation and business when you require or need a pharmacist in the future.

Hampton University Loses Accreditation

At their Board of Directors meeting in January of 2020, The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), announced that they had revoked the Hampton University School of Pharmacy’s accreditation. Interestly, the school’s Pharm.D.(doctor of pharmacy) program had been placed on probation all the way back in July of 2017. The Board cited that two of its primary educational standards, “progression & educational outcomes”, had not been met by the educational institution.

State laws requires all pharmacists to graduate from an ACPE-accredited school in order to work as a R.Ph. or Pharm.D. The ACPE did allow Hampton University to implement a plan that lets currently enrolled students switch schools and thus graduate from an accredited program. But after the class of 2023, graduates won’t have degrees from an accredited pharmacy college or school. It should be noted that the Hampton University pharmacy program is currently placed on “probationary status” while it appeals the ACPE revocation of their accreditation.

Auburn University Cheating Investigation Underway

The Harrison School of Pharmacy at Auburn University in Alabama is under investigation for alleged widespread cheating by pharmacy students. Auburn University’s pharmacy program was ranked by the most recent U.S. News & World Report to be among the top twenty percent (20%) in the nation, offering students both Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees, as well as graduate degrees in Pharmaceutical Sciences.

In an email last week to the student body at the pharmacy school, Dean Richard A. Hansen PhD stated that: “Last week we learned of potentially widespread cheating among our P1-P3 students. We are still gathering information, but I wanted everyone to be aware of the issue, the actions we are taking, and our anticipated timeline. After gathering some initial data, I addressed each of the P1 – P3 classes and offered leniency for those that voluntarily came forward. Since this time, we have met with a number of students that have revealed their actions and identified others that were involved. This continues to unfold as we uncover new people involved”.
Although some students may have voluntarily come forward and cooperated with the investigators, it’s anticipated that students who did not turn themselves in will face further sanctions or even potential dismissal from the pharmacy school’s program.

Fewer Pharmacist To Choose From?

The two examples cited above can only add to the problem of more relief and temporary pharmacist jobs than pharmacists available to fill them. Being in the pharmacy staffing industry for over 31+ years now, our experience is that there are far fewer pharmacists who choose to work extra jobs as relief. The same is true of those that choose to work only in temporary pharmacy staffing positions.

Based on a survey released by the AACP (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy) in 2014 called the National Pharmacist Workforce Study, statistics revealed that only about 8% of all pharmacists nationally worked a second job as a relief pharmacist. Back in the 1990’s this number was estimated to be around 15%. Additionally, the average extra time worked by a pharmacist as relief was an estimated six hours weekly. This represents a significant decrease from the estimated 10 – 12 hours that pharmacists “moon lighted” back in the 1990’s. The study noted that a significant decrease regarding available pharmacists working part-time or as relief was seen every year since 2009. One can only see this trend continuing, leading to a smaller pool of pharmacists to choose from should you need them.

What Are the Issues of Finding Pharmacy Relief Services?

The issues involved that one should think about in the finding a relief pharmacist can be summed up quickly:

– What staffing agency should I call?
Many find that the pharmacy staffing agencies are either very small or very large when needing one. The smaller ones have very limited resources, while the larger ones are harder to do business with as a new client (as they are focused primarily on satisfying their existing regular and mostly larger clients first).

– Do they have experienced and dependable Pharmacists to send for relief services?
Many pharmacy staffing agencies have a very limited pool of candidates to choose from. Being limited geographically may mean that their available resources are already being utilized, or that the pharmacists that they can offer may not be dependable. What could be worse than expecting some peace of mind while dealing with a personal emergency situation and getting a call that the temporary pharmacist was a “no show” that day?

– Quality choices that meet your specific needs are a major concern.
If you are operating any type of specialty pharmacy (compounding, IV infusion, oncology, mail order, etc.) you may realize that not just any relief pharmacist can walk in and function in your environment. This may be true in many retail community pharmacy environments also. Even with experience, is the pharmacist of the quality and possess the required experience and skills that you (and your patients) expect?

– Pricing and costs are always a consideration!
A major factor in choosing a pharmacy staffing agency to meet your relief needs is obviously the cost. In certain instances the pricing may be a secondary issue, but let’s be realistic: Price is always an issue. When it comes to supply and demand, an agency with few available candidates will charge more. Travel charges may also be added on that will inflate the cost of the fill-in pharmacist. Also keep in mind that in the 1990’s the average salary for a pharmacist was about $50,000. Comparing that number to the average pharmacist’s salary of between $112,000 – $119,000 in 2016, one can easily draw the conclusion that perhaps the cost of a relief or temp pharmacist prohibits a pharmacy owner from ever going on a vacation or having an emergency!

– Seasonality is sometimes a major concern when getting pharmacy relief for your business.
In many cases seasonality will affect both the availability and the price. High demand during certain times of the year are a normal factor on both pharmacist selection and cost. Holidays are a great example. How many qualified pharmacists want to actually spend the major holidays working? Recent statistics show that fewer and fewer pharmacists will give up their precious “free time” than ever before.

Being Prepared Versus Reactive

To avoid future problems when looking for a relief pharmacist and for available qualified pharmacists to meet any temporary needs you may have that arise, one must embrace the following adage that most major companies have learned over time: Hiring is an ongoing process not event. Another way of saying it is be prepared. Here at HCC Pharmacy Staffing we have been actively “preaching” to both clients and potential clients to be pro-active when it comes to the issue of getting a dependable and qualified relief pharmacist in place for when the need arises. Yet the reality is that the majority of pharmacy owners are reactive and not prepared when the time comes. The old cliche that has become HCC’s tagline over the past 30+ years is that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”! This certainly applies to getting an experienced and dependable temporary pharmacist quickly when the situation requires one.

About Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing

At Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing we have been helping pharmacies throughout the Southeastern United States with temp and relief pharmacists for over 31+ years now. HCC centers its focus primarily on the following six states:
– Florida
– Georgia
– Texas
– South Carolina
– North Carolina
– Alabama

We encourage you to be pro-active in regards to the issue of getting dependable and qualified pharmacists for relief when the need arises for you. Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing has been a national leader in regards to temporary Pharmacist staffing and is known as a “full service” Pharmacy staffing company since 1989. With all the services that we provide to pharmacies, it is sometimes easy to overlook the fact the we are one of the most successful and respected pharmacy staffing firms in the nation. Our pool of qualified and dependable pharmacists available covers all aspects of job types: retail, hospital, clinical and specialty pharmacies.

Call us today at 800.642.1652, or contact us online to talk with our experienced staff to start a discussion on how we may be able to help you. That way when you do need a temporary or relief pharmacist, help is only a phone call away!


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Pharmacy Job Tips

Pharmacy Job Tips for Switching JobsMany pharmacists have switched jobs recently and many are considering a change to a new work direction or setting as the profession of pharmacy evolves and changes. With New Year’s resolutions about to be on everyone’s minds, changing jobs as a pharmacist can be very tempting. It has been almost five years since the AACP (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy) first released it’s National Pharmacist Workforce Study back in 2014, but the results are basically the same in 2019. The trends that the study documented all still continue to be accurate today:
– Women (female) pharmacists outnumber men (male) pharmacists.
Over 57% of actively licensed practicing pharmacists in the United States are now women. It is interesting to note though that ownership of pharmacies is still predominantly dominated by men, with over 70% of all the independent retail community pharmacies owned by a male pharmacist.
– Pharmacy graduates are outpacing the creation of new jobs.
In 1987 a total of 72 pharmacy schools existed in the US. In 2014, according to the AACP there were 130 accredited pharmacy colleges. As of July of 2019, there are now 143 US based colleges and schools of pharmacy with accredited (full or candidate status) professional degree programs, plus one 1 school with precandidate status, for a total of 144 colleges and schools. The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) is the national agency recognized by both the Council on Higher Education Accreditation and the US Department of Education, and it is ultimately the agency responsible for accrediting the pharmacy programs.
– Pharmacy positions are becoming much more specialized and diversified.
In 2014 the total number of practicing pharmacists throughout the nation actually working in retail positions fell below 50% for the first time ever to around 44%. The move away from retail pharmacy jobs showed an astonishing increase in pharmacists now working in hospitals (30%) and other practice areas and specialties (25%). Although the newest 2019 numbers released this past July now show a reversal of this pattern with retail pharmacy jobs now comprising an estimated 58%, pharmacists as a profession are constantly assuming greater responsibility in patient care, and more pharmacists are continuing to step outside of their old traditional practice settings by switching jobs.

What is the Actual Pharmacist Job Turnover Average Annually?

Although the only actual number that could be found regarding pharmacist job turnover is perhaps outdated (the study took place from 1983 through 1997), the national average was 11% per year. Perhaps equally important to note was that the pharmacists who left and switched jobs primarily made the change in less than three years. The primary reason for leaving a pharmacy position was attributed to stress and perhaps surprisingly, citing salary for the reason for “job switching” was number four down on the list (following stress, career advancement opportunities, geography and finally salary).

We should also quickly mention the Millennials. Named by Gallup as “The Job-Hopping Generation”, these younger professionals exhibit a tendency never before seen in the history of pharmacy (or other professions for that matter). A 2016 study on LinkedIn showed that Millennials average a change in jobs four times in their first decade out of college. That’s nearly double the rate of the Gen-Xers before them (graduating college between 1985 – 1992) who averaged about two job changes in their first 10 years of work.
Although the past recession may have contributed to this phenomena of “job hopping”, causing many pharmacy graduates into accepting jobs they perhaps were not excited about, the primary motivation according to CNN is that the “Millennials want to move up the ranks quickly. One of the fastest ways to do that is to change jobs. A new role often comes with a more elevated title and a substantial pay raise (15% or more versus 1 to 3% by someone staying in their current role)”.

A “Quick Tip List” to Consider Before Changing Pharmacy Jobs

Today, as the expansion of patient focused healthcare services has changed the entire landscape of the workplace, many new pharmacy job opportunities and career paths are available to a pharmacist to consider and evaluate than ever existed in the past. Retail, hospital, specialty, clinical, mail-order, compounding, nuclear….. the list of possibilities for pharmacy career paths has become almost endless. So here is some “free advice” from pharmacy staffing experts who have been dealing with pharmacists switching positions for over 30+ years now.
1. Take your time. The decision to change jobs or career paths is a major decision. Take the time to explore all the possibilities that are available to you.
2. Start by taking a personal self-audit and consider the following questions:
– What are my short term and long range goals?
– What pharmacy setting appeals to me and is my personality a good fit for that setting?
– What pharmacy sector fits in with my lifestyle?
– What professional and personal growth opportunities are available?
3. The next step is to talk with some pharmacists who practice in the areas of your interest. Who better to ask questions regarding professional development and opportunities than with the pharmacists that are actually practicing in those areas? In today’s world of social media, blogging and online engagement, access to individual professionals has become fast and easy! Take some time and communicate with several individuals who can share their experience and are willing to help fellow members of the pharmacy community on the exciting and changing career paths now available.
4. Lastly, consider trying several different pharmacy job types before actually making the commitment to a specific pharmacy setting. This is where Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing can help you. At HCC we have been finding that many pharmacists would rather initially “try out” several career path options before deciding on a permanent practice setting. This allows the individual to get actual experience in several different clinical &/or retail settings to see which opportunities fit best with their goals, personality and lifestyles.

Who Can Help You With Switching Jobs?

If you are seriously considering making a change, HCC can help you to “boost” your chances for success. Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing has been known nationally as a full service Pharmacy staffing agency since 1989. With all the services that we provide to both pharmacies and pharmacists, it is sometimes easy to overlook the fact the we are one of the most successful and respected pharmacy staffing and placement firms in the country. Pharmacy staffing and job placement are our primary business now for over 30+ years. If you are a pharmacist looking for a new position or considering a career change, we urge you to talk with us. With placement positions immediately available, contact us today online or call us at 800-642-1652 to explore how we can help you in your choice of a new pharmacy career path.


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Hospital Pharmacist Jobs

Hospital Pharmacist JobsHospital jobs and positions for pharmacists in clinical settings are becoming lucrative opportunities as a clearer job market future emerges in the pharmacy profession. As discussed previously, the 2018 pharmacist job statistics clearly indicated that there would be a shift over the next decade from retail to hospital employment opportunities for pharmacists, plus a significant surge in the demand for RPh’s in all hospital, clinical and institutional settings.

As documented by the latest US Department of Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics), currently around fifty-eight percent (58%) of all pharmacists work in a retail job or community drug store environment. What’s truly important to note, however, is that this is well down from the 65.2% reported almost a decade ago back in 2010. Meanwhile approximately twenty-six percent (25.8%) of all US pharmacists now work in jobs that are located in a hospital, clinical or home health settings. Once again, what’s truly important to take note of is the fact that, while retail pharmacist jobs dropped, hospital pharmacists rose to almost twenty-six percent (25.8%) in 2018 as compared to around twenty-three percent (23.2%) that was seen back in 2010.

The predicted shift is being fueled by hospitals and Health Care Systems and major hospitals pursue the enormous and lucrative specialty pharmacy dispensing revenues. In 2018, a staggering twenty-percent (20%) of hospitals owned a specialty pharmacy. Compare that with the fact that only three years prior in 2016 less than nine percent (9%) of hospitals owned a specialty pharmacy.

What Do the Pharmacist Job Statistics Predict?

These US Department of Labor statistics clearly indicate that the current trends are not an anomaly and that outcome will continue to be towards an increasing percentage of new jobs for the hospital sector and its practitioners. The latest USDL statistics reported that there will be a very small or minimal increase in the expansion of retail pharmacy jobs seen over the next ten year period (estimated at less than 1%), and that the retail job market for pharmacists will become rather stagnant. On the “flip side” is the the prediction that there will be well over a ten percent (10%) expansion in the number of hospital jobs for pharmacists seen over the next decade. Several medical employment and staffing experts are even predicting that a thirteen to fifteen percent (13-15%) increase is not unrealistic.

Why Shift From Retail to Hospital Pharmacy Job?

Hospital pharmacists historically were paid salaries that were lower (sometimes significantly) when compared to the salaries for retail, community, independent and chain store pharmacy positions. Now the reverse of this is being seen. Factoring in various parameters such as the longevity of being in a position, the skills required for the position and the duties being performed by the pharmacist on staff, plus certain geographical considerations, hospital pharmacist salaries now surpass those of most retail pharmacist jobs. Plus, hospital pharmacies also offer a wide range of areas for both advancement and growth that simply cannot be found in the retail pharmacy business environment.

Basically it is simply a matter of the old economic rule of supply and demand. While the total supply of pharmacists is increasing, the demand is shifting to skilled hospital RPh’s and jobs in specialized positions. The increase in supply is due in part to both the increased number of students graduating with RPh degrees, plus the decreased number of active pharmacists retiring. The number of pharmacy graduates has significantly increased as the number of pharmacy schools has increased. In the late 1980’s there were a total of only 72 accredited pharmacy schools in the nation. As reported by the AACP (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy) there now exists a total of 130 accredited pharmacy schools offering a B. S. in Pharmacy degree in the United States. Additionally, as the average age of retirement continues to increase (from previously about 62 years of age to over 70 years old now), fewer vacant job positions and openings are becoming available to be filled.

If YOU Are Considering Switching From Retail To Hospital Pharmacy

If you are currently thinking about your own future in the pharmacy profession and considering a switch or transition from a retail to a hospital setting, please take a moment to consider the following:

– In some states additional licensure requirements are required for certain hospital, clinical and nursing home positions. Using Florida as an example, to become the Director of Pharmacy in a hospital or work as a consulting pharmacist in a nursing home, a Consulting Pharmacist licence is additionally required. In Florida, as specified in Rule 64B16-26.301, an RPh must successfully pass an exam after taking an approved twelve hour course, plus then must work under a preceptor for three consecutive months to be evaluated and assessed (within one year of passing the exam). Additionally, the pharmacist must obtain a minimum of forty training hours, of which sixty percent (60%) must take place onsite at an institutional or hospital pharmacy holding a permit.
– The hospital pharmacy environment is not the “slow paced” job that many of us as pharmacists remember from the “good old days”. Perhaps it really never was. Today’s hospital pharmacy positions are conversely a fast paced work environment that require a high energy level and extended periods of concentration and focus.
– Hospital hours can be a major negative to many RPh’s lifestyles. This is especially true for new employees that are typically hired to work on the “graveyard shift” in order to get a position at a hospital (in order to get their “foot in the door”). Remember that a hospital never closes, even on major holidays (although this is also true for many large chain drug stores as well these days).
– Although you may think that switching from a retail pharmacy job means no longer having to deal with sick patients and difficult customers who are always in a hurry to get their prescriptions, keep in mind that doctors, nurses and other various members of the hospital’s health care team can also sometimes be extremely difficult to deal with.
– Certain hospital pharmacy activities (such as preparing IV solutions, infusions and other sterile medications in a Laminar-Flow Hood) can be very taxing on an individual. Pharmacists who have back pain or problems sometimes find that positions like this are extremely hard to work at for long periods of time.
– Keeping current is hard in clinical settings. Changes in hospital pharmacy occur more quickly than elsewhere. It is essential that the hospital pharmacist continuously read clinical journals, articles and continue getting education and training on a regular basis.

How Can You Prepare to Switch From Retail to Hospital Pharmacy?

For a more in depth discussion of how to get yourself ready to switch from a retail to a hospital pharmacy career, please visit our previous post on Tips for Pharmacists Switching Jobs. Here are some of suggestions that you may want to consider trying:
1. Take or attend a Continuing Education class that covers information in the areas of hospital or clinical settings that may be of interest to you.
2. Attend a hospital pharmacy conference. There are numerous national and state hospital pharmacy organizations that offer annual conferences. Examples include the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP).
3. Do some job “shadowing”. “Test drive” the job before you make a decision to actually switch. Find pharmacists in your area who practice in a hospital setting. See if job “shadowing” is allowed and perhaps spend some time at their place of work to experience what a typical day can look like at their job.
4. Read. Sometimes simply reading about a particular job setting or environment can help you get a better picture of what the job really is all about.

Who Can Help You Make A Switch?

If you are seriously considering making the change from retail or community pharmacy to hospital or institutional pharmacy, HCC can help you to “boost” your chances for success. Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing has been known as a full service pharmacy staffing company since 1989. With all the services that we provide to both pharmacies and pharmacists, it it sometimes easy to overlook the fact the we are one of the nation’s most successful and respected pharmacy staffing, pharmacist recruitment and direct hire firms in the pharmacy employment area. Pharmacy staffing and job placement have been our primary business now for over 30+ years. If you are a pharmacist looking to switch to a new position or area of practice, we urge you to talk with us. With positions immediately available, contact us today online or call us at 800-642-1652 to get started.


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Emergency Relief Pharmacists

relief pharmacists in FL, GA, AL, NC, SC, TXEmergency relief pharmacists are always in demand, but the recent announcement last week in California that over 1,400 Pharmacy Practice Exams were invalidated is already having a “ripple effect” regarding the profession’s ability to meet emergency needs. The students that were impacted make a valid point that many have lost job opportunities and money because of the exams being invalidated. Many students are facing repayment of their student loans coming due before they’re able to afford repaying them. Yet on the “flipside” of the story is the effect this situation has on numerous employers like pharmacy owners and managers. It’s important to always keep in mind that in situations such as these the end result can be a possible shortage of pharmacists available to do temporary and relief work in some emergency situations.

Temporary Relief Pharmacists in Emergencies

Needing temporary pharmacists during emergency situations can sometimes pose what seems like insurmountable obstacles to the pharmacy owner and manager. Last year in 2018 the hurricanes in both Texas and Florida had triggered discussions with several HCC clients regarding various scenarios and situations that can occur when an emergency relief pharmacist can be of critical importance to your drugstore even being open for business. Because a pharmacy can not legally be open for business without a registered pharmacist on duty, sometimes the pharmacy owner or store manager is faced with the dilemma of finding a pharmacist quickly or having to close the pharmacy’s doors and shut the business down until a pharmacist can be found.  Emergencies such as the severe weather that accompanies a hurricane can prevent a pharmacist scheduled to work a certain shift from returning safely from evacuation if it’s required. This also applies if the pharmacist was on vacation and severe weather leads to the closing of airports that will simply impede or delay his or her return to work.

Additionally, the death of a family member, personal illness, accidents and other unforeseen events can lead to emergency situations that can force a pharmacy to shut down. This not only results in lost business, but can cause severe stress and frustration to loyal customers and patients who rely on the pharmacy being open for their medications and health needs. This can be even more critical in rural communities and small towns where sometimes only one pharmacy is open and operates. With no pharmacists to rely on for “back-up”, emergencies from not having a registered pharmacist available can quickly turn into an escalating crisis for an entire community.

Why Use a Pharmacy Staffing Agency?

In the past it was often the case that a pharmacist’s co-workers would simply fill in when needed to. To cover for an illness, vacations and situations like a death in the family, all of the other pharmacists simply worked overtime or called their friends to fill in. Yet for several reasons this has shifted to the utilization of pharmacy staffing agencies and staffing firms over the past decade.

The first reason is that several recent studies have linked long shifts and hours worked by pharmacists to severe increases in medication errors. In one study published by the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Advisers (NAPRA) it was noted that “pharmacists who are overburdened and understaffed present a very real threat of harm to the patients who depend on them”. Another study performed at the Houston Methodist Hospital documented that an exponential relationship can be seen between a pharmacist’s workload and working long shifts to an alarming increase in medication dispensing errors. Some states are even considering legislation over the past several years regarding setting limits on how many hours per shift and hours a week that a pharmacist should be allowed to work.

The second reason cited for the shift to using pharmacy staffing agencies is that overworked pharmacists have been shown to “burn out” and to quickly develop a negative attitude toward their profession. A great article in Pharmacy Times noted that excessive overtime, long shifts and being on-call constantly, all contribute to the extremely high rate of “burn out” seen in the pharmacy profession. The result is that more and more pharmacists are choosing not to work part time jobs or do relief work any longer.

Lastly is the expense and cost. By using a pharmacy staffing agency for relief pharmacists, the pharmacy can save on all of the following:
– Hiring expenses and the time required
– HR expenses such as criminal background checks, license verification, drug screening and paperwork
– Payroll taxes
– Accounting expenses
– Insurance
– Overtime pay
Some accounting experts estimate that all of the above expenses can add up to an increase of over 60% per hour when compared to hiring a pharmacist on staff paid by the hour.

Choosing an Emergency Pharmacy Staffing Agency

As with all other vendors, choosing the right pharmacy staffing agency is critical. You want one that is not too small as to be geographically constrained and that has a limited number of viable pharmacists that meet your specific needs. You also want one that is not too large and therefor is not service oriented when dealing with a “smaller” clients immediate needs.

The perfect choice if you’re pharmacy is located in the Southeast is HealthCare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing. Our emergency pharmacist staffing service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. HCC maintains one of the largest active pools of emergency pharmacists in the nation, thus allowing us to quickly locate available, qualified and reliable pharmacists in the following states: Florida, Georgia, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama. Our proprietary online system allows us to match your needs with the most qualified candidate to work relief during your emergency. HCC also ensures that all of our emergency pharmacists comply with all HIPAA requirements and maintain professional liability insurance. As always, with HealthCare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing, your satisfaction is guaranteed!

Please also note that HCC can fill all of your emergency relief staffing needs regarding pharmacy technicians (in Florida only). HCC has been the leading provider of qualified, registered, licensed and professional pharmacy technicians (CPhTs) in Florida since 1989. As with emergency pharmacists, satisfaction with our emergency pharmacy technician staffing is guaranteed!

We strongly urge you to be proactive regarding establishing a relation with us now (this way all required paperwork is completed before an emergency situation actually occurs). Then, when you require an emergency relief pharmacist, HCC will be ready to meet your needs so that you can relax and rest easy. Call us now at (800) 642-1652 or take a moment and Contact Us Online and an HCC in-house staffing consultant will contact you as soon as possible to discuss all of your emergency and staffing needs.

 


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Pharmacist Jobs Statistics

Statistics regarding the state of the current job market for pharmacists that were released in the most recent report by the US Department of Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics) on June 17, 2019 show some interesting results when one is considering pharmacy as a career. For those already practicing in the pharmacy profession, it also may help to clarify what segment of the industry a pharmacist should consider practicing in as a future career path. For many this means getting the required training and experience now that may help them get the best position for a job or position in the future.

National Pharmacist Job Statistics in 2018

Pharmacist Job StatisticsThe first thing to note is that there continues to be an increase in the number of pharmacist jobs and positions across the entire nation. Yet the annual percentage increase of new jobs available for pharmacists is definitely slowing down. As a point of reference, comparing the total number of positions for pharmacists in 2014 (297,100) versus 2016 (305,510) shows just a modest gain of 8,410 new jobs available over the two year period (or slightly less than a 3% increase). The statistics just released by the Department of Labor show that in 2018 the total number of positions for pharmacists rose to a new record high of 312,500. Once again, if we compare the next two year period of 2018 versus 2016 we see a very modest gain of 6,990 new jobs available over the two year period (or approximately a 2.2% increase). So, while we still are seeing a steady annual increase in the number of new jobs and total positions available to pharmacists, there is definitely a “slowing down” of the growth.

This increase has been going on for well over a decade now and according to the US Department of Labor (USDL) will continue until 2026. Based on the continuing increase in life expectancy and the growing geriatric population in the United States, the increased demand for prescription drugs will obviously lead to an increase in the demand for pharmacists and thus more jobs. The USDL projects that the number of pharmacist jobs will grow roughly by six percent (6%) over the next ten years.

Too Many Pharmacists Graduating?

Although these statistics indicate a continued and steady positive increase in the growth of the total number of jobs for pharmacists over the next decade in the United States, many are sharing their concern that the number of new pharmacy graduates will at some point outpace that job growth. In the USA, the number of pharmacy graduates has “exploded” due to the significant increase in the number of Pharmacy schools that offer a degree in Pharmacy. In 1987 there were a total of only 72 accredited pharmacy schools in the US. In 2014, according to the AACP (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy) there are currently 130 accredited pharmacy colleges across the nation. Many experts predict that due to the laws of supply and demand, salaries for pharmacists in certain settings and/or regions of the country will at some point have to adjust and begin to decline.

Regional US Pharmacist Job Statistics

Looking at the USDL numbers on a regional basis reveals some very interesting statistics. As expected, the more populous states such as California, Texas, Florida, New York and Pennsylvania have the most pharmacist jobs. Here are the totals for these highly populated states:
– California 30,950
– Texas 21,250
– Florida 20,790
– New York 20,400
– Pennsylvania 14,610
What is interesting to note is what the USDL calls a “Location Quotient” relative to jobs in a profession. The USDL location quotient (LQ) is basically a way of quantifying how concentrated a particular occupation is in a region when compared to the US as a whole. It can reveal what makes a particular state or region of the country unique or lucrative when compared to the national average. When looking at the “concentration” of pharmacy jobs available by state using the USDL location quotient, some interesting results are seen. Perhaps unexpectedly, the following states show the highest concentration and number of pharmacist jobs per capita:
– Rhode Island
– West Virginia
– Montana
– South Dakota
– Arkansas
The results indicate that, although perhaps the number of total jobs are higher in the more populated states and regions of the country, the “concentration” of pharmacy jobs available are greater in the less populous states. So the conclusion can be made by some that perhaps pharmacists are “more in demand” and jobs more obtainable in these areas and states.

Comparing Pharmacist Salaries by State

Also of interest to many is comparing the average hourly wages for a pharmacist in these different states and geographical areas and regions of the nation. From the USDL statistics one can see that, excluding California, there is actually very little difference in the average hourly wages between these states:
– California: $67.16
– Texas: $60.96
– Florida: $57.55
– New York: $58.19
– Pennsylvania: $55.86
– Rhode Island: $58.12
– West Virginia: $56.93
– Montana: $53.99
– South Dakota: $55.97
– Arkansas: $56.88

Pharmacy Jobs in Retail Versus Hospital Settings

From the USDL statistics, one can perhaps get a pretty clear picture of the retail job vs. the hospital job opportunities for pharmacists over the next decade. Currently, an estimated fifty-eight percent (58%) of all pharmacists in the US work in what is considered a retail setting. Of those retail positions, approximately seven and a half percent (7.5%) work in grocery or supermarket chain stores. The USDL numbers predict that these supermarket and grocery store positions will grow by an estimated four to five percent (4-5%) over the next ten years.

The bad news is that the USDL estimates indicate that a drop in the total number of retail pharmacy jobs available will be seen over the next decade. Although it is minimal (less than 1%), retail jobs for pharmacists will be stagnant. The good news is that the number of hospital jobs will increase by well over ten percent (10%) during the next ten or so years. Some medical staffing experts predict that a thirteen to fifteen percent (13-15%) increase is not to be unexpected. Currently an estimated thirty-one percent (31%) of all pharmacy jobs are in the hospital, clinical and home health settings, but this will dramatically rise due to several factors. The continuing increase in our country’s population life expectancy and the growing geriatric population in the United States, plus the exponential increase in new medication therapies, all lead to the need of more hospital pharmacists. Additionally, as roles such as Medication Therapy Management (MTM) are expanding, so will the demand for specialized clinical pharmacists increase during the next decade.

About Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing

Whatever setting or market segment that a pharmacist is looking to work in, we here at HCC can help. Our pharmacy positions and staffing availability cover all aspects of job types: retail, mail-order, hospital, clinical and specialty pharmacies. We offer direct hire, permanent placement and temporary and part-time job solutions in almost every type of pharmacy setting that you may be looking to work in.

Let HCC do the work for you! HealthCare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing is one of the leading pharmacy staffing agencies in the United States. Established in 1989 and owned and operated by pharmacists, we serve all 50 states and have vast experience in relocation, direct hire and permanent placement. We attribute our 28+ years of success to always placing the right pharmacist in the right job.

If you are a pharmacist looking for opportunities to switch jobs or relocate, we urge you to talk with us. With positions immediately available, contact us today online or call us at 800-642-1652 to get started.


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